Pandemic Impact on NonProfit Sector & OBF Grantees

By Candice Pace Life changed dramatically in March of 2020.  We have all been presented with new challenges as we learn to navigate life during a pandemic. Many businesses have suffered – from the retail industry to dine-in restaurants. One industry that has been hit particularly hard is the nonprofit sector. Anytime there is economic disruption, nonprofit organizations see both … Read More

Technology as a Solution for 2020 OBF Court Grant Recipients

Over the past several years, most of us have come to rely on technology to make informed decisions about our lives. Whether tech savvy or not, we are all using more technology day to day than ever before. We ask Siri to find a recipe or we type an address into the maps application on our phone to find an … Read More

Oklahoma Bar Foundation Funds Statewide Pro Bono Portal

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation (OBF) is excited to announce the launch of the statewide Pro Bono Opportunities Portal by one of its Grantees, the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation. The portal, launched on June 1, 2020, connects volunteer lawyers and law students with opportunities to serve their communities through local legal services organizations (LSOs). The Portal is funded through an … Read More

HELP for Oklahomans Facing Eviction During COVID-19

OBF Grantee, the Housing Eviction Legal Assistance Program (HELP) at Oklahoma City University School of Law provides legal assistance to tenants facing eviction. Dick Klinge, Director of HELP, says calls have doubled during the COVID-19 emergency as many Oklahomans face eviction due to unemployment. The program was recently highlighted on CBS This Morning for the work they are doing to … Read More

Impact Update – The Care Center: Alexis the Brave

The Care Center, an OBF Grantee, is a Child Advocacy Center proving a comprehensive and safe place for children to tell their stories of abuse. Here is the story of Alexis the Brave. Alexis, age 7, was taken to the hospital because her biological family thought she had the flu. After running tests, it was determined she had something much … Read More

Impact Update – Olivia

Olivia from CCFI

When Olivia was 3 years old, her family received help from the Center for Children & Families (CCFI) Divorce & Co-Parenting program. This program provides services to reduce childhood stress and strengthen parent-child relationships during high conflict divorce, separation, paternity and guardianship issues. Now, Olivia is a Junior at Norman High School and spends several hours per week volunteering at … Read More

Meet 2020 Board President Patrick O’Hara

Law School:  University of Oklahoma Graduation Year:  1995 Current Employer:  Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC Where do you live:  Edmond, Oklahoma Why did you decide to be a lawyer? Growing up on a cotton farm in western Oklahoma during oil & gas “boom and bust” years, I recognized firsthand the value of sound legal advice. The ability to earn a client’s … Read More