When Communities Foundation of Oklahoma was founded, it was done so with the belief that communities and their citizens could come together and enrich the quality of life for all residents today, and into the future. In Tahlequah, they are doing just that.
When first founded, the community foundation lacked the necessary support to do meaningful work in the city. That changed in 2009 when a group of active community members decided to invest the time needed to reinvigorate the organization. With seven trustees and several establishing gifts, the Tahlequah Community Fund set out to make a direct impact in the areas of education, children and quality of life. Honing in on such specific areas has allowed the organization to create life-long partnerships with other community pillars such as Tahlequah Public Schools.
Steve Worth, a board trustee, was drawn to the community fund because of his work as a financial advisor. “You get to know the people in the community and you get to know their hearts,” says Mr. Worth. “I wanted a way that I could help my clients give back to the neighborhoods that raised them.” What does Mr. Worth think can spur on a successful community foundation? Community members, he says. “Having an active force around the community fund has been the key to our success. Having accountants, bankers and estate planners in our backyard that are passionate about ensuring the work their clients do can benefit their community for generations to come.”