ONEOK Foundation

OVERVIEW: The ONEOK Foundation is a corporate funder that mostly supports education, health, and human services organizations in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. It also gives grants for community, the environment, and art.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, arts and culture, community improvement, health, environment

IP TAKE:  This energy company foundation has a broad approach to giving. Oklahoma groups fare well with this funder, especially education nonprofits.

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the ONEOK Foundation is the grantmaking arm of energy company ONEOK. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company was founded in 1906 as a natural gas pipeline business. Today, it is involved in natural gas and natural gas liquids. The company established a foundation to give back to the communities in which its employees live and work.  This foundation’s areas of interest are arts and culture, community improvement, education, the environment, health, and human services.

Among these, the biggest priorities are education, health, and human services. ONEOK likes to see programs that boost individual self-sufficiency. ONEOK provides one-time grants as well as multi-year grants for projects, programs, and capital campaigns. Funding is not typically provided to organizations involved in disease prevention, private foundations, fundraisers, religious groups, college prep schools, or groups outside of the geographical region.

A majority of foundation grants are less than $5,000. However, it awards less frequent grants that are larger than this too. The funder does not provide an online database to review past grants. It focuses its efforts on nonprofits in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and other places where ONEOK and its affiliates operate.

The ONEOK Foundation accepts unsolicited grant requests from local groups. There are no deadlines to apply for a grant of $5,000 or less, as groups can send these in at any time of the year. Access the grant application and guidelines on the funder’s website. The board meets once per quarter (March, May, August, and December) to review requests of $5,000 or more. Direct grantseeker questions to Executive Director Terri Pirtle at terri.pirtle@oneok.com or 918-588-7524.

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