Spring 2015
In This Issue
2014 Audit Now Available
Inaugural Wellness Grants Awarded
Services for Elderly iFund grants provided to eight organizations
Guidance Counselor Summer Institute is scheduled for June
OCCF participating in Disaster Preparedness Program
Scholars' luncheons planned for April
GiveSmartOKC continues to grow and now features data on 255 nonprofit organizations in central Oklahoma. Learn how GiveSmartOKC can help you know more about the charitable organizations to whom you give, by visiting GiveSmartOKC.org. Click on "find" in the blue navigation ribbon. If you can't find your favorite nonprofit on the list, encourage them to contact us at [email protected] to request an online profile.


Estate Planning 1.5 in 2015
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is once again partnering with the Cannon Financial Institute for the third year to offer the popular Estate Planning 1.5 teleconferences. This free, monthly series provides 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for attorneys, financial planners, trust officers and CPAs. Each presentation draws an average of 60 attendees and includes a free lunch. For more information about the remaining 2015 dates and topics or to register, visit


New OCCF Staff
We are pleased to welcome the following new staff members to OCCF:

Just after the first of the year, Karee Pyeatt joined our staff as communications manager. Karee has more than 10 years of experience in journalism and broadcasting. She previously worked at the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. You may reach Karee at [email protected] or 405/606-2922.

Ashlee Adams joined our staff in March. She is the new coordinator for GiveSmartOKC. With nearly 10 years of experience working and volunteering with nonprofits, Ashlee comes to us from the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation. Welcome Ashlee at [email protected] or 405/606-2918.

On March 23, Carol Hopper joined our accounting staff. She will oversee compliance and human resources benefits. Carol is a certified public accountant and a certified financial analyst with more than 25 years of experience. She has moved back to Oklahoma after several years as a trust department manager at Citizens National Bank in Henderson, Texas. She was previously with Bank of Oklahoma. Welcome Carol back to our state at [email protected] or 405/606-2903.

June Owens joined our accounting staff in February on a part-time basis. June is a certified public accountant who has owned and operated her own accounting practice since 1993. She also has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits. You may reach June at [email protected] or 405/606-2937.

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2014 Audit now Available

The audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 was presented to the Trustees at the February 18, 2015 meeting. The release was pushed to February due to staffing changes, but is expected to move back to November for the 2015  audit. The audit was performed by Cole & Reed P.C. (now known as McGladrey LLP) and is available online at
Inaugural Wellness Grants Awarded

The Trustees awarded the inaugural Wellness Initiative grants to five organizations:
  • City of Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department - $22,000 to assist with its "Step Into Wellness," a senior fitness and nutrition program at two senior centers managed by the parks department.
  • Metro Technology Centers - $35,000 to help expand the district's "MetroFit Wellness Community Outreach" that offers physical activity and nutrition education to the surrounding community in northeast Oklahoma City.
  • Oklahoma City County Health Department - $15,000 to help expand "Total Wellness," an eight-week program that currently provides wellness education and support to overweight adults, to now include youth in schools and other locations throughout the community.
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic - $43,000 to hire a registered dietician to help implement "POWER Through Nutrition," a fitness program for American Indian children, who are among the nation's highest risk population for obesity, diabetes and related diseases.
  • Schools for Healthy Lifestyles - $22,000 to help implement the "Get Active" program at three Oklahoma City elementary schools. The program features a walking program tracking system for students that utilizes pedometers and heart rate monitors.
Launched in 2014, the Wellness Initiative goals are to work with nonprofit organizations to develop innovative community-based programs that motivate people of all ages to engage in a sustainable program of daily exercise, healthy eating and other wellness activities. The Initiative focuses on the following daily numbers to live by - 5210:  5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugar sweetened beverages. OK 5210 is an initiative of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. The next grant deadline is April 15, 2015. For more information, visit occf.org/grantprograms or contact Sally Ray at [email protected].
Services for Elderly iFund grants provided to eight organizations

Grants supporting programs in central Oklahoma that focus on helping older citizens live safely and independently in their own homes were recently awarded through the Services for Elderly iFund program. The Trustees awarded the following organizations with grants: 

  • NewView Oklahoma - $20,000 to support its Safe and Healthy Meals project that will help provide training for safe meal preparation for seniors with vision loss.
  • Rebuilding Together - $20,000 to provide emergency home repairs for low-income senior homeowners.
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma - $20,000 for the Senior Feeding Program to help provide nutritious food to senior citizens who are facing food hardship.
  • Senior Law Resource Center - $20,000 for the Probate and Guardianship Pro Se Clinic program that will help seniors and caregivers navigate the legal system.
  • RSVP of Central Oklahoma - $15,050 for the Provide-A-Ride program that provides elderly residents with transportation to medical appointments.
  • Harrah Senior Citizens - $11,000 to support the transportation program at the senior activity center that provides senior citizens in the community with rides to doctors, pharmacies, necessary appointments and social engagements.
  • Salvation Army - $4,000 to provide eight-week dance classes for elderly individuals at the Salvation Army's senior centers.
  • YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City - $10,000 to incorporate the healthy living OK 5210 concepts into the curriculum and activities for seniors at the YMCA Lincoln Park Senior Center.

For upcoming deadlines and more information, visit occf.org/grantprograms or contact Cher Golding at [email protected].  

Guidance Counselor Summer Institute is scheduled for June

The Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network's 2015 Summer Institute is planned for June 17-18, at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City. High school guidance counselors from across the state have been invited to attend the two-day free event. Faculty presenters are members of the College Board and the Texas, Great Plains and National Associations for College Admissions Counseling. Participants will gain a better understanding of their role in the lives of prospective college students. The institute is one of the resources offered through our Trustee Scholarship Initiative.
OCCF participating in Disaster Preparedness Program

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is one of 18 community foundations from eight states in the Midwest selected to participate in a new disaster-preparedness, response and recovery program.  The two-year program known as the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) is designed to help community foundations expand their ability to respond quickly, efficiently and effectively to natural disasters, in the immediate aftermath and during long-term community rebuilding. PPREP is managed by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Representatives from the 18 community foundations participated in a meeting in early March in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation hosted the group and participated in a panel discussion in Oklahoma City. The attendees also toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial and visited sites in Moore damaged by the May 2013 storms. Learn more about PPREP program here.
Scholars' luncheons planned for April

The 163 recipients of our 2014 Community Foundation Scholars and New Opportunities Scholars awards and their guidance counselors have been invited to attend one of three recognition luncheons on April 7, 8 and 9. The attendees represent 51 area high schools. In addition to being recognized, each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship for their first year of college, a scholarship packet on how to access their awards and a 2015 Scholars Yearbook that features each recipient's photo.