Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation: Oklahoma Grants

OVERVIEW: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation focuses grantmaking around the Tulsa area, but also throughout the state of Oklahoma. There are three separate Zarrow grantmaking entities, but Anne and Henry’s foundation gives to Jewish causes and social services that aid disadvantaged and homeless residents. At the end of a recent year, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation reported nearly $520 million in assets and about $12 million in total giving that year.

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes, social services, homelessness

IP TAKE: If your nonprofit has several projects going on and you’re unsure which one to submit to AHZ for funding, email Executive Director Bill Major with your prospective proposals to get a better sense of which one the foundation will like the most. You can apply for general operating support, capital funding, and small organization funding directly on the foundation website before January 15 and July 15 deadlines.

PROFILE: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation is one of the top grantmakers in the state of Oklahoma. Most foundation grantmaking takes place around Tulsa, but also throughout Oklahoma and in Israel as well. Grantmaking areas of emphasis are Jewish causes and social service needs that impact the indigent, the disenfranchised, and the homeless.

The son of Latvian immigrants, Henry Zarrow opened his own grocery store in West Tulsa as a 13-year-old boy. He got into the used pipe business and established Sooner Pipe & Iron, later known as Sooner Pipe and Supply. The successful businessman and his wife, Anne, were passionate about alleviating poverty during their lifetimes. Anne passed away in 2000 and Henry in 2014.

The Zarrow Family Foundations are comprised of this foundation, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation, and the Zarrow Families Foundation. The Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation also gives to the Tulsa area and Israel, but focuses grantmaking on children's issues, arts and culture, the mentally ill, Jewish causes, learning differences, and higher education. The Zarrow Families Foundation makes grants pretty exclusively for Jewish causes and charities' fundraising events.

Related: IP's Profile of the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation

At the end of a recent year, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation reported nearly $520 million in assets and about $12 million in total giving that year. These are significant increases from previous years.

Related: IP’s Profile of the Tulsa Community Foundation

Past grants included $750,000 to Tulsa-based Domestic Violence Intervention Services, $500,000 to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, and $500,000 to LIFE Senior Services in Tulsa.

Over the years, most Zarrow support has been centered on children’s issues, education, poverty, homelessness, and Jewish causes. Tulsa Public Schools has been a steady recipient of foundation funding. Zarrow gave TPS a $1 million challenge grant in 2002 to boost the school system after budget cuts and a mid-year shortfall. The Zarrow International School is locate in Tulsa and has an emphasis on Spanish language immersion and international exchanges.

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation considers online grant requests during the months of February and September, meaning that application deadlines fall on January 15 and July 15 each year. In addition to this unsolicited open application process, the foundation also pre-selects potential grantees for consideration at the May board meeting. Grant requests sent via U.S. mail are not considered for funding.

Interested nonprofits can complete one of three different AHZ grant application forms: general operating support, small organization support for nonprofits with less than $50,000 in revenue asking for less than $10,000, and capital campaign support within the state of Oklahoma. To apply for specific program support, you’ll need to email Executive Director Bill Major for your specific grant application form. Read through the General Guidelines page for some tips on writing and submitting your grant request to AHZ.

If your nonprofit has several projects going on and you’re unsure which one to submit to AHZ for funding, email Bill Major with your prospective proposals to get a better sense of which one the foundation will like the most. Bill Major serves as Executive Director for all of the Zarrow Family Foundations. The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation has five trustees and two advisors who make grantmaking decisions.

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