Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

OVERVIEW: The Communities Foundation of Oklahoma supports communities in 44 counties of Oklahoma and focuses giving on education, people with disabilities, youth, health, and human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, people with disabilities, youth, health, human services

IP TAKE:  Only a few funds here accept applications, but this is still a good funder to know for nonprofits working in rural areas of the state. Education has been a top priority recently.

PROFILE: Established in the 1990s, the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) is based in Oklahoma City and was inspired by Tom McCasland Jr. He had a vision for the foundation in 1992 and teamed up with banker Gene Rainbolt in 1999 to provide investment services to Oklahoma’s rural communities. CFO manages more than 850 active funds and has been giving out over $12 million annually. The funder aims to “support Oklahoma communities by meeting the needs of charitable organizations and donors statewide.” Grantmaking areas of interest are education, people with disabilities, youth, health, and human services.

It is possible for local nonprofits in Oklahoma to be eligible for multiple grant programs that CFO manages. For example, the Chickasha Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofits in that county. And the Tahlequah Community Foundation, which is also part of CFO, accepts grant applications as well. CFO also has a matching program that is available on a first-come, first served basis while the funds remain. In the past, donations put into nonprofit endowment accounts have earned a match of five cents for each dollar processed, up to a maximum of $50,000 over a year.

Learn about past grantees on the funder’s Oklahoma Stories page. Grantseekers can view current financial data here. This community foundation does not provide support to every Oklahoma county, but it does fund many of them. Here is a list of counties where CFO works.

1.     Alfalfa County

2.     Beckham County

3.     Bryan County

4.     Caddo County

5.     Canadian County

6.     Carter County

7.     Cherokee County

8.     Choctaw County

9.     Cleveland County

10.  Coal County

11.  Comanche County

12.  Craig County

13.  Creek County

14.  Custer County

15.  Dewey County

16.  Ellis County

17.  Garfield County

18.  Garvin County

19.  Grady County

20.  Grant County

21.  Harper County

22.  Hughes County

23.  Kay County

24.  Kingfisher County

25.  Kiowa County

26.  Lincoln County

27.  Logan County

28.  Major County

29.  McClain County

30.  Murray County

31.  Muskogee County

32.  Oklahoma County

33.  Ottawa County

34.  Payne County

35.  Pittsburg County

36.  Pontotoc County

37.  Pottawatomie County

38.  Rogers County

39.  Seminole County

40.  Stephens County

41.  Tulsa County

42.  Wagoner County

43.  Woods County

44.  Woodward County

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications for certain programs. The grant application system is entirely online and accessed through the funder’s website. Meanwhile, donor-advised funds at CFO do not accept unsolicited grant applications. Direct general questions to the executive director, Teresa Rose Crook, at 405-488-1450 or trosecrook@cfok.org.

PEOPLE:

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