The Inasmuch Foundation in Oklahoma City has announced grants totaling $5.4 million to thirty-two organizations working in its focus areas of education, health and human services, and community enhancement.
In the area of education, the foundation awarded grants of $470,000 to the Cristo Rey Network in support of start-up operating costs at Cristo Rey Catholic High School; $100,000 to Lighthouse Academies of Oklahoma City in support of the organization’s efforts to prepare students for college through; and $25,000 to Community Action Project of Tulsa County to provide English language instruction to low-income, non-English speaking parents of very young children.
Grants in support of health and human services organizations included $1 million to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for continued development of food resource centers across the state; $450,000 to ReMerge of Oklahoma County in support of a year-long program that provides an alternative to incarceration for non-violent female offenders with minor children; and $350,000 to the Oklahoma City Family Justice Center for start-up operating costs and for Camp HOPE, a camping and mentoring initiative focused on children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Community enhancement grants included $1 million to the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation; $250,000 to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; and $45,000 to Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma.
"Inasmuch Foundation is proud to support so many wonderful organizations as we celebrate [founder] Edith Kinney Gaylord's hundredth birthday year," said the foundation's president and CEO, Bob Ross. "These grants honor Edith by continuing her legacy of giving to improve the lives of everyone in our community."