Inasmuch Foundation announced Monday it is giving $4.8 Million in grants to 40 Oklahoma organizations.
“In these difficult economic times, we are pleased to support the projects and programs of so many outstanding organizations. As we look to the future, we intend to continue the legacy of Inasmuch founder Edith Kinney Gaylord by aiding organizations that seek to improve the lives of all Oklahomans,” said Bob Ross, President and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation.
Gaylord founded Inasmuch Foundation in 1982 to support charitable, scientific and educational causes that enhance the progress and quality of life for Oklahomans. The Foundation is committed to carrying on the interests of its late founder by giving to education, health and human services, cultural organizations, the arts, historic preservation and environmental concerns.
Organizations awarded grants from Inasmuch Foundation include:
$1,500,000 to Western Heights Public Schools for the School of the Future, a teaching and learning community where students, families, teachers and administrators pursue educational activities in an interactive, nature-oriented environment. Funding is for Phase II, the Western Heights Common Language Initiative, and supports the district’s efforts to improve accountability for instruction in its academic programs.
$500,000 to Oklahoma City Community College for a 1,000-seat performing arts theater, the second and final phase of the Visual and Performing Arts Center. The first phase is a $9 million 56,000 square foot facility that will accommodate programs in music, art, theater, graphic design and film and video production.
$500,000 to University of Oklahoma College of Law for four multimedia study rooms in the law library. The rooms feature flat-screen monitors, video conferencing and large conference tables fitted with power outlets and network connections. The rooms will be available for students to learn through group exercises, watch videos and other multimedia content, record practice sessions for moot court, client counseling and participate in video conferencing.
$280,000 to Smart Start Oklahoma to support Innovative Grant requests from community coalitions, send representatives from every Smart Start community in Oklahoma to the National Conference in North Carolina, and initiate Reach Out and Read, a program in which doctors prescribe books to their children patients.
$250,000 to Mental Health Association in Tulsa for Building Tulsa Building Lives, a $30 million capital campaign to end chronic homelessness in Tulsa.
$200,000 to University of Oklahoma College of Public Health to analyze, publish and disseminate information from the Youth Asset Study, a 5-year study of 1,100 families in Oklahoma City spearheaded by Dr. Roy Oman. The study reviewed the relationship between specific assets that appear to assist in protecting young people from risk-taking behaviors during their teen years. Results will be shared with parents, schools, and programs that work with youth.
$176,000 to Arts Council of Oklahoma City to replace all 36 Arts Festival tents. Each new tent, engineered to sustain extreme weather conditions, can be installed in 10 minutes by volunteer labor. The old tents required forklifts, scaffolding and a professional crew to assemble, dismantle and store.
$175,000 to Oklahoma City Beautiful for a landscape project in the center median on South Grand Boulevard from Byers east to Lindsay, beautifying the area directly in front of the newly built Oklahoma City Educare and Caesar Chavez Elementary School.
$122,500 to Stafford Air and Space Museum for collection display cases, interactive kiosks, and a busing and admissions scholarship program to provide financial resources to school children wanting to visit.
$100,000 to KIPP Reach Academy Charter School to subsidize costs of the Columbia Reading and Writing Project including English Language Arts teachers' salaries and educational materials.
$65,000 to Guthrie Arts and Humanities Council for implementation of new marketing campaign for Pollard Theatre.
$60,000 to The Education and Employment Ministry for general operating expenses.
$50,000 to Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation for additional equipment purchases and staffing to expand the Power 10 Youth Outreach Program for inner urban youth, including instruction and development of competitive racing teams who train on Oklahoma River.
$50,000 to Lincoln County Historical Society to remodel an adjacent building for preservation, storage and work space, and a two-story exhibit gallery to be occupied by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum.