August 26, 2020

Jeremy Hoffpauir
Director of Creative Marketing


TULSA, Okla.–The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) announced Gathering Place has won the 2020 J. Jerry Dickman Award for Excellence, as well as receiving a $10,000 grant, sponsored by The Tulsa Community Foundation. OKCNP held its thirteenth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Thursday in a virtual event, honoring 21 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities.

“While we can’t gather together this year to see all of these nonprofits walk across the stage to receive their awards, we are happy that we have a virtual option,” said Marie Taylor, president and CEO, OKCNP. “These 21 nonprofits are doing amazing work throughout Oklahoma. Everyone is a winner, and they join an elite list of more than 300 nonprofits who have been recognized since 2008.”

The ONE Awards honors a total of 21 organizations in seven categories: arts and humanities, community, education, health services, self-sufficiency, transformation and youth development. Additionally, OKCNP names an overall winner of the event sponsored by the Tulsa Community Foundation. All 21 nonprofits receive at least a $5,000 prize, and category winners receive $7,500. The overall winner receives a grand prize of $10,000.

“We couldn’t do this without the generous foundations, corporations, tribes, individuals and volunteers to the ONE Awards,” Taylor said. “They really go above and beyond to make this night special. Because of their generosity, we are able to give $125,000 out in grants to these 21 nonprofits. That will have real impact in the communities.”

Finalists in each category are as follows (category winners designated by an asterisk):

Arvest Foundation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Chahta Foundation Award for Arts & Humanities: Little Theatre, The Sooner Theater*, Western Train Historical Society

The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations Award for Community: Anna’s House Foundation, Ardmore Family YMCA, Gathering Place*

The Chickasaw Nation Award for Education: Oklahoma Council on Economic Education, Santa Fe South Schools*, Tulsa Debate League

The Potts Family Foundation and Inasmuch Foundation Award for Health Services: Cross Timbers Hospice, NorthCare*, Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth

Express Employment International Award for Self-Sufficiency: Center for Employment Opportunities*, Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries, Tulsa Community WorkAdvance

The Herman Kaiser Foundation, and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Award for Transformation: Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, Hunger Free Oklahoma*, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity

The Arnall Foundation, and Glenna and Richard Tenenbaum Award for Youth Services­: Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartlesville, Pivot, Inc. Positive Tomorrows*

This year’s grants bring the total awards for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence given $1,775,000 to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma. Past Award of Excellence winners have included Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, McCall’s Chapel School, Inc., United Way of Central Oklahoma, Myriad Gardens, Elder Care, Little Light House, Oklahoma FFA Foundation, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Nonprofits may use the prize money as they see fit to aid current programs or make transformational changes for their organizations.


About the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is the state’s preeminent organization convening charitable entities from throughout the state for training, consultation, networking, advocacy and recognition. Comprising more than 1,000 members from throughout Oklahoma, the Center’s primary mission is to build better communities through effective nonprofits. Since 1981, the organization has assisted thousands of individuals and organizations through various programs designed to build capacity and positively impact the lives of Oklahomans.

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