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Fall Forum Fridays Are Coming in October
Oklahoma School Foundations Network is excited to announce plans for a 2020 Fall Forum, re-imagined in a new, virtual format. Uncertainty over the safety of gathering together for a day-long traditional conference has inspired a creative move to a month- long series of webinars and online forum opportunities in October.

Each Friday in October, OSFN will host an hour-long noon webinar on topics relevant to our Oklahoma foundations. We plan to address basics of foundation board service, national guiding principles for foundations, fundraising ideas, and more. There will also be opportunities to participate in Zoom round table discussions with leaders from other school foundations to share ideas and learn from one another.

We would love to hear from YOU! If you have a special request for a particular topic, please reach out to Katy Leffel to share your thoughts.
Foundation Feature: Putnam City Schools Foundation Teacher Ambassadors

Putnam City Schools Foundation:  Established in 1987

District Serves : 19,419 students in grades preK-12

Executive Director:  Jennifer Seal

Great Idea to Share : Foundation Teacher Ambassadors

By Jennifer Seal

The largest group of donors to the Putnam City Schools Foundation and one of the most consistent are the district teachers and staff members. For the past several years, the revenue brought in by this group has grown thanks to consistent communication and strategic thought. Despite this, only about half of our teaching staff supports the automatic payroll deduction program we call Friends of the Foundation. In an effort to reach more teachers more often, we designed the Ambassador Program. 

As the President for the PC Foundation, I have limited access to large groups of teachers on a regular basis. When new teachers come into Putnam City, I make a welcome pitch and offer the enrollment form for Friends of the Foundation. My other chance comes when I visit their site faculty meeting for a short presentation and discussion of how we’ve helped their schools. Both of these opportunities have increased enrollment, but there is still more opportunity.

Since our teachers meet monthly we thought having teacher ambassadors at each building could be a good way to have more messaging from the Foundation on a regular basis. I chose the ambassador for each site based upon person knowledge. I was looking for someone already enrolled in the program who has had a positive experience with the PC Foundation. Each month, I provide these people with three informational bullets to share about good things happening or upcoming events. The Ambassador is also asked to help provide support to any colleague working to write a grant to the foundation.

For their service, ambassadors got a t-shirt and a few little fun surprises in their mailboxes throughout the year. As of yet I am not able to ascertain the program’s efficacy, but hope to have a “normal” school year using the ambassadors in '20-21 and be able to report changes therein.  
Outstanding Program Award Nominations Open August 1st
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence annually presents one or more Outstanding Program Awards to recognize innovative programs sponsored or administered by school foundations in Oklahoma. Trophies and monetary awards of $1,000 each are presented to the winners. 

Recognized programs may include but are not limited to: curriculum enhancement, arts integration, student leadership development, student scholarships, mentoring, professional development for teachers, public relations and fundraising. To take a look at some of our past honorees, head to our program awards archive .

Nominations for recognition may come from anyone knowledgeable about the foundation, including its board members. Only one program per foundation may be nominated for recognition. Winning foundations must wait one full year before they are eligible to nominate another program.

Program nominations for 2020 will be available online from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, 2020. 
Member Resource Library Is Back!
The Oklahoma School Foundations Network offers half-price memberships to the National School Foundation Association. With the Spring 2021 NSFA Conference scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City, there has never been a better time to join!

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 and newly re-organized 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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