Frank Merrick, City of Muskogee Foundation

TITLE:  Executive Director and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Education, arts, culture, community revitalization and beautification, social services, healthcare, economic development, infrastructure, housing, recreation

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PROFILE: Frank Merrick is the executive director and CEO of the City of Muskogee Foundation in Oklahoma. He is also president of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, president of Foundation Management, Inc., vice president of the Merrick Foundation, and president of Ward S. Merrick, Inc.

His bio shares:

Frank W. Merrick is President of Foundation Management, Inc., vice president of the Merrick Foundation, and president of Ward S. Merrick, Inc.

It was his decades of service as director and vice president of The Merrick Foundation that inspired his interest in forming FMI to serve the needs of philanthropic individuals and organizations. As president of Ward S. Merrick, Inc., he manages all aspects of a family business in oil, gas, real estate and venture capital investments.

Frank has extensive experience and involvement with foundation management, charitable organizations, and the grant-making and grant-receiving community. Using this experience, he formed FMI to assist those organizations achieve their philanthropic goals. Frank has also served as a consultant for family foundations, both new and established, as well as numerous 501(c)(3) organizations. Specializing in board development, generational transition issues, and policies and procedures establishment, he assists these organizations throughout their various development stages.

Extending from local activities in Ardmore and Oklahoma City to statewide organizations and associations, Frank's efforts are making a difference for several organizations across the state. He served as the past chair of the Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma, the Ardmore Development Authority, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. He is past president Grantmakers of Oklahoma. Frank was a founder of the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City and currently serves on the board of the Homeless Alliance and Crossings Community Clinic. 

His professional affiliations include service on the boards of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Industry Finance Authority and Philanthropy Southwest

Prior to starting Foundation Management, Inc., Frank was vice president of trust sales for the Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and served as vice president of development for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has also completed post-graduate work in Business Administration and participated in numerous professional training seminars and workshops.