Category Archives: Philanthropy

Five Tips to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving This Holiday Season

Best Friends of Pets staff receiving a gift check

The holiday season brings a spirit of giving, inspiring us to look for ways to give back and make a difference for others. As you consider where your charitable dollars will make the greatest impact, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation offers five tips for smart charitable giving.

  1. Pinpoint Your Passion: Take the time to determine which causes you care about most and consider what type of charity can make the greatest impact in your areas of interest. For example, if you want to help support education, do you want to give to a public school foundation to fund programs and equipment at your local school? Or, would you prefer to give to a small nonprofit tutoring and mentoring underserved students?
  2. Explore Your Options: Once you’ve identified your giving goals, take the time to learn about the different charities serving that need in your community. Discover local charities serving a specific cause at The online directory offers a keyword search to help you find charities that fit your interests.
  3. Do Your Homework: Learn more about the organization and ensure its legitimacy. Several websites such as and allow you to verify if an organization is tax-exempt. For charities in central Oklahoma, offers a deeper look into the organization’s specific programs to evaluate their impact and ensure they will make the best use of your contribution.
  4. Maximize your Donation with a Matching Gift: Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for charitable contributions made by employees. Locally, you can take advantage of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund Endowment Matching Program. To find organizations currently eligible for a matching gift, visit
  5. Look for Alternatives to Cash Donations: While cash gifts are always welcome, many charities also encourage other types of gifts such as stocks, real estate or gifts from your retirement account. These alternative giving options may also reduce your taxable income for the year. If your chosen charity is unable to accept these gifts, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation may be able to facilitate the gift to support the charity through its endowment fund.

By giving more effectively, you can maximize the impact of your charitable support and help our local charities make a lasting impact in our community this giving season. Learn more about how the Community Foundation can help connect you with more impactful charitable giving in the video below or call us at 405/235-5603 to learn more.

Connecting Generous Individuals to Help Oklahoma City Seniors Maintain Their Independence

RSVP of Central Oklahoma volunteer Rebecca Taylor helps Charlotte Hiel, age 100, travel to and from a medical appointment.

In Oklahoma City, an estimated 20,000 senior adults age 65 and older live alone, many without access to a vehicle (source: U.S. Census American Community Survey). The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping seniors throughout central Oklahoma maintain their independence through grants to programs that help keep seniors safe and living in their own homes.

The grant program, Services for the Elderly iFund, brings together charitable donations from a variety of donors who share a common interest in supporting senior independence. By connecting these charitable resources with nonprofit organizations who are making a difference for our senior citizens, the Community Foundation can help individuals make a greater impact with their donations, no matter the size.

In 2019, nearly $200,000 was awarded to 10 charitable organizations that provide services to seniors. RSVP of Central Oklahoma received a $20,000 iFund grant for its Provide-A-Ride Medical Transportation program to help provide safe transportation to medical appointments for low-income seniors in Oklahoma County.

“Our volunteer drivers accompany our clients to their medical appointments, wait for them, drive them by the pharmacy when needed and safely deliver the clients back home,” said Beth Patterson, executive director of RSVP. “More than just drivers, our volunteers are also caring older adults who give the gift of companionship and friendship to so many elderly persons who live alone.”

Connecting people to causes they care about is what the Oklahoma City Community Foundation does best, and the iFund grant program is just one example. Read more about the many ways the Community Foundation can help connect you with more impactful charitable giving in our 2019 Annual Report or call us at 405/235-5603 to learn more.