Celebrating David and Jean McLaughlin, 2019 Visions Honorees

Linh M. Sasser, Marketing Coordinator, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) will honor seven nonprofit leaders in six categories on December 3, 2019, at Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leaders. In the weeks leading up to the event, we are spotlighting the honorees in each category. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, David and Jean McLaughlin, along with their four children, founded The McLaughlin Family Foundation, working to break the cycle of lost potential in disadvantaged families in Central Oklahoma.

“We are constantly inspired by the excellence, dedication, vision and hard work of the leadership of the nonprofits with whom our family foundation works,” David and Jean said. ”We have met so many great people we would not have had the opportunity to know. They are truly our heroes and the vehicle and hope for positive change. We believe everyone has a responsibility to help better our communities if we are in a position to do so.”

David and Jean met in Austin, Minn., while in high school and married in 1960 before living in Iowa, Texas and Washington, DC. They planted their roots in Oklahoma City 52 years ago as a salesman and teacher.

David serves as a regent for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, board member for the food and Agriculture Products Center at Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Jean serves as a board member for Angels Foster Care, The Boys and Girls Club and the Myriad Gardens.

The McLaughlin Family Foundation was founded in 2004 and works to “create change in central Oklahoma that helps disadvantage children and their families reach their full potential,” according the McLaughlin Family Foundation website.

In 2018, The McLaughlin Family Foundation gave over $1.5 million to central Oklahoma nonprofits. Some of the nonprofits included: Angels and Foster Network, Fields and Futures, HALO Project, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, Parent Promise and Variety Care.

“We do feel truly honored to be included among all the amazing people that will receive or have received a Vision award,” David and Jean said. “Although it is somewhat embarrassing, it makes us feel that perhaps we have helped a few people obtain a better life.”

The Lifetime Achievement award goes to individuals who dedicated a lifetime of philanthropy and volunteer leadership to charitable causes and are instrumental in the success of one or more charitable organization(s).

To learn more about the 2019 Visions Awards or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.oklahomacenterfornonprofits.org/connect/visions/.

Read about each of the 2019 Visions Honorees:
Bill Citty, President’s Award
Paula Gates, Inasmuch Special Recognition Award
Christie Luther, Rodney Bivens Innovation Award
David and Jean McLaughlin, Lifetime Achievement Award
Joanna Trimble Smith, Pat Potts Visionary Award
Jean Winfrey, Pat Potts Visionary Award

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