ONEOK Foundation

OVERVIEW: This corporate funder mostly supports education, health, and human services organizations in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Community and art grants are also given. Unsolicited grant applications are accepted.

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

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

PROFILE: 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’s involved in natural gas and natural gas liquids. The ONEOK Foundation was established in 1997 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, 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. The funder focuses its efforts on nonprofits in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and other places where ONEOK and its affiliates operate.

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.

There are no deadlines to apply for a grant of $5,000 or less; these can be sent in at any time of the year. The grant application can be accessed online, and requests are only accepted online. A list of required documents can be found in the funder’s guidelines section.

The foundation is governed by a board of directors that are part of the company’s executive management. The board meets once per quarter to review requests of $5,000 or more—in the second week of February, May, August, and November. You must get your grant application in at least a month in advance of a board meeting to have your proposal considered at that meeting. You will be notified by letter about grant decisions.

Mail correspondence can be sent to: Executive Director, ONEOK Foundation, PO Box 871, Tulsa, OK 74102. Terri Pirtle was named the executive director in 2009; you can read more about her in this Tulsa World article. She replaced Ginny Creveling, who retired and has been primarily responsible for coordinating activities related to the company’s charitable contributions and programs, including the ONEOK Foundation, corporate contributions, and the volunteer program. Pirtle can be reached at terri.pirtle@oneok.com or 918-588-7524.

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