Throughout the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has continued to connect donors to the most impactful ways they can make a difference.
For some, that means contributing to our 2020 Disaster Relief Fund that was established in late March to support organizations making a difference in the face of the pandemic. Others have something more specific in mind, and they have created their own emergency-response funds at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
Since its establishment, the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund has given $385,750 to community organizations helping vulnerable central Oklahoma residents affected by COVID-19. These grants include $60,000 awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County to fund an emergency childcare center for first responders and health care workers. Additionally, $150,000 from the fund will support a collaboration of area health care organizations and shelters assist nearly 200 individuals experiencing homelessness who are ready for discharge from the hospital, or those who do not require hospitalization but are unable to isolate at home.
John Johnson, who owns a small manufacturing company in Oklahoma City, established a fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to support a more specific purpose. Using plastic from his company, John manufactured nearly 2,000 face shields for first responders. He and his family established the Shields 4 Heroes fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to invite the community to support the creation of the shields.
In total, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million through the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund and donor-established emergency response funds like John’s.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has been helping connect donors to their charitable passions for more than 50 years – even in the face of a global pandemic. We have a solution and charitable giving vehicle for every type of donor. To donate to our 2020 Disaster Relief Fund, visit OCCF.org/Covid19. If you have a more specific idea in mind, contact Joe Carter today at 405/606-2914 to discuss your charitable giving options.