Nancy Anthony joined the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as executive director in 1985 when it had assets of $20 million and one other full-time employee. She has helped direct the growth of the Community Foundation to assets of more than $800 million during 2014. The Community Foundation has 31 full-time employees and makes average annual distributions to the Oklahoma City community of $30 million.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has been a leader among community foundations in the development of agency endowments. It has also focused its discretionary resources on a group of strategically selected community issues and opportunities where it can provide both resources and leadership. It operates the largest agency endowment program in the United States and the largest independent scholarship program in Oklahoma. In 1995, the Community Foundation joined with several other area organizations to provide leadership in the oversight and distribution of contributions given in response to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. The model developed in Oklahoma City for cooperative response to such tragedy has set a standard for the nation. Nancy Anthony served as an advisor to several New York City charities following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, providing the experience of Oklahoma City in dealing with the survivors and injured.
A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Anthony received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, M.A. and M.Phil degrees in mathematical statistics from Yale University, and a Ph. D. In biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
In her professional career, she has taught at Vanderbilt and Oklahoma City University. She has also served as a consultant in statistics and demography before joining the Community Foundation.
As a community volunteer, Anthony has served for 37 years as a member of the Metropolitan Library Commission, including six years as chairman and currently as the Disbursing Agent. She was honored for her work as a library advocate by the American Library Association in 2000 and by the Metropolitan Library Commission Endowment in 2004. She has served on a number of community boards and also served as a volunteer coach for several girls athletic teams. She has been active with the Council on Foundations serving as chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Community Foundation Leadership Team. For the past two years she has served as the Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma City Sports Facility Oversight Board, a city commission.
She and her husband, Robert H. Anthony, reside in Oklahoma City. They have four daughters who are currently attending or recently graduated from college and three grandchildren.