The Research Program analyzes OCF funds and the topic areas, regions, and populations that are supported by OCF grants.
OCF’s total endowment has grown nearly 350% since 2000 and 9% between 2012 and 2013. OCF’s endowment is made up of different types of funds. The OCF Board determines the priorities and use of Discretionary Funds. Donor Advised Funds are funds that name fund advisors who makes grant recommendations for the funds. Endowment Funds are nonprofit organizations’ endowments housed at OCF. Designated Funds name particular organizations as the recipient of the fund. Volunteer advisory committees are responsible for making grant recommendations from Community Advised Funds. Scholarship Funds have been established to support scholarships for students.
Growth of the OCF endowment:
In 2013, OCF made $26.4M in education grants and scholarships, representing the largest area of grantmaking for the foundation.
Approximately half of the education disbursements were in the form of scholarships to students and grants to higher education institutions (supported in large part by Donor Advised Funds). The majority of OCF’s discretionary grantmaking (indicated by the darker circles) was in the areas of early childhood education, out-of-school time and mentoring, and K-12 education. Click here for a look at OCF’s grantmaking across all topic areas.