Fall Forum Fridays

Fall Forum Fridays are Happening in October!

Oklahoma School Foundations Network is excited to announce plans for a 2020 Fall Forum, re-imagined in a new, virtual format. Uncertainty over the safety of gathering together for a day-long traditional conference has inspired a creative move to a month- long series of webinars and online forum opportunities in October.
Each Friday in October, OSFN will host a FREE hour-long noon webinar on topics relevant to our Oklahoma foundations. We plan to address basics of foundation board service, national guiding principles for foundations, fundraising ideas, and more. There will also be opportunities to participate in Zoom round table discussions with leaders from other school foundations to share ideas and learn from one another.

Registration is free, but required. Please register for each Forum separately. 

If you are unable to attend at the posted webinar time, you can still register! We will send a recording of each webinar to registered guests.

Non-Event Fundraising Ideas
12 to 1 p.m. Friday, October 2
Registration closes at midnight Wednesday, September 30

With COVID-19 precautions in place, many traditional school foundation fundraising events have been cancelled. This webinar will introduce you to four fantastic fundraising ideas you can adopt and adapt to help your foundation raise funds without hosting an event.

  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising; Noble’s 50 for 50 Challenge- presented by Erika Wright of the Noble Public Schools Foundation 
  • Thursday Folders; Putting community advertising dollars to work for your foundation- presented by Clayton Ramick of the Moore Public Schools Foundation 
  • The Pillar Program; Recurring Annual Giving- presented by Lisa Carson of the Lawton Public School Foundation 
  • Good Night, Norman; A storybook fundraiser- presented by Jenny Dakil of the Norman Public School Foundation

The ABC’s of School Foundation Board Service
12 to 1 p.m. Friday, October 9
Registration closes at midnight Wednesday, October 7 

Join Oklahoma School Foundations Network Director Katy Leffel for a great overview of school foundation board service:

Do you know what steps to take to be sure you are an outstanding board member? Join Katy to learn the ABC’s of serving on a school foundation board, and what makes service on a school foundation board unique and different from other non-profit boards you may have served in the past. This presentation features tips and tricks you can put to use immediately to serve your board.

Data-Driven Storytelling: Measuring and Using Foundation Return-on-Investment Data
12 to 1 p.m. Friday, October 16

Registration closes at midnight Wednesday, October 14

Join Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits consultant Daniel Billingsley and Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools CEO Mary Mélon for this webinar. They will present strategies for measuring your foundation impact and return-on-investment data and using this data to engage your community. Donors want to feel like they are making a true difference. Equip yourself with the tools you need to communicate impact.

Education Foundation Guiding Principles
12 to 1 p.m. Friday, October 23

Registration closes at midnight Wednesday, October 21

The National School Foundation Association released their “Education Foundation Guiding Principles” in January. These standards are intended to provide foundations of all sizes guidelines to best practice and excellence. Learn about the standards and how to evaluate your foundation and set goals to make progress in key areas. The webinar is hosted by NSFA Industry Leadership Council member and Executive Director of the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation, Wendy Van and Robin Callahan, former NSFA Executive Director and current Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

2020 Outstanding Program Award Winners 
Present their Program Ideas

12 to 1 p.m. Friday, October 30

Registration closes at midnight Wednesday, October 28

Join this webinar to hear from our three 2020 Outstanding Program Award winning foundations. The Oklahoma School Foundations Network annually presents one or more Outstanding program Awards to recognize innovative programs sponsored or administered by school foundations in Oklahoma. Trophies and monetary awards of $1,000 each are presented to the winners. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about our 2020 winning programs:

  • Bruins on the Run Mentoring Program, Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation
  • Teacher Pipline Program, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Picnic in the Park Community Outreach Program, Weatherford Public Schools Foundation

Thank you to our presenting sponsor: