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Sarkeys Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-08-02

At A Glance

Sarkeys Foundation

530 E. Main St.

Norman, OK United States 73071-5823

Telephone: (405) 364-3703

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-11-30)

Assets: $101,468,266

Total giving: $3,460,547





Additional Contact Information

E-mail contact for questions: Angela Holladay, Dir., Grants Mgmt.,


Established in 1962 in OK

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Board Retreat Grants

The program focuses on nonprofit boards who wish to improve their performance, learn appropriate roles and responsibilities, develop a strategic plan, and adopt the latest "best practices" advice. See foundation web site for details.

Conference Center, Library, Resource Center Annex, and Nonprofit Incubator

The foundation's Conference Center fulfills a dual purpose for the nonprofit community: it provides qualified organizations with space in which to hold various functions and it houses the educational programs offered by the Sarkeys Foundation. An additional resource for nonprofits is the research library adjacent to the Conference Center. It offers up-to-date fundraising directories, board development information, comprehensive foundation listings, materials on a variety of management and governance issues, and also maintains Internet access. Additionally, one of the first of its kind in Oklahoma, the Nonprofit Incubator provides temporary office space at below-market value to new and transitioning nonprofits. The foundation provides nonprofits a large-scale printer, color copier, laminator, and other tools so their funds can go toward programs and services. Those interested should send a brief letter of inquiry describing their organization, outlining space requirements, and giving a general idea of how the space is needed. Be sure to include contact information. Special consideration will be given to emerging or transitioning nonprofits. All applicants must have current 501(c)(3) status. Any questions please contact the foundation.

Southwest Regional Leadership Forum

This program is a two day conference for board members, staff, and volunteers. The training includes topics such as board roles and responsibilities, strategic planning, ethics, and fundraising. Forum 2009 is designed to open doors through the following: 1) examining critical issues; 2) exploring new ideas; 3) meeting others in the field; 4) inspiring others toward success; and 5) dreaming for the future. Those interested should apply through the foundation's Web site. It is offered in odd-numbered years.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-11-30

Assets: $101,468,266 (market value)

Expenditures: $5,634,158

Total giving: $3,460,547

Qualifying distributions: $4,714,553

Giving activities include:

$159,073 for foundation-administered programs