Enhancing Education for an Admired Alma Mater

Donor Pete White with students in the Southeast High School library
Pete White helped establish an endowment fund to support students and teachers at his alma mater, Southeast High School, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Brandon Snider.

Six decades have passed since Pete White roamed the halls of Southeast High School. But the longtime city councilman is still loyal to his alma mater and enjoys celebrating the success of its students. In 2012, Pete helped establish the Southeast High School Alumni Association Support Fund, gifting more than $20,000 to the fund to ensure the teachers and students continue to thrive long after he’s gone.

In addition, Pete has supported a variety of funds for charitable organizations at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for nearly 30 years. He says he discovered long ago that a memorial gift given to charity is like ‘sending flowers that never die.’

Southeast principal Mylissa Hall said the fund provides invaluable support for the Oklahoma City public school.

“Pete has never forgotten his roots,” she said. “His support of the fund has helped us power through constraining budget cuts and is a morale booster for our Spartan family!”

Learn how you can make a gift to a charitable organization endowment at occf.org/coegift.

The Great Idea Challenge

As the first deadline for The Great Idea Challenge approaches (May 1), below are five tips to help you get started on your great idea!

Five Tips for a Great Proposal:

Think big. What’s your passion project? This is your chance to launch that bold idea you’ve been dreaming about!

Be innovative. We are looking for new projects, not just an extension of your current services. Think outside the box to discover new, creative ways to address our community’s challenges.

Work together. Do you have a great idea, but are unsure of your capacity to execute it? Find a partner to collaborate with!

Focus on Oklahoma City. Make sure your idea will improve the quality of life for residents in Oklahoma City and central Oklahoma. Projects may expand throughout the state, but must primarily impact central Oklahoma.

Apply early. The first step of the application process is to request access to our online form. Send an email with a brief project description, list of partner organizations and target population to greatidea@occf.org by May 1, 2018.

Be sure to review The Great Idea Challenge guidelines, eligibility and application process at occf.org/greatidea.