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The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., a Private Charitable Foundation, was formed in 1948 by Mr. John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, with its office in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As stated in its charter, the purposes of the Foundation are to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature.

The activities and affairs of the Foundation are managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of Greg Daggett, Ed Jones, Guy Mabee, Jr., John W. Mabee and Raymond L. Tullius, Jr.

The geographical area of interest of the Foundation includes the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

From the date of its inception through the most recent fiscal year, grants paid by the Foundation to various educational, religious and charitable institutions have totaled in excess of $1.1 billion.  The Foundation’s giving is divided – 33% to private, independent non-tax supported colleges – 45% to community activities, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, food banks, children’s homes and organizations which care for handicapped, abused and neglected children and adults – 4% for religious affiliated organizations, including seminaries, campus ministries, Christian camps and centers – and 18% for scientific, health and medical activities, principally grants to hospitals and healthcare activities.  At August 31, 2016, assets of the Foundation had a total value of approximately $992 million.

Mr. and Mrs. Mabee were natives of Missouri.  They had no children.  Mr. Mabee died in 1961 and Mrs. Mabee died in 1965, leaving a substantial portion of their personal estates to the Foundation.  The Foundation continues to carry on its purposes – under the guidance of its Board of Trustees – as a tribute to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Mabee.

The benevolences of this Foundation are evidenced throughout the Southwestern United States and many edifices bear its name.



Last modified:  11/30/2016