What’s Happening @OCCF

Parks & Public Space Initiative Grant Deadline: Jan. 15

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding grants through our Parks & Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust to assist in the activation of parks, trails and school parks in the Oklahoma City area. Eligible projects and programs must demonstrate benefits to and collaboration with the surrounding community and include a plan for sustainability.

Online grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations who request an invitation to apply. Prior to receiving an application to apply, applicants must contact Brian Dougherty or by phone at 405-235-5603 no later than Jan. 8, 2018 to ensure your project is within the scope of the Parks Initiative Grant criteria. Review grant guidelines at occf.org/parks. Grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Investment Performance

Investment performance for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s pooled investments for the quarter ended Sept. 20, 2017 was 2.97 percent. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, the total return was 11.08 percent. For the FY2017 Investment Performance Report, click here.

Online Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarships are now available for the 2018-19 academic year through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Graduating high school seniors, enrolled college or career tech students and others can visit occf.academicworks.com to apply for 120 different scholarships awarding nearly $2 million to students statewide each year. Scholarship deadlines vary, with most closing January through April 2018. Learn how to apply here.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

Accreditation sealThe Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates our commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as we carry out our mission.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. Learn more at cfstandards.org.