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$85M grant for criminal justice reform, child welfare initiatives

Philanthropist Sue Ann Arnall speaks in May 2020 about the services offered by the Diversion Hub, a criminal justice reform project included in MAPS 4. The Arnall Family Foundation is undertaking an $85 million initiative centered on child welfare reforms. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]
Philanthropist Sue Ann Arnall speaks in May 2020 about the services offered by the Diversion Hub, a criminal justice reform project included in MAPS 4. The Arnall Family Foundation is undertaking an $85 million initiative centered on child welfare reforms. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Children impacted when their families are caught up in the criminal justice system are to benefit from an $85 million initiative funded by the Arnall Family Foundation.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will administer the program, which aims to distribute the majority of the funds through grants to nonprofits throughout Oklahoma in the next five years.

Led by philanthropist Sue Ann Arnall, the Arnall Family Foundation has since 2015 focused its resources on child welfare, criminal justice reform and animal welfare,

Nonprofits working to assist individuals, children and families involved in the child welfare and criminal justice systems will be eligible for grants, the foundation said in announcing the initiative.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) staff will manage grants. Award decisions will be made by OCCF trustees.

Grant proposals will be developed in partnership with Arnall Family Foundation staff, who will work with nonprofits to develop projects, said Lindsay Laird, the vice president of programs for the Arnall Family Foundation.

The initiative’s goal is to disperse the majority of the money in the next five years “to catalyze transformative change in the child welfare and criminal justice systems,” she wrote in an email.

Partnering with OCCF will allow the Arnall Family Foundation to continue to focus on program development and relationships while benefiting from the 50-year-old Community Foundation’s experience in administrative support and asset management.

Organizations receiving grants are expected to benefit from exposure to OCCF, which could lead to additional opportunities to diversify funding, the written statement said.

“As we look forward to the next five years as an organization, we want to expand our impact by quickly deploying resources to the community and OCCF is the ideal partner to help us do that,” Arnall said in the written statement.

According to the statement, the donation more than doubles the Arnall Family Foundation’s contributions since its inception to the causes of child welfare, criminal justice reform and animal welfare.

Learn more: https://arnallfamilyfoundation.org/.

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