Voices of the Community Foundation

A Steadfast Resource
Hunger among senior citizens has been a major issue in Oklahoma County for years. The pandemic made it even worse. Through the Meals on Wheels program in Oklahoma City, home-delivered meals are available to all seniors age 60 and older. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation awards annual grants to area churches to help sustain this important service. Since 2008, we've distributed more than $450,000 to support Mobile Meals programs throughout central Oklahoma. Learn how you can make a difference in your community with the help of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation at occf.org.
A Greater Community
John & Joy Belt shared a passion for the arts, and both fell in love with the little neighborhood known as the Paseo. John had a vision to transform the Paseo into a true arts district, and for the next 25 years, he led the charge to revitalize the area and make it a desirable neighborhood to live and work for so many people. The Belts created a legacy fund at the Community Foundation, ensuring their support for the Paseo District and other arts-related beautification projects would continue long after they were gone.
An Inspiring Future
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1 in 5 adults in Oklahoma is functionally illiterate. 1 in 5 adults in [...]
A Safe Place to Grow
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Every day, more than 130,000 kids in Oklahoma leave school with [...]
Putting Goals Within Reach
Savien Johnson took advantage of an OCCF scholarship specifically for [...]
Timely Support for Real Issues
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The Oklahoma City Community Foundation collaborated with four metro health care facilities to identify and overcome the biggest challenges facing our community today, like how people experiencing homelessness and COVID-19 could find safe shelter.
Dortha Dever
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Oklahoma City businesswoman Dortha Dever believed that helping young women reach their highest potential was an investment in the future for all of us. So together with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, she created the Dortha Dever Legacy Fund to provide perpetual distributions to her favorite charities. She also established the Dortha Dever Business Scholarship – giving Oklahoma City University students like Sha the opportunity to reach their goals as future businesswomen.
Kevin and Lisa Putt
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Kevin and Lisa Putt share a love of dogs of all shapes and sizes. And they believe dogs deserve a best friend too. So together with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, they established an endowment gift through their estate plan for Free To Live animal sanctuary – a local rescue for dogs and cats. It was their way of turning their love of animals into a meaningful contribution to the whole community.
Roy & Darlene Thornton
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Lifetime Mid-Del residents Roy and Darlene Thornton wanted to give back to their community by helping local students get to college. So together with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, they established the Roy Edward Thornton & Darlene Young Thornton Scholarship, given to local students committed to community service. 
Pendleton Woods
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Pen knew that what matters most is not just the size of the donation you make. It’s the size of the difference you can make. And with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, he could make every dollar and every hour he gave go so much further.
Kim Schlittler
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Kim Schlittler discusses our Charitable Organization Endowment Program and GiveSmartOKC.
Jane Sutter
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Jane Sutter, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, discusses her experience working with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
Ana Garcia
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Oklahoma City nurse practitioner Ana Garcia reflects on how an Oklahoma City Community Foundation scholarship impacted her education.
Steven C. Davis
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Oklahoma City estate planning attorney Steven C. Davis reflects on how the Oklahoma City Community Foundation allows him to better serve his clients.
The Payne Family
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A gift from late Oklahoma oilman William T. “Bill” Payne created a lasting legacy for his family, who continue to use the William T. Payne endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to give back to charitable causes important to their family.