During October, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will distribute more than $8 million in endowment earnings to nearly 360 charitable organizations through the largest program of its kind in the nation.
“Our charitable organization endowment program offers area charities with the opportunity to create a permanent, sustainable source of funding,” said Nancy B. Anthony, President. “These funds also offer a simple way for donors to make a lasting contribution to support organizations they care about.”
The Community Foundation’s administers nearly 360 permanent endowments through the program that benefit a wide range of charitable organizations serving the community in areas such as education, health care, social services, arts and culture and animal welfare. The endowment funds are invested for growth and a percentage of the fund is distributed back to the organization each year.
“Establishing an endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a simple way for us to receive dependable financial support for our program,” said Sara Jacobson, executive director for Children’s Hospital Volunteers. “In addition, we now have so many giving options at our disposal, allowing us to offer our donors more ways for them to help and leave their legacy.”
To learn how you can make a gift to a charitable organization endowment, visit occf.org/coegift. For a list of all endowment funds, click here.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding nearly $300,000 to 21 charitable organizations through three grant programs that support community wellness, development of parks and public spaces and opportunities for children in central Oklahoma.
“Our role as a community foundation is to connect donors to charitable organizations for the betterment of our community,” Oklahoma City Community Foundation President Nancy B. Anthony said. “We continually assess the needs of the community and create programs and initiatives to target these. We are pleased to have so many effective nonprofits in the community that share our vision and are willing to partner with us to help Oklahoma City reach its full potential.”
Among the recent recipients is Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, receiving a $15,000 Opportunities for Children iFund grant to support its Page to Stage program. The Opportunities for Children iFund program awards grants to enable more children in central Oklahoma to participate in enrichment activities such as after-school programs, arts education and tutoring and mentoring services. By working with nonprofits providing creative ways to incorporate literacy, wellness and cultural activities, the grant program encourages increased access to help families overcome barriers to participation such as lack of transportation, financial resources and program availability.
“Literacy is a vital component to long-term success for children,” says Oklahoma Children’s Theatre programs director Mollie Reid. “Our Page to Stage program engages children at low income, low performing and Title 1 elementary schools by bringing a story to life. It starts in the classroom encouraging students to predict outcomes and imagine alternate conclusions before presenting a fully staged participation play. At the conclusion of the performance, each child receives a book of that story. It’s hard to describe their excitement as they receive their book, autographed by the actors. Seeing children so excited about reading is magic!”
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded the following grants: