Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation: Oklahoma Grants

OVERVIEW: The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting Jewish communities across America and around the world. Tulsa is the founders’ hometown, so their foundation contributes to child development, child abuse, arts and culture, and community service causes in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, Jewish causes, child development, child abuse, community service projects in Tulsa, arts and culture

IP TAKE: For nonprofits operating in Tulsa, the best bets for getting Schusterman support are in the areas of child protection, child abuse prevention, and youth development.

PROFILE: Established in 1987, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation makes community-based grants in Tulsa, Oklahoma, nationwide, and in Israel. Charles Schusterman is best known for building the oil and natural gas company, Samson Resources. The family sold most of Samson for $7.2 billion in 2011, and a couple billion of that went to the family foundation. Grantmaking areas of interest are education, Jewish causes, child development, child abuse, community service projects in Tulsa, inclusivity, and arts and culture.

The bulk of Schusterman giving is centered on Birthright Israel, Jewish charities, and child-focused programs in Tulsa. Young people and the Jewish community are at the heart of foundation giving. Arts and culture grants go towards efforts to complement difficult social challenges. Child advocacy grants go towards prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Inclusivity grants celebrate a diversity of backgrounds and support the inclusion of LGBTQ Jewish individuals in communal life. The foundation’s education focus is a more national one and focuses on underrepresented minorities. The Jewish Community focus area has an even broader national and global focus. Engagement, service, and inclusivity are the key concepts behind Schusterman’s Jewish support.

View a list of past grantees on the funder’s website to learn about prior funding. The foundation is committed to the hometown of its founders while also running a multi-office global network of initiatives and entities. Today, the foundation has offices in Tulsa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco, and Israel.

The Schusterman Family Foundation does not typically accept unsolicited grant applications or proposals for funding. However, it lists current grant opportunities on its website. Contact the Tulsa staff directly with questions at 918-879-0290.

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