Kirkpatrick Family Fund: Oklahoma Grants

OVERVIEW: Founders John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick believed that a strong cultural and service community would benefit their hometown for generations to come. This funder carries out this vision 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, and endowment matching.

IP TAKE: Don’t just send in a letter of inquiry. Email or call the three-member staff team to discuss your proposal idea so you don’t waste your time or theirs. KFF support is incredibly broad and encompasses nearly every type of cause in Central Oklahoma.

PROFILE: The Kirkpatrick Family Fund is a separate grantmaking entity from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, which also gives in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. This fund has supported nonprofits in Central Oklahoma since 1989. Its 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’s the largest affiliated fund in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. However, you don't need to go through the community foundation to receive KFF support.

The grandson of John and Eleanor, Christian K. Keesee, has served as the fund’s trustee and president. In its first 25 years of grantmaking, the fund provided over $68.8 million in grants and support to charitable organizations serving the community.

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.

Organizations and programs of special interest include:

  • City Arts Center
  • Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Endowment Matching Grant program that supports charitable organization endowment funds at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation
  • Limited grants to organizations in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region of Colorado

Regardless of program area, organizations that serve Central Oklahoma are given top priority. The funding considerations at KFF are slightly broader than those at the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Project support, general operating support, and endowment matching are regularly provided. Small ($10,000 or less) and matching grants are on a rolling deadline, and applications for large and operating support grants are accepted on March 1 and September 1 deadlines.

Fortunately for grantseekers, nonprofit proposals are considered and the application process is online. However, you do need to email KFF at info@kirkpatrickfamilyfund.org to request access to an application form and online password. The average grant amount here is about $10,000.

Keep up with the foundation at Twitter by following @KFF_OKC. General questions can be directed to 405-767-3702 or info@kirkpatrickfamilyfund.org.  

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