Fall Forum Sessions

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   

Fall Forum Sessions

9 - 9:45 a.m. General Session and Keynote

It Takes a Community: Critical Conversations for Our Schools
Aurora Lora, Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, will be our morning keynote speaker, discussing the critical role that public school foundations and community leaders can play as Oklahoma faces an unprecedented crisis in school funding, teacher shortages and low teacher morale. How can foundations, schools, businesses and families work together to support teachers and students and strengthen our local schools? Superintendent Lora’s presentation will kick off the conversation and help inspire strategies for collaboration.


10:10 - 10:40 a.m. Breakout Session One

Communities, Foundations and Schools in Partnership – Real-World Strategies
Joe Siano, Vice President of Public Finance Investment, BOK Financial Securities, and former Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

How can schools, foundations, businesses and community leaders partner to better serve students and teachers? Dr. Siano will share real-world strategies from the idea stage to fruition, such as unique partnerships with hospitals and law enforcement as well as initiatives with the OU College of Education. Be ready to be inspired!

Nonprofit Boards 101: Ten Best Practices for Great Board Performance
Jennifer Meckling, Director of Community Engagement, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

1023, 990, Schedule O … What do they all mean for you? Covering the legal and ethical duties of nonprofit boards, this session brings us back to our foundations as Public Charities and looks at how we can help our organizations stay compliant, plan strategically and grow sustainably. You’ll leave with new perspective and tools you can use to help your nonprofit weather the storms of these uncertain times.

Engage Your Community Using Social Media
Emily Reed, Director of Development, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma

You want more people to understand and be involved in the wonderful work your school foundation is doing, but it feels like fewer and fewer people are even seeing your social media posts, let alone getting involved. Attend this session to learn ways to use your social media as an engagement tool, not just a digital bulletin board. As a social media presenter for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Reed has helped charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma strengthen their social media know-how.

Spotlight on Outstanding Programs

This year’s Outstanding Program Award winners will share their innovative projects that can serve as inspiration and models for foundations of all sizes. Learn about the Bartlesville Education Promise Program, a comprehensive academic support program for at-risk students, and gain ideas from creative fundraisers, including the Trojan 20 Campaign sponsored by Jenks Public School Foundation, the Black & Gold Gala sponsored by the Inola Educational Enrichment Foundation and the Fashion Show Fundraiser presented by the Wagoner Education Foundation Inc. 


10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Breakout Session Two

Communities, Foundations and Schools in Partnership – Real-World Strategies
Joe Siano, Vice President of Public Finance Investment, BOK Financial Securities, and former Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

Repeat from Breakout Session One. See previous description for details.



Achieving Educational Excellence:   Retention, Incentives, Partnerships
Mary Stallings, Executive Director, Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, and guests Amber Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources & Communications, Enid Public Schools; Janna Jackson, Executive Director, Enid Public School Foundation; and grant recipient Amy Thielke

Hear about past successes and learn what is necessary to build a shared vision, alignment, and collaborative outcomes for the benefit of education in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.  One particular donor had a vision for bringing alumni teachers back to the district and has provided them a $1,000 incentive for up to five years. 

Engage Your Community Using Social Media
Emily Reed, Director of Development, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, and social media presenter for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Repeat from Breakout Session One. See previous description for details.

 

Winning Ideas for Small Foundations
Nicholas Grant, Secretary, Spiro Foundation for Excellence in Education; Susie Thurmond, Treasurer, Cheyenne Educational Foundation

You asked, and we listened! Join us for a session geared specifically for the needs of small and new foundations. Leaders from Cheyenne and Spiro public education foundations will share the unique challenges and successful strategies that have helped grow their foundations. Topics will range from board development and fundraising to innovative programming and community engagement. There will be plenty of time for questions, so bring your top concerns for discussion.


11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Breakout Session Three

Building and Connecting with Your Community Through the Power of Storytelling
Diana Hartley, Professor of Practice, Nonprofit Management Studies, University of Oklahoma

Learn how to create a culture of storytelling that empowers your foundation, your school district and your supporters. We are in a time of storytelling. People long to see themselves in what we do and what we represent. To thrive, we must look to be a reflection of our community and a light for where they aspire to be. From social media, to websites to infographics, we’ll look at building a plan for how to get more support.

Executive Directors Focus: Leading Foundations; Only the Strategic Survive
Mary Mélon, President and CEO, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Tailored for executive directors, this highly interactive session will focus on strategies and best practices for foundation staff.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss solutions among peers. All questions are welcome. Chances are the burning question you have is something a peer is wondering about as well.

Achieving Educational Excellence:   Retention, Incentives, Partnerships
Mary Stallings, Executive Director, Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, and guests Amber Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources & Communications, Enid Public Schools; Janna Jackson, Executive Director, Enid Public School Foundation; and grant recipient Amy Thielke

Repeat from Breakout Session Two. See previous description for details.

Nonprofit Boards 201: The Duty of Creativity
Jennifer Meckling, Director of Community Engagement, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Beyond our fiscal duties of care, loyalty and obedience, we have an additional duty to think creatively and imaginatively for our organization. This session will look at what it takes to attract the board you want and take proactive steps to maintain that excellence. We’ll look at tips for orienting, communicating with and sustaining a strong board, as well as strategies for making your organization the one that people want to support.


12:30 p.m. Luncheon and Awards Presentation

The Fall Forum will culminate with a luncheon featuring closing remarks by Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Founder and Chairman David L. Boren and the presentation of 2017 Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education Foundations. This year’s awards will recognize programs sponsored by the Bartlesville Education Promise, Jenks Public Schools Foundation, Inola Educational Enrichment Foundation and the Wagoner Education Foundation Inc.

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