No act of benevolence toward one’s fellow man, however small, is ever completely wasted

- William Kelly Warren

“Solidarity is first and foremost a sense of responsibility on the part of everyone with regard to everyone, and cannot be merely delegated to the State.”
- Caritas in Veritate 2009

Improving the whole person
mind, body and spirit

From the beginning, The William K. Warren Foundation was formed with Christian underpinnings and values. It has been a philanthropy sprung out of love for humanity. The founders, William Kelly Warren, a devout Catholic, and Natalie Overall Warren, an equally devout Methodist, supported many faith-based initiatives. However, the Catholic initiatives have always received the most emphasis. As a true philanthropy, the hope is to improve the human condition on earth as a response and in thanksgiving to God. The Catholic initiatives supported by the Foundation are most often around Catholic education, ministries, and the local Diocese.

The Foundation’s employees and those of the entities it supports come from many faiths and no faith at all. But all share many common values, at the heart of which is service to others. Other critical, shared values include human dignity; integrity; stewardship; solidarity with the whole community, especially the poor; excellence; and justice.


“In the truth, charity reflects the personal yet public dimension of faith in the God of the Bible.”

- Caritas in Veritate 2009


The William K. Warren Foundation supports Catholic education, particularly in northeast Oklahoma.  The aspiration of this support is that Catholic educators will help students develop themselves into a whole person:  intellectually, emotionally, physically, spiritually, culturally, and socially.   Once developed, these persons will be imprinted with the impetus to serve others throughout their lives.  Support is provided to elementary and secondary schools and universities.

Our Giving Stories: Catholic Education

College is a time of
development and adventure,

but some kids get lost

College is a time when many young adults are away from their parents for the first time. This experience can be liberating, exhilarating, awakening, and scary all at once. Their first major failures and crises may appear; and physical, emotional, and spiritual health can hang in the balance. The William K. Warren Foundation supports Catholic ministries that assist young adults through these vulnerable periods in their lives.

Our giving stories: Catholic Ministries