Putnam City Schools Foundation
5401 NW 40th St
Oklahoma City OK 73122
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Putnam City Public Schools Foundation
Mission Statement The mission of the Putnam City Schools Foundation is to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of children in Putnam City Schools.
Contact Information
Contact Name Jennifer Seal
Contact email jseal@putnamcityschools.org
Address 5401 NW 40th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73122
Phone (405) 495-5200
Fax 405-470-3986
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.pcf4kids.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/pcsf/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Contributions made by check, over the phone, credit card donations via our website and in-kind donations are all accepted. 
We also have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including our golf tournament, Indoor Recess Trivia & Game Night, and Wall of Fame Celebration.
Several planned giving options are also available, such as bequests, Legacy Society gifts and IRA rollovers.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $277,262.00
Projected Expenses $277,262.00
History and Background
Former Names
Supported Organization Putnam City Schools
Year Founded 1987
IRS Ruling Year 1988
State Registration Expiration Mar 2019
Mission The mission of the Putnam City Schools Foundation is to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of children in Putnam City Schools.

Established in 1987, the Putnam City Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization managed by a board of trustees and comprised of involved patrons in the Putnam City School District and two paid staff members. The foundation works closely with the district to identify needs and develop relationships with local businesses, foundations, individuals, and alumni in order to garner resources and energy necessary to address pressing needs within Putnam City Schools.

Putnam City was established more than 100 years ago. It provides high quality education for students in preschool through high school. The district, the fifth-largest in the state, has 19,500-plus students attending 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools and one alternative school. Poverty level is at 77 percent. ACT composite scores are higher than state and national averages. Children have access to 95 fine arts teachers, can take over 20 Advanced Placement courses, and study on more than 17,000 iPads each day. We aim to provide a world-class education where our students learn to be global citizens.


The Putnam City Schools Foundation has invested over $3 million in Putnam City Schools. We do this through our many initiatives designed to fulfill our mission and meet the needs of the entire district. Accomplishments for fiscal year 2017-18 include:

  • Funded $21,000 for STEM labs at 12 elementary schools. 
  • Invested $10,000 in the Early Birds school-readiness program that benefited 700 Putnam City families. 
  • 85+ adults benefited from our English Language Literacy (ELL) program, while their school-aged children received tutoring.
  • Adopted 1,140 children at Christmastime through CareShare, and Penny's Closet provided 208 coats and 159 pairs of shoes to children in need.
  • Awarded 28 YES! Grants to teachers totaling $20,138 impacted 6,215 students this year alone. 
  • Recognized outstanding staff and patrons through Golden Apple awards, Teacher of the Year, and Super Star Teacher awards.
Our goals for fiscal year 2018-19 are:
  • Continue focus on our core programs:  STEM, Early Birds, and English Language Literacy Classes.
  • Increase reach and brand awareness with teachers, staff, and the community that we serve.
  • Finalize the Strategic Plan which will guide the organization through the next three to five years.
Early Birds – equips parents with knowledge and tools to become their child’s first teacher.  Parents are encouraged to talk, sing, read, play and interact with their children.  This program encourages parents to be a part of their child’s education and provides a resource kit filled with educational tools for parent and child to engage in the learning process together. 

Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Labs – enables students to use and further develop their natural creativity and problem solving skills through Science and Math activities that can be applied to real-world applications in engineering and technology.  Students are more likely to pursue a career in these areas when they are exposed at an early age.                                          

English Language Literacy (ELL) Classes for Putnam City Parents – provides classes for parents in our district to improve their English language skills.  These classes are centered in citizenship and financial literacy. They aim to remove the language barrier that can prevent parents from engaging in their child’s success, the school system, and the community.

YES! Grants – awarded to our talented teachers to benefit students and classrooms.

Community Fund – provides assistance to students in need of medical necessities, including eye exams and glasses, prescriptions, hearing exams and dental care.

Awards – in recognition of excellence, the Golden Apple, Teacher of the Year and Excellent Educator awards are given to teachers, staff and volunteers throughout the district each year. 

CareShare – provides coats and shoes throughout the year and gifts during the holiday season to students and families in need.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

The Putnam City Schools Foundation finds itself more critically important to providing a top-notch education to our students than ever before. With drastic funding cuts and a shortage of teachers, the foundation's resources, specifically those from our community partners, are crucial. Two of our major programs simply will not exist without community support, and we aim to provide as much as we can because our children deserve no less. Though Putnam City is able to provide a strong curriculum delivered by caring teachers, it should be no surprise that the district is compromised due to funding restraints. The rich tradition and history of a 100 year-old district provide a strong foundation for our efforts to fill in as many gaps as we can for the children. This award-winning organization will continue to support Putnam City Schools in their efforts to provide a quality public school education in northwest Oklahoma City.

Board Chair Statement

Since 1987, we have been working to focus public attention on academic excellence. The State provides funds for basic education. The Foundation provides support for additional programs that enrich and enhance education. It is our objective to educate the community about opportunities to help the district provide the best education possible. We are confident that our programs have an immense and lasting impact on the quality of public education in Putnam City Schools.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Oklahoma City - NW
Warr Acres
We serve 27 campuses covering 42 square miles across Northwest Oklahoma City, Warr Acres and Bethany, Oklahoma.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations/Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Description Early Birds is a free family-based school readiness program offered in Putnam City Schools that provides parents with tools to teach their preschool-age children. It aims to prepare children in the areas of language learning, math and reasoning and social/emotional skills before they enter kindergarten. There are three sessions each year. Session participants receive parent kits that contain age-appropriate educational toys, books, and tools to take home and use with their child. Last year, more than 700 Putnam City families participated in this program. Classes are conducted in English and Spanish.
Population Served Adults Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

On average, 65% of Oklahoma kindergarteners have test scores at a proficient level compared to 95% of children whose parents participated in the Early Birds program.


Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Smart Start Central Oklahoma
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

According to Kelly Suchy, administrator of Early Birds for Putnam City Schools, parents consistently report that attending the class changed the way they interact with their children. Karla Perez, mother of three, is one such parent.

“It has shown us many ways to help our kids achieve their goals before entering kindergarten,” Perez said. “Every class is different and teaches you different things. Now that I have been going to these classes for about six years, I feel more comfortable with the way I help my children.”


STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enables students to further develop their natural creativity and problem solving skills by applying concepts learned in science and math to real-world applications of engineering and technology. STEM students practice 21st century skills while learning to build robots, construct windmills or compete in science fairs. Student enthusiasm for STEM can translate into future careers in those fields. More than 4,500 elementary students in our district will benefit from this program this year.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
This program provides English literacy classes to parents and youth in Putnam City Schools in an effort to help them overcome the language barrier. Individuals receive instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing English, with a focus on citizenship and financial literacy. 
Reading and writing classes for parents and youth are offered two evenings per week throughout the school year. Tutoring classes for school-age children and child activity classes are also offered during class times. Each participant receives approximately 215 hours of literacy instruction per year. This year, more than 100 parents will have the opportunity to improve their English literacy. Parents participating in these classes are generally more secure in their jobs, better able to communicate with their child's teachers and more self-confident when speaking in English. Classes are taught by staff of Putnam City Schools to ensure effectiveness of the program.
Population Served Families Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
All of the Putnam City Schools Foundation programs are designed to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of children in Putnam City Schools. With an ever-increasing level of poverty in our district, we find there is a need to provide assistance to our students and staff that goes beyond the classroom. We fully believe that poverty is not a barrier to our continuing to provide a high quality education to our boys and girls, and will work to ensure our students are ready to learn and our teachers are equipped with the skills and training to meet the needs of all kinds of children.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Seal
Start Date Jan 2016
Email jseal@putnamcityschools.org
Experience I am a proud product of Putnam City Schools, as well as a classroom teacher with a decade of experience in Putnam City.  I have been a professional fundraiser for 7 years.  
Senior Staff
Kris BaggerlyCommunications & Programs Coordinator
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Chance to Change
Smart Start Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Francis Tuttle Technology Centers 
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2016
Oustanding Program Award-Early Birds Childhood School ReadinessOklahoma Foundation for Excellence2011
Oustanding Program Award-Challenge DayOklahoma Foundation for Excellence2008
Oustanding Program Award-Author VisitsOklahoma Foundation for Excellence2006
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our Foundation looks forward to the finalization and implementation of a new strategic plan in which community partnerships will play an increasing role. These changes will bring about a renewed focus on some program areas, and a lessening of attention for others. We will however, continue the YES! Grant program to help teachers with classroom materials, supplies and trainings.

The Putnam City Schools Foundation works closely with Putnam City Schools' administration to identify and fill the needs of students in the district. Many of the students, teachers and families in Putnam City Schools are impacted by the foundation each year. Hundreds of our staff and faculty make voluntary contributions to the Foundation each month.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Name Chuck Thomas
Company Affiliation Sodexo
Term July 2018 to June 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2018
Board of Directors List
Roy Bishop American FidelityVoting
Morgan Brammer University of OklahomaVoting
DiAnne Bryant Community VolunteerVoting
Jeannie Carter CrossFirst BankVoting
Roger Cude Water's Edge WineryVoting
Lawrence Fugett New York LifeVoting
Dr. Laura Garrett Epworth VillaVoting
Becky Gooch Putnam City SchoolsExofficio
Manisone Hubbard First United BankVoting
Michael T. Leake Jr.Wiggins Sewell & OgletreeVoting
Steve Lindley Putnam City School DistrictExofficio
Michelle Nisbett Community VolunteerVoting
Jason Pierce OK School PicturesVoting
Dr. Fred Rhodes Putnam City School DistrictExofficio
Jennifer Seal Putnam City Schools FoundationExofficio
Chuck Thomas SodexoVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Not specified 0
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 58 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Jamie Elmore Bank of the West
Sarita Johnson Citizens Bank of Edmond
Brad Poarch Cory's Audio Visual
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Strategic planning is a great time for the board members to slow down and think about what we are doing to enhance education. The process has brought us closer together and strengthened our determination. With new board leadership in place, we look forward to renewed vigor within our structure, procedures, and programs as we move to implement our strategic plan.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2018-June 30, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $277,262
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $277,262
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$31,194$31,707$31,160
Unrealized Gain/Loss$51,658($16,613)$75
Membership Dues------
Special Events$49,857$45,693$35,643
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$199,395$234,261$206,936
Administration Expense$22,960$31,897$24,378
Fundraising Expense$19,910$17,526$20,581
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.450.821.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%83%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue40%38%58%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$869,928$765,378$812,056
Current Assets$147,987$106,985$78,402
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$3,759$7,219$2,021
Total Net Assets$866,169$758,159$810,035
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities39.3714.8238.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $217,566Contributions $170,399Contributions $172,807
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRealized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $51,658Special Events $45,693Special Events $35,643
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $49,857Investment Income $31,707Investment Income $31,160
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The Foundation continues to adjust its financials to increase transparency while nimbly responding to the demands of a large school district. We endeavor to not make yearly disbursements from our investment accounts so that they can continue to grow and serve the scholarship and emergency needs for which they are mostly designated.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 5401 NW 40th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73122
Primary Phone 405 495-5200 1205
Give with Credit Card https://www.pcf4kids.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/pcsf/
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Seal
Board Chair Chuck Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sodexo