September 2021
Register NOW for Fall Forum Webinar Wednesdays

Oklahoma School Foundations Network is excited to announce the return of our virtual Fall Forum for 2021. We are pleased to present a series of FREE Wednesday noon webinars during the month of October. Registration is open now and available to all school foundation leaders and volunteers. Please note that registration for each webinar is required and must be completed separately. Registered attendees will receive a link to attend the webinar via email.

Webinar Topics Include:
  • 10/6- Using Flipcause for School Foundation Donor Management
  • 10/13- Opportunity Tax Credit Law Basics for School Foundations
  • 10/20- Planned Giving 101, Partnering with Your Community Foundation
  • 10/27- Outstanding Program Award Winners
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 $3000 startup grants 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 $1500 opportunity grants 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. More information will be available soon on our website.

Academic Award Nominations
Open October 1!

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recognizes and honors academic excellence in Oklahoma's public schools through a prestigious Awards Program. Awards to be given at the Academic Awards Banquet in May include:
  • a $1,000 scholarship to each of the 100 Academic All-State scholars selected from Oklahoma's public high school graduating seniors;
  • a $5,000 cash award and Medal for Excellence to five public school educators, one each at the elementary, secondary, community college/regional university and research university levels. An elementary/secondary administrator also is honored.

The nomination portal opens October 1! Head over to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence website for more information.
Announcement of 2021 Outstanding Program
Award Winners Coming Soon!
Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Program Awards for Oklahoma School Foundations have closed and judging is underway. Keep an eye out for the announcement of this year's award winners the first week in October! To learn more about the Awards or to see past winners, head to our website.
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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