December 2019
Save the Date: Enid Regional Meeting

The Oklahoma School Foundations Network is excited to announce our next Regional Meeting! Make plans now for your board to attend this training and networking opportunity. Specific agenda details and registration information are coming soon.
Is Your Foundation Seeking Grant Funding?
Foundations often reach out to the Oklahoma School Foundations Network asking for guidance on sources for grant funding in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma School Foundations Network has put together information about some of the many Oklahoma grant opportunities that might be of interest to your school foundation.

Click HERE to take a look at this resource. If you have information on other available grants to add to this guide, please email Katy Leffel to share.
Foundation Feature:
Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation
Bruins on the Run Program
Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation: Established in 1985

District Serves : 5,868 students

Executive Director: Blair Ellis

Great Idea to Share : Bruins on the Run after- school mentoring and running program

Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation partnered with the local YMCA and a local mentoring and running program for teens called "Run the Streets" to offer an innovative after-school mentoring and running program for fifth grade students across the district. This year, Bruins on the Run serves 87 students, with 48 teacher-mentors participating.The program is intended to increase student focus in the classroom, improve relationships between students and their teacher-mentors, encourage friendships and collaboration between students at different elementary schools before they enter a common middle school. Bruins on the Run also address the need for a no-cost after school program and gives students the opportunity to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

"The program has been a big success," shared Executive Director Blair Ellis. " Not only have we seen an increase in students' physical abilities, but we've also seen an increase in their confidence and their abilities to set and achieve goals. Moreover, the program gives teachers the opportunity to engage with their students in a meaningful way outside of the classroom."   

Many students identified Bruins on the Run as the highlight of their day during discussions at training. Learn more about this exciting program at the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation website.

Survey: Help us plan the Fall Forum for 2020
We are excited to announce the return of the Fall Forum in 2020. We would love to get input from YOUR foundation on what would make this event most useful to your board. Please take this short survey to provide valuable feedback on how we can best support your foundation.
Save on NSFA Conference Registration:
Become a PLUS Member!
Registration for the 2020 NSFA Conference is now open! Click on the graphic above to check out all the details on this exciting training opportunity for school foundations. Planning to attend? Remember that PLUS members receive discounted registration.

While ALL public school foundations in Oklahoma have access to the free consulting and resources provided by the Oklahoma School Foundations Network, PLUS members will have the added benefit of membership in the National School Foundation Association. PLUS membership, based on your foundation size, is just half of what it would cost your organization to join NSFA separately. NSFA offers its members a large array of benefits, including discounted services and products as well as a large resource library and free webinars. Take a look at the membership application for more information, and contact Katy Leffel with any questions you might have.

We would like to welcome the following foundations as 2019-20 PLUS members:
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