Stillwater Community Foundation


 

Current Initiative: Stillwater Strong Memorial

Four days following the OSU Homecoming tragedy, Tulsa architect Gary Sparks offered to design a memorial to honor both those who perished, those who were injured and those who aided in the victim’s recovery. Gary said he would donate his design efforts and in less than one month a design was created. The City of Stillwater staff designated a piece of city-owned property directly across the street north of the crash site.

 Purpose

On Monday, October 10, 2016, the Stillwater Community Foundation (SCF) received an overview of the Stillwater Strong Fund*, from which $485,000 was distributed to crash victims.  Following that presentation, the Stillwater Community Foundation's Advisory Board voted to accept the Stillwater Strong Memorial concept as a charitable project  for the purpose of constructing the memorial on the city owned property. The City of Stillwater has agreed to provide land, construction elements, continued maintenance and care for the memorial location once constructed.

This charitable effort led by the SCF will be dedicated to Stillwater citizens and those personally and physically impacted by the OSU Homecoming tragedy on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Charitable gifts in support of the Stillwater Strong Memorial can be made to the Stillwater Community Foundation Operating Fund at Communities Foundation of Oklahoma**.   The goal is to raise $100,000 for this effort. 

Donate by visiting www.cfok.org/stillwater 

 

Notes:  *The Stillwater Strong Fund was managed by the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization not connected to the Stillwater Community Foundation or the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, and has disbursed 100% of the funds to victims of the Homecoming tragedy.  **The Stillwater Community Foundation exists as a group of component funds of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, a 501(c)(3) public charity. All contributions to any component fund are irrevocable and become the sole property of the CFO. The assets of any component fund will, at all times, be the property of CFO, held by CFO in its corporate capacity as a component part of CFO in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.170A-9(f)(11)(ii).


About the Stillwater Community Foundation

The mission of the Stillwater Community Foundation is to help our citizens achieve their dreams for our city. Working with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, we do this by:

  • Building Endowments
    With our partner Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO), the Stillwater Community Foundation (SCF) encourages Stillwater-area nonprofit organizations to build endowments, funds that preserve the original gift and receive annual distributions. An endowment can be established to permanently benefit a designated nonprofit or area of special interest.  CFO offers an annual matching program to incentivize growth for all endowment accounts.  Learn more about CFO's current matching program
  • Offering Donor Advised Funds
    Donor-advised funds allow the donor(s) to recommend specific grants to be made to qualifying 501(c)(3) public charities, churches, public schools, etc. The friendly staff at Communities Foundation of Oklahoma is pleased to begin conversations with donors interested in establishing such a special legacy of generosity with an immediate or estate gift.
  • Supporting Special Projects
    The Stillwater Community Foundation’s Advisory Board may also be able to provide outright funding to projects or causes of special importance to the Stillwater community. Past grants have benefitted the Stillwater Blues Fest, improvements to the downtown bus shelter, Payne County Youth Services, and the Stillwater Public Library. Our board may also take on fundraising responsibility for projects that have great benefits for the Stillwater community, such as the Stillwater Strong Memorial project mentioned above. 

Our Promise
To Listen. The Stillwater Community Foundation is devoted to serving Stillwater. That means we have to always be open to the ideas, concerns and dreams of our citizens.

To Protect. Whether it’s a $50 gift to a special project or a $25,000 endowment created to forever honor a loved one by supporting a charitable organization in our community, the Stillwater Community Foundation, together with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, is dedicated to protecting that investment with rigorous accounting standards and professionally managed endowment investments.

To Communicate. We are committed to communicating with Stillwater Community Foundation contributors.  Donors who establish a named endowment will receive quarterly reports from the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma on how the fund’s principal has grown and how much is available each year to support the pre-determined cause.

 

How Can You Get Involved?

 

  • Talk to us
    A currently listing of Stillwater Community Foundatin's Advisory Board members is provided below.  We encourage you to reach out to us with your feedback regarding our programs and plans. Help us decide the areas where should focus our matching fund programs. Is it Children? Senior Citizens? Beautification? Health and Wellness? The Arts? Teen Programs?  
  • Make a gift
    Whether it’s a gift to establish a named endowment, create a new donor advised fund, or support a special project, your gift to will make a difference to the quality of life in Stillwater. Gifts can be made online with a credit card at www.cfok.org/stillwater or by making a check payable to Communities Foundation of Oklahoma with the name of the Fund in the payee or memo line.  Checks may be mailed to Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, PO BOX 21210, Oklahoma City, OK 73156. 

NOTE: The Stillwater Community Foundation exists as a group of component funds of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO); all contributions to any component fund are irrevocable and become the sole property of the CFO.  The assets of any component fund will, at all times, be the property of CFO, held by CFO in its corporate capacity as a component part of CFO in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.170A-9(f)(11)(ii). 



Please contact any Stillwater Community Foundation Advisory Board member regarding a bequest or with any other questions you might have.

 

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