What’s Happening @OCCF

Third Quarter Investment Results

The investment performance for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s pooled investments for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, was 4.28 percent. For detailed investment results, please click here.

Oklahoma City Parks Tree Inventory Featured on Oklahoma Gardening

The Oklahoma City Parks tree inventory is helping to inform a number of park improvement projects throughout our community. Learn how this beneficial project is being used to strategically select new trees for Oklahoma City’s Edgemere Park in a recent episode of Oklahoma Gardening.

Job Opening: Greater Oklahoma City Parks and Trails Foundation Director

The Greater Oklahoma City Parks and Trails Foundation is looking for a part-time director to execute the Foundation’s mission of convening entities and individuals interested and involved in the development, support and use of parks and trails in the Greater Oklahoma City area.

Specifically, the director will:

  • Advocate for support of the Foundation among decision-makers and stakeholders throughout the community.
  • Convene municipalities to share and coordinate plans to develop a comprehensive assessment of established parks, future plans, gap areas and potential resources.
  • Work with public, private and nonprofit organizations to facilitate potential partnerships to link and strengthen projects.
  • Identify and coordinate efforts with existing organizations, neighborhood associations and “friend” groups focused on parks and/or park activities.
  • Plan and execute communication and education strategies to increase public awareness and engagement with parks and trails.
  • Conduct community activities to increase public awareness and interest in parks and trails.

Please direct all inquiries to Teresa Rose-Crook at 405/606-2929.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Opportunities for Children iFund

Grants awarded to charitable organizations that provide direct services for children from birth to age 14 and offer access to opportunities that otherwise would not be available.
Grant Informational Meeting: May 25, 2017 at 3 p.m. @OCCF offices
RSVP by May 19 to Erika Warren at 405/606-2920.
Grant Application Deadline: July 7, 2017
Find more information including grant application guidelines here.

Parks & Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust

Grants awarded to nonprofit organizations, neighborhood and community groups, churches, schools and government agencies to support projects that improve and encourage the use of public parks and other community spaces throughout Oklahoma County.
Grant Informational Meeting: May 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. @OCCF offices
RSVP by May 15 to Shree Ledford at 405/606-2950.
Grant Application Deadline: July 14, 2017
Find more information including grant application guidelines here.

Wellness Initiative

Grants awarded to nonprofit organizations for community-based programs encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors among central Oklahoma residents. Eligible projects will motivate people to engage in a sustainable program of daily exercise, healthy eating and other wellness activities that minimize the potential of future illness and disease.
Grant Application Deadline: July 14, 2017
Grant Informational Meeting: May 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. @OCCF offices
RSVP to Melody Bays at 405/606-2930.
Find more information including grant application guidelines 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.

Scholarships Awarded to 193 Area High School Students

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded $386,000 in scholarships to 193 graduating seniors from 52 central Oklahoma high schools. Awarded through the Community Foundation Scholars program, the scholarships are a portion of more than $1.6 million that the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award to students throughout Oklahoma this year.

Through the Community Foundation Scholars program, graduating seniors from 52 central Oklahoma high schools may apply for scholarships. Recipients include students who may not be at the top of their class academically, but are good students and are active in their community, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award for the 2017-2018 academic year. Find a complete list of Community Foundation Scholar recipients for the 2017-18 academic year here.

Learn more about our Community Foundation Scholars program, in our 2017 Scholars Yearbook below.

Second Quarter Investment Results

The investment performance for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s pooled investments for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, was 1.0 percent. For detailed investment results and our 2016 Investment Report, please click here.