New matching program supports endowments benefiting Cherokee students
Published March 16, 2016
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – The Cherokee Nation Foundation is furthering its commitment to education with the creation of a new matching program for endowments. The matching program seeks to enhance opportunities for Cherokee students while honoring the legacy of loved ones.
“These endowment gifts are unique in that they provide donors with the opportunity to watch their gifts create possibility and inspire greatness in Cherokee youth for generations to come,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “We are thankful for the support we have received from our board of directors and generous donors and look forward to increasing the impact these dollars have for Cherokee students.”
The CNF board of directors approved the resolution on Feb. 10 allocating $100,000 to support the initiative. The funds will be used to match gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The matching program has already received multiple donations, the first made by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker to honor the legacy of his grandmother, Audie Baker, who was a longtime Cherokee County educator.
“Education has always been a cornerstone of Cherokee values and one that holds a special place in my heart coming from a family of educators,” said Chief Baker. “There is no better cause than supporting the education of our children, and I hope that others will join me in investing in their future and that of the Cherokee Nation.”
Donors have the opportunity to name their fund and can work with foundation staff to create guidelines on how the scholarships are awarded. All contributions are tax deductible.
The Nix Family Foundation created a fund honoring the memory of their grandmother, Susan Agnew Leoser, who came to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears. Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Shawn Crittenden and Bryan Warner partnered to create a fund benefiting Cherokee students in their districts.
For more information, please contact Cherokee Nation Foundation at (918) 207-0950 or Janice Randall at [email protected].