George Kaiser Family Foundation Announces More Than $8.6 Million in Grants

The George Kaiser Family Foundation has awarded more than $8.6 million in grants to more than a hundred social service agencies serving the greater Tulsa region, KWGS reports.

The grants include more than $4.5 million in support of human service organizations and $1.5 million for community health initiatives. Earlier this year, the foundation committed some $2.6 million in support of education organizations in the region.

The foundation has been working with local partners to identify pressing social service needs in Tulsa and surrounding communities. Among the agencies receiving funding are the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Emergency Infant Services, the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Family & Children’s Services, the Mental Health Association of Tulsa, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Youth Services of Tulsa, Camp Fire USA Green Country Council, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Greenwood Cultural Center, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Health Outreach Prevention Education, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, and Oklahoma Project Woman.

"These organizations provide critical services to Tulsans who struggle with a variety of needs, including food, health, education, housing and basic needs," said GKFF executive director Ken Levit. "The foundation is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Tulsa, and we are pleased to present these grants to assist organizations as they work to improve the lives of Tulsans in need in 2014 and beyond."