Helping at every scale

Sure, we know how to think big, helping individuals and families, small businesses and international corporations succeed and thrive. But some of our most important work happens on a much smaller scale—with our neighbors and communities.

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Through financial contributions and the generosity of our employees giving their time and talent, our group of companies continue to make a significant impact in the communities we serve. The communities we serve are where we live, recreate and raise our families. Serving our community is more than a commitment—it's our culture.

Since the BOKF Foundation was started in 1998, we've contributed more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations across our footprint. And, we're as strategic about how we give back to our communities as we are about managing our clients' financial futures.

Our goal is to be best-in-class and make an impact, not simply check a box. Our long-term strategic plan guides our approach to philanthropy, ensuring maximum impact and mutually beneficial relationships. A more near-term strategy involves accelerating resources to support underserved communities to help bridge the gap in income inequality, education/mentoring, workforce development and social justice reform.

Employee volunteering

Our employees are equally passionate about giving back, contributing more than 25,000 hours annually and serving on more than 300 boards. We support their commitment by organizing volunteer opportunities throughout the year and by providing each employee eight hours of paid volunteer time annually to support causes or organizations most important to them.

Guide the Giving

Another way that we support our employees' community commitment is our annual Guide the Giving campaign where employees nominate, champion and vote for nonprofits in their communities that mean the most to them. From the more than 150 nominated organizations, 10 were selected to receive $10,000 gifts and five more each received $5,000. The 2022 winners were:

  • ten thousand dollar winners

    • Arizona: Arizona Center for The Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Arkansas: Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter
    • Colorado: Volunteers of America Colorado — Veterans' Services
    • Dallas: SPCA of Texas
    • Fort Worth: Saving Hope Rescue
    • Houston: Girls on the Run Greater Houston
    • Kansas City: HappyBottoms
    • New Mexico: Cuidando Los Niños
    • Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City Police Athletic League
    • Tulsa: Skiatook Paws & Claws Animal Rescue
  • five thousand dollar winners
    • Tulsa: Reading Partners Tulsa
    • Tulsa: Make-A-Wish Oklahoma
    • Tulsa: Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
    • Houston: FMCTAS (Friends of Montgomery County TX Animal Shelter)
    • Oklahoma City: Learning Tree Preschool