Category Archives: Charitable Organizations

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: Great Ideas for a Greater Community

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Calling all visionaries! Do you have a bold and innovative idea that you believe could empower and transform our community?

With our 50th anniversary on the horizon, we are excited to introduce The Great Idea Challenge, seeking innovative ideas that will impact our community throughout the next 50 years.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award grants of $150,000-$200,000 to support Great Ideas for a Greater Community: projects that will connect resources, plant seeds, leverage assets or launch ventures that are new to Oklahoma City and central Oklahoma. The application process will take place during 2018, with grants awarded and implemented beginning 2019.

RSVP for one of the informational meetings below to learn more:

Tuesday, Mar. 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd St.

Thursday, Mar. 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker Ave.

Please contact GreatIdea@occf.org with any questions.