OKCNP Announces ONE 2019 Finalists

Awards Event will be held in Tulsa on April 27, 2019 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced a selection commission has chosen the finalists for its twelfth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. The event, which takes place April 27, 2019, at Southern Hills Country Club, honors outstanding nonprofits throughout the state for their work to improve their respective communities and change lives.

“The finalists are recognized, not merely for their efforts to better their community, but for their quality of process toward that effort,” said David Hogan, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “From top level management to part time staff, these are committed individuals working together for the greater good of all Oklahomans.”

The ONE Awards were established in 2008 by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits with guidance foundation leader J. Jerry Dickman and Tulsa businessman Joe Moran to draw attention to those nonprofit organizations that employ the tenets of excellence in their operations every day. Since its inception, the program has awarded cash grants between $5,000 and $10,000 to exceptional Oklahoma Nonprofits. As of 2018, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has given $1.65 million dollars to more than 175 Oklahoma nonprofits thanks to the ONE Awards.

The 2019 finalist organizations, which will each receive a minimum of $5,000, include:

Arts & Humanities
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art – Shawnee
Oklahoma WONDERtorium – Stillwater
Philbrook Museum of Art – Tulsa

Community
Assistance League Norman – Norman
Leadership Tulsa – Tulsa
Santa Fe Family Life Center – Oklahoma City

Education
San Miguel Middle School of Tulsa – Tulsa
Stafford Air and Space Museum – Weatherford
Town & Country School – Tulsa

Health Services
Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, Inc. – Shawnee
HALO Project International – Oklahoma City
William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center – Claremore

Self-Sufficiency
4RKIds – Enid
City Care – Oklahoma City
The Education and Employment Ministry – Oklahoma City

Seniors
Broken Arrow Neighbors – Broken Arrow
Full Circle Adult Day Center – Norman
Sunbeam Family Services – Oklahoma City

Youth Services
Gabriel’s House, Inc. – Duncan
Great Plains Youth & Family Services, Inc. – Hobart
Legacy Parenting Center, Inc. – Shawnee

Open Category
Girls on the Run of Southern OK – Ardmore
Progress OKC – Oklahoma City
Spay Oklahoma, Inc. – Tulsa

Winners in each category are awarded $7,500, and two finalists in each category receive $5,000 each. At the conclusion of the program, one nonprofit is selected as the overall winner and receives $10,000 total for its organization. A total of almost $150,000 will be awarded to nonprofits throughout the evening. Out of nearly 100 organizations nominated for this year’s awards, 24 were selected as finalists.

The ONE Awards Selection Commission, a group of prominent community leaders from across Oklahoma, determines the finalists for the ONE Awards. The Commission meets annually in different parts of the state to expand awareness of charitable work in all communities.

The Commission, chaired by David Hogan of Tulsa, includes: Kathie Coyle (Tulsa), J. Jerry Dickman (Tulsa), Lisa Greenlee (Altus), Kim Henry (Norman), Phil Lakin, Jr. (Tulsa), Will Merrick (Oklahoma City), Sarah Roberts (Oklahoma City), Meg Salyer (Oklahoma City), Wendi Schuur (Oklahoma City) and Mary Kate Wilson (Ardmore).

“We are always amazed at the number of outstanding nonprofit organizations nominated by our commissioners,” said Hogan. “It’s very tough to narrow it down to 24. The finalists this year are impressive and incredibly diverse, representing many parts of the state and an array of missions.”

To purchase tickets or request sponsorship information for the 2019 ONE Awards, please call 1 (800) 338-1798 or visit okcnp.org. Southern Hills Country Club is located at 2636 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74136.

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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 730 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 impact the lives of Oklahomans. www.OKCNP.org

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