Founders John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick believed that a strong cultural and service community would benefit their hometown for generations to come. The Kirkpatrick family and trustees of the fund continue to honor this vision through its grant programs to support nonprofits that contribute to the cultural landscape, health and well-being of the community.
The Kirkpatrick Family Fund offers three main types of support:
- Project Support: These grants are restricted to a specific program or project that provides direct benefit to the organization's constituents over a period of time to achieve measurable results. Project support grants may be used to pay for any costs directly related to the operation of the project. Project support grants cannot be used for general administration of the organization.
- General Operating Support: This type of support is generally awarded for activities that strengthen an organization, helping the group to better achieve its mission. General Operating Support may include expansion of services, infrastructure improvement, organizational assessment, strategic planning, board/staff development, and so on. This funding is unrestricted and an organization may use the funds in any way that supports its mission.
- Endowment Matching Support: This grant category supports the organization’s efforts to build a Charitable Organization Endowment Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to build a sustainable source of revenue for the organization by engaging a broad base of donors interested in supporting the organization’s mission and program goals.