Trustees Approve $35,000 Grant to Myriad Gardens Foundation

Crapemyrtle at the Myriad Gardens.

Grant helps with beautification projects such as planting crapemyrtles in 17 large containers like the one above.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees recently approved a $35,000 grant for beautification projects at the Myriad Gardens. The grant was awarded through the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, a permanent endowment fund administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

The grant will assist with several horticulture improvement projects taking place at the gardens in 2014 such as planting 30 geometric planting beds, a large perennial border around the dog park and a large planting bed on the east side of the Visitor Center. Native and perennial plant materials that have proven long-term sustainable growth habits will be used for these projects.

In addition, the grant will allow for the planting of crapemyrtles in 17 large containers located in two areas of the gardens. The containers will be lined with insulation to help protect the trees from summer and winter weather extremes.

GiveSmart OKC competition starts April 1

GiveSmartOKC LogoThe more than 220 charitable organizations who have published profiles at GiveSmartOKC.org were encouraged to pump up their profiles in order to be eligible to receive a $500 grant. The competition started April 1 and will continue through June 30.

Organizations will be considered in two categories: those with annual income less than $1 million and organizations with annual income of $1 million or more. Within each category, $500 grants will be awarded in the following areas:

  • Most informative profile. The winning profiles will be selected by a panel of community funders and GiveSmartOKC coaches.
  • Most number of unique visitors to a profile. Google Analytics will be used to track the total number of unique visitors to each profile during the competition period.
  • Top social media promoter. We will track the use of #GiveSmartOKC on both Facebook and Twitter between April 1-June 30.

Who is eligible? All charitable organizations with current and published profiles as of April 1 are eligible and encouraged to participate. No organization will receive more than one grant award.

Look for an announcement of the winners by July 15!

Not familiar with GiveSmartOKC? Learn more here.

Welcome to the new OCCF.org!

We have revised our website and are excited to share the changes and improvements! You can download a guide to the changes that include:

Streamlined Navigation – You will notice two navigation areas on the website. The navigation in the green bar provides key information about each area listed. The navigation at the top of the website in the gray area includes links to commonly visited pages such as online giving, memorial gifts, Donor Central and publications and documents. The result:  more navigation choices viewable on each web page.

New Online Giving Service – We are now utilizing Authorize.net to process all credit card gifts. Authorize.net is the industry’s most trusted online payment service. With this new service, donors can now complete their gifts on the website with greater ease.

Staff Contacts – On a majority of the pages, not only will you find key information you will also find specific staff contacts including email links and direct telephone numbers. The individuals listed on those pages are the staff who will be able to answer any questions about that topic. We want to make it easy for you to contact us for additional information. A number of the pages also include a contact form that visitors can submit for a response.
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