Pandemic drives GTAR to complete back-to-school tradition

The summer’s biggest back-to-school party for kids unfortunately won’t happen this year, but secret elves worked behind the scenes to make magic happen. The coronavirus has forced many organizers of initiatives including the Greater Tulsa Realtor Association’s (GTAR) Backpacks for Kids event to rethink strategically on how to best distribute items safely to those who need it most.   Thanks to the efforts of GTAR member Shelley Carson and other realtors in the Tulsa metro area, the delivery of 438 backpacks to…

F&CS receives $5,000 donation from Cox Communications

Cox Communications hosted an internal campaign in July called “Cox Connecting Through Kindness,” which encourages employees to find small acts of kindness to share with several partner nonprofit agencies that make a big difference to colleagues, neighbors and strangers in the Tulsa community. After careful consideration, Family & Children’s Services was chosen by company employees,…

F&CS’s Women in Recovery tracks and rewards positive behavior through innovative solution

What if Tulsa’s brightest and most innovative professionals came together to help nonprofits solve problems and provide creative solutions? That’s exactly what happened at Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery (WIR) program when six Fellows from The Mine were placed as consultants and tasked with designing a token economy for WIR to reinforce positive…

Lapidus celebrates 30 years as CEO

Twenty years ago, there were no female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list. Thirty years ago Gail Lapidus broke through the ranks of male applicants to become CEO of F&CS. Lapidus has held her CEO position since 1986.  Since that time, the agency has grown significantly and operates over 50 programs with a budget of…