The Oklahoma Bar Foundation recently announce that it will provide 2017 program funding to 23 non-profit organizations in the total amount of $444,175. Family and Children’s Services will receive $7,000 for their Tulsa Family Court Program. All grantees provide legal services, law-related education and work to improve to the administration of justice. The 23 Grantees represent the largest number of non-profit entities that the OBF has funded in its 70-year history. For a complete list of grantees, click here.
Grants & Awards Committee Chair Patrick O’Hara Jr. stated, “This year we received significantly more applications than ever before. The Grants and Awards Committee interviewed each of the applicants over a two-day period. During this process, we had the opportunity to learn more about how these organizations are positively impacting their communities. From the growth of the OBA High School Mock Trial Program to the provision of assistance to deprived children and domestic violence victims, the stories of our grantees are truly inspiring. It is both humbling and gratifying to be a part of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many Oklahomans.”
Of the 23 grants awarded, 16 were made to organizations that received OBF funding last year, and the other grants will go to organizations that are first-time OBF grantees. Entities applying for OBF funding must submit a detailed application about the program for which they seek funding, and must participate in personal interviews with the Grants & Awards Committee, which is composed of members of the OBF Board of Trustees. The entire OBF board provides final approval for funding.