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About the Kirkpatrick Foundation

The Kirkpatrick Foundation is one of the oldest private philanthropies in Oklahoma. In 1955, the Kirkpatrick Foundation was founded by John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick with a mission to support arts, culture, education, animal well-being, environmental conservation and historic preservation, primarily in central Oklahoma.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation distributes approximately $3 million annually in grants and charitable activities and has given more than $65 million to these organizations to date.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation’s three philanthropic platforms (primarily in central Oklahoma) are:

  • Grant-making 
  • Safe & Humane
  • ArtDesk

Grant-making addresses diverse needs in the areas of:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Animal Well-Being
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Historic Preservation
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Program Initiatives


Safe And Humane

Safe & Humane

In 2012, the Kirkpatrick Foundation started the Safe & Humane initiative, with the goal of making Oklahoma the safest and most humane place to be an animal in the United States by 2032.

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Art Desk2


A twice-yearly print magazine devoted to the contemporary arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, dance, film, music and architecture.

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