In 1969, John E. Kirkpatrick embarked on a journey to create a foundation for the community that would inspire others to give to charity. Nearly 50 years later, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has grown to be an enduring resource for our community — a place where people can come together to make a difference, to make arts and culture flourish, to improve the well-being of our residents, to provide opportunities for those less fortunate and to create hope for the future.
For 49 years, one driving force has helped make our work possible. You. The 2018 Annual Report is dedicated to your generosity, your passion and your commitment to strengthening our community. In these pages, you’ll read stories of people just like you, who have joined together to make a greater impact in our community. In Your Community.
During October, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will distribute more than $8 million to 360 charitable organizations serving central Oklahoma. The annual funding comes from the Community Foundation’s charitable organization endowment program, which is the largest permanent endowment program for nonprofits in the nation.
“We are honored to manage endowments for our community’s nonprofits,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This program provides an important source of funding to help ensure vital charitable services and programs will continue.”
Charities receiving funding have permanent endowment funds at the Community Foundation and serve central Oklahoma in areas such as education, health care, social services, arts and culture.
“Oklahoma City Ballet’s endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation guarantees the long-term success of our growing company and thriving programs,” said Jo Lynne Jones, the John Kirkpatrick executive director of the Oklahoma City Ballet. “We look forward to building our investment with the foundation for years to come.”
“Our endowment fund helps Jesus House sustain our operation and the distribution comes at a great time as we know summer months can be slow giving months,” said Michael Bateman, Jesus House executive director. “Thanks to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for being a valued resource and partner in helping us continue our service to the community.”
To learn how to make a gift to one of the 360 charitable organization endowments, visit occf.org/coegift.