The George Kaiser Family Foundation has announced more than $6.7 million in grants to 75 area nonprofits.

Most of the funding, about $2.8 million, will go to support human service agencies, with the rest going to help fund basic needs, community health organizations and education.

GKFF approved 57 of these grants in December, totaling nearly $5.5 million, and grants totaling more than $1.2 million for educational programming earlier this year.

In the past 10 years, the Tulsa-based foundation’s safety net grants have provided more than $67 million to local groups.

“Tulsa’s social services community plays an essential role in ensuring that tens of thousands of children and families have access to critical services, often having life and death consequences,” said Ken Levit, executive director of GKFF. “At a time when the state has not been able to meet even basic obligations in health and education, these organizations are playing a heroic role.”

One of the largest grants, $460,000, was awarded to Family and Children’s Services, which provides behavioral health care and other services for children and families.

“GKFF’s grant has provided funding for Family & Children’s Services to provide on-site mental health services for children in 23 Tulsa Public Schools (sites),” said Gail Lapidus, Family and Children’s Services CEO. “This collaboration also provides teachers with classroom consultation to stabilize students’ disruptive behavior and keep children in the classroom, increasing their chances for learning and fulfilling their potential.”

Other grants include $300,000 to Domestic Violence Intervention Services — a provider of comprehensive services to women, men and children affected by domestic and sexual violence — and $150,000 to Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes in partnership with low-income people and provides no-interest loans to the homeowners.

GKFF noted in a news release that the local Habitat affiliate teamed this year with the Center for Employment Opportunities to give that agency’s participants the opportunity to gain work experience.

“This partnership has allowed our participants to gain valuable job skills and earn a daily paycheck while having a genuine impact on their community,” said Kelly Doyle, regional director of the Center for Employment Opportunities.

“Tulsa Habitat for Humanity has ambitious building and renovation goals to provide a home to people who need one, and CEO wants to provide … people seeking a second chance with the opportunity to support themselves and their families. It’s a win-win partnership.”

GKFF also provided challenge grants to several organizations to expand programming and serve more clients. Youth Services of Tulsa, which has served Tulsa’s homeless and at-risk youths since 1969, was among challenge grant recipients.

“GKFF’s challenge grant will allow others to join in helping hundreds of young people exit homelessness through our transitional living program,” said David Grewe, executive director of Youth Services of Tulsa.

“Union Public Schools offers GED classes; the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma offers a culinary arts training program; and area businesses provide those we serve with an opportunity for first-time employment. It’s collaboration like this that allows us to help young people gain skills to move toward a life of self-sufficiency and independence.”

GKFF’s mission is providing equal opportunity for young children in the Tulsa community through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement. For more information, go to

Grant recipients

Seventy-five agencies received funding from the George Kaiser Family Foundation in its latest grant announcement:


• Domestic Violence Intervention Services Inc.

• Family & Children's Services

• Tulsa Community Foundation

• Youth Services of Tulsa


• Camp Fire USA Green Country Council Inc.

• Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

• Community Service Council

• Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services

• Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

• Mental Health Association of Oklahoma

• Network Administrator Fund

• Rebuilding Together Tulsa

• Resonance Center for Women

• The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

• Tulsa Habitat for Humanity


• 12 & 12 Inc.

• Assistance League of Tulsa

• Child Abuse Network

• Crosstown Learning Center

• Emergency Infant Services

• Family Safety Center

• Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

• Global Gardens

• Good Samaritan Health Services

• Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

• Happy Hands Education Center

• Health Outreach Prevention Education

• Iron Gate

• KIPP Tulsa

• Lindsey House

• Neighbor for Neighbor

• Oklahoma Life Skills Association

• Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation

• Oklahoma Project Woman

• Palmer Continuum of Care

• PASS Fund

• Restore Hope Ministries

• Sprouts Child Development Initiative

• Tulsa CARES

• Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless

• Tulsa Lawyers for Children

• YWCA Tulsa

$49,999 and under

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma

• Broken Arrow Neighbors

• Close Up Foundation

• Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa

• Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma

• Greenwood Cultural Center

• Helping Hands

• Hospice of Green Country

• James Inc.

• John 3:16 Mission

• Kendall Whittier Inc.

• LIFE Senior Services

• Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa

• MVP Foundation

• Neighbors Along the Line

• New Hope Oklahoma

• Oklahoma Caring Foundation

• Oklahomans for Equality

• Pearl’s Hope

• Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic

• Project Transformation

• Redeeming the Family

• San Miguel School of Tulsa

• Street School

• The Little Light House

• Tulsa CASA

• Tulsa County Medical Society Foundation

• Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition

• Tulsa Dream Center

• Tulsa Hope Academy

• Tulsans Operating in Unity Creating Hope

• Volunteers of America Oklahoma

• YMCA of Greater Tulsa

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