Kirkpatrick Family Fund: Oklahoma Grants

OVERVIEW: The Kirkpatrick Family Fund carries out its mission through support of nonprofits that contribute to the cultural landscape, health and well-being of Central Oklahoma residents.

FUNDING AREAS: Social services, arts and humanities, health and family, community development, education, environment

IP TAKE: Don’t just send in a letter of inquiry; email or call the staff to discuss a proposal idea first. KFF support is broad and encompasses nearly every type of cause in Central Oklahoma.

PROFILE: Established in 1989, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund (KFF) is a separate grantmaking entity from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, which also gives in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. KFF’s history is deeply connected to the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, which all stems from the generosity of John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick. This particular fund was established through personal gifts by the Kirkpatrick family and the Kirkpatrick Foundation; it is the largest affiliated fund in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. However, nonprofit do not need to go through the community foundation to receive KFF support. The funder aims to “invest in ideas and leadership that contribute to and advance the cultural, intellectual and social interests of the communities we support.” Grantmaking areas of interest are social services, arts and humanities, health and family, community development, education, and the environment.

KFF’s arts and humanities program includes opportunities for community participation and learning, for both youth and adults. Oklahoma County has one of the highest rates of childhood poverty in the nation, and KFF’s children and families program addresses these needs through essential services and prevention programs. The community development program supports organizations committed to inclusion, impact, and innovation in addressing neighborhood and community needs. The education program extends from early childhood programs to graduate school, with a focus on low-income students. Beautification and aesthetics projects are at the heart of environmental funding. Groups that promote access to services are funded through the health program. And finally, the social services program supports homelessness, abuse prevention, and social safety nets.

The average grant amount here is $10,000. Review the funder’s Oklahoma program initiatives page to learn more about past grantees. Regardless of program area, organizations that serve Central Oklahoma are given top priority. The fund regularly gives program, general operating, and endowment support.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry through its online portal at any time. Furthermore, it provides its different forms of support throughout the year. Direct general questions to the staff at 405-767-3702 or  


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