ONE Gas Foundation gives $250,000 to nonprofits in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas

ONE Gas Foundation | April 11, 2020

The ONE Gas Foundation will donate $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas to provide emergency relief assistance to residents affected by COVID-19, ONE Gas announced Friday. A total of $100,000 of this money will be provided in areas served by Oklahoma Natural Gas. “We know the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic are dramatically affecting people’s lives in ways we’ve never seen before,” Robert Babcock, executive director of the ONE Gas Foundation, said in a statement. “We’re grateful for the invaluable service so many community partners are providing vulnerable populations, and we’re pleased the ONE Gas Foundation is able to help.”

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Innovative Charity Platform, NeighborShare, Hires First Executive Director

NeighborShare | April 27, 2022

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Community Brands Collects 7 TrustRadius Top Rated Awards

Community Brands | May 16, 2022

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JDRF Launches 2022 Fundraising Sweepstakes to Win a 2022 F-150 Lightning LARIAT

JDRF | May 05, 2022

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American Water Charitable Foundation | April 21, 2022

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