As many of you know, Go Oak Cliff was formed back in 2009 with the intent of creating sustainable programming and initiatives that benefit historic Oak Cliff. Those of us who have served on the board over the past 5 years are proud to have been stewards of our community, and were honored to kickstart or be involved with so many great projects. The list of movements we have supported with proceeds from the community events include the 7th Street Mural Project, ReTree Oak Cliff’s inaugural planting project, sponsorships for college via the Oak Cliff Chamber’s Golden Oaks Scholarship fund, contributions to Sunset High School, Adamson High School, and Greiner Middle School, a donation to Rosemont Middle School’s first 6th grade class so that they could attend a Presidential inauguration in Washington D.C., and we continue to help fund ongoing projects, such as the building of a volunteer database for the Oak Cliff Foundation.
While the board of Go Oak Cliff will continue to operate a non-profit arm that will allow us to carry on doing philanthropic work in our community, many of our events will now be produced under a corporation. This will allow those who work to build successful programming to be compensated, whereas many of us were ineligible under the existing non-profit structure. We’ve enjoyed being able to work in our community for the past 5 years, but we believe that programming as value, and we should be able to compensate ourselves for our time invested in fostering growth and community in historic Oak Cliff.
We look forward to continuing to work with our neighbors, our area business owners and developers, members of the media, and the legendary “bridge and tunnel” crowd that roam the streets of Oak Cliff to showcase what has made this area so special.