About The Foundation for Tulsa Schools

Our History

Our History

In the mid-1980s the Tulsa Regional Chamber (then named the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce) conducted a two-year study to develop recommendations to advance the quality of public education in all 15 school districts in Tulsa County. The study resulted in the creation of the Tulsa Education Fund (TEF) in 1987 with the purpose of being a catalyst for excellence in public education in the Tulsa area. TEF’s broad mission was to invest community resources in educational quality, creativity, and innovation. During its 15-year existence, TEF invested over a $1.5 million dollars in public education initiatives, including programs such as “Grants for Great Ideas” which provided support for classroom materials and “Learning Institutes” focused on teacher professional development.

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools (FTS), a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit was formed March 29, 2001 with the mission of building a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools. In late 2001, the boards of FTS and TEF decided to pursue consolidation since both organizations provided similar services and raised funds from the same constituencies. FTS agreed to continue TEF’s program focus as well as develop additional support and programming specifically for Tulsa Public Schools.

Since its formation, FTS has raised over $20 million in support of Tulsa Public Schools. Key priorities have included the support of Teacher Leader Effectiveness, Community Schools, STEM education, teacher professional development and novice teacher supports. In 2016, FTS launched “Together for Tulsa,” an individual giving campaign that raised over $1.3 million in two months to support teacher professional development and provide grants to every classroom teacher to purchase supplies and materials for their students.

Our Mission

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools, a 501(c) (3) community-based nonprofit, was formed in 2001 with a mission of building a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools.

The organization is committed to the following:

  • Facilitating the goal of providing an excellent education by raising revenues to increase educational opportunities
  • Enlisting community support and business assistance in providing educational resources and opportunities
  • Communicating the need for continued community involvement in the process and mission of providing a first class public education

Board of Directors & Staff

Susan Beach – Chair: Keller Williams
Matt Newman – Incoming Chair: Covanta Energy Corp
Steve Soule’ – Past Chair: Hall Estill
Drew France – Development: CAP Tulsa
Shemeka Rodgers – Communities in Schools: AEP-PSO
Adam Kupetsky – Secretary: Phillips 66
Joe Creider – Treasurer: J. Creider Consulting LLC
Dan Bowling – TTCU The Credit Union


Marc Delametter – QuikTrip
Larry Faulkner – WPX Energy
Aaron Fulkerson – Schnake Turnbo Frank
Chris Holder – Bank of Oklahoma
Ryan Haynie – Manhattan Construction
Jim Hoffmeister – Rosenstein Fist & Ringold
Deborah Hoss – Saint Francis Health System
Pete Burgess – Williams
Jeff Couch – Mariner Wealth Advisors
Rick Kelly – Blue Cross Blue Shield
Diane Murphy – Enovation Controls


Susan Neal – The University of Tulsa
Monroe Nichols – ImpactTulsa
Shannon O’Doherty – Commerce Bank
Daniel Regan – KPM
David Stratton – JP Morgan Chase
Angela Wells – ONEOK
Lucas Daffern – TYPro Intern
Brian Paschal – Foundation for Tulsa Schools
Paula Dellavedova – Foundation for Tulsa Schools

Financial Reports

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 and required to file a Form 990 on an annual basis. Our Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 73-1612027.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What does the Foundation for Tulsa Schools do?
  • The Foundation works to build a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools by raising resources, enlisting community support and communicating the importance of public education.
2Where does the funding go?
  • We fund district-wide strategic initiatives, including: teacher & school leader professional development, novice teacher supports, STEM education, social-emotional student learning, data enablement and school innovation.
3Why support the Foundation for Tulsa Schools?
  • The future success and growth of Tulsa is dependent on a strong public school system. Whether you have kids in the district, are an alum of one of the high schools, or simply live or work in the city we all have a vested interested in ensuring Tulsa Public Schools is as strong as possible.
  • Your support has a tangible impact on improving student outcomes.
  • Your support has a wide reach: serving all of the district’s 86 schools, 7,000 employees and more than 39,000 students.
4What can I do to help?
5How can I contribute?
  • Click here to donate online.
  • Mail a check or money order to 3027 South New Haven Avenue, Tulsa OK 74114 – or stop by and see us in person!
  • Call us at (918) 746-6600 to make a donation via a major credit card.

Brian Paschal

President/ CEO
(918) 746-6604

Paula Dellavedova

Executive Office & Designer Showcase Manager
(918) 746-6600