FOCUS AREAS: Rural Oklahoma, community enhancement, community needs
PROFILE: Nancy Anthony is the president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, an affiliate foundation. She also worked as the administrator of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund for three years.
Her professional bio shares:
Nancy Anthony joined the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as executive director in 1985 when it had assets of $20 million and one other full-time employee. She has helped direct the growth of the organization to assets in excess of $800 million, 30+ employees and that makes average annual distributions to the Oklahoma City nonprofit community of more than $20 million. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a leader among community foundations in the development of charitable organization endowment funds and administers the country's largest endowment program for nonprofits. It has also focused its discretionary resources on community issues and opportunities where it can provide both resources and leadership. In 1995, the Community Foundation joined with other area organizations to provide leadership in the oversight and distribution of contributions given in response to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. The model developed in Oklahoma City for cooperative response to such tragedy has set a standard for the nation. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Anthony provided consultation to charitable organizations in both New York City and Washington, D.C.A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, she received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, M.A. and M.Phil degree in mathematical statistics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. As a volunteer, Anthony has served for 25 years as a member of the Metropolitan Library Commission, including six years as chairman. She was honored for her library advocacy by the American Library Association in 2000 and was the recipient of the second Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Library System. In 2009, she served as president of the Economic Club of Oklahoma and she is vice chairman of the Oklahoma City Sports Facilities Oversight Committee. She and her husband, Robert H. Anthony have four daughters and three grandchildren.
To learn more about Anthony, read Philanthropy News Digest’s interview with her: “Nancy Anthony, Executive Director, Oklahoma City Community Foundation: Philanthropy and Domestic Terrorism.”