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Community Foundation Rolls Out Gateway to Fun, Fitness

Whether it is a weekend 5k, yoga in the park, an adult basketball league or any other form of active fun, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is now the one-stop-shop for those who want to keep moving and stay healthy in OKC.

“We are excited to launch KeepMovingOKC.org,” said Nancy Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “Wellness has been a big part of our mission for many years, and this unique initiative is the most comprehensive fitness advocacy effort we have seen anywhere.”

Through KeepMovingOKC.org the Community Foundation has created an informational conduit, connecting the entire community with activities, events, venues, clubs, and sports leagues. For those who aren’t into running, biking, hiking or other types of playing around, there’s a list of volunteer opportunities as well.

After spending months in the house, staying safe from the pandemic, it can be hard to get motivated again, but that’s not a problem for KeepMovingOKC.org. The site provides tips on how to get started along with articles, links and other resources on how to keep moving once you are out there.    

The Community Foundation partners with clubs, organizations, and advocates throughout Oklahoma City’s wellness community to create regularly updated calendars full of free or low-cost activities, ranging from group hikes and bike rides to fishing derbies and belly dancing classes. For those who would rather do their own thing, there are lists of parks, trails, pools, water parks and boat houses where they can go do it. Golfers? The site contains courses for everyone, whether they’re hitting balls or throwing frisbees.

Oklahoma City Parks & Trails Foundation Executive Director Marsha Funk said KeepMovingOKC.org is a wonderful gateway to wellness and quality of life in Oklahoma City.

“KeepMovingOKC is a quality initiative that makes it easy for us to try some new things, improve our health, get together with others and lift our spirits,” Funk said. “Oklahoma City has much to offer, and we are excited to see this program boost our community’s focus on events and connect people with wonderful ways to stay active in our parks and trails.” Starting March 14, the Community Foundation will begin the official rollout with a series of television commercials featuring Oklahoma City actress and fitness advocate Leah Philpott.

Arnall Family Foundation donates $85 million to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

The Arnall Family Foundation today announced an $85 million contribution to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the majority of which will be distributed throughout the state within the next five years through community funds. The mutually beneficial partnership will leverage the strengths of both organizations to distribute funds efficiently and quickly over the next five years to support transformative systems change.  

The Arnall Community Funds administered through OCCF will provide grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state that are working to improve outcomes for individuals, children and families involved in the child welfare and criminal justice systems. The OCCF staff will manage the grant administration process and all grantmaking decisions will be made by OCCF Trustees.

The Arnall Family Foundation has worked with organizations to develop programming and strategic partnerships that create lasting impact and system change since 2015. This partnership will allow the Family Foundation to continue to focus on program development and fostering relationships with partners while benefiting from OCCF’s administrative support and asset management experience. Grantees will also benefit from exposure to OCCF, which could lead to additional opportunities for these organizations to diversify funding.

“The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has more than 50 years of experience in supporting charitable causes in our state and we are proud to partner with them,” said Sue Ann Arnall, founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation. “As we look forward to the next five years as an organization, we want to expand our impact by quickly deploying resources to the community and OCCF is the ideal partner to help us do that.”

“The Community Foundation is honored to assist the Arnall Family Foundation with their very significant programs and grants to improve the quality of life in the community,” said Nancy Anthony, president of OCCF. “They are addressing some of our greatest challenges and giving opportunity to many individuals who might not have much. We look forward to the partnership and what we can accomplish.”

Since 2015 and prior to this donation to OCCF, the Arnall Family Foundation has donated over $75 million through its strategic investments and innovative partnerships in animal welfare, child welfare and criminal justice reform. The Family Foundation will continue to pursue special projects and innovative, program-aligned grants and will remain dedicated to its philanthropic commitment to the community even after the Arnall Community Funds have been distributed by OCCF.