Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

OVERVIEW: This funder supports nonprofits in 44 counties of Oklahoma and focuses on rural communities. Applications are accepted for select funds.

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 if you work in rural areas of the state. Education has been a top priority recently.

PROFILE: 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.

This community doesn’t provide support to every Oklahoma county, but it does fund a lot of them. Here’s 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

At the time this profile was written, CFO had over 850 active funds and assets of around $100 million. The foundation’s component funds gave out over $13 million in a recent year. Current financial data can be viewed here.

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. Also, the Fleeta Greenwood Foundation accepts applications from public schools and churches in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The purpose of the Greenwood grants is to assist people with intellectual disabilities.

The grant application system is entirely online and accessed through the funder’s website. Other donor advised funds at CFO do not accept unsolicited grant applications. CFO also helps nonprofits set up endowment funds and has an Endowment Matching Program. In the past, donations put into endowment accounts have earned a match of five cents for each dollar processed, up to a maximum of $50,000 over a year.

You can learn about past grantees on the funder’s Oklahoma Stories page.

The staff from Foundation Management Inc. manages operations at CFO. The governing board is made up of trustees and advisors from the local business, government, and nonprofit sectors. General questions can be directed to the staff at 405-488-1450 or RMacon@cfok.org. This email will go to Randy K. Macon, who is the foundation’s executive director. Keep up with CFO on its News and Announcement page.

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