Building Together

We believe that philanthropy is a collaborative effort and that by working together, we can add value to your philanthropic passions to create lasting change for our community. Below are stories of donors who believe that together we have the power to make a real difference through charitable giving.

Building a Legacy | Building Charitable Impact | Building Stronger Families

Building a Legacy

The Clark family at BritVil Community Food Pantry
Coleman Clark, Betty Langston Wooldridge, Mitchell Clark and Jim Clark at the BritVil Community Food Pantry.

“Since establishing the B.C. Clark Family Fund 25 years ago, we have continued to build the endowment to ensure that future generations of our family can give back to the community.”

At Oklahoma’s oldest jewelers, since 1892, the B.C. Clark family has more than one type of gift to give. In celebration of B.C. Clark Jewelers’ 100th anniversary in 1992, the family established a permanent endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to share their giving with area charities.

Each year, the family uses the fund to support a number of charitable organizations such as the BritVil Community Food Pantry. The pantry provides food to hungry families and seniors each week in the Britton and Village neighborhoods of Oklahoma City. A recent grant from the B.C. Clark Family Fund helped the nonprofit purchase a forklift to assist with unloading and stocking food supplies.

“This gift has filled a vital need,” said Sue Butler, BritVil Community Food Pantry executive director. “It helps ensure that we are ready to serve the hundreds of individuals who walk through our doors each week.”

Serving others is exactly what the Clark Family intended for their endowment. As their family-owned business celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, the B.C. Clark Family Fund — much like their memorable jingle — is a gift that will live and live.

Building Charitable Impact

Donors with children in a school room.
Sam and Rita Combs with students at the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City.

“The Oklahoma City Community Foundation helps us build our charitable impact through a broad range of resources and opportunities.”

The charitable interests of Tulsa businessman Sam Combs and wife, Rita, reach statewide. To better equip themselves with knowledge of charitable opportunities and resources in central Oklahoma, the Combs established an advised fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

“It’s a very efficient way of giving,” said Sam. “The Community Foundation has introduced us to a number of charitable opportunities.”

The Combs focus much of their giving on community empowerment through organizations like the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City. Through workforce training and after-school educational programs, the nonprofit is advancing social and economic equality for minorities in Oklahoma City.

Building Stronger Families

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Ken Rees and daughter Susan Wright look on as a recent ReMerge graduate plays with her daughter.

“We want to encourage women with children to break out of the cycle of poverty and build strong, healthy families.”

Edmond native Ken Rees and wife, Gae, established their advised fund to construct a model of giving for their family. To help amplify their impact, they worked with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to launch a competitive grant process to award a multi-year, $500,000 grant to charitable organizations working to break the cycle of generational poverty in central Oklahoma. In 2015, the family awarded the grant to ReMerge, a program helping mothers facing incarceration become productive citizens and improve the lives of their children.

“The programs funded by the Rees family help strengthen the bond between mothers and children and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to move to self-sufficiency,” said Terri Woodland, ReMerge executive director.