The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation

Priority Funding Initiatives

Alleviating & Preventing Homelessness

The Foundation supports nonprofits that provide shelter, temporary and permanent housing, wraparound services, and eviction prevention. 

In 2019, the Foundation funded an 18-month-long community-wide strategic planning process, which resulted in a robust strategic plan to respond to homelessness in Tulsa. In addition, the Foundation provided seed funding to a new entity, Housing Solutions, to lead the community’s response to homelessness.

The Foundation supports efforts to expand affordable housing in Tulsa, including committing $16 million to the Tulsa Housing Authority Choice Neighborhood Initiatives to revitalize and transform the Eugene Field and other neighborhoods. In addition, the Foundation awarded a $6.7 million grant to Green Country Habitat for Humanity for the establishment of Boomtown Development Co and awarded $31 Million to Mental Health Association Oklahoma to expand affordable rental units and supportive housing. 

In 2017, the Foundation was awarded the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships for its innovative and impactful cross-sector housing initiatives with the Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

Improving Access to Health Care & Mental Health Services

The Foundation supports programs that improve access and quality to health and mental health services, especially for those living in poverty. 

In 2017, the Foundation funded a comprehensive assessment of Tulsa’s mental health services, engaging more than 30 community providers in planning led by the Urban Institute and The University of Tulsa. 

The resulting grants included a leadership investment in planning and constructing Parkside’s new 114,000-square-foot Psychiatric Hospital. 

In 2019, the Foundation launched the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative, a nonpartisan team of policy and mental health experts who collaborate with state and local leaders to advance innovative, data-informed mental health policies and practices.

In 2021, the Foundation awarded $12 million toward OSU Medical School’s $207 million campus expansion which will feature a long-needed new public mental health hospital. The Foundation also serves as the nonprofit real estate developer for the site’s new 270,000 SF Veterans Affairs Hospital on the site.

Supporting Social Services

It is a cornerstone belief at the Foundation that providing annual, unrestricted operating support to social service providers is critical to their mission and ours. Accordingly, the Foundation awards $7 million annually in general operating grants to more than 200 nonprofits.

In Spring 2020, the Foundation awarded area social service providers $1.35 million in COVID Relief funds within two weeks of the City shut down.

The Foundation also awards grants for piloting new initiatives, organizational planning, and capital projects. One capital investment that aims to support our vibrant nonprofits is Legacy Plaza.

In 2015, the Foundation purchased the 3-facility campus to be remodeled and owned by seven Tulsa nonprofits that needed expanding service and headquarters spaces.

Legacy Plaza owners are Assistance League of Tulsa, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, LIFE Senior Services, Community Action Project, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Family & Children’s Services, and OSU Psychiatry Research and Clinic.

Reducing Hunger & Supporting Basic Needs

The Foundation believes that food insecurity and hunger are solvable, unnecessary, and unjust and impact everyone living in Oklahoma. Therefore, the Foundation has long supported the state’s food bank efforts to improve nutrition with expanded product offerings and broader rural outreach.

In 2016, the Foundation funded a statewide hunger assessment which identified $400 million in available federal funds for children’s meals and supplemental nutrition programs that were being left on the table annually.

In response, the Foundation launched Hunger Free Oklahoma, an organization dedicated to leveraging partnerships to reduce food insecurity and ensure all Oklahomans have access to nutritious food. The Foundation has awarded $7.5 million in capital grants for improved facilities at the Community Food Bank of Eastern OklahomaMeals on Wheels Metro TulsaCatholic Charities Food Pantry, and Iron Gate.

Areas of Interest

To a lesser degree, The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation focuses on four additional areas of interest.
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Supporting Education

For The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, lifting neighbors out of poverty also means expanding access to higher education and improvement of K-12 programs likely to increase a disadvantaged child’s chance of entering college.

The Foundation considers capital and operations grants to organizations that support education, and also provides ongoing scholarship support for programs at seven area universities including Langston University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, Tulsa Community College, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa. For information on scholarships, please contact the universities directly.

Special Projects

From time-to-time the Foundation will fund Legacy Gifts, which go beyond target areas of interest, especially where there is an opportunity to honor the strongest interests of our founders.

 

Jewish & Israel Giving

The trustees of The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation are committed to supporting Jewish communities, especially where projects can improve the lives of the disadvantaged.

The Foundation’s strategy for Jewish Giving centers largely on support for social services and vulnerable populations, primarily in Israel.  There will continue to be a preference for these types of projects located in the rural regions of Israel, such as the Galilee and the Negev.  In addition, local and national grants will be considered along with other special projects internationally.

Enriching Local Culture & Quality of Life

The trustees of The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation envision a community where people from all walks of life can interact, gain insight, engage with beauty, and be inspired to reach their full potential.

Grants to cultural institutions, civic improvement, arts organizations, and advocacy projects build on a longstanding commitment made by Anne and Henry Zarrow to invest in the community where they built their company and raised their family.