12 & 12, Inc. named finalist for Oklahoma Center for Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Eight Tulsa nonprofit organizations are among the finalists for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ 11th annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards.

The event, which takes place April 14 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 awards 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 to more than 150 Oklahoma nonprofits thanks to the ONE Awards.

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



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



  • 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



  • 12 & 12 Inc. — Tulsa
  • Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center — Oklahoma City
  • The Curbside Chronicle — Oklahoma City



  • 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


“We are always amazed at the number of outstanding nonprofit organizations nominated by our commissioners,” Hogan said.

“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 to request sponsorship information for the 2018 ONE Awards, call 800-338-1798 or go to okcnp.org.

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