William K. Warren Foundation

OVERVIEW: The William K. Warren Foundation primarily supports medical research, hospitals, and health causes in the greater Tulsa metropolitan area.

FUNDING AREAS: Medical research, health care services, health education, Catholic causes, community

IP TAKE: The foundation only funds a small number of the proposals it receives, but when it does award money, it is usually a significant amount.

PROFILE: Established in 1945, the William K. Warren Foundation is the foundation of William K. Warren, who founded the Warren Petroleum Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. His company specialized in producing and marketing liquefied petroleum gas, which is a byproduct of the refining and purification processes. Warren passed away in 1990. The foundation aims to “improve the human condition on earth as a response and thanksgiving to God.” Grantmaking areas of interest are medical research, health care services, health education, Catholic causes, and community.

Through foundation funding, Warren established Saint Francis Hospital in 1959 and Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in 1989. Today, most Warren Foundation grants go toward medical research and the Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa. Past support has gone to Tulsa’s Warren K. Medical Research Center, Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa’s Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis, and St. Francis Health Systems. The foundation rarely considers multi-year funding requests and considers requests from both new emerging groups as well as well-established organizations.

The foundation does not have an online grants database to review lists of past grantees. Across all fields of interest, grantmaking is primarily limited to the Tulsa region and the state of Oklahoma. The Warren Foundation typically receives around 300 grant requests each year and only has the capacity to fund a small number of these. As a general rule, the foundation does not directly support individuals, business development, athletic programs, or international organizations. Warren also does not consider requests for medical care, education, or direct support for individuals. Religious grants are not common from this funder, but some support has Catholic overtones.

The Warren Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are no application deadlines at the Warren Foundation and no specific forms to fill out. Grant proposals must be sent by mail to the Tulsa office with a one-to-two-page cover letter, a narrative of three pages or less, and relevant attachments. If a proposal makes it past the preliminary review stage, a grants committee will review it and request additional information. In past years, the board has met twice per year. Direct general questions to the staff via online form.

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