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COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

At Bank of Oklahoma, our community is our livelihood. For that reason, we believe in giving back every day and in many different ways.

Serving our community is more than a commitment. It's our culture.

Making a community stronger begins with clearly understanding its needs. That's why we have developed meaningful relationships with more than 600 nonprofit partners in the eight states we serve. Additionally, we work closely with community and business leaders, elected officials and other local partners. With these relationships, we are able to identify, understand and address the unique challenges each of our communities face.

With tangible needs identified, we strategically invest in programs that enhance both the quality of life and economic well-being of our communities. We allocate resources - both financial and in-kind – to make a difference in the communities we serve.

Our vision includes the following three goals:

  • To take a leadership role in the community to help guide important local and regional causes.
  • To financially support key civic activities that are critical to the viability of the community.
  • To encourage and support employee volunteerism.

Financial Contributions
Our goal with financial contributions is to deliver lasting impact to our communities. We aim to build long-term relationships with the nonprofit partners we serve to assure maximum benefit to the community.

We have established the BOKF Foundation, a charitable entity guided by a board of directors.

Similar to our community service and volunteering, we focus our financial giving in the following areas:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Education
  • United Way
  • Economic Development
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development

In Kind Contributions
One of the most simple and effective ways we help our community comes from hidden treasures within our company. We donate computers to elementary schools. We give office furniture to halfway houses. We open our banking center network to causes such as our annual literacy campaign, which collected more than 150,000 books for children since its inception in 2003. We open special contribution accounts to allow citizens to make donations to friends and neighbors in need. From our equipment to our infrastructure, we find the community often values our resources immeasurably.

Sometimes the best gift we can give is our time and our talent. By lending our expertise, we empower our community partners to develop meaningful business strategies, effective fund raising initiatives, sound financial planning and more. The skills of our employees are as diverse as they are remarkable and there is no limit to the results we can deliver to our community.

Collectively, our teams provide the following services:

  • Nonprofit Board Service
  • Philanthropic Strategic Planning
  • Financial Education
  • Tax Preparation

Good corporate citizenship has always been an essential part of BOK Financial.

It is one of the key values in our company mission: "We are committed to the communities we serve." We are motivated to improve the quality of life in the communities where we do business because we believe the most successful companies are the ones that are the most active in providing their support. Our sustained involvement and long-term investments in our communities are important elements of our culture and an integral part of the way we do business. We believe that helping the community also helps the stakeholders in BOK Financial - employees, shareholders and customers.

We continue to fulfill our commitment to responsible corporate citizenship through financial and in-kind contributions and volunteer time from our employees. We support programs that encourage the charitable generosity and volunteer spirit of our employees.

BOK Financial contributions are budgeted on an annual calendar basis. We accept online charitable contribution/grant applications throughout the year.

Our Mission: Giving Back Everyday
To wisely invest BOK Financial contributions in programs that enhance quality of life and economic well being in the communities where BOK Financial operates and where our employees work and live in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Qualifying Organizations:

  • Health and Human Service:  Organizations with a priority to programs whose work primarily benefits low and moderate income individuals. Those organizations may be involved in a variety of issues including child care, health services, housing, education, and basic needs assistance
  • Education:  Organizations with a primary focus to promote academic achievement to low and moderate income students; public school foundations; BOK Financial "Partners in Education Schools" and "Adopt-a-Schools"
  • Community Improvement:  Organizations that may not fall under the Health and Human Service category but provide a benefit to the community and its residents
  • Arts & Culture: Organizations which enhance a community's quality of life such as cultural arts, civic projects and other activities that help provide diverse opportunities for a community's residents

Ineligible Organizations/Activities:

  • Individuals
  • Programs outside the geographic markets we serve
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Political organizations/activities/candidates
  • Public schools (K through 12) unless in partnership with BOK Financial "Partners in Education Schools" and "Adopt-a-Schools"
  • Industry and trade groups
  • Athletic programs
  • Religious organizations promoting a specific doctrine


Community Development: CRA Charitable Guidelines
Community Development is committed to identifying the needs of the community. We strive to meet the needs of our market, support those that meet the need of low to moderate income individuals, small businesses and small farms though investments and services. For more information on Community Development, click here.

 

LONG LIVE A STRONG COMMUNITY

Strengthening Communities
Many people think of their community simply as the place where they live, work and play. We believe our community is our livelihood. We believe in giving back every day. Download our Community Impact Report to learn more about how we are strengthening the communities we serve.

Community Impact Report
(Download PDF)

CHARITABLE GIVING ONLINE APPLICATION

Bank of Oklahoma, through the BOKF Foundation, provides a variety of financial and in-kind contributions to many nonprofit organizations. To access the Bank of Oklahoma charitable contribution/grant application, click here.

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