12 & 12, Inc. awarded $5,000 Grant at 11th annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards

At the eleventh annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Tulsa, 12 & 12, Inc. was named a finalist in the Express Employment Professionals Self-Sufficiency category and was awarded a $5,000 grant. Bryan Day, CEO accepted the Award on behalf of 12 & 12, Inc. The ONE Awards honored 24 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities. Tulsa Area United Way won the 2018 Tulsa Community Foundation Award for Excellence and received a $10,000 grant. 12 & 12, Inc. is a partner agency of Tulsa Area United Way.

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced that 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 on Saturday in Tulsa, honoring 24 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities.

12 & 12, Inc. was named a finalist in the Express Employment Professionals Self-Sufficiency category and was awarded a $5,000 grant.

“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.”

 

2018 ONE Awards - 12 & 12, Tulsa

 

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

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

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

Moran Family Foundation and Inasmuch Foundation Award for Education: General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute 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

Express Employment Professionals Award for Self-Sufficiency: The Curbside Chronicle*, Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center, 12&12

Boeing Award for Seniors: TSHA*, Healthy Living OKC, Claremore Senior Citizen’s Center

The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations Award for Youth Development: A New Leaf*, 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

This year’s grants bring the total awards for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence to more than $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 & Western 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. 

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