OKC nonprofits’ fundraising might imply additional grant cash

Six Oklahoma City organizations need your help as Gannett is once again partnering with nonprofits across the country to bring about hisA community thrives‘Fundraising program.

Oklahoma 2021 Class of Nonprofits has the chance to earn over $ 2 million in grant funding. Their services range from resources for relieving hunger or improving education and civic engagement to protecting the environment and developing opportunities for underserved communities.

The non-profit organizations each have a fundraising campaign that will last until August 13th. The qualified winners will receive cash and the chance to advance for larger regional and national grants. Smaller incentive grants are also available for unique donors and the most raised each week.

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In 2020, Oklahoma City’s Positive Tomorrows received $ 17,500 and Allied Arts of Oklahoma received $ 10,000. While none of these organizations are participating in 2021, the RIVERSPORT Foundation, which will receive $ 5,000 in 2020, is participating along with five other nonprofits.

The organizations and their projects

Alpha Community Foundation of Oklahoma

The Alpha Community Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, which has served the Oklahoma City community since 1938, providing support and mentoring to young people, said Chairman George Williams. While the organization works through community engagement, wellness, service, and education, Williams says educational work through mentoring programs like the Alpha Boys Institute are the flagship initiatives.

The foundation recently bought a former elementary school and plans to convert it into a community center.

More: New project flourishes in Garden Oaks: Fraternity groups buy former school in NE OKC

“This will allow us to build on the programs we currently have, it will allow us to work with other community organizations that are doing great work in the community and currently have no place,” he said.

All the funds raised will go directly to the renovation and maintenance of the school. The center will become a hub within the city to meet the needs of a historically underserved community, Williams said.

“The aim is to turn this vacant lot into a shining light on the east side,” he said.

Generation Citizen Inc

Generation Citizen is working to transform civic education for youth so that they are ready to promote and participate in a more equitable, inclusive, and responsive democracy.

Funds raised will be used to help teachers and students improve and revise the civics curriculum, as well as working with community schools and teachers to enable professional development that fosters student engagement and participation in the community.

Infant Crisis Services

“We help families meet the most basic needs of their most vulnerable members,” said Trisha Bunce, development director for Infant Crisis Services.

The organization exists to make sure no baby goes hungry in Oklahoma, she said. To prevent this from happening, they operate a pantry for groceries, baby food and diapers to support families of babies and young children in times of crisis. She said a lot of people didn’t know that those who receive government aids like food stamps or SNAP benefits can’t use that money on diapers. Bunce said parents can redirect resources if they’re not concerned about diapers and baby food or formula.

“Whether the gas is for the car, whether the food is for older children, meeting these basic needs frees up resources for the higher needs of the family,” she said.

Infant Crisis Services hopes to expand the operation of its BabyMobile, which currently supplies infant formula, food and diapers in 19 counties in Oklahoma. The money raised through A Community Thrives will be used to further expand the group’s partnerships with affected local tiribes, city and county leaders who have invited child crisis services to their communities, Bunce said.

“Children under the age of 5 are the most likely group of people living in poverty in the state of Oklahoma,” she said. “We’re only there to make sure they have the opportunity to move forward and be part of the future.”

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Inc

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s mission is to encourage and empower Oklahoma residents “to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the state and to ensure a healthy, sustainable environment”.

A subsidiary of Keep America Beautiful, the group is responsible for Oklahoma’s annual Great American Cleanup event and several programs to educate people about environmental stewardship.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Inc

The Oklahoma City Public School Foundation works directly with Oklahoma City Public Schools and exists to help the state’s largest county meet the needs of its students, teachers and staff, said Abbie Vaughan, community minister director.

“We’re really working to empower our next generation here in Oklahoma City and in the community,” she said. “These are our children who grow up here in Oklahoma City and become citizens and community leaders.”

The foundation plans to use the funds raised for ReadOKC On the Go! mobile book bus that gives all students in the Oklahoma City Public Schools community access to free reading material.


“We use something that is really unique and a unique selling point in our community,” said Michael Knopp, Managing Director of the RIVERSPORT Foundation. “Oklahoma City kids have a chance that America really doesn’t have.”

The foundation aims to use new experiences and different sports that children can’t get elsewhere to change their view of sports, fitness and life, Knopp said. By participating in the foundation, children can learn how one experience can lead them to something much bigger, he said.

“We’re bringing all of these things together, from the children’s entry point to top athletes pursuing their Olympic dreams with athletes who have just trained in Oklahoma City, Tokyo,” said Knopp.

The RIVERSPORT Foundation plans to use funds to support their OKC Thrive Outside program. The program brings together schools, nonprofits, and youth development agencies to provide underserved students with access to outdoor activities at RIVERSPORT and across Oklahoma at no cost to their families.

“This flow has now created an opportunity that has resulted in more than $ 13 million in college scholarships for children exposed to these new opportunities,” he said. “We want to take that and go to the next level.”

How to donate

Donations must be made through the respective organizations Mighty Cause platform, similar to a GoFundMe page. You can find links to the individual pages by clicking on the non-profit name listed above. The deadline for all donations is August 13th.

Grant cash accessible for Indiana non-profits that assist U.S. veterans

Nonprofits can apply to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for grants to assist veterans with a variety of services.

The application deadline for the Veteran’s Service Grants is June 14th. Eligible applicants must be a nonprofit registered with the Indiana Secretary of State and use the money to assist veterans in any of the following areas:

-Work to eradicate homelessness

-Avoid short-term homelessness

– Provide help with regard to safe living conditions

– Support for veterans transitioning from public housing programs to home ownership or long-term rental status

– Assistance in finding available state and federal resources

-Provide therapeutic services

– Providing on-the-job training and job search assistance

The department awards grants between $ 25,000 and $ 150,000, depending on the number of eligible applicants, applicants’ needs, and the availability of funds.

“IDVA’s previous GVS awards focused on veteran homelessness,” said Dennis Wimer, IDVA director. “We are pleased to continue this work and provide grants to other areas of critical need for Indiana’s veterans, including therapeutic services, connecting veterans with their state and federal benefits, and training and job search assistance.”

Applications are due by June 14 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The grant period begins on July 1st.

Queen Creek yoga teacher spreads messages of self-love, raises cash for nonprofits

Talfrau launches her own version of the butterfly effect

A yoga teacher finds unique ways to help people make big changes in their lives.

A woman down in the valley starts her own version of the butterfly effect by using yoga to teach people to love themselves and make big changes in their lives.

Now she’s working to spread the love by participating in two different fundraisers.

Erica Marquez is the owner of Butterfly Effect Aerial Yoga. She started her practice as a social worker to meditate and stay in shape.

Along the way, she realized that she could also help people by teaching these techniques.

“I started in the middle of the pandemic and it has enabled my social worker side to reach people in my community,” said Marquez.

Classes do not take place in the traditional stationary studio – everything is mobile.

On April 24th the Yoga “Studio” organizes a charity event at Desert Sky Park, where they offer six 30-minute classes to donate at least $ 10.

The proceeds, according to Marquez, will go to Maggie’s Place in Phoenix, a shelter designed to help pregnant women who need help to get out of their current life situation.

“They really are an amazing organization that helps women in a time of need,” said Marquez.

The yoga teacher also participates in a Yoga Warrior competition that supports the nonprofit Yoga for Veterans project. The money raised will help veterans across the country use yoga as a form of therapy for symptoms of PTSD.

“If I win the competition, I’ll get a spot in a magazine to get my message across about loving yourself,” said Marquez.

Just like her students need the support of the silk while in the air, Marquez needs the support of the community to continue making a difference.

On-line: https://www.butterflyeffectaerialyoga.com

Find out more about the Desert Sky Park charity event:: https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/butterfly_effect_aerial_yoga?k_class=282266