The Sanford & Irene Burnstein Family Foundation supports primarily Tulsa-based organizations whose work enhances inclusive & equitable community livability. From education & mentorship, human services, career training, social justice, and the arts, the Foundation’s reach is diverse and growing.
Protect Tulsa Public Schools Coalition
El Centro, New Sanctuary Empowerment Center, is a grassroots community hub, learning center, and worker community in East Tulsa. Their goal is to empower recently arrived and long-term migrants through education and resources. They provide classes and workshops in civic education, pro-bono legal consultations, a hotline for referrals, and a crisis management fund.
As a trusted partner in the immigrant community, El Centro helps connect cultures and create community for those newly arrived in Oklahoma. El Centro provides a safe space for immigrants to learn about work and life in the Tulsa region.
Improve Our Tulsa
On August 8th, Tulsans voted Yes for a third Improve Our Tulsa package funded by General Obligation Bonds and a sales tax extension.
Renewal of Improve Our Tulsa, the city’s basic streets and infrastructure program, will fund improvements to numerous city facilities and sites while also providing needed capital funding for public safety equipment and street maintenance.
The new adaptive playground at Whiteside Park located at 4009 S. Pittsburg Ave. in Tulsa, is more than wheelchair ramps and accessibility. The playground is designed with all users in mind and engages children and adults with a wide range of abilities. Well-designed playgrounds support the health and development of the whole child and the whole community. ACS Playground Adventures designed this all-inclusive playground with the help of community member voices sharing lived experiences, Tulsa Parks Department, and the Burnstein Family Foundation. The playground also features Tulsa's fist adaptive bathroom at a City park!
The Sanford and Irene Burnstein Family Foundation’s vision of an adaptive and inclusive playground has been a true partnership with City of Tulsa leaders and key community members. Mrs. Irene Burnstein and her late husband, Sanford (Stan), established their family foundation to share their success with families across Tulsa and Oklahoma.
“Stan and I had a vision that children of all ages and abilities could gather together to play, explore, and learn from one another. My family celebrates this vision today with the announcement of the plans for a playground that will bring joy and fun to so many,” stated Mrs. Irene Burnstein.
The Sanford & Irene Burnstein Family Foundation is dedicated to promoting an individual's highest potential through initiatives that enrich the community, support human services, promote social and racial justice, and are inclusive of all.
In honor of Juneteenth, the Foundation Trustees and staff stand with our neighbors and partners in creating a more vibrant and inclusive community. The Foundation is proud to support Juneteenth celebrations as fellow citizens gather in historic Greenwood or virtually to commemorate this important date and to proclaim that Black Lives Matter.
Through the Foundation’s work with community partners, innovation and inclusivity are key to breaking cycles of inequity. The Foundation stands in solidarity and side by side with all who seek to end discrimination, racism, bigotry, and injustice. Together, we will make Tulsa stronger and more vibrant for all of its citizens.
Stay safe during these challenging times.
Sanford & Irene Burnstein Family Foundation Trustees and Staff
Funding requests submitted after September 15, 2023, will be deferred to 2024.
If you are submitting an EMERGENCY funding request in 2023 or have a TIME-SENSITIVE request, please make this clear in your submission so the Foundation may consider it in a timely manner.
Please look around the website to learn more about the Foundation's work and funding guidelines. As always, please reach out with any questions.