George Kaiser Family Foundation Awards $6.3 Million in Grants

The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Tulsa Community Foundation, has awarded grants totaling $6.3 million to nearly eighty local nonprofits, the Tulsa World reports.

The grants include nearly $4.2 million to human services agencies, about $1.3 million to education groups, and almost $1 million to health organizations. Recipients include Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), which was awarded $333,333 to provide intervention and prevention services to those affected by domestic and sexual violence, and Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services, which will receive $186,000 to provide preventive dental education and free dental restoration services and oral/denture health care. Other grantees include Family & Children's Services ($460,000), the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa ($290,000), Mental Health Association Oklahoma ($275,000), and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma ($225,000).

"Last year, there were [over forty-four hundred] domestic violence-related incidents in Tulsa," said DVIS executive director Tracey Lyall. "This grant allows us to provide vital services to families affected by domestic violence and also permits us to provide comprehensive shelter, counseling, and legal services to victims of sexual assault, sex trafficking, dating violence, and stalking."

"The foundation is dedicated to providing equal opportunity for young children in Tulsa and these organizations provide the critical services that Tulsans need," said GKFF executive director Ken Levit. "We are proud and excited to invest in and support early childhood education, community health, and social service organizations as they help Tulsans build a better life in 2015."