Grants for Elementary Education in Oklahoma
Grants for Elementary Education in Oklahoma
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American Fidelity Foundation
American Fidelity Foundation
The American Fidelity Foundation is the charitable arm of our organization. It serves as a tool for helping the communities in which our Colleagues live. We are proud to work with other groups dedicated to the same goal.
The American Fidelity Founders’ Fund was established in 1985. In 2007, it was renamed the American Fidelity Foundation. Its mission was refocused to better meet the needs of our community. The Foundation began providing more financial grants that matched the civic involvement of the American Fidelity companies and our Colleagues.
The Foundation was created to build on the legacy of American Fidelity founders C.W. and C.B. Cameron. The father-son duo founded the Company in 1960. It has grown to become one of the largest private, family-owned life and health insurance companies in the nation. Learn more about American Fidelity.
The strength of the American Fidelity companies has helped the Foundation collect assets of more than $17 million.
About Our Giving
American Fidelity’s leaders believe that to have a strong company, you must have a strong community. As a result, the American Fidelity Foundation distributed more than $1 million in 2016 to organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in Oklahoma City and beyond. The Company also partners directly with other organizations to support education and other important community initiatives.
Our Colleagues get in on the act of giving as well. Each month, they donate nearly $1,000 to a designated charity. Collectively, they also support the United Way, Allied Arts, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Buchanan Elementary, our partner school. Individual divisions and departments also sponsor volunteer efforts and donation drives to organizations of their choice.
Annually, American Fidelity hosts a pair of worksite giving campaigns to support Allied Arts and the United Way. Each spring, Colleagues host a variety of creative fundraisers to support Allied Arts. In 2016, Colleagues pledged more than $46,000 to Allied Arts, and the AF Foundation also contributed $60,000. A fall campaign helps set the pace for the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s annual effort. Colleagues pledged to donate more than $320,000 while the Foundation added $220,000 to the mix.
The AF Foundation coupled with corporate donations provided grants totaling nearly $850,000 to more than 150 individual agencies. The Foundation matched $70,956 in donations made by individual Colleagues, doubling the impact of those individual donations to organizations nationwide.
The Company continued its partnerships with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, KFOR’s Weatherschool, the Teacher Feature on Magic 104 FM radio, our partner school Buchanan Elementary and others.
AF sponsors the Thunder’s literacy programs including the Rolling Thunder Book Bus, Teacher of the Game, Read to Achieve Reading Timeouts and the Reading Challenge. Since its debut in 2007, the Rolling Thunder book bus has distributed more than 133,000 books and visited nearly 1,700 schools and day care groups. In the 2015-16 school year, nearly 400 schools participated in the Reading Challenge, and about 34,000 students logged more than 26.5 million minutes of reading.
The Company’s paid volunteer time program continued to provide time for Colleagues to volunteer for non-profit organizations or schools and match their paid personal time with paid volunteer time. Colleagues used about 645 hours of paid volunteer time, meaning they spent about 1,300 hours working in the community during business hours. Colleagues are allowed up to 20 hours a year.
This year’s Famboree, an event each fall for Colleagues and their family members, raised funds and awareness for four local agencies. The Oklahoma City Police Department’s FACT program earned the highest number of Colleague votes and collected $5,000. Teach for America, WINGS and Upward Transitions were awarded $1,000 each in honor of the event.
The American Fidelity Foundation and the family of companies are proud to be strong corporate citizens committed to building vibrant community for our Colleagues and Customers. We believe it’s always the right time to do the right thing.
The American Fidelity Foundation focuses its resources in the following areas:
Education: We support initiatives from early childhood programs to university instruction.
Health and Welfare: We support organizations that improve the health and quality of life for residents.
Arts and Culture: We contribute to Allied Arts along with individual organizations dedicated to promoting the arts.
Civic and Economic Development: Community improvement projects improve the quality of life for our Customers and Colleagues.
- Non-profit groups that have active support from our Colleagues
- Programs that have specific objectives that can be evaluated for success
- Projects that include contributions from more than one non-profit organization
- Projects that provide creative models for broader adoption, replication and impact
- Non-profit organizations with a proven track record for results and good use of prior funding
The amount of our grants varies widely. Grants to an individual organization can range between $500 and $5,000. Funding is based on the type of project, strength of the application and availability of funds.
Centene Charitable Foundation
Centene Charitable Foundation
Successful corporate citizenship happens when companies invest in the local organizations that know their communities best. The Centene Foundation works with our local partners on initiatives that focus on inclusion, the whole person and community development.
Centene’s purpose is transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. The Centene Foundation is an essential part of how we pursue this purpose. We achieve measurable impact for the communities we serve through partnerships and philanthropy efforts that invest in initiatives with holistic approaches to dismantling barriers to health.
Areas of Focus
Reflecting Centene’s commitment to the needs of those who rely on government-sponsored health care and to addressing social determinants of health and health equity, preference will be given to initiatives in three distinct areas of focus.
- Healthcare Access
- Social Services
Costco Wholesale’s primary charitable efforts specifically focus on programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where we do business. Throughout the year we receive a large number of requests from nonprofit organizations striving to make a positive impact, and we are thankful to be able to provide support to a variety of organizations and causes. While we would like to respond favorably to all requests, understandably, the needs are far greater than our allocated resources and we are unable to accommodate them all.
Warehouse donations are handled at the warehouse level - please consult your local warehouse for up-to-date information regarding their donations contacts and review process.
If the request is under consideration, you may be contacted by staff for any additional information needed. Applications are reviewed within 4-6 weeks, and decisions are made based on several factors, including: type of program; identified community need not otherwise available; indication that evidenced based data will establish measurable results of intended outcomes; community collaboration; broad base of financial support; project budget and operating expenses.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Hearst Foundations' Mission
The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.
Hearst Foundations' Goals
The Foundations seek to achieve their mission by funding approaches that result in:
- Improved health and quality of life
- Access to high quality educational options to promote increased academic achievement
- Arts and sciences serving as a cornerstone of society
- Sustainable employment and productive career paths for adults
- Stabilizing and supporting families
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.
The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.
Types of Support: Program, scholarship, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.
Types of Support: Program, capital and general support
Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation
- The applicant may submit a one-page abstract of its proposed request at any time via email .
- The Foundation’s Board meets monthly. To be eligible for consideration, complete proposals must be in the foundation office by Noon of the last business day of the month prior to the meeting that might review the request.
Bernsen Foundation Grant
The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation (GFBF) provides grants in support of charitable, educational, health and human care, literacy and religious purposes. Support is limited to organizations serving the metropolitan Tulsa, Oklahoma community.
To be considered, grant requests must be:
- Responsive to all foundation guidelines.
- Submitted by an applicant tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
- Applicants must operate in accordance with the foundation’s anti-discrimination policy: In short, we require applicants and grantees to refrain from discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, creed, color, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin.
Wal Mart Foundation
Walmart’s more than 2 million associates are residents, neighbors, friends and family in thousands of communities around the globe. Walmart works to strengthen these communities through both retail business and community giving, and we support and invest in communities through local giving. The following programs have open application processes with specific deadlines for eligibility and consideration.
Local Community Grants
Each year, our U.S. stores and clubs award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of the communities where we operate. They include a variety of organizations, such as animal shelters, elder services and community clean-up projects.
Areas of Funding
- There are eight (8) areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.
- Community and Economic Development: Improving local communities for the benefit of low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering the building of relationships and understanding among diverse groups in the local service area
- Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Environmental Sustainability: Preventing waste, increasing recycling, or supporting other programs that work to improve the environment in the local service area
- Health and Human Service: Providing medical screening, treatment, social services, or shelters for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating: Providing Federal or charitable meals/snacks for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Public Safety: Supporting public safety programs through training programs or equipment in the local service area
- Quality of Life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
Dr Scholl Foundation
Application forms must be requested each year online prior to submitting an application. When you submit an LOI, a member of the foundation staff will be contacting you within the next five business days regarding the status of your request.
Full applications are due at the "full proposal" deadline above.
The Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today's world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work, and compassion.
The Foundation considers applications for grants in the following areas:
- Social Service
- Health care
- Civic and cultural
The categories above are not intended to limit the interest of the Foundation from considering other worthwhile projects. In general, the Foundation guidelines are broad to give us flexibility in providing grants.
The majority of our grants are made in the U.S. However, like Dr. Scholl, we recognize the need for a global outlook. Non-U.S. grants are given to organizations where directors have knowledge of the grantee.
The Lawrence Foundation
The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes.
The Lawrence Foundation was established in mid-2000. We make both program and operating grants and do not have any geographical restrictions on our grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other similar organizations are eligible for grants from The Lawrence Foundation.
Grant Amount and Types
Grants typically range between $5,000 - $10,000. In some limited cases we may make larger grants, but that is typically after we have gotten to know your organization over a period of time. We also generally don’t make multi-year grants, although we may fund the same organization on a year by year basis over a period of years.
General operating or program/project grant requests within our areas of interests are accepted. In general, regardless of whether a grant request is for general operating or program/project expenses, all of our grants will be issued as unrestricted grants.
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs.
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