Inasmuch Foundation announced the distribution of $2.97 million in grants to 25 organizations in Oklahoma, including $1.5 million to the YWCA for a new emergency shelter.
Edith Kinney Gaylord founded Inasmuch Foundation in 1982 to support charitable, scientific and educational causes that enhance the progress and quality of life for Oklahomans. Today, the foundation is committed to carrying on the interests of its late founder by supporting education, health and human services and community enhancement.
“We are proud to support these remarkable organizations as they work to improve the well-being of our community,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation, in a news release.
Grants were awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation's areas of interest as follows:
$225,000 to Stand for Children Leadership Center for development of meaningful parent leadership and focused parent engagement in low-performing or struggling schools.
$150,000 to KIPP Reach Academy for general support.
$150,000 to Santa Fe South Schools to renovate the 44th Street Armory for use as an Early Childhood Center. The project is in partnership with Boys and Girls Club and Celebrations Preschool.
$105,000 to Smart Start Oklahoma for the Innovative Grants program ($100,000) and for books for Reach Out and Read ($5,000).
$50,000 to KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory for general support.
$50,000 to Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation for general support of preservation, beautification and educational operations.
$40,000 to Parks In Focus Fund for a pilot program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County that offers programs for youth ages 11 to 13 to engage with nature through photography and outdoor exploration.
$35,000 to Friends of the Oklahoma History Center for education programming including free school group admissions to the Oklahoma History Center.
$35,000 to Special Care for a feasibility study regarding potential accreditation options.
$30,000 to Teen Recovery Solutions/Oklahoma Outreach Foundation for general support of Mission Academy, a high school for students recovering from addiction.
$25,000 to Harn Homestead Museum for general support.
Health and human services
$1.5 million to YWCA Oklahoma City to build a new 85-bed emergency shelter and to repurpose the existing shelter into an extended stay shelter.
$100,000 to Children's Hospital Foundation for a new Child Studies Center.
$75,000 to RAIN Oklahoma for comprehensive HIV/AIDS testing, outreach and education services.
$60,000 to Rebuilding Together OKC for general support of year-round and work day projects.
$50,000 to NorthCare for development of a “Wellness Campus” serving the full life span of OKC residents.
$50,000 to United Way of Central Oklahoma for the annual campaign, funding local nonprofit agencies providing health and human services.
$30,000 to Oklahoma Lawyers for Children for general support. Lawyer and nonlawyer volunteers serve the needs of abused and neglected children in DHS custody.
$10,000 to Jesus House to replace perimeter fencing. Jesus House provides food, shelter, clothing and assistance to those in need.
$10,000 to Tulsa Area United Way for the annual campaign, uniting people and resources to improve lives and build a better community.
$60,000 to Allied Arts Foundation for a comprehensive public awareness campaign for the public to learn about, volunteer, engage with, and donate to the arts.
$50,000 to Lyric Theatre for the 50th Anniversary activities.
$35,000 to Homeless Alliance for planning and convening phases of a community collaboration to develop and implement a housing creation initiative for Oklahoma City's homeless and at-risk population.
$30,000 to Seminole Nation Museum for new exhibits, electrical systems and lighting and the creation of replica artifacts for hands-on interpretive exhibits.
$15,000 to Guthrie Art and Humanities Council for support of Pollard Theatre Company's 26th season.
Letters of inquiry for the next grant cycle are due Feb. 15.
To learn more about Inasmuch Foundation, call 604-5292 or go online to www.inasmuchfoundation.org.