Network Learning Hub

The Oklahoma School Foundations Network is committed to providing free access to quality training for public school foundation leaders and volunteers. Bookmark this page for easy access to registration for upcoming events and recordings of past webinars.

Supporting Student Success, School Foundations and Mentoring

Mentoring has tangible positive effects for students. With a mentor, young people are:
• 52% less likely to skip a day of school.
• 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in
their communities.
• 130% more likely to hold a leadership
position in a club or sports team.
School foundations looking to support student academic and personal success should consider ways to support mentoring in their school district. Join Dana Gibson from Students Striving for Success, a program of the El Reno Public School Foundation and Rhonda Clemmer of BEST! Mentoring, a program started under the umbrella of the Cache Schools Education Foundation to hear how their successful mentoring programs are making a real difference in the lives of students.

2021 Outstanding Program Award Winners

Hear from the 2021 Outstanding Program Award winning foundations about their successful school foundation programs and the impact those programs are having on their districts. This interactive webinar will give participants the opportunity to hear about these outstanding programs and ask foundation leadership members questions about their development and implementation.

Trojans Read the Way Bookmobile, Jenks Public Schools Foundation
Get Books, Not Twix! Book Vending Machine, Grove Education Foundation for Excellence
Community and Schools Together Initiative, Putnam City Schools Foundation

Planned Giving 101

Learn the basics of starting a planned giving program for your school foundation. Jennifer Meckling, director of the Charitable Organization Endowment Program at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will join OSFN Director Katy Leffel to discuss the ways your local community foundation can partner with your school foundation to increase your impact. From endowment and scholarship management to matching fund opportunities, community foundations can help support and manage planned gifts to increase the capacity of your school foundation.

Opportunity Tax Credit Law Basics for School Foundations

The Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship program was expanded by the Oklahoma Legislature in the 2021 legislative session. The new law takes effect November 1, 2021 and allows public schools and public school foundations to make state tax credits available to their donors. Join us to learn more about the basics of this law and what foundations need to know and do to be ready to take advantage of this new donor opportunity.

Flipcause Webinar

Expand your school foundation capacity by investing in a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. Flipcause offers small nonprofit organizations professional website design, secure payment processing, customer relationship management database and engagement tools to help you grow your school foundation fundraising. Hear from Flipcause customer service managers and from Clinton Public School Foundation Executive Director Erin Adams and Noble Public Schools Foundation President Erika Wright on how Flipcause is helping school foundations grow.

DonorsChoose Webinar

Looking to streamline your teacher grant process and maximize your impact? Join Ali Rosen, head of Foundation Giving at DonorsChoose, and Oklahoma School Foundations Network Director Katy Leffel to learn how partnering with DonorsChoose can dramatically increase the impact of your teacher grant program.

Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools CEO Mary Mélon will join the discussion to answer questions and share the impact Donors Choose has had on teacher grant programs for her foundation.

Strategic Planning Webinar

Oklahoma School Foundations Network Director Katy Leffel offers free strategic planning facilitation for all Oklahoma public school foundations. Watch this webinar to learn why taking the time to create a strategic plan for your school foundation is the key to moving your organization forward, no matter your size! Katy will discuss in-person, hybrid and virtual options for facilitating a planning retreat. She will also share success stories from working with Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation and the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.

The Oklahoma School Foundations Network hosted five Fall Forum Fridays webinars in October 2020. We are excited to share video recordings and presentation handouts from this webinar series to all interested foundations. Feel free to share these resources with other members of your school foundation.

Non-Event Fundraising Ideas

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

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

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

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

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 Fall Forum Fridays presenting sponsor: