Grantee Spotlight: William W. Barnes CAC


As we begin the new-year full of resolutions and new beginnings we want to highlight one of our grantees who help child abuse victims find a hopeful new beginning. This month’s spotlight grantee is the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center serving Rogers, Craig & Mayes Counties. Experts estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are … Read More

Grantee Spotlight: Teen Court


The holidays are a great reminder to be thankful. The Oklahoma Bar Foundation is thankful for its grantees and the amazing work they do in communities across the state. Check out spotlight grantee, Teen Court, serving Comanche County. Teen Court’s mission is to intervene in the lives of first-time youthful offenders and high risk juveniles between the ages of 10 … Read More

The Foundation Updates Giving Levels


In stride with new development efforts, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved updates to the organization’s giving levels. Changes have been made to the Fellow & Community Fellow Programs. A one-time gift option has also been added for those who only want to pledge for that year. The pledge card to the right denotes these changes. “We are now … Read More

2015 Grant Awards

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The Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees approved funding recommendations from the 2015 Grant Awards Committee in the total amount of $310,266 on August 20.  The total from the 2015 Grant Awards pushed the OBF just north of the $12 Million Grant Award mark since the founding in 1946. “We have a lot to celebrate,” says Trustee President Jack L. … Read More

OBF Announces Court Grant Awards in 10 Counties

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Requests totaling $141,876 came to the Oklahoma Bar Foundation’s grant committee last month from judges at county courts across the state. The OBF’s Court Grant Program is unique not only to Oklahoma, but is the only program like it in the nation. President Jack Brown states, “With court budgets being cut to the bare minimum, these court grants provide much … Read More

Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases Book Wins National Award.


Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases book wins National Award: Author, attorney and historian Kent Frates received The Benjamin Franklin book award that recognizes excellence in book editorial and design.  The award is considered one of the highest national honors for independent and academic publishers.  The book is available for sale by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and a portion of proceeds of … Read More

May 26, 2015 OBF Grant Application Deadline Approaches

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OBF Grant Applications Available to Law-Related Nonprofits – Due by May 26, 2015: The 2015 OBF Grant Application for Oklahoma law-related nonprofit work can be downloaded here:  OBFGrt-INSTRUCTIONS-2015-Part1of2 and OBFGrt-Forms-2015-Part2of2 The 2015 deadline is approximately one month earlier than last year .  Please contact the OBF Office at (405) 416-7070 or with questions and assistance with your 2015 OBF Grant … Read More

Meet the New OBF Development & Communications Director


The Oklahoma Bar Foundation has hired Candice Jones as the Development & Communications Director.  Previously, Ms. Jones worked as a Marketing Consultant at The Oklahoman Media Company and prior was the Vice President of Resource Development at United Way of Norman. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Minor in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. … Read More

Grants Support Law Related Education


Ahh Summer Vacation – the long anticipated three months of lazy, lingering days. Free of responsibility, homework, teachers, and school.  While summer months are not usually spent reflecting on the importance of a good education, at the OBF it’s at the forefront of our minds. One of the OBF’s central goals is to transform lives through the advancement of education … Read More

OBF Planning Retreat – New Beginnings


The OBF Board of Trustees recently held a retreat to reexamine its fundraising initiatives for all OBF funded programs so that we can do a better job.  OBF consultant, Dennis Dorgan, organized the retreat into focus groups of trustees to discuss in detail the components of OBF fundraising.  The focus groups were 1.) Making Grantees the Centerpiece, 2.) Donor Recognition, … Read More