The Harris Foundation

Vernon V. Harris came from Kentucky to Oklahoma Territory where he began to fulfill his vision that all Americans should be responsible public citizens. In 1938 he founded the Harris Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that provides grants to religious, charitable, educational, benevolent or scientific institutions and organizations. The imprint of VV Harris still can be seen throughout Oklahoma and today his legacy is continued by members of his family who serve on Foundation's board.

Mission Statement
The purpose of this family directed corporation exists, as is stated in its charter "to establish and promote, encourage, strengthen, assist and maintain religious, charitable, education, benevolent, or scientific institutions and organizations."

Application Process:
The trustees invite proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations located in Oklahoma. An online grant application summarizing the need for funding must be submitted. The trustees will meet and review all grant applications received by the deadline date and will notify each applicant of their granting decisions.

Preference will be given to the following:
Organizations in Oklahoma 

The Harris Foundation - Click here to apply

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 31, 2017
Grant Application Deadline: July 31, 2017
Grantmaking Meeting: October 2017 
Fund grants: October 2017

Harris Foundation Directors 


Judy Garrett, President

Bryan Garrett 

William V. Harris

Neil Harris

Pat Harris

Mindy Harris-Silk

Bill Silk 

Annual Report

2016 Harris Foundation Annual Report