The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation was created in 1968 to provide grants in support of charitable, educational, literary, religious, scientific purposes or, for the prevention of cruelty to children. By policy, the Foundation limits grants to non-profit organizations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the home of Grace and Franklin Bernsen for more than six decades.

September 2018 Update

Recent policy changes by the State of Oklahoma and the Department of Human Services (DHS) prompted our trustees to review our own anti-discrimination policies. At the September 20, 2018 meeting, those anti-discrimination polices were reaffirmed.

While formerly a part of our Grant Agreement, they will be incorporated in our application guidelines. Agencies contemplating an application must have similar anti-discrimination policies in their own bylaws or they will not be eligible to apply for foundation resources.  In short, our polices require grantees to refrain from discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, creed, color, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin.  

Sponsorship Requests. The foundation typically receives a half dozen or more such requests every month. There is a section in our guidelines to guide applicants seeking this type of support. While rarely approved; preferring to fund direct program expenses more than events, applicants much conform to our application guidelines. Sponsorship requests that do not meet our guidelines will not be acknowledged or reviewed.

We urge applicants to contact us with questions before investing time with an abstract and a proposal. Applications that are not responsive to our guidelines will not be shared with foundation trustees.

Questions are encouraged and welcome.
Please direct all inquiries to David Zemel at 918-584-4711 or to david@bernsen.org

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation

15 West 6th Street, Suite 1308
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119-5407
(918) 584-4711 (918) 584-4713 Fax info@bernsen.org