Tulsa Area United Way Named Oklahoma’s 2018 Nonprofit of Excellence

By Tulsa Area United Way


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The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced that the Tulsa Area United Way has won the 2018 Tulsa Community Foundation Award for Excellence, as well as receiving a $10,000 grant. The center held its eleventh annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards in Tulsa, honoring 24 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities.

“Every year, the ONE Awards honors the best of the best of the nonprofits in Oklahoma,” Marnie Taylor, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, said. “This year’s winner of the Tulsa Community Foundation Award for Excellence, the Tulsa Area United Way, is a deserving winner. It is lauded throughout the country as being one of the best, and we’re thrilled they were honored with the top ONE Award this year.”

The ONE Awards honors a total of 24 organizations in eight categories: arts and humanities, community, education, health services, open services, self-sufficiency, seniors, and youth development. Additionally, the Center names an overall winner of the event sponsored by the Tulsa Community Foundation. All 24 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 $142,500 out in grants to these 24 nonprofits. That will have real impact in the communities.”

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

Potts Family Foundation Award for Community: Tulsa Area United Way*, Latino Community Development Agency, Sara’s project

Express Employment Professionals Award for Self-Sufficiency: The Curbside Chronicle*, Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center, 12&12 (a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency)

Boeing Award for Seniors: TSHA* (a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency), Healthy Living OKC, Claremore Senior Citizen’s Center

The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations Award for Youth Development: A New Leaf* (a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency), Bridges of Norman, Loveworks Leadership

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Chahta Foundation and Cherokee Nation Open Category Award: Opportunities, Inc. CAA*, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Home of Hope

The Chickasaw Nation Award for Arts & Humanities: deadCenter Film*, Norman Firehouse Arts Center, Red Earth

Moran Family Foundation and Inasmuch Foundation Award for Education: General Tommy Franks Leadership Institutes and Museum*, Pets Helping People, The Pencil Box

The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and Herman Kaiser Foundation Award for Health Services: Jim Riley Outreach*, Parkside, Tulsa County Medical Society Foundation

This year’s grants bring the total awards for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence to more that $1.65 million to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma. Past Award of Excellence winners have included McCall’s Chapel School, Inc., United Way of Central Oklahoma, Myriad Gardens, Elder Care, Little Light House, Oklahoma FFA Foundation, the National Cowboy & 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.