A few of the highlights of our year showcase the quiet yet far reach MCFOK and Freemasonry have in Oklahoma. In November 2021, MCFOK granted $800,000 to bolster support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project work within the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program, as well as funding to enhance the annual State 4-H Roundup. That donation follows gifts of $100,000 in 2020 and $100,000 earlier this year that established the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma Endowment Fund within the 4-H Foundation. Earlier in 2021 the Charity Foundation also donated $25,000 to enhance the 4-H Innovate Leadership Summit, which introduces 4-H members to STEM-related fields, including computer science, robotics and hydroponics. Their total contribution to the endowment fund is $1 million.
Another novel, and new, foray for donation was our $156,000 grant to KOSU Radio’s Civic Information project. This endeavor strives to “connect the dots” for people on common issues in Oklahoma communities. According to their executive director, Rachel Hubbard, they received over 12,000 questions last year on topics ranging from quality to voting. Through this grant they seek to bring information and access to the rural areas of Oklahoma.