A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Bill Major

Executive Director, Zarrow Family Foundations

Funders Together Board Member


Bill is the Executive Director of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, and the Zarrow Families Foundation.  In this role he oversees all grant making aspects of the Zarrow Family Foundations to fulfill the vision and mission statements and major strategic goals as defined by the Boards of Trustees. The Foundations had a total giving of $36.3 Million in 2017.

Prior to this position, Bill was the CEO of LIFE Senior Services for 18+ years.  LIFE is the premier provider of home and community based services for seniors in the Tulsa metropolitan area. Concurrently, Bill was also the CEO of Vintage Housing Inc., a non-profit affiliate of LIFE established in 1995 to develop affordable housing for low and moderate income seniors in the Tulsa region.  Previously, Bill was the Founder and Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, developing the food bank from a dream of the community in 1981 to a reality, through its first nine years.

Bill was a member of the Leadership Tulsa Class XIX, and Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI; currently serves as a Board Member of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, and Arts Alliance Tulsa. 

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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