Inclusive Excellence

WPS does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or hate. We believe that the nation and the world can do better and be better—and we are committed to being part of the conversation, and most importantly, part of the work.

WPS is focusing its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in four key areas: Industry Leadership, Employee Experience, Community Impact, and Customer Inclusion. Our effort in this area is larger than one person or one committee. We strive for Inclusive Excellence every day and understand it is a journey we all must take together. With strong voices and leadership within the organization, we are creating an inclusive environment for all employees based on the company’s core values of Mutual Respect and Individual Responsibility.

We understand we must do more to widen our perspectives and to facilitate conversations that can often be difficult. We’ve challenged our employees and our leaders to grow individually so that we may flourish collectively. At WPS, we are committed to living an inclusive, genuine experience at work that extends into our homes and the communities where we live. Our company has a rich history of financially supporting organizations that support people of color, veterans, members of the LGBTQ community, differently abled, and seniors.

Here is a list of some of the organizations WPS financially supports to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communities where we live and work.

  • Access Community Health Centers
    Works to improve health and improve lives of its patients through medical, dental, and behavioral health care and affiliated pharmacy services. Access removes the barriers patients may experience, offering them quality care regardless of their ability to pay. Access is committed to building a healthier and more equitable community for everyone.
  • American Heart Association
    Mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin, and physical or cognitive abilities.
  • ARTS for All
    A program to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
  • Black Women's Health Imperative
    A national organization committed to help solve health issues that affect black women and girls in the United States.
  • Foundation for Black Women's Wellness
    The Foundation takes a whole-life wellness approach to serving and supporting women to improve their health and quality of life, and to disrupt the disparities that impact our health outcomes. Key areas of programming are: Health Promotion and Prevention Education, Fitness and Physical Activity, Financial Wellness, Sisterhood and Community, Support and Advocacy, Empowerment and Leadership Development, and developing Powerful Partnerships.
  • United Negro College Fund
    Awards more than 10,000 student scholarships, worth more than $100 million, each year. Provides financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities, and serves as the nation's leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement.
  • Foundation for Madison's Public Schools
    Believes that every child deserves a high-quality and equitable education, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Goodman Community Center–Girls, Inc.
    Inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold! A national organization that develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. These programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.
  • Habitat for Humanity
    Builds homes using volunteer labor and donated funds. The homes are then sold with a low-interest loan to partner families chosen through a nondiscriminatory selection process. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope, with a vision for a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
  • House of Hope–Green Bay
    Provides a safe and supportive place where young parents and children experiencing homelessness will become confident, independent, and successful members of the community. The case management program supports residents by focusing on safe and stable housing, employment, positive parenting skills, financial literacy and debt management, nutrition and meal preparation, formal education, healthy living skills, and holistic wellness.
  • March of Dimes
    Offers programs that seek to promote health equity for moms and babies. Launched an implicit bias training program for health care providers with the goal of uncovering institutionalized racism in the health care system and training health care workers not to perpetuate the cycles of discrimination. Additionally, created the Beyond Labels website as a resource to raise awareness of stigma and help eliminate disparities by addressing the root cause.
  • Salvation Army
    Assists anyone based solely on the individual’s need and the organization’s capacity to provide help. The Salvation Army works with people who are vulnerable and marginalized across the world, and offers practical help, unconditional support regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • Second Harvest Food-Kids Cafe
    Provides free meals and snacks to at-risk children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate after school. Kids Café programs offer a safe place where children can receive nutrition education and participate in academic and recreational activities.
  • United Way
    Improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way advocates for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads, Virginia
    Provides strategies for optimal living by making choices that support fitness, good nutrition, and medical care. Education, outreach, and case management services are also provided.
  • Urban League of Omaha, Nebraska
    Provides strategies for optimal living by making choices that support fitness, good nutrition, and medical care. Education, outreach, and case management services are also provided.
  • Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation
    For more than 20 years, the WWHF has collaborated with state, private, and public organizations to provide women with high-quality health education information. WWHF programming focuses on major causes of morbidity and mortality for Wisconsin women: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, tobacco use, mental health, dementia, domestic violence, osteoporosis, and more. The programming is used by a high proportion of women of color.
  • YWCA-South Hampton Roads, Virginia
    The mission is to eliminate racism and empower women through a focus on health care.