Who We Are

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.

In January 2018, the Foundation for Tulsa Schools acquired the Partners in Education program from the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Partners in Education unites businesses and the community with schools for the common goal of increasing the quality of education for all students in Tulsa Public Schools while involving the community in the development of its own economic future. Over the past 34 years, the program has engaged thousands of volunteers and built strong relationships between more than 500 community organizations and Tulsa-area schools. The Foundation for Tulsa Schools plans to continue the impact of the program by connecting closely with individual schools and building new partnerships.

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

Tiffani Bruton – Chair: Cox Communications
Shannon O'Doherty – Incoming Chair: Commerce Bank
Matt Newman – Past Chair: Covanta
Larry Faulkner – Treasurer: WPX Energy
Drew France – Program Evaluation & Development: CAP Tulsa
Rick Kelly – Partners in Education: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Karen Kirchman – Secretary & HR: Stanfield O'Dell

Robert Babcock – ONE Gas
Pete Burgess – Williams
Charles Chastain – TTCU Federal Credit Union
Jeff Couch – Mariner Wealth Advisors
Ryan Crawford – Community Care
Joe Creider – J. Creider Consulting, LLC
Aaron Fulkerson – Schnake Turnbo Frank
Sarah Gould – KKT Architects

Judie Hackerott – Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Jim Hoffmeister – Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Chris Holder – Bank of Oklahoma
Diane Murphy – FW Murphy Family Foundation
Susan Neal – University of Tulsa
Representative Monroe Nichols – Strive Together
Daniel Regan – Price Family Properties
Dwayne Rury – Bama Companies
Lauren Sherry – QuikTrip
Whitney Stauffer – Selser Schaefer Architects
David Stratton – JP Morgan Chase
Steve Soule' – Hall Estill
Joey Wignarajah – Argonaut Private Equity

Deborah A. Gist, ex officio – Tulsa Public Schools

Brian Paschal – Foundation for Tulsa Schools
Hallie Green – Foundation for Tulsa Schools
Sue Ann Blair – 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

Hallie Green

Manager of Community Engagement & Grants
(918) 746-6605

Sue Ann Blair

Designer Showcase Director
(918) 813-3477

April Westemeir

Office Manager
(918) 746-6602