Spotlight Turns to Tulsa

Blog post by Daniel Billingsley, Vice President of External Affairs

In July, I personally moved back to Tulsa. Why I seem to choose either the hottest day of the year or the coldest (many years ago I moved to the city of Chicago in a February blizzard), I don’t know! I can tell you that I love Tulsa, and looking out on a view of downtown every night has been pretty amazing.

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits moved into our new office space in June at the Legacy Plaza. Thanks to the generosity of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the buildings just east of Yale on 31st will be home to not only our new offices but our friends at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, CAP Tulsa and Life Senior Services. Additionally, if you haven’t been to the Assistance League’s new space in the Plaza (and their amazing resale shop), I encourage you to go!

I’ve lived in Oklahoma City for the past several years. There, I was happy to see new growth, fun new entertainment options and now a street car system pop up. It’s been really exciting to see how OKC has evolved.

Now, it’s Tulsa’s turn! I tell friends from all over the country that Tulsa is the coolest big town/little city you can visit. There aren’t many places where you can see a giant mural of Woody Guthrie and his “This Machine Kills Fascists” guitar while eating from a food truck around the corner from several hip stores and restaurants. We have world-class museums, galleries, restaurants galore, entertainment options, a bustling downtown, and a new park. Yes – that park. The $465 million park. Our new Gathering Place.

“Why do you need a park like that?” asked one friend from New York. “Because we’re Tulsa and we just had to do it big!” We want to change the game for the city and the state. Coupled with our thriving community, the Gathering Place will add to the buzz that is distinctly Tulsa. We are a city on the move.

What else is on the move for Tulsa? The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. We’ve moved into a state-of-the-art new conference center at Legacy Plaza. We have a new training room that seats 60, two small conference rooms and office space. We are expanding our operations with more staff and more programming. We will also share a massive conference center with our neighbors. The Legacy Plaza will not only be a home to nonprofits, it will be a “gathering place” for decades to come.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss our annual Members’ Meeting on October 11 where you’ll have a chance to tour the space!

In addition to our new offices and training space, we are bringing nonprofits more sophisticated programs in the Tulsa area. We will continue to offer Standards for Excellence, the nationally recognized program that helps organizations reach benchmarks to ensure operational success. But we have also updated our curricula for two, six-month programs – our acclaimed Nonprofit Management Certification Program and our Leaders’ Circle. Both of these programs help create better leaders – both current and emerging – through personalized assessment, training, topic-related discussion and empowerment. These courses have been game changers for hundreds of nonprofit employees.

And we have added a new “The Compass Group,” for those executives who have been in their positions for a considerable tenure but who continue to look to their peers for new ideas and innovation. Finally, we will be offering updated versions of our groundbreaking “Boot Camp for Boards,” “Fundraising Summit,” and “Grant Writing Summit,” so that organizations can empower staff, board and volunteer leadership to become better cheerleaders and fundraisers for their missions.

So come visit us in our new digs at Legacy Plaza, and become part of the excitement. And call us to find out more information about our innovative and game changing training and consulting options at the Center! We can’t wait to see you!

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