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Donors Invited to Help Nonprofits Earn More Than $1 Million in Matching Grant Donations

Paul and Ann Milburn at Children's Hospital
The late Paul Milburn and his wife, Ann, are longtime supporters of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, providing funding for four endowed chairs. Most recently, matching grant opportunities of more than $1 million have been made available for 14 charitable organizations through the Milburn’s donor advised fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Late Shawnee businessman Paul Milburn’s charitable fund, administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recently announced it will match more than $1 million in gifts to 14 charitable organizations. The matching grant opportunity offers donors who wish to support these organizations a dollar-for-dollar match up to a specified amount for charitable gifts made through June 30, 2019.

Organizations were invited to apply for the match opportunity based on the charitable interests specified by Milburn in his estate plan. An Oklahoma native, Milburn was the founder of Paul Milburn Acreages, through which he purchased, developed, sold and financed land throughout Pottawatomie County and the surrounding area. His work funded his passion to “make a difference” where it is most needed. Inspired by the philanthropy of Oklahoma City Community Foundation founder John E. Kirkpatrick, Milburn established the matching grant opportunity through his estate plans to continue supporting the organizations he cared about in life.

“Similar to Mr. Kirkpatrick, Paul recognized that we all have a shared responsibility to help our community,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “They wanted to provide a way to help charitable organizations engage a broad base of contributors from the community, as well as help others make a difference.”

In addition to the matching grant opportunities, the fund will award grants of $125,000 to the Salvation Army of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and $50,000 to bring a lectureship on adolescent medicine to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Following are the charitable organizations eligible for matching donations, as well as the matching grant amounts. Individuals interested in contributing toward the matches may contact each organization individually.

  • Baptist Home for Girls (Madill, Oklahoma) – $25,000 to support the all-girls residential campus of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shawnee – $25,000 to support mentorship programs for youth in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
  • Boys Ranch Town (Edmond, Oklahoma) – $25,000 to support the all-boys residential campus and working ranch of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
  • Groundswell International – $125,000 to strengthen sustainable agriculture and promote healthy food systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Junior Achievement of Oklahoma – $7,500 to provide programs on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship to public school students in Shawnee and Pottawatomie County.
  • Lions Meadows of Hope (Perkins, Oklahoma) – $250,000 to support their endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and $200,000 to support programming at the foster care community.
  • Neighborhood Services Organization (Oklahoma City) – $100,000 to support housing solutions for at-risk and homeless individuals, and to launch a vocational training and development program.
  • Oklahoma Lions KidSight (Oklahoma City) – $25,000 to support vision screening for preschool and school-age children throughout the state.
  • Pambe Ghana (Oklahoma City) – $30,000 to provide teacher training, library services and other support for the La’Angum Learning Center providing primary education for children in Northern Ghana.
  • Pottawattamie County Historical Society (Shawnee, Oklahoma) – $25,000 to support their endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
  • TEEM – The Education and Employment Ministry (Oklahoma City) – $25,000 to support job training and housing assistance to help incarcerated individuals re-enter society.
  • The United Methodist Boys Ranch (Gore, Oklahoma) – $25,000 to support the campus-based foster care program operated by the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care.
  • Water4 (Oklahoma City) – $25,000 to support their endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and $75,000 to provide access to sustainable, safe water for people living in Ghana.
  • Westview Boys Home (Hollis, Oklahoma) – $25,000 to support the nonprofit, residential child care agency in southwest Oklahoma.

Steven C. Agee Named Chairman; New Trustees, Staff Join Community Foundation

Dr. Steven C. Agee

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Leigh Ann Albers, David J. Feroli and Christin V. Mugg to its board of Trustees, as well as new staff Jennifer Meckling, Rachel Mouton and Laura Moon. In addition, Dr. Steven C. Agee assumed the role of board chairman.

Dean of Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, Agee has served as an Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustee since 2012. Agee replaces Bond Payne as chairman, who served two years and will remain on the board as a Trustee.

As chairman, Agee will direct a 15-member board comprised of local civic and business leaders. The board governs the policies, administration, activities and grant decisions of the Community Foundation, which administers more than 1,600 charitable endowments and is ranked as one of the nation’s largest community foundations.

“I’m honored and delighted to have a leadership role with this organization at such a distinctive time,” said Agee. “In 2019, the Community Foundation will celebrate 50 years as our community’s area resource for charitable giving. I look forward to being a part of this momentous celebration and to help continue their tradition of excellence.”

Albers, Feroli and Mugg Join Board of Trustees

Albers has served on the Community Foundation’s iFund committee for the past five years and is active with many charitable organizations throughout the community. A civic leader, Feroli is a certified public accountant and retired partner of the international accounting firm KPMG LLP. Mugg is a partner at Mugg, Scott and Winston, a local estate planning firm, and has directed her clients to the Community Foundation for charitable giving for many years. Retiring Trustees Leslie Hudson and Tony Tyler completed nine-year terms June 30, 2018.

Staff Welcomes Meckling, Mouton and Moon

Meckling joins the staff as the new charitable organization endowment program director, where she will help organizations establish and grow their endowment fund at the Community Foundation. Previously, Meckling held the role as director of community engagement for the Oklahoma Center of Nonprofits.

Meckling will be assisted by Mouton as charitable organization endowment administrator. In addition, Mouton will manage GiveSmartOKC.org, an online tool used by donors and funders to learn more about local nonprofits. Mouton comes to the Community Foundation after spending several years working for The Little Light House in Tulsa.

Moon joins the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as coordinator for the development and donor services team. She began her career at various Oklahoma City nonprofit organizations and brings her expertise in relationship management to support donor service efforts for the Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled to enhance our organization with these staff and Trustee additions as we near our golden anniversary,” says President Nancy B. Anthony. “They are crucial to helping us serve our donors and the community.”