Kevin and Lisa Putt share a love of dogs of all shapes and sizes. Their passion for our furry friends inspired them to want to make a difference in the lives of unwanted dogs and cats. With the help of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and their financial advisor, the Putts arranged to leave a gift in their will to support Free to Live Animal Sanctuary.
Free to Live is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the state, providing a home for around 300 animals on the property. The only way Free to Live can stay remain operational is through donations from individuals in the community – like the Putts – who share their passion for dogs and cats.
The Putts have also left gifts in their will to establish scholarships at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to support students studying veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University.
By attending classes at the Community Foundation and working one-on-one with the team, the Putts were able to turn their passions into a lasting legacy.
“They took the time to question where we wanted out impact to be,” Lisa Putt said about her and Kevin’s experience working with the Community Foundation. “For us, that was incredibly important because we feel now our legacy is stronger than when we thought it would be in the beginning.”
“For people who want to leave their community better than they found it, but don’t feel like they may have enough to set something up on their own, the Community Foundation can help,” added Kevin. “They look at what the donor wants to accomplish, and they find a fund – or two or three funds – that meets what the donor wants to do. I think that is a huge benefit.”
If you would like more information on how you can accomplish your charitable goals and make a greater impact on your community, contact Joe Carter at (405) 235-5603.
Last spring, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation overhauled GiveSmartOKC.org, expanding the information and data available to the community and making it an even more efficient tool to research central Oklahoma charities. Not only does the upgraded platform provide information and descriptions of charitable organizations’ programs, mission, leadership, financials and Form 990s, but now you can also utilize census data to determine where our community’s needs are the greatest.
With the interactive central Oklahoma map featuring more than 325 nonprofits, you can see where charities are located and what areas they serve, but by overlaying the available data, you begin to see an even bigger picture. By applying filters such as zip codes and a need for access to health care, you can discover the percentage of the population receiving Medicaid, then find nonprofits in the area working to impact that need. In addition, you can take advantage of the guided tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to search, filter and utilize all the tools GiveSmartOKC.org has to offer.
As your Community Foundation, we want to help you fulfill your charitable vision. Prior to publishing, all profiles must provide a copy of their 501(c)(3) determination letter, three years of board-approved financials and their current operating board in addition to being thoroughly vetted by our staff, so you can feel confident in the organizations you find. We encourage you to take advantage of this powerful tool as you plan your charitable impact.
If you’re a charitable organization interested in creating a GiveSmartOKC.org profile or an individual wanting to learn more, contact GiveSmartOKC manager Rachel Mouton at 405-606-2918 or visit OCCF.org today.