Our Reach


The Sanford and Irene Burnstein Foundation supports primarily Tulsa-based organizations whose work improves quality of life. The reach of our support extends to organizations that add value and benefit to the lives of those less fortunate or enhance inclusive community livability. From school-based reading, career training programs and enhanced higher education learning to support the cultural assets of Tulsa, the Foundation’s reach is diverse and growing.

COVID-19 Update

Many of you are on the frontlines providing critical support to children and families throughout our community during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The trustees and staff of the Burnstein Foundation are actively monitoring the developing needs of organizations providing essential services for ongoing and future Covid-19 related investments.  

If you have any questions regarding new funding from the Sanford & Irene Burnstein Foundation during this initial stage of the pandemic, please direct emails contact@burnsteinfoundation.com

For further information and resources to better understand the continually developing situation throughout Tulsa and Oklahoma, please follow these links:


On behalf of the Sanford and Irene Burnstein Foundation trustees and staff, please know each of us is grateful for all you do in service to our community.


The Trustees and Staff of the Burnstein Foundation




What's the Mission? 

Since our founding in 1921, we’ve been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. We promote, support and strengthen the well-being and behavioral health of adults, children and families. Over the years, our range of services has grown, but our commitment to excellent, compassionate, and quality care has never wavered.

Today, Family & Children’s Services provides hope and healing to over 120,000 individuals each year, or one in six Tulsans. We heal hurting and abused children, strengthen families and provide hope and a path to recovery for those battling mental illness and addiction.

We are constantly evolving to address the unique issues our neighbors face. We’re dedicated to providing targeted, innovative programs that deliver real results.

Why We Love Their Work

A Message From Family & Children's Services:

The grant gifted from the Sanford and Irene Burnstein Foundation went to help our Family & Children's Services’ home based Child Abuse & Trauma Services (CATS) program. Over 1,600 hurting or abused children and their families are helped each month by this program, and that equates to 19,200 children and families a year! 

To help illustrate what the impact of this program does, we will share “Elizabeth’s” story.  When Elizabeth was 8 years old, she was abducted and molested by a stranger who took her from the playground near her home.  Thankfully, she was found and F&CS was there from the start to provide therapy and support services at no cost to Elizabeth and her family.  Elizabeth is living proof that treatment works and that recovery is possible.  *Elizabeth is the pseudo-name this 8-year-old girl chose after her role model, Elizabeth Smart. This illustration attached is her cover picture from her art therapy treatment/recovery book. The link below is the video illustration of that same book.  It has been shared at her request and with her permission.**

Learn More and Get Involved! 

Follow along with Family & Children's Services HERE

Interested in volunteering or donating to support this important mission? Reach out to Family & Children's Services HERE

*All Photo/Video/Copy credited to Family & Children's Service. Permission to use granted by Family & Children's Services*


Elizabeth's story

our reach


Irene & Dan Burnstein attended the groundbreaking of Pathways to Hope as part of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission on May 30, 2019. The Pathway to Hope will connect the Greenwood Cultural Center, on the north side of the IDL, with John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, about two blocks away on the south side of the freeway. The groundbreaking was part of the annual John Hope Franklin Symposium’s community walk, which began in the park named for Franklin and roughly circled the old Greenwood neighborhood. For more information on the Pathway to Hope and the Commission, click HERE


A New Leaf

For nearly 40 years, A New Leaf has been one of the leading agencies for individuals with disabilities to receive life skills and vocational training. As key founders of the program, Stan and Irene have been devoted to A New Leaf’s growth and sustainability. Currently, there are 24,000 individuals with disabilities living in the Tulsa area. A New Leaf remains committed to assisting these challenged individuals with training, job development, and independent living.

Find out more about A New Leaf's work HERE


The Sanford Burnstein Education Fund

The Sanford Burnstein Education Fund at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum was established in 2014 to honor and celebrate Stan Burnstein. The purpose of the Fund is to provide programs that support a focus on science technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for students across the metropolitan area. Working in cooperation with the Oklahoma Innovation Institute’s STEM Alliance, the Education Fund at the Museum seeks to spark an interest in aviation and aerospace careers for elementary students.

Find out more about the education fund and TASM HERE

Sanford & Irene Burnstein Foundation 4110 S Rockford, Suite 200 Tulsa, OK 74105 US

contact@burnsteinfoundation.com (918) 749-1140