- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The George Kaiser Family Foundation has announced it will provide more than $8.6 million in grants to more than 100 Tulsa-area social service agencies.

More than $4.5 million will go to support human service organizations and $1.5 million will support community health initiatives.

Earlier this year, the foundation committed roughly $2.6 million to support basic services for various education organizations.

Ken Levit, executive director of the foundation, says the organization is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Tulsa.

Kaiser is a lifelong Tulsan and one of the wealthiest people in the U.S. He’s chairman of BOK Financial Corp. and a major shareholder in various energy and technology companies.