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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / December 27, 2017

 

This organization was created to assist families who upon the death of their loved one who has served our country, the opportunity to have full military honors when the family deems that the legislated two man flag fold is not enough.  We perform this mission with retired/disabled veterans from all branches of service who want another mission to be back in service dress uniform to render final honors, and pay it forward.

 

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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / November 29, 2017
Help Friends for Folks spread the power of "changing lives by helping others" with your gift to our Newman's Own Holiday Challenge.

A matching gift from Paul Newman's foundation is possible if you will help Friends for Folks raise $10,000 in this Challenge.

  • How does Friends for Folks spread the power of "changing lives by helping others?"
    Imagine you are a dog who has never known kindness, sitting in a shelter, knowing you will never be adopted and that your next stop is euthanasia. 
  • Imagine you are a prisoner who has never made a positive contribution to society, sitting in a correctional facility with no hope for your future. 
  • Imagine you are a veteran with PTSD, a frail elderly individual, or someone suffering mental health challenges, feeling isolated from society. 

Now, imagine a program that allows the power of helping others to positively change the lives of the dog, the prisoner, and the special needs individual. That program is Friends for Folks, a highly successful Oklahoma initiative that allows prisoners in our men's and women's correctional facilities to train abandoned and abused dogs as companion animals for special needs men and women. 




 

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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / November 17, 2017
Pets Helping People, founded in 2009, provides incarcerated women with the skills they need for a lucrative career in the pet industry. Women learn to become a certified kennel tech, bather/brusher, groomer or office manager. Since our founding, nearly 200 women have graduated and 93% are still working in the grooming industry. Graduates earn certificates through the International Professional Groomers Association to ensure they are qualified for jobs. Today, 93% of our graduates are still working in the grooming industry. Certified pet care workers can earn nearly $30,000 their first year alone, which only increases over time.

The self-sufficiency and pride that comes with employment makes a difference: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections reports the state recidivism rate for women is 13.3%, yet among our graduates, it is less than five percent! The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Oklahoma Career Tech have publicly praised PHP as the "best program of its kind" because it is proving to reduce recidivism rates. PHP is helping end the inter-generational cycle of poverty and incarceration that has become all too common in Oklahoma.

Learn More: www.Muddy-Paws.org


 

501tech expands the social impact of Oklahoma nonprofits by providing high quality, donor subsidized or partner discounted technology expertise, products and services.
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Imagine how many lives would be changed if cash-strapped Oklahoma nonprofits could stretch each dollar further. Food banks could fill more hungry bellies, shelters could house more homeless, schools could afford new books. Since 2012, more than 300 Oklahoma nonprofits have saved $8 million by working with 501tech.  501tech provides discounted technology consulting and IT services, hardware redistribution, partner discounts and venture funding to qualifying nonprofits. Every dollar invested in 501tech offers a SEVEN DOLLAR return on investment. The money our clients save is redirected to their specific missions -- impacting the lives of millions of Oklahomans.

Learn More by contacting Christina Ward, 918.591.2463  cward@501tech.net



By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / September 2, 2016

Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public charity, independent policy think-tank. It was launched in early 2008, growing out of work that had previously been conducted by the public policy department of Community Action Project of Tulsa County.  Now statewide, OK Policy maintains several helpful resources including the Oklahoma County stats database and factsheets

Our Mission

OK Policy 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.  

learn more: okpolicy.org


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