2018 Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership

The 8th annual Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership event will be held on November 27, 2018 in Oklahoma City.

Six men and women will receive Visions awards on Nov. 27, 2018 in Oklahoma City for their service to the nonprofit sector. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced the honorees for the annual event that recognizes tenacious and visionary leadership in nonprofit service, volunteerism and philanthropy.

This year, Kevin Evans of Woodward, James R. Tolbert, III, Dr. Kay Goebel, Anne Roberts, Beth Shortt and Stacy McDaniel (all from Oklahoma City) will be honored with awards at Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership.

Marnie Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Nonprofits, called the men and women “Oklahoma’s finest,” and lauded their work in advocacy, service and leadership.

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For sponsorship and event information, please contact Mandy Fair at mfair@okcnp.org or (918) 392-7984.

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Visions Award Categories

The Pat Potts Visionary Award

Named in honor of the founder of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, this award will go to an individual executive leader who through focus, tenacity and leadership has inspired the success of a singular organization in carrying out its charitable mission.
Past honorees include Pam Newby (Special Care), Miki Farris (Infant Crisis Services), Albert Gray (The Children’s Center), Rodney Bivens (Regional Food Bank), Lauren Branch (NewView Oklahoma) and Danny Cavett (Cavett Kids Foundation).

The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award

This award will go to a visionary leader(s) or volunteer(s) in the charitable sector who has burst on the scene with a new, dynamic and innovative idea that inspired groundbreaking changes bringing newfound success to the mission of an organization or pioneering, exciting program that changes lives.

The honoree will receive a $10,000 award thanks to a generous contribution from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in honor of Rodney Bivens’ lifetime achievements with the Regional Food Bank.

Past honorees include Christy Counts (Central OK Humane Society), Bob Ross (Educare), Tim McLaughlin (Fields and Futures), Jennifer Abney (Angel Foster Family Network) and Desiree Doherty (The Parent Child Center in Tulsa). Finalists for the award include Mary Frates (Oklahoma Arts Institute), Dan Straughan (Homeless Alliance) and Toby Jenkins (Oklahomans for Equality).

Special Recognition Award

This award will go to a nonprofit employee that has exhibited excellence throughout the past year. It could be any nonprofit practitioner (e.g., executive director, program director, support staff, etc.) who has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the everyday work of a charitable organization. This employee has demonstrated a dedication to mission above and beyond his or her call to duty, changed lives of those they serve and shown leadership to peers. Sometimes working with limited resources in difficult circumstances, the recipient of the Special Recognition Award is a selfless and tireless employee that exemplifies service to community and constituents. Wherever possible, this is a person that isn’t regularly recognized for their service, so that we may honor those everyday heroes that make Oklahoma and our citizens thrive.

Past honorees include Pat McKinstry (Sunbeam Family Services), A. Jaye Johnson (Boys and Girls Club), Nina Daylor (United Way of Central Oklahoma), Sharon Gallagher (Tulsa Area United Way) and Shannon Luper (Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma).

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will go to an individual (s) who dedicated a lifetime of philanthropy and volunteer leadership to charitable causes and has been instrumental in the success of one or more charitable organizations.

Past honorees include Ron Norick (former mayor, Oklahoma City), Lew Ward (Ward Petroleum, Enid), Ken Fergeson (NBC Bank, Altus), Wanda Swisher/Rita Moore (Community Volunteers, Oklahoma City), Larry Pulliam (Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation) and H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt (BancFirst).

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 2017 Visions Event!

Visionary Sponsor 

Potts Family Foundation

Patron Sponsor 

BancFirst and H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt
D.W. Reynolds Foundation
Express Employment Professionals
The Journal Record
The Oklahoman
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
SandRidge Energy

Table Sponsor 

American Fidelity Foundation
Arnall Family Foundation
Arvest Bank
Bank of the West
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
The Chickasaw Nation
Commerce Bank
Cox Communications
Crowe & Dunlevy Attorneys at Law
Devon Energy Corporation
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
Sarkeys Foundation
University of Oklahoma Foundation

Host Sponsor

Tricia Louise Everest
Foundation Management, Inc.
McLaughlin Family Foundation
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Watch
Karen and Mike Samis
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
SONIC, America’s Drive-In
Marnie and Clayton Taylor

Friend Sponsor

Howard and Billie Barnett
Daniel Billingsley
Lori and Jeff Blumenthal
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
Sam and Rita Combs/COMSTAR Advisors
First National Bank of Oklahoma/Pat Rooney
Janet and Frederick Drummond
John Groendyke
Jean and Bob Harbison
Inasmuch Foundation
The Kerr Foundation
Kirkpatrick Bank
Jenee and Darren Lister
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores
Ralph Mason
Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort
Polly and Larry Nichols
OG&E Energy Corp.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Steve and Kathy Potts
Tapstone Energy
The Payne Family
Jon Trudgeon, Sr.
Dr. Frank Wang
Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Announces Visions 2017 Honorees

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced today that it will hold its 2017 Visions Awards on Nov. 28 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Downtown Oklahoma City. This year, the awards will honor five visionaries for their transformational work in nonprofit leadership.

The 2017 Visions honorees include:

  • 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)
  • Toby Jenkins of Oklahomans for Equality (The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award)

“Visions is an opportunity to honor those individuals in our community who are stepping up to a challenge and getting the job done,” Kelly Sachs, 2017 Visions Chair and President of Commerce Bank said. “We are thrilled with the individuals chosen this year as visionary leaders who have positively impacted our state and devoted their time, energy and resources to our community.”

Visions began in 2011 to honor the Center’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 will honor 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 will honor 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 has expanded the awards to include a President’s Award chosen by the president and chief executive officer. Robert L. Spinks 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 will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Sponsorship and ticket information is available at www.okcnp.org

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