The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved $76,900 in Wellness Initiative grants to four organizations in central Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation launched the Wellness Initiative in 2014 to help nonprofit organizations develop innovative, community-based programs that motivate people of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle of daily exercise, healthy eating and other wellness activities.
Funded projects are required to incorporate at least one of the four daily elements of OK 5210: five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sugar-sweetened beverages. OK 5210 is a healthy-living message brought to the community by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and supported through a partnership with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
The following grants were awarded: Myriad Gardens Foundation – $30,000 for a new health and wellness program that will provide opportunities for Oklahoma City residents to participate in daily exercise, balanced nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Carolyn Watson had a thoughtful approach to her philanthropy. Born in Ada, Okla., and a graduate of East Central University, she knew well the challenges individuals living in rural Oklahoma faced and the lack of opportunities available.
The longtime chair and CEO of Shamrock Bancshares wanted to improve the quality of life for residents living in the southern Oklahoma communities where her banks were located. In 1995, Carolyn utilized gifts of appreciated stock to establish the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, a permanent endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Through the endowment, Carolyn created a scholarship program for students as well as grant opportunities for communities, schools and teachers in rural Oklahoma.
Carolyn also included a substantial gift to support the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in her will. After her death in 2014, this gift expanded the scholarship and grant programs, allowing them to have a greater impact. As a result of Carolyn’s generous gift and thoughtful planning, students in rural Oklahoma communities have been awarded more than $333,000 in scholarships to attend college. In addition, more than $900,000 has been awarded through grants to rural communities, schools and teachers to provide opportunities and improve the quality of life. These programs will continue to make a difference for generations to come, carrying on Carolyn’s legacy.
To learn more about how we can help you create your own legacy through scholarships or other charitable gifts, contact Joe Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405/606-2914.