What’s Happening @OCCF

Apply for Wellness Initiative Grants by Oct. 15

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding grants through our Wellness Initiative for community-based programs encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors among central Oklahoma residents. Eligible projects should focus on preventing the development of lifestyle-related diseases and incorporate the OK5210 daily numbers to live by. Requests for access to the online application must be received by Oct. 5. Learn more at occf.org/wellnessinitiative.

Fiscal Year 2018 Investment Return: 7.80 percent

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, the total return for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s general investment pool was 7.80 percent. The ten-year return of 6.78 percent is in the top quartile of community foundations nationally. Read more in our 2018 Investment Report.

Scholarship Recipients: How to Claim your Award for 2018-2019

Did you receive a scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic year? Don’t forget to claim your award so that the money is transferred to your school. Find the instructions to claim your award at occf.org/claim.

Online Scholarship Applications Open Oct. 1

Online scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are currently closed and will reopen Oct. 1, 2018. Find everything you need to know to apply at occf.org/scholarships.

Coming Soon: Whiteout at Campbell Art Park

In celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2019, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is pleased to join Oklahoma Contemporary as the presenting sponsor of Erwin Redl: Whiteout at Campbell Art Park. Originally commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City, the outdoor art installation will visit Oklahoma City’s Campbell Art Park at Northwest 11th Street and Broadway Avenue along historic Automobile Alley, October 2018 to March 2019.

“We are excited to help Oklahoma Contemporary bring this world-class art installation to the Oklahoma City community,” Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President said. “This is just one of several projects we will present to the community throughout the next year to commemorate 50 years of connecting people with causes they care about.”

Whiteout is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs are not fixed and can move with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. The white LEDs are animated in large-scale patterns, superimposing a virtual movement on top of the kinetic movement of the spheres. The sequence of light is an incandescent treatment of urban public space across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter.

20 Projects Advance to Next Step of The Great Idea Challenge

The Great Idea Challenge, launched earlier this year by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, has invited 20 applicants to advance to the next step of the competitive grant process. In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award up to $1 million through The Great Idea Challenge to bold and innovative projects that will impact our community throughout the next 50 years.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to The Great Idea Challenge,” Oklahoma City Community Foundation President Nancy B. Anthony said. “We received 89 letters of inquiry and the review committee selected 20 diverse and innovative projects to advance to the next step of the challenge.”

The 20 selected applicants must complete an online grant application by Sept. 21, demonstrating the broad impact and viability of the project, as well as the capacity of the organization to execute the program. Successful grantees will be announced in January 2019.

View a list of the advancing applicants and projects.