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April 27, 2018
[OKC, OK] – Teresa Rose Crook recently joined Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. As executive director and CEO, she will help people and foundations thrive, grow, and contribute to causes meaningful to them. She has spent her career serving others and improving her community, holding a variety of executive positions, including senior leadership roles at Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, celebrating unprecedented growth in 2017, has surpassed the $100,000,000 asset mark. This historic growth necessitated adding a chief operations officer and former CEO, Randy Macon, will assume the new role.
“Teresa’s seasoned leadership brings expanded vision to an already flourishing organization,” says Frank Merrick, president of Foundation Management, Inc. and longtime manager for Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. “Teresa will serve Oklahoma donors and charitable organizations with energy and excellence.”
“On behalf of our board of trustees, we welcome Teresa, whose career has been dedicated to helping Oklahomans build better communities. We are delighted she has joined us in our work,” says Mary Jenkins, chair of the board for Communities Foundation of Oklahoma.
Rose Crook’s expertise in community relations, government affairs, philanthropy and legal matters, combined with her heart for giving, enable her to provide individuals, families and organizations with guidance and options as they choose the best way to approach giving. She earned both her bachelor’s and her law degrees from Oklahoma City University and practiced law for several years, traveling the state and representing school districts in 150 different communities.
“Working throughout our state is one of the things I am looking forward to the most as I step into this new role,” says Rose Crook. “We have many ways to make giving more streamlined for those who want to support charitable organizations, and we are also able to help charitable organizations manage their endowments and scholarships.”
Outside of the office, Rose Crook volunteers for organizations that impact Oklahoma and drive change for causes that improve life for Oklahomans. She is active with the Oklahoma City Chamber, serving on their executive committee and as the vice chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee. She is board chair of the Civic Center Foundation, board member of the Foundation for OKCPS, and active on the MAPS 3 Downtown Park subcommittee. She is a founding member of the Family Justice Center, a member of OKC Compact, and recently joined the board of Saint Anthony’s Health Care of Oklahoma. Rose Crook was also the founding board chair of ReMerge.
She and her husband, Randy, have four children and two dogs.
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma serves individuals, families and organizations, helping them make a positive difference through philanthropy. Established in 1992, they offer a full spectrum of giving tools and support throughout Oklahoma and across the United States. To learn more contact the office at 405-488-1450.
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) is committed to creating Funds that help communities meet the challenges of changing times; to connecting donors with community needs in supporting the long term impact of vital community organizations; and to meeting the charitable needs of all Oklahomans in communities large and small…now and forever.
To promote community philanthropy and involvement and to strengthen charitable organizations in Oklahoma communities, the 2016 Matching Funds Programs are designed to help build and grow permanent endowment funds held at CFO. These matching programs are funded through the generosity of CFO donors.
Matching funds are available January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, on a first-come, first-served basis. Once our allocation of matching funds is depleted, the program will end for the calendar year.
To support local education across our state, we are pleased to offer a $10,000 match for the establishment of a new $50,000 endowment benefiting a specific public school in Oklahoma. To be eligible for this special incentive, the benefiting public school must be recognized by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and appear on the most current State Public School Directory. Only one match will be awarded per benefiting public school.
Establishing Agency and Designated Endowment Funds for New ClientsTo promote permanent endowments for charitable organizations, we are pleased to continue our matching program for nonprofit/charitable organizations, scholarship endowments, and individual/family/corporate endowments benefiting 501(c)(3) public charities. Only one match will be awarded per organization, per year. Matching funds are based on the following tier:
To encourage growth of existing endowments held at Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, we are pleased to offer a $2,000 match when new gifts into an existing endowment exceed $10,000. Only one match will be awarded per organization, per year.
To learn more please contact Randy K. Macon, Executive Director at (405)488-1450, toll-free (877)689-7726, or send an email.
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) offers Fiscal Sponsorship services that adhere to Model C – the Pre-approved Grant Relationship as defined by Colvin & Link (2005).
If you are interested in applying for Fiscal Sponsorship, please give due consideration to the following:
*Remember fiscal sponsorship is not a way around nonprofit requirements.
Those interested in applying for Fiscal Sponsorship under the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma will work through the following steps:
Colvin, G. L., & Link, G. (2005). Fiscal sponsorship: 6 ways to do it right. San Francisco, CA: Study Center Press.
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