attention students:

If you're experiencing financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for an emergency grant from The Foundation at OCCC. To be considered, please complete this application. Funds now are extremely limited, so you may experience an extended delay before you are notified. The Foundation is seeking additional funds and will notify you by email when funds are available for you.

opportunities start here.

Every student who comes to OCCC deserves a first-class education and collegiate experience, regardless of where they came from, how they got here or what hardships they have endured. Our dedicated faculty and staff reach out to each student to meet them where they are so that they can begin to see a pathway to success.

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Community College exists for just one purpose: to support the students, faculty, staff and programs at the college. But the resources that fuel our students' dreams come from individuals, families, businesses and foundations: people just like you.  

Opportunities start here.

HOW YOU HELP

SCHOLARSHIPS

Need- and merit-based scholarships help reduce the financial burdens of college and validate students’ achievements. You can contribute to an existing scholarship or you can establish your own scholarship and help establish the criteria for how recipients are selected.

EMERGENCY AID

At times, students have unanticipated financial emergencies, or extraordinary circumstances like the Covid-19 pandemic, that place financial hardships upon our students. You can contribute to our Covid-19 emergency grant program or our Food Pantry.

program support

You might be interested in supporting specific programs, like our Visual and Performing Arts Center, or certain groups of students, like veterans of the armed services.

Regardless of your charitable interests, our experienced staff can assist with facilitating an appropriate gift. Let us know how we can assist by contacting us soon:

405.682.7591 | foundation@occc.edu
In 1972, south Oklahoma City community leaders recognized a need for a college that would meet unique needs of each student and provide opportunities for success in their own community. Local residents actually taxed themselves to establish what was then South Oklahoma City Junior College. Nearly five decades later, we’re still growing, innovating and offering new opportunities to around 17,000 students annually from across Oklahoma and the globe with programs that are relevant, rigorous, accessible, affordable and convenient. 

The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1998 by a group of community and business leaders who wanted to encourage private support for Oklahoma City Community College. Charitable contributions to The Foundation qualify for certain tax benefits. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who are community volunteers and is independently audited each year.

Learn more about Oklahoma City Community College at www.occc.edu.

WAYS TO GIVE

There are a variety of ways you can help, and our professional and experienced staff stands ready to ensure your contribution is used exactly as you envision. At OCCC, every gift matters — large or small. We'd love to have a conversation with you about how we can connect your interests with those of the college and its students, by whatever method you prefer.

You can support the college in a variety of ways including:
- Making an annual gift with cash or stocks
- Establishing an endowment fund, which provides support in perpetuity
- Including the Foundation in your estate plan for a legacy gift
- Honoring the memory of a loved one

Learn more about our most common ways to give below.
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LEGACY GIVING

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There are many ways to describe what we like to call Legacy Giving, such as estate planning or planned giving. Regardless of what you call it, using assets to benefit your family and the organizations important to you can provide benefits now, and at the time the assets pass to your beneficiaries.

A Legacy Gift allows you to make a deep and lasting difference while qualifying for tax savings and other advantages that may actually increase the value of your estate for your heirs. Legacy Gifts take many forms, including gifts in wills or trusts, retirement assets, stocks and life insurance.

Gift planning enables you to make your own choices on how to take care of yourself, your family and the causes that are important to you. Taxes – income, capital gains and estate – may be reduced, or even avoided, by taking advantage of one or more of these giving ideas. Along with your legal and financial advisors, we can help you create ways to pass on your values, as well as your valuables.

The material presented by The Foundation is not offered as legal or tax advice. Please consult your financial advisor or qualified attorney for more information.  

SAMPLE LANGUAGE FOR YOUR WILL OR TRUST

Including the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation in your Will or Trust is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy while supporting the students, faculty, staff or programs of the college. Your attorney or financial advisor will need the following information to properly designate your giving:

Legal Name: Oklahoma City Community College Foundation, Inc.
Federal Tax ID: 73-1529564
Address: 7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Sample Language for a Specific Gift
“I give to Oklahoma City Community College Foundation, an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (EIN 73-1529564), or its successor organization, (the sum of $ _________) (or ______% of my estate), (or other property herein described) for support of its academic mission.”

Sample Language for a Remainder (or Residual) Gift
“I give to Oklahoma City Community College Foundation, an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (EIN 73-1529564), or its successor organization, (all or ______ % of) the residue or remainder of the property owned by me at death, real and personal and wherever situated, for support of its academic mission.”

Sample Language for a Contingent Gift
It is possible that the primary beneficiary or beneficiaries of your estate may pass before you do. In that case, a contingent gift naming Oklahoma City Community College Foundation as an alternate beneficiary can provide a meaningful option.  

“In the event (insert the primary beneficiary/beneficiaries) does/do not survive me, I give said amount to Oklahoma City Community College Foundation, an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (EIN 73-1529564), or its successor organization, for support of its academic mission.”

Restrictions for Your Gift
Please add the following to any of the bequests to direct the gift is used according to your wishes. We will work with you to create a legal document identifying your intentions on how the gift should be used according to your restrictions.

Unrestricted Gift: “This gift is unrestricted and may be used for the highest priority need(s).”
Restricted Gift: “This gift is to be used for the purposes(s) set forth in a separate written agreement(s) between me and the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation, as may be amended from time to time. If there is no such agreement, the gift is unrestricted.”

NOTE: The material presented by The Foundation is not offered as legal or tax advice. Please consult your financial advisor or qualified attorney for more information.  

HELP US FUND OUR GREATEST NEEDS

Greatest Needs Fund: The Foundation relies on gifts to the Greatest Needs Fund to provide the “margin of excellence” which takes our efforts from good to great. Contributions to this fund support all areas of the college, from tuition, books, program needs in specific educational divisions to cultural programs. Contributions are thoughtfully directed to the areas that present opportunities for the administration to say “Yes!” to student or faculty requests.

Student Scholarship Fund: The OCCC Foundation provides scholarships to students based on merit and need each semester. The need continues to grow every year. The Foundation typically awards approximately $150,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
Donors may contribute to the general scholarship fund or they may designate their contribution to any of the specific scholarship programs administered by the OCCC Foundation.

Academic Divisions: Each academic division at OCCC utilizes private funding to support the students, faculty and staff in the academic area. Gifts received for academic divisions help support educational programs, equipment, training and other resources needed. You may contribute specifically to the following:

Division of Arts, English and Humanities
Division of Business and Information Technology
Division of Health Professions
Division of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Division of Social Sciences

Donors also may designate their gifts to any academic program within the academic divisions.

ENDOWMENTS

Endowments are a way of ensuring that your gift will support the College in a specified manner in perpetuity. The Foundation for OCCC invests your contribution and spends only a portion of the earnings each year. Donors may contribute to an existing endowment fund or they may establish a new endowment with a gift of at least $10,000. The endowments are professionally managed and are under the supervision of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

To discuss creating impact that will last forever, contact The Foundation office at 405.682.7591.

OUR STAFF

VON ALLEN

Executive Director
vallen@occc.edu
405.682.7591

CHRIS COLLINS

Director of Development
ccollins@occc.edu
405.682.7591

EVELYN 
SCHAEFER

Director of Annual Giving
eschaefer@occc.edu
405.682.7591

OUR TRUSTEES

MICHAEL R. FORD

President
Attorney and Shareholder
Hall Estill Attorneys at Law

DOMINIC WILLIAMS

Vice-President
Attorney
OG&E

DR. MARI FAGIN

Secretary
Community Volunteer

MAX WELDON

Treasurer
Owner
Welbros Company, LLC

TONY ARANGO

Trustee
Systems Sales and Engineering
TRANE, Inc.

DEREK GILL

Trustee
Business Banker
Mabrey Bank

LAURA INGRAM

Trustee
Vice President, Government
& Not-for-Profit Banking
JPMorgan Chase Bank

JOYCE MAULDIN

Trustee
Community Volunteer

RANDY L. THURMAN

Trustee
President
Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc.

KEITH WILTON

Trustee
Vice-President
INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation and INTEGRIS Home Care

GIVE NOW

Your contribution to The Foundation for Oklahoma City Community College makes a real impact. Since the college pays staff salaries and most overhead, 100 percent of your contribution is used for the purpose you identify. Thank you for giving generously.