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.

More than $8 million to be Distributed to Area Charities

During October, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will distribute more than $8 million in endowment earnings to nearly 360 charitable organizations through the largest program of its kind in the nation.

“Our charitable organization endowment program offers area charities with the opportunity to create a permanent, sustainable source of funding,” said Nancy B. Anthony, President. “These funds also offer a simple way for donors to make a lasting contribution to support organizations they care about.”

The Community Foundation administers nearly 360 permanent endowments through the program that benefit a wide range of charitable organizations serving the community in areas such as education, health care, social services, arts and culture and animal welfare. The endowment funds are invested for growth and a percentage of the fund is distributed back to the organization each year.

“Establishing an endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a simple way for us to receive dependable financial support for our program,” said Sara Jacobson, executive director for Children’s Hospital Volunteers. “In addition, we now have so many giving options at our disposal, allowing us to offer our donors more ways for them to help and leave their legacy.”

To learn how you can make a gift to a charitable organization endowment, visit occf.org/coegift. For a list of all endowment funds, click here.