Tulsa Community Foundation

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On this edition of ST, we speak with two outstanding local citizens who were among the ten women recently given the Women of the Year - Pinnacle Award from the YWCA Tulsa collaboration with the Mayor'’s Commission on the Status of Women. Earlier this week, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett presented these awards in person, and in doing so recognized how each of this year's recipients has worked to eliminate racism and/or empower women.

Last fall, about 40 local non-profit arts organizations joined Phil Lakin, CEO of the Tulsa Community Foundation, in launching Arts Alliance Tulsa (or AAT), a United Arts Fund that aims to provide funding for -- and audience-development support for -- the City of Tulsa's various cultural assets. (United Arts Funds, as noted at the AAT website, "seek to raise money to provide ongoing operating support to local arts institutions. Over the past 65 years, more than 100 communities across the country -- both large and small -- have established UAFs.

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Tulsa Community Foundation is awarding one million dollars in grants to 44 eastern Oklahoma non-profits. The ‘Planned Giving Challenge’ is a program designed to encourage agencies to build long-term financial security. Phil Lakin, Community Foundation CEO, says selected non-profits are encouraged to build future financial security through agreements such as wills or trusts or annuities.

Then for every 100-thousand dollars in planned giving gifts raised by agencies, the Community Foundation will award a 20-thousand dollar grant.