The Sanford & Irene Burnstein 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.
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.
For further information and resources to better understand the continually developing situation of COVID-19 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
Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund
What's the Mission?
The Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund aims to provide direct relief to Tulsa’s immigrant workers and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting loss of work. The fund addresses a critical gap in available supports for undocumented workers and families who are excluded from accessing existing resources such as unemployment benefits, public benefits, and new federal and local relief efforts.
Why We Love Their Work
Recent reports estimate more than 29,000 foreign-born immigrants are living in Tulsa County many of whom are undocumented. They are restaurant workers, housekeepers, landscapers, and most importantly, our neighbors, who actively contribute to the social and economic fabric of our community. This fund deploys the critical resources necessary to one of our city’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities – undocumented Tulsans.
Since launching in late April, the fund has provided cash assistance to more than 700 immigrant families and has raised nearly one million dollars. Through strong partnerships with 5 trusted community-based organizations, the Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund is on track to reach more than 1,200 undocumented Tulsans in the coming weeks.
Learn More and Get Involved!
If you are interested in supporting our fellow neighbors, make a gift to the fund today. All donations are tax-deductible.
*All Copy credited to Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund. Permission to use granted by Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund*
The Sanford & Irene Burnstein 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 Trustees and Staff
Members of the Burnstein Foundation Team had the honor to take part in a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 99th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
A message from the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission: "99 years ago, on May 31st, 1921, at 10:30pm, the first shot was fired that began the Tulsa Race Massacre, the deadliest and most destructive massacre in our Nation’s history that destroyed the most prosperous African American enclave this country has ever witnessed.
The 2021 Centennial Commission is grateful for the Deep Greenwood business community and various other community organizations who joined us for a candlelight vigil this past Sunday night where we stood for 10 minutes of silence to honor the lives and businesses lost from that fateful night.
From Tragedy to Triumph, we acknowledge the past, seek solace in the present, and take the journey to reconciliation and healing for the future."
For more information on the Pathways to Hope, the Centennial Commission and how you can engage and take part, 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