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.
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 please refer to the 'Funding Guidelines' page of the website for details and contact.
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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
Hunger Free Oklahoma - Tulsa Kitchens Unite
What's the Mission?
Hunger Free Oklahoma is a non-profit organization that advocates for food access for all Oklahomans.
HFO’s efforts include public policy initiatives, research, and technical support for nutrition programs in
community-based organizations and Oklahoma schools. HFO works to bring a unified, statewide voice to
the issues and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Oklahomans have access to
affordable, nutritious food.
Why We Love Their Work
When COVID-19 created more barriers to food access, HFO created Tulsa Kitchens Unite. TKU’s mission is to keep Tulsa restaurants open, keep workers paid and keep local families fed. Through TKU, local restaurants will provide 31,500 meals per week, which will be pre-chilled and distributed at Tulsa Public Schools and other community sites. Tulsans who are struggling during this unprecedented economic downturn will have an additional resource to help feed their whole family. Additionally, this effort will pay local restaurants to keep their kitchens open and support their workers throughout the safer-at-home order.
Learn More and Get Involved!
Interested in partnering or donating to support Tulsa Kitchen's Unite? Click HERE
To learn more about all of the vital work and programs at Hunger Free Oklahoma, follow along HERE
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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
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 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