October 2021
The National Association of Education Foundations

The National School Foundations Association (NSFA) has reorganized and is now the National Association of Education Foundations (NAEF)! The name has changed, but the services and support will remain the same. Here are some actions you can take to stay connected to our national association:

Become a Member of the National Association of Education Foundations

Oklahoma School Foundations Network offers an opportunity for all Oklahoma school
foundations to join the national organization at half-price through our PLUS membership. Our membership drive and annual renewals kick off November 1. Head to our website to sign up or renew your membership today! Membership comes with some great benefits:

Fall Forum Webinar Wednesdays-
Recordings Available

Oklahoma School Foundations Network presented a series of webinars for school foundation leaders during the month of October. If you missed the live presentation of these sessions and would like to view the recordings, they are available now on-demand.

Fall Forum 2021 Webinar topics include:
  • Using Flipcause for School Foundation Donor Management
  • Opportunity Tax Credit Law Basics for School Foundations
  • Planned Giving 101, Partnering with Your Community Foundation
  • Outstanding Program Award Winners (Registration still open, Webinar on Oct. 27)
Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants Coming Soon!

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for K-12 mentoring organizations in Oklahoma. The Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants will provide two categories of grant funding to K-12 mentoring organizations- startup grants and opportunity grants.

  • Two startup grants of up to $3,000 will be available each year to new mentoring organizations in their first three years of operation. These grants are designed to encourage communities to start quality mentoring programs. Preference will be given to organizations that plan to work in partnership with local public schools.
  • Six opportunity grants of up to $1,500 will be available to existing mentoring organizations to help fund programming, training, materials or other programs that advance excellence in mentoring for K-12 students in Oklahoma. Preference will be given to organizations that work in partnership with local public schools.

Grant applications will be made available November 1, 2021, with funding disbursed on a first come first served basis to qualified organizations.
Learn More About the 2021 Program Award Winners!

A fully equipped bookmobile, a book dispensing vending machine and a program connecting school site needs with community resources have been selected as recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Program Awards for Oklahoma School Foundations presented by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its Oklahoma School Foundations Network.

The awards recognize innovative programs sponsored or administered by public school foundations in Oklahoma. Receiving plaques and monetary awards of $1,000 each will be the Trojans Read the Way Bookmobile sponsored by the Jenks Public Schools Foundation; the Get Books, Not Twix! Book Vending Machine sponsored by the Grove Education Foundation for Excellence; and the Community and Schools Together Initiative sponsored by the Putnam City Schools Foundation.

If you would like to learn more about these programs, register now for our final Fall Forum Webinar Wednesdays session. This free webinar will feature leaders from the foundations that sponsor these outstanding programs. They will share more information about the programs and the impact those programs have on students and teachers in their school districts.
Fund for Teachers Fellowships Provide Custom Learning For Your District's Teachers
Fund for Teachers is a unique grant opportunity for K-12 teachers that provides learning Fellowships during the summer months. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists, researchers, artists and agents of change—and they return to their classrooms with new ideas that empower student learning and achievement. Imagine what these transformative experiences can do for your district teachers!

Teachers may apply for up to $5,000 for individual grants or up to $10,000 for team grants. The application period is open online now until 5 pm, January 20, 2022.
More information can be found at www.fundforteachers.org.
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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