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Third Round of OCCF Disaster Relief Grants Send $100,000 to Four Agencies

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is distributing an additional $100,000 in 2020 disaster relief grants this month to four Central Oklahoma agencies serving vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The June allocation is the third round of distributions associated with the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund that was established in response to the COVID crisis.

Donors have helped fund the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund with contributions that the Community Foundation has used to fund a total of $485,750 in grants to 14 organizations across Central Oklahoma. Nonprofits have included HopeHouse OKC, Sisu Youth Services, Community Health Centers of Oklahoma, Skyline Urban Ministry, Health Alliance for the Uninsured and others.
“We are grateful to the Community Foundation’s Trustees and donors who have supported our disaster relief efforts,” said Nancy Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “Those contributions have helped organizations that are on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, helping children, the elderly, the homeless and others suffering hardships amid this pandemic.”

Grant recipients included:

  • Latino Community Development Agency | $20,000 to help fund rent and utility assistance for families facing economic hardships such as unemployment and eviction.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County | $40,000 to help pay for increased staffing, cleaning and PPE costs at Memorial Park and three other program locations.
  • Sunbeam Family Service | $10,000 to support its emergency senior shelter.
  • Health Alliance for the Uninsured | $30,000 to fund PPE needs for all partner clinics through the end of the year.

How the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is Helping a Former Oklahoma County District Judge Support Mental Health Services

Judge Nancy Coats-Ashley in a courtroom

When former Oklahoma County District Judge Nancy Coats-Ashley was looking for a way to make a difference with her charitable gifts, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation helped her find the perfect solution. A longtime advocate for mental health issues, Judge Coats-Ashley was instrumental in the creation of the first mental health court in the southwest United States. Through her experience with defendants who were dealing with mental illness, she recognized the need for an alternative path that could lead to treatment and rehabilitation rather than incarceration.

“The success stories of mental health court graduates are just remarkable,” Judge Coats-Ashley said. “With proper treatment, they are able to return to work and go on to live healthy, productive lives, while also reducing the burden on our criminal justice system.”

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation helped Judge Coats-Ashley further her community legacy through the creation of a donor advised fund that will permanently support causes important to her, like Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. In addition, she used the remainder of her campaign funds to create a scholarship for graduate students studying mental health services.

Whether you are interested in creating a charitable fund to support your favorite causes, providing scholarships for students or using assets other than cash to leave a legacy, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation can help you customize the perfect solution for your giving needs. Our professional staff can help translate your values into the right type of fund to carry out your wishes and create a charitable legacy. Learn more about how the Oklahoma City Community Foundation can help you make a difference here or contact us at 405/235-5603.