Local Charities Receive $8 million from Oklahoma City Community Foundation Funds

For Immediate Release– Oct. 1, 2018
Contact: Jana Steelman, (405) 606-2941
j.steelman@occf.org

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – During October, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will distribute more than $8 million to 360 charitable organizations serving central Oklahoma. The annual funding comes from the Community Foundation’s charitable organization endowment program, which is the largest permanent endowment program for nonprofits in the nation.

In 2018, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s charitable organization endowment program is distributing more than $8 million to 360 charities serving central Oklahoma. The graph shows the annual distribution amounts by charitable interest area.

“We are honored to manage endowments for our community’s nonprofits,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This program provides an important source of funding to help ensure vital charitable services and programs will continue.”

Charities receiving funding have permanent endowment funds at the Community Foundation and serve central Oklahoma in areas such as education, health care, social services, arts and culture. In 2018, endowment distributions by charitable category include:

Arts & Culture $3.78 million
Education $1.74 million
Civic Organizations $980,416
Social Services $891,980
Health $327,270
Youth $283,969
Religion $60,733

“Oklahoma City Ballet’s endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation guarantees the long-term success of our growing company and thriving programs,” said Jo Lynne Jones, the John Kirkpatrick executive director of the Oklahoma City Ballet. “We look forward to building our investment with the foundation for years to come.”

“Our endowment fund helps Jesus House sustain our operation and the distribution comes at a great time as we know summer months can be slow giving months,” said Michael Bateman, Jesus House executive director. “Thanks to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for being a valued resource and partner in helping us continue our service to the community.”

To learn how to make a gift to one of the 360 charitable organization endowments, visit occf.org/coegift.

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors throughout the state to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.

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Graph: In 2018, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is distributing more than $8 million to 360 charities serving central Oklahoma. The graph shows the annual distribution amounts by charitable interest area.

Oklahoma City Ballet: The Oklahoma City Ballet is one of 360 nonprofit organizations with an endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. In 2018, the ballet will receive an annual distribution of $61,057 from its endowment to help sustain the art of ballet in central Oklahoma. Photo by Jana Carson.

Jesus House: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation manages endowment funds for 360 charities serving central Oklahoma including Jesus House. Through their endowment, Jesus House receives annual funding to help support services for our community’s homeless population.