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Fiscal Year 2017 Investment Results

We are pleased to announce the investment performance for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s pooled investments for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, was 11.08 percent. For detailed investment results, please click here.

Grant Opportunities Available for Rural Oklahoma Classrooms

Rural, public schools in 20 selected Oklahoma counties have the opportunity to increase funding through grants from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, a fund administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Designed to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for students, Classroom Enhancement Grants of $1,000 – $5,000 will be awarded to pre-K through 12th-grade classrooms for projects focusing on arts and humanities, science or literacy. Grant applications are due by Sept. 1, 2017, at 5 p.m. For a complete list of the 120 eligible school districts, visit ruraloklahoma.org/classroom-enhancement-grants. To access the online application, contact Erika Warren at 405/606-2920.

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1995 by the late Carolyn Watson, longtime CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A. Since its founding in 1998, the Classroom Enhancement Grants have provided rural Oklahoma schools with nearly $600,000 to improve the quality of life in designated rural Oklahoma communities. The grant programs are administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. For more information, visit occf.org/ruraloklahoma.

More than $300,000 Awarded to 14 Charities

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded more than $300,000 to 14 charitable organizations in central Oklahoma through three grant programs. The Services to Elderly iFund program, Access to Health Care iFund program and Wellness Initiative award grants to organizations that support independent living for the elderly, promote wellness and exercise, provide social and recreational opportunities and give access to health care. Find a complete list of grants awarded 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.