Numerous charitable organizations recently received a distribution from the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma.
The foundation's leaders said $9.8 million was recently made available to ministries across the nation and worldwide, including more than $8.4 million to Baptist ministries in Oklahoma.
“We take seriously the spirit in which our donors give. They care deeply about supporting ministries with a biblical worldview that have long-reaching physical and spiritual impact on individuals and the culture we live in,” said Robert K. Kellogg, president and CEO of the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma.
The foundation was created in 1946 to acquire, manage, invest, and distribute donors' gifts to Southern Baptist ministries. Foundation donors support the care of children, provide rental assistance and living expenses for senior adults, send volunteers to help during local and national disasters, and provide scholarships that help students to receive a Christian liberal arts education.
The 2012 annual distribution, made on Jan. 31, was given to the following Oklahoma Baptist ministries and institutions:
• $1.08 million to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
• $258,927 to Baptist Village Communities.
• $3.03 million to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
• $3.45 million to Oklahoma Baptist University.
• $615,773 to Southern Baptist churches and associations in Oklahoma.
Foundation leaders said the remaining $1.4 million was distributed to hospitals, universities, colleges, and academic foundations as well as various ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention, including the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board.