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December 2018 - Press Releases

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Today the Kirkpatrick Family Fund announced the distribution of $4.44 million in grants to 104 organizations for the first half of its fiscal year in the areas of animal welfare; arts & humanities, children, youth & families; community development; education; environment; health; social services; and endowment matching grants.... Read More

New Report on Arts Attendance Shows Gains

November 2018 - In the News

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A recent survey from the National Endowment for the Arts shows an increase in public participation in the arts between the years of 2012-2017. Click to read this article by the National Endowment for the Arts.... Read More

Philanthropist to be honored for leadership in arts

April 2018 - In the News

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Harding Fine Arts Academy will present The John and Joy Reed Belt Award to Christian Keesee at 6 p.m. April 10 at The Petroleum Club. A native Oklahoman, Keesee is a banker, philanthropist and an advocate for art and education.... Read More


October 2017 - Press Releases

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The Kirkpatrick Family Farm is excited to announce the renaming of the farm to the Mollie Spencer Farm, located at 1001 Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon, OK. Continuing with the programming and the same leadership, the farm is being renamed to honor the original purchaser and great-great-grandmother of Christian Keesee, President - Kirkpatrick Family Fund.... Read More

Oklahoma City Ballet Announces Multi-million Dollar Gift from Kirkpatrick Philanthropies

October 2017 - In the News

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The Kirkpatrick Family Fund is very honored and humbled to be part of a major gift of $2 million to the Oklahoma City Ballet, alongside the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Christian Keesee Charitable Trust. This partnership will support the professional company, the school, the new building, and an endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The school will be renamed the Yvonne Chouteau School of Ballet and the top administrative executive position will be endowed and named the John Kirkpatrick Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Ballet – Chouteau and Kirkpatrick founded the Oklahoma City Ballet together in 1972. ... Read More

Chinati Foundation Announces New Master Plan and Symposium for the Public

March 2017 - In the News

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The Chinati Foundation announced an innovative master plan to develop its' collection and museum complex that is spread across 340 acres of high desert grassland in Marfa, Texas. Nurturing a creative cultural landscape is at the heart of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund's mission, and we are proud to be among the partners that made this pioneering venture possible. Read this article to learn more about the plan that will uniquely link art, land, and architecture together.... Read More

Oklahoman: Putnam Heights Preservation Area Gets Grants for Trees

March 2017 - In the News

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The Kirkpatrick Family Fund applauds the efforts of the Putnam Heights Preservation Area on building a sustainable source of revenue through Charitable Organization Endowments, supported by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Recent park beatifications were made by the addition of 17 new trees and 24 crape myrtles for 4 acres of public park space in the neighborhood. Read this article to learn more about plans for the Putnam Heights Historical District.... Read More

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