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.
$50,000 to KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory for general operations.
$50,000 to Family and Children's Services to initiate new school based mental health services and after school tutoring for at risk children attending Jackson Elementary and Alcott Elementary in North Tulsa.
$50,000 to CASA of Oklahoma County to hire a program director.
$50,000 to Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma to build capacity, including board and staff training, staff policy reviews and updates, technology updates; and to expand successful programs to southwest and south central areas.
$50,000 to Junior League of Oklahoma City for The Zone at Children's Hospital, a place for children to get away from their hospital rooms or treatment facilities to read books, watch movies and visit with family or friends.
$40,000 to Santa Fe South High School for initiation of a capital campaign, including clerical staffing, assistance in grant-writing, early design work, web-site development, software, mail-outs, printing and postage, staff expenses and advertising.
$35,000 to Oklahoma League for the Blind for a pilot program to provide vision rehabilitation services to residents with vision loss living in assisted living centers or retirement homes.
$35,000 to Pioneer Library System for Growing like a Read, a 4-year pilot program that empowers secondary and primary caregivers to create winning pre-literacy environments.
$35,000 to Youth Services for Oklahoma County for Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL) program.
$34,500 to Neighborhood Services Organization for furniture at Martha's House and Gatewood Home.
$30,000 to United Way of Central Oklahoma for the 2008 United Way Campaign.
$30,000 to Tulsa Ballet for two performances and an abridged student matinee at Rose State Theater of the Oklahoma City premier of Cinderella, including busing and direct production expenses.
$30,000 to Community Literacy Centers for expansion of literacy programs, including increased outreach to the community and the addition of three LEAP sites.
$30,000 to Oklahoma Lawyers for Children for a part-time volunteer coordinator; position will recruit, schedule and provide training for all volunteers, both lawyer and non-lawyer.
$25,000 to Northwest Oklahoma Rural Development Foundation for Buffalo Theatre & Community Centre.
$25,000 to Center for Nonprofits for Oklahoma Standards for Excellence program, a guideline as to how a responsibly governed and well managed nonprofit should act in conducting program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising.
$25,000 to Regional AIDS InterCommunity Network for general operating expenses and support for Outreach and Prevention Education.
$25,000 to Vietnamese American Association for Healthy Lifestyles and Young Adult Education programs.
$25,000 to Western Plains Youth and Family Services for operating costs associated with new counseling center and the addition of four new counseling staff.
$20,000 to Blackwell Public School Foundation for a recreational area, including fencing, walking track, benches, tables, and equipment for city league soccer and basketball.
$20,000 to Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges for equipment and supplies for Adaptive Community Recreation program.
$20,000 to Oklahoma Humanities Council for Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma, a book discussion program in cooperation with the Oklahoma Library Association.
$15,000 to Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park for programs in 2008-2009; includes a touring production of A Christmas Carol, a winter production of Julius Caesar, the summer classics season at the Myriad Gardens, and 2 sessions of Young Company Summer Camp.
$15,000 to Great Plains Family YMCA to resurface gymnasium floor, seal concrete blocks of the main building, and purchase a 15-seat passenger bus for the child development center.
$15,000 to Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma for full time attorney coordinator position for the HIV/AIDS Legal Resource Project.
$10,000 to Guild of St. George for operating expenses.
$10,000 to Tulsa Area United Way for the 2008 United Way Campaign.
To learn more about Inasmuch Foundation, visit www.inasmuchfoundation.org or call 405-604-5292.