The Chickasaw Foundation helps further education, inspire new ideas and build communities.
We appreciate donors for contributing their time and financial resources to provide opportunities, services and activities for the Chickasaw people. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Chickasaw Foundation, donate online or call our office. Donations can also be mailed.
A memorial donation is a special way of remembering a loved one while helping others. Acknowledgment cards can be sent to family members, if requested, upon a donation being received by the Chickasaw Foundation. While making your donation, you can also click the box to have your loved one’s name listed on our scrolling “In Loving Memory” list.
Contributing to the General Fund or a Specific Scholarship
When donating to the Chickasaw Foundation, you have the option of contributing to the general scholarship fund or to a specific scholarship. If you are interested in donating to a specific scholarship, please go to our Scholarship Donations
Chickasaw Foundation’s Donor Spotlight
“The Chickasaw Nation is the gold standard for community support,” said Kari Fisher, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of Centrion Systems, Inc. Fisher recently established the Centrion Systems, Inc. Scholarship with the Chickasaw Foundation. This scholarship, which is available now for the 2023-2024 academic year, is for Chickasaw undergraduate students majoring in aerospace or mechanical engineering, or business with an interest in the defense and space industry (with a preference for students residing in Oklahoma or Texas).
Nearly thirty years ago, Fisher founded Centrion Systems, Inc. “[We are] a full-time distributor of passive, interconnect and electromechanical components used to deliver to the U.S. Department of Defense, to support tools and equipment, on land, at sea and in the air,” she said. “I have a great team, and my job allows me to continually learn and interact daily with intelligent, interesting people. I can genuinely say I love my job and enjoy going to work every day!”
Ms. Fisher decided to establish this scholarship because she has seen firsthand how much good the Chickasaw Nation does. “Chickasaw citizens have been very fortunate to receive tribal assistance through programs such as health and wellness, youth programs and elder services,” she commented. “Additionally, the Nation personally assisted my company and me when we worked to protect the Department of Defense Indian Incentive Program.”
For Fisher, this scholarship is her way of showing appreciation. “I established this scholarship to express my sincere gratitude to the Chickasaw Nation for the support provided to our community,” she said, “as well as my pleasure and pride, to be a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.”
She is eager to see the impact this scholarship makes. “In establishing this scholarship,” she mentioned, “I am hopeful it will inspire students to study and prepare for a career path and opportunities they may have never considered but for the Centrion System, Inc. Scholarship.”
Chickasaw Foundation is extremely grateful to Ms. Kari Fisher and her willingness to establish the Centrion Systems, Inc. Scholarship. We are appreciative of her generosity and desire to impact Chickasaw students. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, you may do so by visiting ChickasawFoundation.org/Applications.aspx.
Chickasaw Foundation ECCP Spotlight
Chickasaw Foundation is pleased to feature Lindsey Forsythe for the Employee Charitable Contribution Plan spotlight.
Forsythe, a Chickasaw citizen, has worked for the Chickasaw Nation since 2012, where she currently serves as a dental therapist. For Lindsey, donating to the Chickasaw Foundation is personal. “On February 11, 2009, I was six months pregnant with my daughter and the tornado sirens went off in Lone Grove,” she said. “I immediately went to my grandparents’ house to be with them. Lightning struck and we saw the tornado coming right for their home.”
She went on: “We hustled and got into the interior hall closet and prayed. The tornado, which turned out to be an F4, hit my grandparents’ home; it demolished everything except for the closet we were in and the bathroom,” she noted. “Giving back to the Foundation means a lot to me because so many came to my family’s rescue and helped us rebuild our lives after the devastation of the tornado.”
Lindsey is married to E.J. and they have three beautiful children: Ava, Kamryn and Bray.