Through his establishment of the Foundation bearing his name, Lyle M. Gelvin provided a significant source of monetary support for a broad range of non-profit causes and undertakings which he so enthusiastically encouraged and aided during his lifetime. By policy, the Foundation’s grants are limited to non-profit organizations within the State of Oklahoma. Since 1996 the Foundation has contributed over $9 million dollars to over 230 different charitable organizations primarily in northeastern Oklahoma.


As a relatively small organization, we value the relationships we establish with our grant recipients and strive to be friendly, flexible and understanding of our grantees’ unique needs. We support a great variety of programs, and currently focus our support on organizations within a thirty mile radius of Tulsa or Eufaula whose programs primarily benefit the citizens in these areas. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be registered under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or its equivalent.