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.