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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.”

Five Tips to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving

With the holiday season upon us, many local charities are concerned how a year of back-to-back, unprecedented natural disasters will impact their year-end contributions. While giving to disaster relief and recovery efforts across the nation is vital to help rebuild devastated communities, the need to support the ongoing charitable work here at home is no less important. Below are five tips to help ensure your charitable gifts make the greatest impact this giving season.

  1. Pinpoint Your Passion: Take the time to determine what causes you care about most and consider what type of charity can make the greatest impact in your areas of interest. For example, if you want to help support education, do you want to give to a public school foundation to fund programs and equipment at your local school? Or, would you prefer to give to a small nonprofit tutoring and mentoring underserved students?
  2. Explore Your Options: Once you’ve identified your giving goals, take the time to learn about the different charities serving that need in your community. Discover local charities serving a specific cause at GiveSmartOKC.org. The online directory offers a keyword search to help you find charities that fit your interests.
  3. Do Your Homework: Learn more about the organization and ensure its legitimacy. Several websites such as GuideStar.org and IRS.gov allow you to verify if an organization is tax-exempt. For charities in central Oklahoma, GiveSmartOKC.org offers a deeper look into the organization’s specific programs to evaluate their impact and ensure they will make the best use of your contribution.
  4. Maximize your Donation with a Matching Gift: Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for charitable contributions made by employees. Locally, you can take advantage of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund Endowment Matching Program. To find organizations currently eligible for a matching gift, visit occf.org/KFFmatch.
  5. Look for Alternatives to Cash Donations: While cash gifts are always welcome, many charities also encourage other types of gifts such as stocks, real estate or gifts from your retirement account. These alternative giving options may also reduce your taxable income for the year. If your chosen charity is unable to accept these gifts, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation may be able to facilitate the gift to support the charity through its endowment fund.

By giving more effectively, you can maximize the impact of your charitable support and help our local charities make a lasting impact in our community this giving season.