June 2021
Register NOW for the School Foundation
Specialized Learning Track at the
Education Leadership Conference
Friday, August 27

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration are set to present their annual Education Leadership Conference at the brand new Oklahoma City Convention Center August 26-29. For the first time ever, they will offer a one-day specialized learning track for school foundation members and leaders on Friday, August 27, featuring presentations developed by the Oklahoma School Foundations Network for just $175.

Registration for a specialized track allows attendees to participate in the general session and specific breakout sessions related to school foundation work, including:
  • Strengthening the School District, School Foundation Relationship
  • Engaging your School Foundation in Advocacy
  • School Foundation Funding Alignment
  • Implementing the Opportunity Tax Credit for School Foundation Donors

2021 Outstanding Program Awards
Nominations Coming Soon!

Applications for the 2021 Outstanding Program Awards for Oklahoma School Foundations will open Monday, August 2. This annual award includes a $1,000 prize and is presented to school foundations to celebrate successful programs that positively impact students, teachers and districts. Nominations are welcomed from anyone associated with a foundation! To learn more about the Awards or to see past winners, head to our website.
DonorsChoose Grant Management Webinar

Did you miss the live DonorsChoose webinar? The recording and slides are available NOW on our website and on YouTube!

Looking to streamline your teacher grant process and maximize your financial impact? Join Ali Rosen, head of Foundation Giving at DonorsChoose and Oklahoma School Foundations Network Director Katy Leffel to learn how partnering with DonorsChoose can dramatically increase the impact of your teacher grant program.
Your school foundation can help bring arts integrated lessons to students with SAIL Box

SAIL Box - Simply Arts Integrated Learning- provides arts integrated activities and lessons to homes and classrooms. Each month focuses on a concept, or big idea, and includes FOUR unique, activities/lessons, a featured artist of the month, and vocabulary cards. Boxes are targeted to elementary aged children, and activities are easily scaled for PreK-5th grade students. SAIL Box has options for both full box subscription, with all materials provided for each activity, or for digital subscription which provides all lesson and printed materials in downloadable format, so that a teacher or parent could provide the materials they need for larger groups of children.
Interested in knowing more about purchasing SAIL Box for teachers or students in your district? Please visit the website at www.okaplus.org/sailbox/ or the Facebook page @okasailbox. Discounts are available for large orders. Want to discuss class sets or class materials? Please contact A+ Schools at kcarter35@uco.edu or 405-974-3779.
SAIL Box is a program of Oklahoma A+ Schools Institute at UCO.
On-Call Help for Foundations

Oklahoma School Foundations Network Director Katy Leffel provides FREE on-call help to all Oklahoma foundations. Have a question or need a sample document? Call or email Katy for support: (405) 922-5420, kleffel@ofe.org. Katy is also available to lead board retreats and strategic planning sessions.
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The Oklahoma School Foundations Network is a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Follow us on Facebook, and find more information at www.ofe.org.