In 1993, Dr. Mark Allen Everett moved his private foundation to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to continue to support the arts, dance scholarships and music programs which he started at several local arts organizations and universities. Although Dr. Everett died in 2006, his charitable legacy continues to support his motto of "having fun doing good".
The mission of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a nonprofit public charity, is to serve the charitable purposes of it's donors and the charitable needs of the Oklahoma City area through the development and administration of endowment and other charitable funds with the goal of preserving capital and enhancing value.
Dr. Mark Allen Everett was a prominent Oklahoma City dermatologist, philanthropist, and arts patron. Graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1951 he went on finish his postgraduate training at the University of Michigan and Tulane. After serving as Chief of Preventative Medicine in the Air Force, Dr. Everett returned to Oklahoma to establish a distinguished medical career at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Beginning with his part-time faculty appointment as Instructor for the department of Dermatology, he built up a highly successful private practice in downtown Oklahoma City.
Early in 1969 the dermatology faculty had expanded to the extent that resulted in insufficient space for offices, laboratories, clinics and faculty. Serving as Chair for the department, Dr. Everett resolved to build a facility to house the department of dermatology outside of the hospital. Land for the new 4,500-square-foot, two story building was purchased and subsequently donated to the University by Dr. Everett. Funding was derived from bonds issued by the University of Oklahoma Development Authority.
After the opening of the new dermatology building in 1970, Dr. Everett transferred his highly successful private practice to the Health Science Center campus. The successes of this transition lead to the transfer of other practices and private entities to the campus including the Presbyterian Hospital, the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic.