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Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards

ONE Awards honor outstanding nonprofits and provide winners and finalists with funding.
by Ken Raymond Published: March 25, 2012

The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards were launched in 2008. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits gives out the awards to honor outstanding nonprofits. Winners in each of eight categories receive $7,500, and two finalists in each category receive $5,000. One overall winner gets $10,000. In all, about $150,000 will be doled out at the April 14 award banquet at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, said Marnie Taylor, the Center's president and chief executive officer.

“It's just a privilege,” she said. “We have several donors who, year after year, give us $50,000, which is incredibly generous, to sponsor one of those categories. They are there shaking hands up on stage, giving out the checks. ... It's kind of the Academy Awards of nonprofits. The excitement keeps growing.”

Sixty-five nonprofits were nominated for the awards. Winners are chosen by the ONE Awards Selection Commission.

Categories and finalists are:

Arts and Humanities: Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Inc., Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Ballet.

Community: Bridges, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, The Homeless Alliance Inc.

Education: Oklahoma City Community College Foundation, Street School Inc., Tulsa Community College Foundation.

Health Services: Emergency Infant Services Inc., Hearts for Hearing, Oklahoma Project Woman.

Self-Sufficiency: Christian Helping Hands, Family Promise of Lawton Inc., Southwestern Youth Services Inc.

Seniors: Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment Inc., Metropolitan Better Living Center Inc., OASIS Adult Day Services.

Sports and Recreation: Life Change Academy (also known as Life Change Ballroom), The Miracle League of Edmond, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.

Youth Development: Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, Crosstown Learning Center Inc., Oklahoma FFA Foundation.

by Ken Raymond
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Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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