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Building Together: 2017 Annual Report

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Chairman, Bond Payne, and President, Nancy Anthony

“Together, we are building endowment support that will bolster our community in the years to come.”

This spring, as we broke ground on a new structure that will expand the capacity of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, we were reminded of the ground-breaking steps our founder, John E. Kirkpatrick, took in 1969. He built a framework of charitable support for the community, paving the way for many generous donors to join together with a common mission — to make a difference for good.

We believe, as did our founder, that philanthropy is a collaborative effort. Our 2017 Annual Report highlights the passion and commitment of our community’s generous donors and hard-working nonprofits. We hope these stories will inspire you to join us in Building Together a stronger community.

Building Community Impact

Children playing at Oak Grove playground.

“We’ve worked hard to create a good family living experience at Oak Grove. Seeing these kids out enjoying a game of soccer is a dream come true.”

Frank Miller
Oklahoma City Housing Authority

Great need and great generosity can be found in every corner of our community. By connecting the resources of passionate donors with hard-working charitable organizations, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is building community impact to improve the lives of our neighbors.

Whether through building endowment support for a free clinic or providing scholarship opportunities for students in foster care, we are dedicated to serving the needs of our community. From a free wellness program at Douglass High School to planting trees in Moore’s Little River Park, our impact reaches beyond geographic boundaries.

A recent grant from our Parks & Public Space Initiative is improving the quality of life for residents in Oklahoma City Housing Authority’s Oak Grove development. Located in southwest Oklahoma City, the neighborhood houses nearly 300 families with more than half of the residents being children. With limited resources, the property’s outdoor spaces had minimal shade making it undesirable for recreational activity, especially during the heat of the summer. A $40,000 Parks & Public Space Initiative grant added 162 trees to the neighborhood, creating a shaded, more enjoyable area for children to play.

Read more about how we are building community impact in our 2017 Annual Report.