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    Family TREE
    Pauline E. Mayer Shelter Repurposing Initiative
    June 29, 2017
    Awarded: $1,474,924
    Following the announcement of the closure of the Pauline E. Mayer Shelter, the Children and Family Council of Oklahoma County (CFC) appointed a committee in partnership with Department of Human Services (DHS) and key stakeholders to steer the development of a plan for the repurposing of the shelter. Based on data and input from various community partners, stakeholders and services providers, the CFC identified the need to strengthen quality family time for families and early, mental, behavioral, development and educational assessment interventions for children and families involved in the child welfare system.
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    Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
    241: Two Events for One Great Cause
    June 27, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s 241 -- two events for one great cause -- is a two-day event benefiting medical research at OMRF. All proceeds from this year's event will aid OMRF researchers in the quest for new discoveries and treatments for diseases that affect so many such as cancer, autoimmune disease, heart disease and diseases of aging. With celebrities, fine wine and top-notch golf, it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of Oklahoma's finest recreation, entertainment and dining while supporting one of Oklahoma's most established nonprofits.
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    OCU Meinders School of Business
    Bloomberg Terminal Computer Lab
    June 22, 2017
    Awarded: $66,420
    Bloomberg Terminals have proven to be an important tool for teaching finance and economics. The software system is considered to be the most advanced information and analysis tool in the field of finance. The Meinders School of Business requires that every business student become Bloomberg Certified before they are allowed to complete their degree requirements and graduate.  This requirement makes our graduates much more employable than the normal college graduate. Ninety five percent of the students who graduate from the Meinders School of Business are employed in their field of interest, or go on to graduate/law school, within three months of graduation.  Providing professional training while in college transforms students and their lives. Having familiarity with Bloomberg Terminals is almost a necessity for anyone seeking advanced employment opportunities in the finance industry.
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    Angels Family Foster Network
    Increasing Service Capacity
    June 22, 2017
    Awarded: $250,000
    Angels Family Foster Network’s goal is to form deep community involvement, volunteerism, and cultivate the best foster homes available for infants, toddlers, and children. Angels prides itself on relationships from Foster Parent to Child, Caseworker to Parent, and all of the people in between. Angels works to create the very best support for families and the children we care for. All ages need love, and because of this, Angels can place up to age 18. The grant will allow Angels to increase staff capacity by adding six new case workers, which will increase the service capacity to 90 additional families served. This project will also include TBRI training to ensure the best possible outcomes for every case they manage.
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    Oklahoma City Ballet
    The Turning Pointe Campaign
    June 14, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Since re-forming as Oklahoma City Ballet in 2008 under the artistic vision and leadership of Robert Mills, the trajectory of growth for the organization has been unstoppable. The size of the professional company and the school has steadily grown, and the Summer Intensive Program more than doubled in size from 2015 to 2016, leading to a need for more space. Oklahoma City Ballet’s new home will increase the organization’s available space from 8,000 square feet and three studios to almost 29,000 square feet with the potential for eight studios. The iconic architecture and natural light will match the beauty and grace of Oklahoma City Ballet’s product.
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    Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
    Early Childhood Business Summit
    May 31, 2017
    Awarded: $2,000
    This year’s conference will highlight the successes of the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition, with special emphasis on four areas of impact to families with children, birth to five. Those areas are: Pay for Success, as a strategy for achieving measurable outcomes; children’s health maladies and remedies, adverse childhood experiences, and a two generation approach to reducing poverty. The keynote speaker, as well as the breakout session presenters, will focus on impact as well as proven strategies that have led to positive outcomes. Oklahoma is no stranger to low rankings; conference experts will share how we as a state can reverse those trends.
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    Oklahoma Heart Gallery
    Finding Forever Homes Through Photography
    May 30, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Oklahoma's Heart Gallery assists Oklahoma disadvantaged youth who are waiting to find forever homes. Often these children are developmental disabled as well as physically or emotionally challenged. To address this need, photography shoots are held four times a year to photograph and video children who are in the Department of Human Services (DHS) care and are available for adoption. The portraits are continuously placed on the Heart Gallery website and on five displays that travel throughout Oklahoma.
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    Myriad Gardens Foundation
    Art of Flowers
    May 19, 2017
    Awarded: $2,019
    Myriad Gardens Foundation presented an elegant luncheon to celebrate the art of floral arranging while helping to support the Gardens. Co-chaired by Annie Bohanon and Dannie Bea Hightower, guests enjoyed a garden-to-table seasonal lunch prepared by Chef Kamala Gamble in the Park House Events Center. Dundee Butcher, a master floral arranger and owner of the fashionable Russian River Flower School in Napa Valley, California, demonstrated how to create gorgeous floral arrangements for special occasions or everyday enjoyment.
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    Oklahoma City Ballet
    Patron Events Sponsor
    May 15, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company since 1972, when it was founded by Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov. As the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City Ballet currently boasts 45 dancers from around the world. The company produces four main-stage productions per season in Oklahoma City, in addition to touring across Oklahoma and surrounding states. In addition to main-stage productions and touring, Oklahoma City Ballet offers classes for youth and adults through The Dance Center at Oklahoma City Ballet, as well as multiple outreach programs to provide arts experience and education to students across the state.
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    Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
    Oklahoma Early Childhood Business Summit
    May 11, 2017
    Awarded: $7,500
    This year’s conference will highlight the successes of the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition, with special emphasis on four areas of impact to families with children, birth to five. Those areas are: Pay for Success, as a strategy for achieving measurable outcomes; children’s health maladies and remedies, adverse childhood experiences, and a two generation approach to reducing poverty. The keynote speaker, as well as the breakout session presenters, will focus on impact as well as proven strategies that have led to positive outcomes. Oklahoma is no stranger to low rankings; the conference experts will share how we as a state can reverse those trends.
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    Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County
    Flight for Futures
    May 1, 2017
    Awarded: $7,500
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations through Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) working to help youth of all backgrounds – with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances – develop the qualities they need to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County serves over 800 young people daily, has over 3,600 registered members and offers programs at four locations.
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    Oklahoma Policy Institute
    Public Policy Education
    April 14, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy) is a non-partisan independent policy think-tank that promotes adequate, fair, and fiscally responsible funding of public services and expanded opportunity for all Oklahomans by providing timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas. OK Policy believes that Oklahoma can be a great state, one that ensures prosperity for all our citizens through good schools, good jobs, good health, strong families and strong communities. To make the best policy decisions that lead us to this better future, policymakers and citizens need good, factual information.
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    INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
    Digital X-Ray Machine for Neonatal Intensive Care
    April 14, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    At INTEGRIS, the physicians, employees and volunteers take their education and skills into the community to make a difference in the lives of fellow Oklahomans. Their dedication, combined with our resources, helps accomplish a variety of things – from providing free clinical services, screenings and education programs to working with juvenile offenders and providing activities for senior citizens. support the purchase of a Digital X-Ray Machine for our NICU at INTEGRIS Children's. This machine drastically reduces the exposure of infants to radiation by up to 80%less compared to conventional x-rays. This new technology also allows our clinicians to receive a reading within a matter of seconds. Our current method of x-ray may take up to 15 to 20 minutes to develop. Every second matters and it is especially true for our neonatal patients.
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    Pet Angels Rescue
    New Adoption Center - Increasing Capacity Project
    April 10, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Pet Angels Rescue Increasing Capacity Project is to utilize the brand new adoption center to its fullest capacity by saving many more animals each year. Pet Angels collaborates with a network of animal welfare groups, rural animal welfare operators, city and county shelters and passionate individuals dedicated to helping rural shelters with no available space and high euthanasia rates, to save more animals lives. A critical need for more quality shelters is highlighted by the findings of "The Oklahoma Animal Study," a recent two year research conducted by the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
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    Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation
    All Hands Raised Luncheon
    March 17, 2017
    Awarded: $2,500
    Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City Public Schools. This fundraising luncheon features a first-hand opportunity to hear from inspirational students, remarkable educators, and district leaders. All Hands Raised also provides the opportunity to educate the community about the current work and long term goals of the Foundation.
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    Center for Reproductive Rights
    Emergency Litigation Fund
    March 10, 2017
    Awarded: $15,000
    For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works toward the time when that promise is enshrined in law in the United States and throughout the world. Over the next four years, the courts will be a critical check and balance on the executive and legislative branches. The Center for Reproductive Rights will use all of their resources to bring the full force of the Constitution and the law to bear in strategically defending hard won gains and safeguarding access to reproductive healthcare.
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    HALO Project
    Oklahoma TBRI Collaborative
    March 3, 2017
    Awarded: $250,000
    The Oklahoma TBRI® Collaborative will utilize Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) as a hands-on application of strategies encompassing Connecting Strategies, Empowering Strategies, and Correcting Strategies to achieve a culture of trauma-informed care. This pilot program will show the effectiveness of the Oklahoma TBRI® Collaborative in a smaller subset of child welfare populations with the hope of future expansion to all of Oklahoma County's child welfare system. The overall result of a trauma-informed child welfare system is faster permanency, more stable placements and healing for children, families and child welfare organizations.
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    CARE Center
    Brave Ball
    March 1, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    The CARE Center’s annual black-tie fundraiser, Brave Ball will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. The children who receive services at the CARE Center have experienced abuse and are involved in an active investigation where CARE aims to provide hope and healing. This special night celebrates their ongoing healing. The 2017 Brave Ball will feature amazing cuisine and prize pulls and live auctions.
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    CASA of Oklahoma County
    Expanded Recruitment, Training, Supervision and Retention
    February 18, 2017
    Awarded: $204,529
    CASA of Oklahoma County, Inc. (CASAofOKCO) serves as a voice for some of the most vulnerable children in Oklahoma County. CASAofOKCO works to diminish the challenges faced by children in foster care by recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children in the juvenile court system. There are approximately 11,000 children in the Oklahoma Foster care system, with a monthly average of nearly 2,000 children in Oklahoma County alone. During FY 2016, 245 CASA volunteers represented 736 children in 326 cases, or approximately one-third of the children in care in Oklahoma County.
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    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    Live Release Project Step-Down Challenge Grant
    February 13, 2017
    Awarded: $100,000
    The purpose of the Oklahoma City Live Release Project was to introduce two new programs that would continue to increase the percent of animals leaving the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter alive. To this end, the relocation and bottle baby nursery programs were introduced in 2016. The goals for each of these programs were: 1) Relocation -- 1,500 dogs transported in year one and 1,800 in year two, and, 2) Bottle Baby Nursery -- 250 neonates in year one and up to 2,000 in year two. Both programs were designed to address populations that were at risk of being euthanized at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.
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    Horse Plus Humane Society
    National 1-Day Open Door Shelter Project
    February 8, 2017
    Awarded: $156,000
    Horse Plus Humane Society will expand on their pilot program-One Day Open Shelters/Last Act of Kindness Clinics and will hold twelve (12) 1-Day Open Door Shelters at various locations across the United States throughout 2017. Surrendered horses will be evaluated for adoptability. There will be no charge to horse owners for surrendering their horses. If found adoptable, the horses will be transferred to adoption partners. Surrendered horses that are deemed unadoptable will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.
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    Denver Dumb Friends League
    Increasing Horse Placement Capacity and Qualified Adopters
    February 3, 2017
    Awarded: $393,736.40
    This being year two of a pilot program to increase equine placements, the Harmony Equine Center will continue to work with qualified partner organizations and fine tune our program for the transfer, training and adoption of horses in transition. In addition, Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center will explore and evaluate the opportunities presented by working with Departments of Agriculture in Colorado and neighboring states as well as evaluating a partnership with the "One Day Open Shelter" events to expand the scope of the program and impact more horses in transition.
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    Mental Health Association Oklahoma
    Building Oklahoma, Building Lives Capital Campaign
    February 3, 2017
    Awarded: $84,450
    Mental Health Association Oklahoma (the Association) has been advocating for Oklahomans impacted by mental illness and homelessness since 1955. The Association currently owns and manages 1,470 units of affordable housing in Tulsa within 27 apartment complexes across ​20 Tulsa neighborhoods and 32 units within one Oklahoma City apartment complex. Current programs include mental health education, support groups, pro bono counseling, mental health screening and referral, suicide prevention, peer-to-peer recovery services, employment readiness, community health and wellness initiatives, and criminal justice advocacy.
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    NorthCare
    Family KINnections
    February 1, 2017
    Awarded: $587,688
    Family KINnections provides home-based care coordination services to kinship foster families in Oklahoma County with formal Child Welfare involvement. The goals of the Family KINnections program are to increase the stability and permanency of kinship foster care placements while also promoting effective partnerships among public and private stakeholders to ensure kinship caregiver families are well supported to provide safe, nurturing homes for their children.
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    Angels Foster Family Network OKC
    Annual Storytelling Gala
    February 1, 2017
    Awarded: $20,000
    Angels Foster Family Network OKC, Inc.’s mission is to rescue abused, abandoned, and neglected children, match them with a select group of trained resource parents and ensure the maximum emotional, social, and intellectual development of each child. The Angels method of fostering has become a new standard for foster care advocates across the country. Angels Foster Family Network’s annual benefit event for 2017! Storytelling: Angels 2017 Gala, will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Farmers Public Market in downtown Oklahoma City.
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    Horse Plus Humane Society
    Horse Trainer/Adoption Specialist
    January 18, 2017
    Awarded: $30,000
    In an effort to dramatically increase the number of horses adopted every year Horse Plus Humane Society recognized their need for an on staff trainer. The trainer's duty is to evaluate and train horses available for adoption and work with potential adopters to find the right horse their needs. With an on staff trainer adopters will have access to complimentary sessions with the trainer and their new horse to ensure capability and reduce potential returns to the shelter.
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    Horse Plus Humane Society
    California 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses
    January 12, 2017
    Awarded: $12,000
    Event will be held at Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California. Event date is scheduled for February 19 & 20, 2017. Surrendered horses will be evaluated for adoptability. There will be no charge to horse owners who surrender a horse. If found adoptable, the horses will be available to pre-approved adopters the day of the event, or adopters can fill out an application to adopt the horse and make adoption arrangements. Surrendered horses that are deemed unadoptable by the licensed veterinarian will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian the following day as part of the Last Act of Kindness program.
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    The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation
    Early Childhood Research Symposium
    January 10, 2017
    Awarded: $3,000
    The Symposium is a one-day event to be held on February 9, 2017. Presentations on research conducted in Oklahoma and across the US on improving outcomes for young children in the child welfare system will be featured. We expect an attendance of over 200 policy leaders and practitioners. The day will conclude with a poster session reception in the evening. The goal of the event is to serve as a catalyst for change in policies and practices in supporting young children in the child welfare system.
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    Santa Fe Family Life Center
    JFK Community Service Award
    December 21, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The John F. Kennedy Community Service Award is presented by the Santa Fe Family Life Center (SFFLC) in recognition of Oklahomans who, through their philanthropic efforts, have served our community in lasting and meaningful ways. The Lifetime Achievement recognizes individuals making a profound contribution. Proceeds from the JFK Community Service Award dinner benefit the charitable programs offered at SFFLC, a nonprofit health and wellness center serving disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities located in Oklahoma City.
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    University of Tulsa
    The Janet K. Levit Endowment Scholarship
    December 7, 2016
    Awarded: $20,000
    Provides scholarship funds to qualified law students at the University of Tulsa College of Law.
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    CARE Center
    ROAR Child Abuse Prevention Program
    December 1, 2016
    Awarded: $250,000
    The CARE Center is a unique, non-profit organization serving Oklahoma County children, ages 2-17, who are in an active and substantiated abuse investigation. Continued care is available to our victims for the life of their case. As the only child advocacy center in Oklahoma County, for the past 25 years, they have successfully provided immediate care and response services to children who have suffered abuse.
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    Allied Arts
    Campaign for the Arts
    December 1, 2016
    Awarded: $10,300
    The Allied Arts campaign is a community-wide drive to raise vital funds to ensure quality cultural programming, arts education in classrooms, after school sites and neighborhood centers, outreach into underserved communities, and healing arts initiatives for the sick and disabled. Campaign funds are directed primarily to 26 member agencies headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee but impacting the lives of people statewide.
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    Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter
    Expanding the Solution to Pet Over-Population in Rural Oklahoma
    November 18, 2016
    Awarded: $224,964
    In April 2016 Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter was awarded a $200,000 grant to address pet over-population in rural Oklahoma. Due to their success, as well as a continued need, PAAS has been awarded additional funds to continue to expand their pet relocation program. Through partnerships and collaborations of several rescue groups in Oklahoma, PAAS has led the ongoing effort to relocate adoptable pets to other areas of high demand, including their partner Denver Dumb Friends League. They are projecting the transport of approximately 2,000 dogs in 2017.
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    New Vocations
    Pony Club Challenge
    November 11, 2016
    Awarded: $230,000
    New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has partnered with the US Pony Club creating an educational, incentive based challenge for Pony Club students that will increase both adoption awareness and the number of retired racehorses being moved into homes. The goal is for New Vocations to provide up to 100 free retired racehorses over a two and half year period to pre-approved Pony Club students or Pony Club Riding Centers and provide a stipend to help cover expenses associated with the care each horse.
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    Horse Plus Humane Society
    1-Day Shelter for Horses Additional Funding
    November 10, 2016
    Awarded: $6,704.79
    In October 2016 Horse Plus Humane Society held a 1-Day Open Shelter for horses in Colfax, WI. Due to a much greater need than anticipated, a higher number of horses were surrendered than originally projected. A total of 56 horses were surrendered, resulting in added veterinary, euthanasia and other costs.
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    Family TREE
    Pauline E. Mayer Shelter Repurposing Initiative
    October 31, 2016
    Awarded: $52,500
    Following the announcement of the closure of the Pauline E. Mayer Shelter, the Children and Family Council of Oklahoma County (CFC) appointed a committee in partnership with DHS and key stakeholders to steer the development of a plan for the re-purposing of the shelter. Based data and input from various community partners, stakeholders and services providers, the Council identified the need to strengthen quality family time for families involved with the child welfare system and early, mental, behavioral, development and educational assessment interventions with children and families who become involved in the child welfare system.
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    Oklahoma City Ballet
    Ballet Ball
    October 27, 2016
    Awarded: $5,917.28
    The Ballet Ball is Oklahoma City Ballet's largest annual fundraising event and its proceeds benefit programs throughout the year. The Ballet Ball will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Chevy Bricktown Events center. The evening includes open bar, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing, plus a very special performance by the Oklahoma City Ballet.
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    Sunbeam Family Services
    Infant Mental Health Program
    October 18, 2016
    Awarded: $739,450
    Early intervention can change the odds for infants and toddlers, leading to significant cost savings over time through reductions in child abuse and neglect, school failure, criminal behaviors, welfare dependence, substance abuse as well as medical care for the chronic diseases, both mental and physical, that are common among adults who were maltreated as children. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study shows stressful or traumatic childhood experiences result in social, emotional and cognitive impairments. The study further demonstrates early stress as a strong factor in the development of many of the diseases Oklahomans face: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental illness and Oklahoma's high rate of drug and alcohol addictions.
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    Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
    Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership
    October 18, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits launched Visions to recognize and celebrate the exemplary service of Oklahoma's nonprofit professionals. The honorees selected for recognition at Visions have dedicated their careers to ensure the success of nonprofit organizations essential to Oklahoma's communities. Their commitment to the betterment of life in Oklahoma deserves the highest of accolades and Visions offers sincere appreciation for their leadership and hard work.
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    Oklahoma Lawyer’s for Children
    Venetian Ball
    October 6, 2016
    Awarded: $7,500
    The Venetian Ball is Oklahoma Lawyers for Children's annual fundraising gala. Proceeds from the Venetian Ball support OLFC's programs providing pro bono legal services to abused and neglected children in Oklahoma County.
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    Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation
    Cello Purchase for the Orchestra
    October 5, 2016
    Awarded: $2,500
    The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation is a non-profit fostering excellence in K-12 science and mathematics education throughout Oklahoma by supporting OSSM’s outreach projects, programs, development, students, staff, and faculty. Together with caring, concerned individuals and organizations, we are strengthening Oklahoma’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources through the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. This gift will enable them to purchase two cello’s for the school orchestra.
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    Jazz in June
    Jazz in June Festival
    September 26, 2016
    Awarded: $7,500
    Who We Support Awards Jazz in June Award Date: March 25, 2016 Awarded: $7,500 Visit Organization Website Jazz in June 2017 will be the 34th annual offering of this Oklahoma cultural tradition. The 2017 programming will reach far beyond the three-day festival to include a 4-6 concert series, two pre-festival community jam sessions and three public radio broadcasts covering 2/3 of the state. The festival brings some of the best in blues and jazz to a combined audience of 50,000 or more and reaches another 100,000 through its annual public radio programming.
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    McCalls Chapel School
    New Activity and Adult Day Care Center
    September 14, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    McCall's Chapel School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in Ada, Oklahoma which has been providing an array of support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than sixty years. McCall's teaches life, social, and vocational skills to one hundred forty-seven men and women of diverse backgrounds, ranging from 18 to over 70 years of age, who live on campus; and delivers in-home supports, including skilled nursing, to two hundred three individuals who live in community-based, residential settings, twenty-five of whom live in the Oklahoma City area. The construction and outfitting of a 10,000 square feet Activity/Adult Day Care Center on McCall's acreage will enrich the lives of three hundred fifty individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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    ASPCA
    Midwest Animal Relocation
    September 12, 2016
    Awarded: $2,207,948
    The ASPCA currently operates animal relocation programs along the East and West Coasts of the United States, which this year will afford an estimated 11,000 dogs and cats with a better chance at finding a safe, loving home. They have identified additional animal relocation routes from the Southeastern and South-central states to the Midwest which would increase the number of lives that can be saved. The ASPCA estimates that once the program's components have been fully established, it will enable them to relocate 12,000 animals over a three-year period.
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    Allied Arts
    OPUS IX
    August 31, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    Allied Arts believes, as an organization, that the arts should be accessible to all - especially children, and those who need it most. OPUS IX, Allied Arts' biennial fundraising gala, will be held on October 21, 2016. OPUS is designed to raise awareness for the work of Allied Arts and money for Allied Arts' programming, capacity-building small grants program, educational outreach grants program, and general operating budget. All of these contribute to growing the cultural landscape of central Oklahoma, bringing the arts into underserved and rural communities, and providing some 681,000 arts experiences for children annually.
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    Friends of the Mansion
    Septemberfest
    August 27, 2016
    Awarded: $1,000
    An annual family festival hosted by the state of Oklahoma's first family, Septemberfest is held in each September and includes attractions and activities as well as hands-on learning for children such as crafts and old-fashioned games. In addition, the popular event celebrates the history and heritage of Oklahoma with food, live entertainment and story-telling. On average, 30,000 to 40,000 people enjoy Septemberfest in Oklahoma City each year. The 20th Annual Septemberfest in Oklahoma City takes place on September 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    Humane Hero Awards Sponsor
    August 23, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    OK Humane exists to save the lives of homeless pets, promote the well-being of animals and through them, enrich the communities they serve. Since 2007, OK Humane programs have served more than 100,000 pets. Their vision is to save all of the healthy and adoptable animals in their community. The funds raised through the Humane Hero Awards event will enable OK Humane to expand its innovative and life-saving programs in the community.
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    Angels Foster Family Network
    HALO Project Expansion
    August 15, 2016
    Awarded: $150,000
    The HALO Project was created due to the overwhelming emotional needs of children in foster care and the lack of successful interventions available in Oklahoma. In an effort to utilize community resources wisely and establish success, HALO Project partnered with Angels Foster Family Network, a nonprofit foster care agency. HALO Project addresses a systemic unmet need in the foster and adoptive community. They discovered the TBRI (Trauma Based Relational Intervention) method developed at Texas Christian University and brought it to Oklahoma.
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    Oklahoma Central Humane Society
    Foster Concierge Caretaker
    August 9, 2016
    Awarded: $35,000
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will intake over 4,000 dogs and cats for its adoption program in 2016. Approximately 60% of those animals will be assigned foster homes. OK Humane has approximately 600 foster homes that include full-time, relief and occasional homes. The organization currently has one Foster Coordinator who is responsible for assigning the animals into foster homes and communicating with all fosters through the point of pet adoption. The duties of the Foster Coordinator include initial placement, managing foster swaps, coordinating relief fosters for weekend and vacation coverage and re-assignment of returned animals.
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    Horse Plus Humane Society
    1-Day Open Door Horse Shelter and Adoption
    August 5, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    Event will be held at Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, Inc., in Colfax, WI. Event date is scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2016. Surrendered horses will be evaluated for adoptability. There will be no charge to horse owners who surrender a horse. If found adoptable, the horses will be available to pre-approved adopters the day of the event, or adopters can fill out an application to adopt the horse and make adoption arrangements. Other horses may be available for adoption at this event from participating rescues. Surrendered horses that are deemed unadoptable by the licensed veterinarian will be humanely euthanized the following day as part of the Last Act of Kindness program.
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    Kirbas Institute
    Animals in the Kingdom
    August 2, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    The Kirbas Institute exists to build bridges of understanding, cooperation, respect and acceptance among diverse faith communities and between faith communities and the global marketplace of ideas, especially those related to science and biotechnologies. Their goal is not simply to educate, but to use educational tools and talents to facilitate a transformation of attitudes, opinions, and relationships for the betterment of society. Animals in the Kingdom is an eight week television series that has been aired in Oklahoma City and endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States.
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    Pet Angels Rescue
    Pet Angels New Shelter Project
    July 5, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    Pet Angels Rescue Inc. saves primarily dogs and cats from public shelters, or pets that can’t remain at their current homes & citizens that have taken in strays. They are dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, and public education of animal care and dedicated to bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. They believe that with Pet Angels Rescue’s assistance, many animals can remain in their current homes instead of being admitted to animal shelters, while a new home is found. The new shelter will allow the organization to increase their capacity to help even more Oklahoma animals in need.
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    American Cancer Society
    Cattle Baron’s Ball Event Sponsorship
    June 29, 2016
    Awarded: $3,266.86
    The American Cancer Society "Cattle Baron's Ball" is a charity gala with western flair that features live and silent auctions, exciting midway games and live entertainment. Since the gala's inception, its dedicated volunteer committee has raised over $1.4 million to support Oklahoma's fight against cancer.
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    Allied Arts
    Annual Allied Arts Campaign
    June 24, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    The Allied Arts campaign is a community-wide drive to raise vital funds to ensure quality cultural programming, arts education in classrooms, after school sites and neighborhood centers, outreach into underserved communities, and healing arts initiatives for the sick and disabled. Campaign funds are directed primarily to 26 member agencies headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee but impacting the lives of people statewide. Through allocations grants, member agencies utilize funds to not only meet administrative line items but also to underwrite performances and exhibits, keep admission prices affordable, provide free arts events and programming, and bring arts experiences to schoolchildren statewide.
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    Community Pet Care Clinic
    Community Pet Care Clinic
    June 6, 2016
    Awarded: $650,000
    An estimated 23 million pets live in poverty in America. Millions more are in homes that struggle daily to make ends meet. For many pet owners, even basic veterinary services are out of reach. CPCC believes that it is our responsibility to provide access to veterinary care for the millions of pets currently without that care. The first Community Pet Care Clinic facility will be located in Toledo, OH on a well-traveled street and in an area of low to moderate-income families. The clinic will offer a broad range of services that are considered "basic" or "first tier" services.
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    NEXUS Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation
    Nexus Global Youth Summit
    May 27, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    The mission of Nexus is to catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions. Nexus is a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. With thousands of members from 70 countries, they work to unite young investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and allies to catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions. Founded in 2011, Nexus has hosted over 20 summits across six continents to connect young people from diverse backgrounds and link communities that would otherwise never meet. Nexus also conducts research and provides thought leadership to facilitate collaboration and build a global culture of philanthropy.
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    OCU Meinders School of Business
    Women in Leadership Scholarship
    May 23, 2016
    Awarded: $3,429.92
    The Meinders School of Business prepares graduate and undergraduate students to be socially responsible leaders in a global economy though teaching excellence and faculty scholarship in business practice and disciplines. Faculty and students engage with the business community, local government, and regulatory agencies as part of the teaching-learning process.
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    The Botanic Garden at OSU
    OSU Arboretum
    May 6, 2016
    Awarded: $2,500
    To support interdisciplinary research and provide educational programming and experiences that foster an understanding and appreciation for the flora, fauna and environmental systems comprising the natural and man-made landscape of Oklahoma, thereby inspiring visitors to explore their relationship with the land.
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    Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County
    Flight for Futures Sponsorship
    April 29, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations through Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) working to help youth of all backgrounds – with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances – develop the qualities they need to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County serves over 800 young people daily, has over 3,600 registered members and offers programs at four locations. In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County created a new fundraising event with the purpose of recruiting support and friendships with young professionals.
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    Pasadena Community Foundation
    Enduring Heroes Memorial Fund
    April 19, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Enduring Heroes Memorial Fund is raising money to create a memorial statue to establish a meaningful, artistically impactful memorial to “Enduring Heroes” of the Iraq-Afghanistan Wars. The proposed site for this Memorial – a bronze figure of a soldier proudly carrying an American flag – is on the east side of Defenders Parkway West, a gateway to Pasadena.
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    OCU Meinders School of Business
    Meinders School of Business Dean's Excellence Fund
    April 14, 2016
    Awarded: $32,940
    The Meinders School of Business prepares graduate and undergraduate students to be socially responsible leaders in a global economy though teaching excellence and faculty scholarship in business practice and disciplines. Faculty and students engage with the business community, local government, and regulatory agencies as part of the teaching-learning process.
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    Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter
    Addressing Rural Overpopulation Through Transport
    April 13, 2016
    Awarded: $200,000
    Through collaboration with other shelters and rescues, Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter (PAAS) will expand their aggressive program to strengthen and grow their role as a regional resource to address the area's critical animal over-population problem in rural Northeast Oklahoma, using out-of-state transport.
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    Concordia Summit
    Partnership with Concordia
    April 12, 2016
    Awarded: $1,000,000
    The Concordia mission is to identify new avenues of collaboration for governments, businesses and nonprofits through issue based campaigns, year round programming, and the Partnership Index. Concordia promotes effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. A Concordia Campaign is a topic-driven initiative in which they narrow the programmatic, research, and networking efforts.
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    Myriad Gardens Foundation
    Splendor in the Garden
    April 8, 2016
    Awarded: $6,326.93
    The Myriad Gardens Foundation is a 501(c)(3) which supports the Myriad Botanical Gardens by providing capital and operating funding, increasing public awareness and support and promoting the highest of horticulture, education and administrative standards. The Splendor in the Gardens event hosts 375 guests and serves to raise funds that help support the gardens and grounds, Crystal Bridge Conservatory and educational and special event programming at the Gardens.
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    The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
    All Hands Raised Luncheon
    April 8, 2016
    Awarded: $1,000
    The mission of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Foundation works to develop and support programs that improve education for the children of Oklahoma City and to elevate its critical role in connecting the resources of the community to the needs of students and teachers in Oklahoma City Public Schools.
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    OCU Meinders School of Business
    Women in Leadership Scholarship
    April 4, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Meinders School of Business prepares graduate and undergraduate students to be socially responsible leaders in a global economy though teaching excellence and faculty scholarship in business practice and disciplines. Faculty and students engage with the business community, local government, and regulatory agencies as part of the teaching-learning process.
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    Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women
    Peace Through Business 10 for 10 Event
    April 1, 2016
    Awarded: $2,000
    PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS is a business training and mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The program is in it’s 9th year and is implemented through three major components —In-Country Education, Leadership Development, and Train the Trainer—which combine to create a continuing program to educate women, promote their business and leadership skills, build a strong public policy agenda in the women’s business community and to help build stable democracies.
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    OCU Meinders School of Business
    Meinders School of Business Dean's Excellence Fund
    March 28, 2016
    Awarded: $6,000
    The Meinders School of Business prepares graduate and undergraduate students to be socially responsible leaders in a global economy though teaching excellence and faculty scholarship in business practice and disciplines. Faculty and students engage with the business community, local government, and regulatory agencies as part of the teaching-learning process.
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    Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
    ONE Awards Sponsorship
    March 22, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The ONE Awards annually honors 24 nonprofits of excellence and recognizes those nonprofits' impact on the state of Oklahoma. To date, the program has provided nearly $1.5 million in mini-grants to nonprofits that win awards.
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    Allied Arts
    Circle of the Arts
    March 11, 2016
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Allied Arts campaign is a community-wide drive to raise vital funds to ensure quality cultural programming, arts education in classrooms, after school sites and neighborhood centers, outreach into underserved communities, and healing arts initiatives for the sick and disabled. Campaign funds are directed primarily to 26 member agencies headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee but impacting the lives of people statewide.
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    Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation
    Quantum Experience
    March 9, 2016
    Awarded: $5,300
    The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation is a non-profit fostering excellence in K-12 science and mathematics education throughout Oklahoma by supporting OSSM's outreach projects, programs, development, students, staff, and faculty. Together with caring, concerned individuals and organizations, we are strengthening Oklahoma's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources through the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
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    Association for Women in Communications
    Association for Women in Communications
    February 21, 2016
    Awarded: $1,500
    The Association for Women in Communications champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.
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    Horse Plus Humane Society
    Last Act of Kindness Clinic
    February 10, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    1-Day Open Door Shelter & Last Act of Kindness (euthanasia) clinic for horses in Oklahoma. This will be a pilot program in the state of Oklahoma, but has been successfully done in California since 2008.
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    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    Multi-Agency Strategic Planning Session
    January 24, 2016
    Awarded: $2,500
    It has been many years since a five-year strategic plan was completed addressing animal homelessness in Oklahoma City and clearly identifying goals and strategies for the major partners of the Oklahoma City Shelter. A 5-Year Strategy session has been planned to develop new goals and strategies for 2016-2021 that will include the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter (OKCAW) and its two largest transfer partners, The Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Bella Foundation SPCA. The new plan will provide a roadmap for continued improvement of the community live-release rate in OKC.
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    Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center
    Increasing Placement Capacity in Nonprofit Horse Facilities
    January 4, 2016
    Awarded: $442,500
    The Dumb Friends League will pilot and develop programs to increase the placement rates of horses. This will be accomplished by testing various intake processes including managed-admission and transfers from rescue groups into Harmony Equine Center. The plan would include hiring additional trainers and staff to expand their training and adoption programs. Additionally, they will pilot various advertising and promotion opportunities. The results of each program will be measured to identify success of the programs and costs associated.
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    Oklahoma City University
    Meinders School of Business
    December 31, 2015
    Awarded: $6,270
    The Meinders School of Business prepares graduate and undergraduate students to be socially responsible leaders in a global economy though teaching excellence and faculty scholarship in business practice and disciplines. Faculty and students engage with the business community, local government, and regulatory agencies as part of the teaching-learning process.
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    Prairie View A&M University
    Dr. John W. Montgomery Endowed Scholarship Fund
    December 31, 2015
    Awarded: $10,000
    The John Montgomery Endowed Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Montgomery's contributions to education and the community. Dr. Montgomery received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agriculture from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in 1940. Funds from the John Montgomery Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarships and additional support for students participating in the PVAMU tennis program.
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    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    December 30, 2015
    Awarded: $100,000
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) was founded in 2007 to help end needless euthanasia and was one of the first in the country to formalize a relationship with its city shelter whereby both entities would work in partnership to increase the city shelter’s live release rate. An initial live release goal of 75% was established and the partnership has made great strides, increasing the live release rate from 25.3% in 2007 to 66.7% by the end of 2014.
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    United Way of Central Oklahoma
    United Way Annual Fundraising Campaign
    December 30, 2015
    Awarded: $10,000
    United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma by connecting community resources with responsive and accountable health and human services agencies. The United Way of Central Oklahoma is an important institution in the Oklahoma City region that encourages local businesses and individuals to give back to their community.
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    University of Tulsa College of Law
    The Janet K. Levit Endowed Scholarship in Law
    December 21, 2015
    Awarded: $10,000
    Provides scholarship funds to qualified law students at the University of Tulsa College of Law.
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    University of Tulsa
    University of Tulsa Annual Fund
    December 21, 2015
    Awarded: $10,000
    Annual fund contributions provide the critical foundation of support the University needs to continue toward its goal of being recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 institutions of higher education.
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    Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
    Sistema Tulsa
    December 18, 2015
    Awarded: $25,000
    Sistema Tulsa and its musical ensembles act as agents of social change--connecting children and their families to a musical experience which transforms the community, create opportunities for achievement across social strata, and instill a sense of self-worth into its participants.
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    ASPCA
    ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, NC
    December 15, 2015
    Awarded: $750,000
    To meet the significant needs of extremely fearful and under socialized dogs, the ASPCA opened a groundbreaking Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, NJ in 2013. This innovative facility develops and implements specialized behavior modification protocols to help dogs overcome their tremendous fear. They learn to become comfortable being a pet, including interacting with humans, going outdoors and walking on a leash.
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    Enid Arts and Sciences Foundation
    Leonardo’s Capital Campaign: Expanding the FUN of Art and Science
    December 4, 2015
    Awarded: $7,500
    Leonardo's Capital Campaign is an ambitious plan to completely renovate and expand Enid's beloved children's museum. This capital project is the first major renovation of the museum since 1995. The project will accomplish a complete renovation of the building exterior including a new entrance on the south side of the building for safety reasons and to better face the community.
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    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    Oklahoma City Live Release Project
    December 1, 2015
    Awarded: $329,336
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) was founded in 2007 to help end needless euthanasia and was one of the first in the country to formalize a relationship with its city shelter whereby both entities would work in partnership to increase the city shelter's live release rate. An initial live release goal of 75% was established and the partnership has made great strides, increasing the live release rate from 25.3% in 2007 to 66.7% by the end of 2014.
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    Reach Out and Read
    Reach Out and Read: A Prescription for Literacy
    November 15, 2015
    Awarded: $10,000
    Reach Out and Read is a pediatric literacy program that partners with doctors to "prescribe" books and encourages families to read together. Tragically, children from low-income families often enter school less prepared to learn, and many of them never catch up. Therefore, Reach out and Read efforts target these children from economically disadvantaged homes.
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    Oklahoma Women's Coalition
    Voices of Change
    November 4, 2015
    Awarded: $2,500
    The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together to improve the lives of women and girls through education and advocacy. The Coalition promotes nonpartisan efforts, speaking with one voice, while addressing issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls.
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    Keystone Adventure School and Farm
    Keystone Adventure School and Farm
    November 2, 2015
    Awarded: $2,500
    Keystone Adventure School and Farm is a working farm and art-based elementary school located in Edmond, Oklahoma serving children from 3 years old to 5th grade. The school and farm is located on 16 beautiful acres, with horses, llamas, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, homing pigeons, a pond, a creek, an organic garden and more. Keystone believes that all children are capable learners when the environment engages their curiosity, when teachers and peers demonstrate care for them, and when they are learning at an appropriate developmental level.
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    Oklahoma City University
    OCU Fund
    October 28, 2015
    Awarded: $5,000
    Oklahoma City University embraces the United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service and welcomes all faiths in a culturally rich community dedicated to student success. Men and women pursue academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum focused on students’ intellectual, moral, and spiritual development to prepare them to become effective leaders in service to their communities.
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    Animal Rescue Friends
    Animal Rescue Friends Pooch Parade
    October 23, 2015
    Awarded: $5,000
    Animal Rescue Friends, Inc. was organized with the support of Nichols Hills to assume responsibility for impounded animals after 7 days. ARF is a no kill rescue that vets & boards or fosters unclaimed animals until adoption. ARF is a completely volunteer organization dedicated to saving the lives of unclaimed, impounded animals in the City of Nichols Hills.
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    Jazz in June
    Jazz In June Festival
    October 15, 2015
    Awarded: $7,500
    Jazz in June is a 3-day festival in Norman, OK that brings some of the best in blues and jazz to a combined audience of 50,000 or more and reaches another 100,000 through its annual public radio programming.
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    Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation
    Awesome Friends Membership and Luncheon
    September 30, 2015
    Awarded: $1,100
    The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation is a non-profit fostering excellence in K-12 science and mathematics education throughout Oklahoma by supporting OSSM's outreach projects, programs, development, students, staff, and faculty. Together with caring, concerned individuals and organizations, we are strengthening Oklahoma's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources through the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
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    Concordia Summit
    Concordia
    July 10, 2015
    Awarded: $10,000
    The Concordia mission is to identify new avenues of collaboration for governments, businesses and nonprofits through issue based campaigns, year round programming, and the Partnership Index. Concordia promotes effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. A Concordia Campaign is a topic-driven initiative in which they narrow the programmatic, research, and networking efforts. Each Campaign consists of a two to five-year commitment in order to advance a specific cause. By establishing public sector, corporate, nonprofit and academic partners, each Campaign employs the Concordia platform to drive focus and attention around a particular issue.
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    Youth Villages
    YVLifeset and the Intercept Program
    July 1, 2015
    Awarded: $4,747,347
    More than ¼ of the 1,639 youths who aged out of the Oklahoma child welfare system during the years 2009 and 2013 went on to experience some form of homelessness according to a new study by the DHS. Although in Oklahoma there are a few programs working to assist these special kids; there simply are not enough. The LifeSet program helps ensures kids a successful transition to adulthood. A successful transition to adulthood includes maintaining stable and suitable housing, remaining free from legal involvement, participating in an educational/vocational program and developing the life skills necessary to become a responsible citizen.
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    Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
    Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
    June 18, 2015
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation is a non-profit fostering excellence in K-12 science and mathematics education throughout Oklahoma by supporting OSSM's outreach projects, programs, development, students, staff, and faculty. Together with caring, concerned individuals and organizations, we are strengthening Oklahoma's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources through the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
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    University of Tulsa College of Law
    The Janet K. Levit Endowed Scholarship in Law
    April 16, 2015
    Awarded: $25,000
    Provides scholarship funds to qualified law students at the University of Tulsa College of Law.
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    Jazz in June
    Jazz in June Festival
    March 2, 2015
    Awarded: $5,000
    Jazz in June is a 3-day festival in Norman, OK that brings some of the best in blues and jazz to a combined audience of 50,000 or more and reaches another 100,000 through its annual public radio programming.
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    Oklahoma City University
    Women in Leadership Scholarship
    February 23, 2015
    Awarded: $3,500
    Oklahoma City University embraces the United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service and welcomes all faiths in a culturally rich community dedicated to student success. Men and women pursue academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum focused on students’ intellectual, moral, and spiritual development to prepare them to become effective leaders in service to their communities. The Societies Awards were founded with the mission of recognizing women who provide outstanding volunteer leadership in our community.
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    Allied Arts
    Campaign for Central Oklahoma's Arts Landscape
    February 10, 2015
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Allied Arts campaign is a community-wide drive to raise vital funds to ensure quality cultural programming, arts education in classrooms, after school sites and neighborhood centers, outreach into underserved communities, and healing arts initiatives for the sick and disabled. Campaign funds are directed primarily to 26 member agencies headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee but impacting the lives of people statewide.
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    OKC Community Foundation
    OK Humane Society Fund
    January 13, 2015
    Awarded: $11,500
    The mission of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a nonprofit public charity, is to serve the charitable purposes of its donors and the charitable needs of the Oklahoma City area through the development and administration of endowment and other charitable funds with the goal of preserving capital and enhancing value. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation values integrity, stewardship and collaboration. It strives to be enlightened leaders with a long-term perspective of community issues and opportunities, and we encourage and assist donors’ philanthropy for the benefit of the community.