Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation: Tulsa Grants

OVERVIEW: The Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation gives much of its support to the Tulsa area and largely focuses giving on mental health and children’s issues.

FUNDING AREAS: Disadvantaged populations, health research, arts and culture, education, health care programs, Jewish religion and culture

IP TAKE: Mental health is a big issue with this foundation because it hits close to home. The founders’ daughter suffers from mental illness and lives in a community residence program. The Zarrows established a mental health symposium to educate the public about the issues that affect the mentally ill and their families.

PROFILE: Incorporated in the 1980s, the Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation is one of the three Zarrow foundations on the Tulsa, Oklahoma nonprofit scene. Jack Zarrow is a Tulsa native and joined his father and brother at Sooner Pipe & Supply Corporation after earning a degree in petroleum engineering. During his lifetime, Jack served as president of various Zarrow family enterprises, including TK Valve, Prime Actuator, Bigheart Pipe Line Corporation, and Zarrow Holding Company. His wife, Maxine, has served on many boards related to education, mental health, children, and culture. Maxine dedicated her life to supporting people with mental illness, including the Zarrow’s own daughter. The foundation “supports those most at risk in our community, those with mental illness, those with physical or medical challenges, and the homeless.” It is also committed to “transformational civic projects, especially those efforts that seek to better engage those with limited access to our inspirational arts and cultural resources.”

Today, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation supports children's issues, arts and culture, advocacy and support for the mentally ill, Jewish causes, learning differences at all ages, and higher education in the Tulsa area. The foundation also supports Jewish-related causes in Israel. Local libraries, schools, and homeless centers have seen a great deal of the couple’s philanthropic support over the years. Past local grantees include Tulsa’s Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Town and Country School, the University of Tulsa, Planned Parenthood of Eastern Oklahoma and Eastern Arkansas.

Foundation grants tend to be between $25,000 and $100,000. The foundation does not have an online grants database to review a list of past grantees. Grantmaking is focused on Tulsa, Oklahoma and Israel. The foundation awards capital grants and operating renewal grants on an invitation-only basis.

Overall, the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications and awards grants by invitation only. Upon receiving an invitation, application due dates are February 28 and July 15. The application process is all online. Direct general questions to the staff at 918-295-8004 or via online form.

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