OKCNP Announces 2018 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards Finalists

Awards Event will be held in Tulsa on April 14, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced a selection commission has chosen the finalists for its eleventh annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. The event, which takes place April 14, 2018, at Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, 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 2017, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has given $1.5 million dollars to more than 150 Oklahoma nonprofits thanks to the ONE Awards.

The 2018 ONE Awards are chaired by Shannon O’Doherty with honorary chair G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa.

The 2018 finalist organizations, which will each receive a minimum of $5,000, include:

Arts & Humanities
deadCenter Film – Oklahoma City
Norman Firehouse Art Center – Norman
Red Earth – Oklahoma City

Community
Latino Community Development Agency – Oklahoma City
Sara’s project – Ardmore
Tulsa Area United Way – Tulsa

Education
General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum – Hobart
Pets Helping People – Tulsa
The Pencil Box – Tulsa

Health Services
Jim Riley Outreach, Inc. – Edmond
Parkside Inc. – Tulsa
Tulsa County Medical Society Foundation – Tulsa

Self-Sufficiency
12 & 12, Inc. – Tulsa
Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center – Oklahoma City
The Curbside Chronicle – Oklahoma City

Seniors
Claremore Senior Citizen’s Center – Claremore
Healthy Living OKC – Oklahoma City
TSHA, Inc. – Tulsa

Youth Services
A New Leaf – Tulsa
Bridges of Norman, Inc. – Norman
Loveworks Leadership – Norman

Open Category
Home of Hope, Inc. – Vinita
Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra – Lawton
Opportunities, Inc. CAA – Watonga

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), Nance Diamond (Shawnee), J. Jerry Dickman (Tulsa), Lisa Greenlee (Altus), Kim Henry (Norman), Phil Lakin, Jr. (Tulsa), Frank Merrick (Oklahoma City), Polly Nichols (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 2018 ONE Awards, please call 1 (800) 338-1798 or email Mandy Fair at mfair@okcnp.org. The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center is located at 6808 South 107th East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133.

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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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