In 2017, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC)  formed a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, The Community Foundation of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, with the objective of mirroring the community outreach efforts of our 24-member distribution cooperatives.  

Largely funded through OEC staff contributions and grassroots efforts, the OEC foundation has been supported numerous central Ohio-based philanthropic organizations and cooperative industry initiatives.  The Community Foundation of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives is grounded in the cooperative principle of “concern for community.” Benefactors have included:

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • The James Cancer Hospital
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • LifeCare Alliance’s “Meals on Wheels” program
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Worthington Resource Pantry
  • Disaster relief efforts of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives
  • Project Ohio

Around the world, more than 800 million people still live without electricity. No electricity means no clean water, no refrigeration, limited education for children, and limited economic opportunities for all. In 2020, for the third time in five years, linemen from across Ohio’s electric cooperative network traveled to Guatemala to bring light, sanitation, and resources to a remote village that was previously without such services. “Project Ohio” missions are funded by The Community Foundation of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, industry partners, and our 24 member distribution cooperatives. 

For more information or to contribute to The Community Foundation of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, contact