Anthony to Receive Legacy Award at Most Admired CEO Event

Nancy Anthony

OKLAHOMA CITY – Nancy Anthony, outgoing president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, is Log recording‘s 2022 Legacy Award Winner in recognition of lifetime achievement in leadership.

She sums up the objective of her mandate as follows: “Doing things well is really important. »

Anthony joined the foundation as one of two employees in 1985, when the organization had assets of $20 million. Today, Oklahoma City Community Foundation manages approximately 2,000 philanthropic funds valued at $1.6 billion and distributes approximately $45 million each year in grants and scholarships to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. and students.

Anthony, originally from Kentucky, moved to Oklahoma City after marrying Bob Anthony. His family and their business had positioned them as leaders in the Oklahoma City community, and “Part of their DNA was to be committed and involved in the community,” said Nancy Anthony, so she followed their lead.

Anthony has a Ph.D. in biostatistics and epidemiology, a degree she started at Yale and finished at the University of Oklahoma. His original intention was to teach in the math department at Oklahoma State University. This plan changed, however, when she connected with John Kirkpatrick following consultancy work she had done with the Kerr Foundation.

“Kirkpatrick’s vision was that there were lots of people in Oklahoma City who could give money, who could leave money, who were wealthy enough to support organizations. We just needed a way to make it easier for them,” Anthony said. The community foundation “could be the interface between the donor and what they wanted to do with their estate or what they were ready to do now, to remove the burden of accounting, tax compliance and any investment, all this, away from them.”

Under Anthony’s leadership, the OCCF weathered the economic downturn, as four of the five banks they worked with failed in its first five years.

“It really wasn’t the best environment to fundraise or do anything in the community other than trying to survive,” she said.

But Kirkpatrick was generous and continued to provide and encourage his support, Anthony said. “And I didn’t know any better. Nobody told me that just because we were in a depression in Oklahoma City, you couldn’t do your best.

This same attitude deliberately guided the OCCF after the bombing of the Murrah Building, when the OCCF was in a unique position to accept contributions and manage funds, both its own and those of others. groups.

About 180 to 200 young people, ranging in age from infants to 21, were affected by a loss of family in the bombing and needed support, Anthony said, so a large scholarship fund was set up. which should exist for at least two decades as these children have grown up. It is this role, she said, that has really helped identify the OCCF as a resource working in the community unlike other nonprofits.

Today, the foundation’s goals are to provide donors with practical, efficient and effective ways to contribute assets for charitable purposes; encourage donors to create funds that will benefit the community; advocate for the development of endowment funds and provide them with a means to build and manage them wisely; and developing community endowments to meet changing community needs.

More than 350 charities participate in the Community Foundation’s Endowment Program for Charities. The foundation also has scholarship programs, grant programs, and its own initiatives, including Give Smart OKC, the Wellness Initiative, Parks and Public Spaces Initiative, and Keep Moving OKC.

Anthony will receive his award and deliver a keynote address at Log recordingApril 25 at the Skirvin Hilton. The celebration will honor 18 CEOs and one financial management winner, and an overall CEO winner will be announced in the nonprofit and private enterprise categories. Tickets for the events are available at www.journalrecord.com.

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