George Kaiser Foundation Awards $6.8 Million to Tulsa Nonprofits

The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Tulsa Community Foundation, has awarded grants totaling $6.8 million to sixty-six local nonprofits, the Tulsa World reports.

The grants include nearly $4.2 million to human services agencies, $1.4 million in support of educational programs, and $1.2 million to community health organizations. Recipients include Emergency Infant Services, which was awarded $134,600 — an increase in funding from last year in response to rising demand — to provide formula, milk, food, diapers, medicine, and clothing for infants and children up to age 5.

Other recipients include Family & Children's Services, which was awarded $460,000 in support of efforts to provide child psychiatric services, school-based counseling, and recovery support for abuse victims and to create a new team to help children in the foster care system during a placement crisis; and Youth Services of Tulsa, which will receive $250,000  to help accommodate fifty-five additional youth in its transitional living program.

"The organizations funded in this process provide critical services to tens of thousands of children and families in Tulsa who are in need of the basics in life such as food, health care, shelter, and education," said GKFF executive director Ken Levit. "We are pleased to support these organizations and are grateful for their tireless leadership in service to our community."