OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 6, 2015 — To ring in the new year, Daniel Chae, owner of All About Cha in Oklahoma City, has founded the city’s newest foundation: The Oklahoma City Awesome Foundation (OKC Awesome). While there are many grants distributed across the city, OKC Awesome Trustees feel this particular grant will go down in history as the most awesome grant ever assembled, literally.
Each month a new $1,000 grant will be awarded to whatever project best spreads “awesomeness” in Oklahoma City. Applications consist of three questions, asking applicants to describe themselves, their project, and what they would do with the foundation’s money in just a few paragraphs. Grantees then receive a lump cash award, with no reporting requirements. The streamlined approach makes funding available to those who might not meet some of the criteria for a more traditional grant.
“You don’t have to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,” says Chae. “You don’t have to be licensed or be world-famous. You just have to have a good idea that you’re willing to share with the community.”
The new mini grant comes as Oklahoma City experiences a new wave of growth. From the string of new restaurants and eateries around town, the ever-growing music culture, to the wide range of art galleries and exhibits, Oklahoma City is experiencing exciting innovation along with a renaissance of new ideas.
“There are so many new places to live, work, and play now it’s almost hard to keep up,” says Julie Porter-Scott, OKC Awesome Trustee and Yelp’s Community Manager. “The breadth of new ideas coming to fruition makes you wonder what other ideas are inside someone’s head just waiting for a little help to come to life.”
To take giving to an even higher level, OKC Awesome is partnering with newAnthropy, an online giving platform founded by OKC Awesome Trustee Michael Zserdin. With each grant award, readers will be directed to a link where they themselves can contribute towards an awesome campaign, potentially multiplying the impact. This gives anyone and everyone a chance to participate in helping the city.
“It really speaks to the fact that giving together amplifies generosity and powers more of the change we want to see in the world,” says Zserdin. “Let’s see how far we can take the act of giving together.”
-- About OKC Awesome
OKC Awesome is the newest chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a worldwide network of micro-grants distributing funds in a simplified, smaller-scale version of traditional philanthropic foundations. OKC Awesome Trustees are made up of the following good folks: Andrew Hwang (JK Janitorial & Riggs/Abney), Daniel Chae (All About Cha), Julie Porter Scott (Yelp OKC), Lisa Loosen Mullen (SignUsUp), Michael Winger (Everything Awesome), Michael Zserdin (newAnthropy), Mickey Clagg (Midtown Renaissance), Melissa Vincent (9Tribe), Travis Stephens (Truck It), Veronica Pasfield (Territory OKC).