OKCNP Honors Nonprofit Visionary Leaders

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits celebrated the 2017 Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership, an evening honoring five incredible individuals for their continued selfless efforts within the nonprofit sector and communities throughout Oklahoma.

“Visions is a great way to celebrate the work and legacy of nonprofit leaders and philanthropists from across the state,” Marnie Taylor, President and CEO, said. “Each year, a new group of luminaries joins us on stage to reflect on their work and celebrate their achievements. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the diversity of nonprofit missions and impact of the charitable sector and the leaders who do God’s work each and every day.”

The 2017 Visions event honored Danny Cavett of Cavett Kids Foundation (Pat Potts Visionary Award); H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt of BancFirst (Lifetime Achievement Award); Robert L. Spinks, Ed.D. of Oklahoma City University (President’s Award); Shannon Luper of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (Sarkeys Special Recognition Award); and Toby Jenkins of Oklahomans for Equality (The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award).

Visions began in 2011 to honor OKCNP’s founder, Pat Potts, and her husband Ray.

Pat Potts Visionary Award honoree Danny Cavett is founder of Cavett Kids Foundation. For more than 20 years, the Cavett Kids Foundation has served Oklahoma children from all across the state after it launched the Cavett Kids summer camps to provide a space without rigid routines of treatment for children battling life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Cavett is a chaplain at Children’s Hospital and saw how children healed emotionally, spiritually and physically thanks to the work of the camps.

The Sarkeys Special Recognition Award sponsored by the Sarkeys Foundation honored Luper, Program Director with Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Luper has been with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma since 2003 and oversees a groundbreaking program to ensure daughters of women who are incarcerated have meaningful family experiences and maintain stronger, healthier relationships with their mothers.

Lifetime Achievement Award honoree H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt of Oklahoma City is no stranger to nonprofit service, philanthropy and leadership. While he spent a lifetime building banks, he has changed lives and communities through his work in civic engagement as both a business leader and volunteer.

The 2017 Rodney Bivens Innovation Award honored Toby Jenkins, Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality since 2008. Jenkins has been instrumental in both perception and policy changes for the LGBT community Oklahoma and beyond as both a civil rights activist and community leader. The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award carries a special $10,000 grant provided generously by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

OKCNP expanded the awards to include a President’s Award chosen by the president and chief executive officer. Robert L. Spinks, Ed.D. has been a long-time leader in Oklahoma City. After a career as an educator, Spinks has worked with the Boy Scouts and United Way of Central Oklahoma and now oversees the Master’s Degree Program in Nonprofit Leadership at Oklahoma City University.

Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership was held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Nov. 28. More information is available at www.okcnp.org.

About the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is a nonprofit organization equipping and strengthening the Oklahoma nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and recognition. Our mission is “building better communities through effective nonprofits.”


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