Together We Can Make a Difference

We are witnessing a crisis never before seen in our lifetime. The disruption caused by COVID-19 is affecting the lives of billions across the globe, as we are required to adapt to new lifestyles for the unforeseeable future. In Oklahoma City, we have responded to many different disasters, and we have responded generously.

This pandemic has forced our government leaders to take unprecedented measures to help slow down the spread of this disease. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has created the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund that will assist those in our community impacted by the virus, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The fund is flexible and will provide dollars for immediate needs to those seeking medical access, basic needs as well as provide help for our aging citizens.

To Donate:

As Oklahomans, we’ve seen our share of disasters before, and through it all, we always find a way to stand tall, to rise up and to help our fellow citizens endure. We are asking all who are willing to please donate to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation 2020 Disaster Relief Fund.

Please visit donate.occf.org to make an online donation and use fund name 2020 Disaster Relief Fund. Funds will be used to meet needs of individuals in our community through local service organizations and charities.

To Apply for a Grant:

Qualifying organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofits, churches, government agencies and schools providing direct services and assistance to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. Individuals cannot apply to receive a grant. Funding preference will be given to organizations working with vulnerable populations, including the elderly.

We will begin accepting letters of inquiry April 1. Please send a brief paragraph that includes the following:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The name and address of your organization
  • A short paragraph describing the proposed activity/program, and the target population
  • Approximate budget and amount requested

Please email the letter of inquiry to DisasterRelief2020@occf.org. All questions should be directed to this email. Funding will be considered as it is available.

Seven Reasons Today’s Philanthropists Choose a Donor Advised Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as a Quick and Easy Solution for their Charitable Giving

Former Oklahoma County District Judge Nancy Coats Ashley established a donor advised fund at the OCCF to help her support causes important to her, like Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. Read her story here.

Donor advised funds are the fastest growing giving vehicle in the nation. Why? Besides being one of the smartest ways to manage your charitable giving, donor advised funds, or DAFs, are easy, flexible and an alternative to a private foundation.

Here are seven other reasons a DAF might be right for you:

Easy to Establish and Use
The start-up time and cost are minimal for DAFs. Once established, donors have online access to contribute to their fund AND recommend grants from their fund – all with just the click of a button. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation even handles all the administrative aspects.

Give Cash and Noncash Assets
Donors can use a variety of assets to establish and contribute to their DAF, including cash, stock and real estate.

Invest and Grow Money Over Time
Your minimum gift of $20,000 to establish a DAF at the Community Foundation is invested, and the Community Foundation provides investment managers to help grow the fund.

Tax Benefits
You’ll receive a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of your gift in the same year you make your donation. Plus, DAFs aren’t subject to excise taxes unlike private foundations.

You Don’t Have to Select a Charity Right Away
Sure, you’ll receive the charitable tax deduction immediately for your gift, but you aren’t forced to select a charity at the time your gift is made.

Simplify Your Record Keeping
When you do decide which charity(s) to support, your DAF will keep track of each contribution throughout the year and provide you only one tax document when it comes time to file your taxes.

It Can be a Family Affair
Engage your children and grandchildren in philanthropy by naming them as advisors of your fund, allowing your family the ability to give together while teaching them the importance of giving back.

Establishing a DAF at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation not only simplifies your giving, it amplifies it. As OCCF fund holders, you will have access to our staff’s local expertise and knowledge of legitimate charities in central Oklahoma working to make our community a better place.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our DAF expert, Joe Carter, today at 405/606-2914.