Oklahoma Grants for Nonprofits
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Our goal with financial contributions from BOK Financial and the BOKF Foundation is to enhance the quality of life and economic wellbeing in the communities where BOK Financial operates and where our employees work and live including Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Our charitable contributions are focused on four pillars of giving: United Way, economic development, education and basic needs
Our long-term strategic plan guides all contributions to assure maximum impact in the community and to develop mutually beneficial relationships with our nonprofit partner agencies. BOK financial contributions are budgeted on an annual calendar basis. We accept online charitable contribution/grant applications throughout the year.
Pillars of giving
We provide volunteer and financial support to organizations serving the most vulnerable members of our community. Our efforts largely focus on organizations providing direct services addressing such issues as poverty, hunger, healthcare, housing and safety.
An equitable, robust educational system drives long-term community growth. We support local nonprofits whose primary mission is promoting basic education, including public school foundations, early childhood education, financial literacy, and institutions of higher education.
Actions that raise the standard of living and economic health of our communities make them better places to live and work. We provide support to local chambers of commerce; nonprofits focused on workforce development, job training, etc.; and public/private partnerships investing in our communities.
- Grant requests of $5,000 or less may be submitted online at any time, but should allow four to six weeks for consideration.
- Requests greater than $5,000 are reviewed at the ONEOK Foundation quarterly board meetings in March, June, September and December.
- Requests must be submitted four to six weeks in advance of each meeting to be considered.
ONEOK is a committed and active member in our communities with a dedicated Community Investments department to foster partnerships between our company, our employees and the community. Investing in communities where we have operations and where our employees live and work not only is the right thing to do – it’s also smart business. By contributing financially and through volunteerism, we help build stronger communities and create a better environment for our employees, customers and the general public.
To invest in programs that align with ONEOK values and enhance quality of life and economic well being in the communities where ONEOK operates and where our employees work and live.
Primary focus areas for our community investments are:
- arts and culture,
- community improvement,
- environmental, and
- health and human services.
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
Edward L. Gaylord and his wife ThelmaEdward L. Gaylord and his wife Thelma established the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation in 1994 to support a wide range of charitable activities. Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord were among Oklahoma’s leading citizens.
It has been said of Edward L. Gaylord that for all of his influences and financial resources, he remained a solid, practical, principled, down-to-earth and generous man with his own unique style of warmth and good humor. He loved his home and his family, and enjoyed contributing to dozens of philanthropic causes. He was a gentleman. Much of what he contributed to Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma was done privately, without fanfare.
Thelma Gaylord served in many roles – beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, corporate executive and civic leader. Her contributions over nearly half a century to various cultural, educational and charitable organizations greatly enriched the life of the community and state that she loved. In 1987, Governor Henry Bellmon named her as one of the first recipients of his “State of Excellence” award for her positive contributions to Oklahoma.
Pioneering a Better Tomorrow
The Foundation continues the Gaylord’s commitment to improving the lives of Oklahomans and preserving the heritage and natural resources of the state they loved. Grants will be in keeping with their interests, with special emphasis in the arts, education, medical research and children’s issues.
Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation
NOTE: We require that all organizations contact the Foundation office (via phone or email) at least 30 days before submitting a grant request to discuss funding eligibility.
Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation
The purpose of the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc. is to support charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational endeavors, either directly or by contributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation’s Executive Director and Board, comprised primarily of members of the Walker family, strive to provide funding to organizations which they feel will benefit most from the Foundation’s support. There are obviously many worthy organizations, and it is the desire of the Walker Foundation to support as many of those organizations as possible. It has been the Walker Foundation’s great privilege over the years to support numerous charitable organizations, each of whom has accomplished great things within its own community.
As the number of grant requests has grown, it has become necessary for the Walker Foundation to establish guidelines and procedures for processing the multitude of requests that it receives.
J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation
Projects we support
Generally, the Mabee Foundation supports organizations or projects in the following areas:
- Social and Humanitarian Services
- Medical and Health
- Cultural and Religious
The Mabee Foundation Board of Trustees considers grant requests at its quarterly meetings the second Tuesday in January, April, July and October. Grant requests must be received by the first business day of December, March, June and September to be considered at the corresponding Board meeting.
The Mabee Foundation only makes grants for construction projects, renovation projects and for the purchase of major medical equipment.
Mabee Foundation grants are ‘challenge grants,’ meaning that the organization must raise the remaining funds required to finish the project within one year of the awarding of the grant or risk cancellation of the grant.
The Mabee Foundation will grant up to 20% of the total costs of the project (with a maximum amount of $2,000,000).
Construction must commence within two years after satisfying the grant challenge. Payment is not made on the grant until the challenge has been satisfied and construction has started.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc
Our Mission and Vision
Mission: To continue the philanthropic legacy of Lloyd Noble by funding agricultural research and making charitable grants that cultivate good health, support education and build stronger communities.
Vision: To see our grant recipients successfully address agricultural challenges, expand educational opportunities, advance medical research, improve health services and strengthen our communities.
General areas of interest
The primary focus of the Noble Foundation granting program is funding agricultural research conducted by Noble Research Institute. In addition, funding is provided to charitable organizations that cultivate good health, support education and build stronger communities.
Oklahoma City Zoo
Our planet is changing at a perplexing rate. Wild animal populations and healthy habitats are declining rapidly. The Oklahoma City Zoo is actively supporting and helping to expand the conservation of these imperiled species, habitats and their surrounding communities. One small, but wide-ranging, way to fulfill this mission is through the Zoo’s annual Conservation Action Now (CAN) small grant program.
The Zoo awards these competitive small grants each December in amounts up to $2,500 each. The selected projects span the globe and are based on their proposed ability to address the following conservation ideals:
- Conservation Education – building an awareness of a conservation program that can effect change.
- Scientific Research – in-situ or ex-situ research projects that have a direct impact on conservation of an imperiled species or habitat in its native location.
- Species Preservation – direct care or work with an imperiled species in-situ or ex-situ which results in an improved capability to preserve that species in its native habitat.
E. Phil and Roberta Kirschner Foundation
Roberta and Phil married in 1954 and, together, the couple became quiet philanthropists, focusing much of their charitable giving on nonprofit organizations in and around the Muskogee area. After Phil’s death in 1981, five charitable trusts were established to ensure their legacy would live on. After Roberta's death in 1985, her daughter, Miriam Freedman, continued administering the trusts.
In 2013, after overseeing the family’s foundation for more than 30 years, Miriam transferred the Kirschner Trusts to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Today, the Kirschner Trusts award grants to charitable organizations that support causes important to the family.
Jewish Education, Culture & Heritage
Goal: To support Jewish organizations that provide:
- Social services, counseling and education specifically targeted to children and young adults (ages 0 - 24) of Jewish heritage.
- Public understanding related to Jewish religion and cultural heritage.
Educational & Vocational Opportunities for Children & Young Adults with Disabilities
Goal: To support organizations that provide children and young adults living with disabilities (ages 0 - 24) educational and vocational opportunities that contribute to their independence and self-sustainability.
If you plan to apply under this funding category, please note the following:
- Social services are beyond the scope of this grant program unless they specifically contribute to independent living.
- Applicants may only request program/project-based support. Requests for General Operating Support will not be considered.
Eastern Oklahoma Charitable Organizations
Goal: To support organizations that are meeting the social, economic and educational needs of their communities.
Best Friends Animal Society
About Rachael Ray Foundation™
The Rachael Ray Foundation™ is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael's pet food, Nutrish®. The Foundation was launched by Rachael in 2016 to better support the causes she cares for most such as helping animals in need.
The Rachael Ray Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society are committed to helping Best Friends Network Partners increase lifesaving in their communities through impactful, innovative, and inclusive programming. Every year, there are two types of Rachael Ray grants for which partners can apply.
Grants for Animal Rescue to Save More Lives: The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants
The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects to reduce the lifesaving gap of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving in a community.
The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects that increase lifesaving of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, as well as rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations focused on impacting lifesaving at shelters.
Your organization can apply for a grant of up to $50,000, with the amount requested not exceeding 10% of your operating budget. The average grant awarded last year was just under $13,000, therefor granting may only cover partial funding needed for your project.
- Projects can be focused on just one event/program or can include multiple events/programs.
- Proposed projects should align with regional priorities. Projects that satisfy these priorities will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region.
- We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving.
- If the applicant that is applying is an organization that is already no-kill, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a lifesaving gap and has not achieved a 90% save rate.
- If awarded, the applying organization will need to submit quarterly impact statistics of how many lives were impacted through the project.
- The impacted shelter’s intake and outcome data will need to be submitted as well, in order to calculate the reduction in gap to 90%, which will measure success of the project.
- Best Friends will make calculations for reduction in lifesaving gap after all data points are submitted. These two metrics (impacts and reduction number in lifesaving gap) will be used for grant accountability and measuring success.
Before you begin an application, please review the priorities for your region to ensure that your project aligns.
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina
South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Mountain West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Mid-Atlantic: District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
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