Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board Chair
Glenda Love Williams, Ret. President/CEO., Ronald McDonald House and Nonprofit Consultant

Eunice Tarver, Provost, Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus

Moises Echeverria, President, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice

Frank Haith, Head Basketball Coach, The University of Tulsa

Hannibal B. Johnson, Author, Attorney & Consultant

Ashley Philippsen, Senior Director of Engagement and Advocacy at ImpactTulsa

Wilson Pipestem, Partner, Pipestem Law

 

Staff

Clarence Boyd, Program Officer, The Commemoration Fund

The Commemoration Fund

Our Mission

We support bold and innovative efforts to correct social, political and economic injustices that impact Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color in our community. Our grantmaking addresses disparities rooted in white supremacy and systemic racism with sustainable, collaborative solutions.

The inaugural Commemoration Fund grant cycle is closed. See our inaugural grant recipients below. 2022 application dates will be announced in January 2022.

Background

The Zarrow Families Foundation was originally established as a corporate charitable giving vehicle that evolved into a fund where brothers Henry and Jack Zarrow could do collaborative grantmaking outside their well-known individual foundations. 

Current trustees honor their fathers by directing all future grantmaking to positively impact Black Indigenous People of Color.

Founders

Mr. Henry Zarrow, 1916-2014
Mr. Jack Zarrow, 1925-2012
Mr. Scott Zarrow, 1958-2012

Trustees

Ms. Judy Kishner
Ms. Gail Richard
Mr. Stuart Zarrow

Inaugural Grant Recipients

Toward addressing disparities rooted in white supremacy and systemic racism, the Commemoration Fund is proud to announce inaugural 2021 grants in support of:

The facility renovation campaign for this North Tulsa summer and after-school program serving youth, predominantly of color, with physical fitness, tutoring, and activities that champion self-discipline.
REED COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Professional services to strengthen the legal and governance structure at this criminal justice advocacy effort led by survivors of mass incarceration who are predominantly women of color.
BLOCK BUILDERZ

A trauma-informed student restorative justice program that will teach justice-involved youth in Tulsa County, predominantly teens of color, to more effectively advocate for themselves.
PHOENIX RISING ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

Incubation of a new Community Development Financial Institution focused on affordable housing and governed by a majority board of color in partnership with North Tulsa leaders.
GREEN COUNTRY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Production of an original music album performed entirely in the Cherokee language, aiming to correct the policies of white supremacy that attempted to eradicate the Cherokee language.
HORTON RECORDS

Personal technology tools for the Fresh RX ‘Food is Medicine’ pilot program aiming to reduce uncontrolled diabetes in North Tulsa.
CROSSOVER COMMUNITY IMPACT

A new refrigerated truck to expand access to fresh, nutritious food for underserved LatinX residents in Tulsa.
LA COSECHA

Expansion of food delivery and healthcare prevention program in North Tulsa, to reduce hospitalizations and skilled nursing stays.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF METRO TULSA

Capacity building to expand community engagement work around individual wealth building and economic development initiatives.
MET CARES FOUNDATION

Safety and security repairs for low-income homes, contributing to improved housing values in North Tulsa neighborhoods.
REVITALIZE T-TOWN

Academically enriched daycare and after-school programs for students from North Tulsa neighborhoods
TOUCH – TULSANS OPERATING IN UNITY CREATING HOPE

A creative after-school tech-training program targeting middle and high school students of color to develop a more inclusive tech ecosystem
URBAN CODERS GUILD

Expanding distance learning, after-school tutoring, and STEM programs, plus new individual and family counseling and conflict resolution support
TULSA DREAM CENTER

A new strategic plan focused on expanding resources for nutrition, financial stability, and workplace skills with on-site partners
SOUTH PEORIA NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION

Healthcare services at this comprehensive medical clinic serving economically disadvantaged Latinx patients
COMMUNITY HEALTH CONNECTION

A multi-disciplinary media project that will center on Tulsa and the interwoven history, erasure, and racism that impacts the present-day lives of both Black and Native communities
ILLUMINATIVE

A long-established North Tulsa, Black-led theatre program that stages and presents plays reflecting the African American experience
THEATRE NORTH

Student tours to a new exhibit that explores the role of white supremacy in both the Jewish Holocaust and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
SHERWIN MILLER MUSEUM

Expansion of the Summer Y.E.S. Program, pairing students with Black business owners and professionals for internships and a business plan competition to grow long-term, generational wealth among Black youth
TULSA COALITION OF 100 BLACK MEN

Programs at this high-performing and minority-led charter school, with a predominantly Latinx population
TULSA HONOR ACADEMY

Grant Application Guidelines

Applications for the second Commemoration Fund grant cycle will open in early 2022

Application Guidelines

Click here to download a printable PDF of the complete application guidelines.

  • Grants will support work that is innovative in correcting social, cultural, political, or economic injustices impacting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or other People of Color in our community.
  • There is special interest in grants focusing on the following areas: Justice, Education Enrichment, Advocacy, and Leadership Development.
  • Grants may support: 1) general operations, 2) a specific program or facility, 3) equipment or vehicle purchase, 4) consulting, 5) planning or training activity, 6) a research project, or other efforts that aim to address a disparity rooted in white supremacy and systemic racism.
  • Grants will NOT be considered for dinners, runs/walks, special events, political events, or fundraisers. Grants will not be made directly to a church, unless an independently governed 501c3 is in place. 
  • Eligible requests may range from $3,000 to $100,000.
  • Preference will be given to one-time grants. Multi-Year grants will be considered, up to three years, but must demonstrate substantial and transformative impact. (Multi-year grant requests must submit a grant budget. Click here to download the grant budget instructions.)
  • Applicants should be able to identify how efforts will be sustained beyond the term of the grant.
  • Applicants will be asked how the progress, outcome, and impact of a grant can be measured.

Any questions about the process, please email Clarence Boyd at cboyd@zarrow.org.

Preference will be given to:

  • Nonprofits with minority leadership at the executive and board level
  • Nonprofits headquartered and operating in minority-majority communities of Tulsa County

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Commemoration Fund requires that all nonprofit entities receiving grants adhere to an Equal Employment Opportunity statement that includes non-discrimination regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), disability, political affiliation, genetic information, or religious belief.

Required Attachments

The following attachments must be uploaded with each application.

  • A copy of the organization’s IRS 501c3 determination letter

  • A copy of the applicant’s latest 990 tax filing, including all attachments

  • A listing of the applicant’s Board of Directors (including Board Composition)

  • A listing of the applicant’s full/part-time employees

  • Financial Information, including: (1) Latest audited or CPA-reviewed fiscal year-end financial statement, (2) Final Operating Statement including Actual Expenditures (vs. Budget, if available) and (3) Organization’s budget for the current fiscal year (if available)

  • A budget for the specific project or program

  • A list of relevant, current and potential donors

  • Strategic Plan (if available)