George Kaiser Family Foundation today announced it will provide more than $8.6 million in basic services grants to more than 100 Tulsa-area social service agencies.
More than $4.5 million will support human service organizations and $1.5 million will support community health initiatives. Earlier this year, GKFF also committed approximately $2.6 million to support basic services for various education organizations.
“These organizations provide critical services to Tulsans who struggle with a variety of needs, including food, health, education, housing and basic needs,” said Ken Levit, executive director of GKFF. “The foundation is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Tulsa, and we are pleased to present these grants to assist organizations as they work to improve the lives of Tulsans in need in 2014 and beyond.”
GKFF collaborated with local partners to identify pressing social service needs in Tulsa and surrounding areas, pairing those needs with respected nonprofit grant recipients for the most impact in the community. Some agencies receiving funding include Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Emergency Infant Services, Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Family & Children’s Services, Mental Health Association of Tulsa, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Youth Services of Tulsa, Camp Fire USA Green Country Council, Inc., Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., Greenwood Cultural Center, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Health Outreach Prevention Education, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc. and Oklahoma Project Woman, Inc.
GKFF is a contributor to Public Radio Tulsa.