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: