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About Us

The history of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund is closely aligned with the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. These philanthropies all benefit from the foresight and generosity of John E. and Eleanor B. Kirkpatrick; their daughter, Joan E. Kirkpatrick; and grandson, Christian Keesee. The Kirkpatrick family has established a legacy of giving that will continue to benefit future generations in central Oklahoma and the communities we support.

In 1989, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund was founded by John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick and quickly became the largest affiliated fund in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Through the leadership of trustee and president, Christian Keesee, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund remains committed to adhering to the priorities and guiding principles of its founders.

To date, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund has contributed $148.5 million through project, operating and endowment-building grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to address the greatest needs in their communities.

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Christian Keesee


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George Drew

Vice President

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Nancy B. Anthony


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Elizabeth K. Eickman


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Leslie Hudson


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Ann Johnstone


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Polly Nichols


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James A. Pickel


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George Records


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Jane Sutter


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Louisa McCune


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David Harlow


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Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers


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Larry Keigwin


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Elizabeth K. Eickman


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Liz Charles

Senior Program Officer

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Nancy Stearns

Office Manager

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Emma Newberry-Davis

Programs Manager

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Julia Witcher

Grants Specialist

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Lauren Schlepp

Archivist and Social Media Assistant

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