The Foundation’s Grants Program is four years old! Due to the vision of donors and closed churches who wished to share their philanthropic passions, the Foundation’s Grants Program continues to impact lives, touch many and make a difference in communities within Oklahoma and beyond.

In 2019, the Foundation was blessed to have the most productive year financially which allowed the 2020 Grants Program to award more than $90k in grant awards (nearly double the funds awarded in 2019). Grant awards for 2019 totaled $46,796.80; funds in 2018 totaled $71,460.60; and funds in 2017 totaled $50,648.90. It is our hope to continue to grow the Grants Program and fund more Disciples projects, outreach and missions today, tomorrow and well into the future.

If you have the means to give a gift, please consider supporting the Foundation’s Grants Program by donating to an endowment fund which supports the Grants Program. Or, you can establish a Grant Endowment Fund to benefit your or your charitable passions. Your gift will make an immediate and wide-spread impact in Disciples ministries each year.

Grant funds have provided opportunities to:

  • Support weekly meal and children’s snack pack programs in multiple Oklahoma communities for children, seniors and the food insecure. More than 26,800 individuals were served in 2019, alone;
  • send children and youth to summer church camps at reduced rates and scholarship youth unable to afford mission camp fees as well as provide funds to help offset expenses of mission supplies;
  • provide shoes, socks, underwear and pants/jeans to children in need at Christmas;
  • purchase new back-to-school supplies for children who otherwise wouldn’t have
    them, specifically in rural areas;

  • provide supplies and assistance at Caminante Summer Fair (a four-week VBS-like program reaching approximately 800 children) in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, as well as fund scholarships for youth and young adults to serve the Boca Chica mission;
  • secure specific training for a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ordained Minister to serve as a suicide intervention assistance trainer in Oklahoma to train and equip members of communities with proper identification, communication and intervention skills;

  • provide supplemental funding for senior residents so they can remain in their retirement facility when they can no longer personally afford care;
  • construct a ramp and walkway for seniors and children at In The Spirit Church, Tulsa;
  • assist with refinishing school yards, playgrounds and school access for children at Peru Pronoei Schools in Puno, Peru; and allow for installation of lighting in classrooms and a means to bring water to the schools;
  • provide computer equipment and internet access for children’s after-school program benefiting latchkey children who rarely have access to internet or computers outside the classroom;
  • assist the Oklahoma Conference of Churches’ annual Interfaith Youth Tour, Disaster Recovery and Spiritual Care training and provide for recruiting and training for social justice committee members to assist with activities geared to health and wellness within Oklahoma’s aging community;
  • assist with providing lunches and guest speakers for student weekly lunch discussion program at University of Tulsa to educate students of the importance of social justice in the community across all faith or non-faith traditions;

  • create a safe, fun and supportive place for middle/high school youth to go in the summer by participating in the “Hands and Feet” program at First Christian Church, Topeka, KS. The program allows local youth to spend the summer participating in community service projects in the Topeka community and Shawnee County. It also provides weekly meals, study and discussion with the goal of increasing awareness related to issues involving racism, human trafficking, poverty and the environment. Grant funds also allowed for this group and sponsors to travel to St. Louis for a week-long mission trip to participate in service projects at Disciples of Christ churches, food pantries and other local non-profits.

This is just a snippet of the amazing outreach work Disciples’ churches are doing with ODF Grant Funds. Call us if you would like to support the Grant’s Program

May 2020