TULSA, Okla.-The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced that McCall's Chapel School, Inc. has won the 2017 Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence, as well as receiving a $10,000 grant. The Center held its tenth 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.
Alana Hughes, board chair of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, congratulated all the winners and finalists, saying, "All 24 of the nonprofits honored tonight have demonstrated excellence in their approach to serving the community. Since its inception, the ONE Awards have been transformational to build capacity for more than 200 organizations in Oklahoma through the recognition and grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. We are truly thankful to the visionary philanthropists who have made these awards possible."
Billie and Howard Barnett, co-chairs of the ONE Awards, called McCall's Chapel School one of the state's "bright spots," and heralded their work in providing services to persons with developmental disabilities in Ada.
"Every year, we are astounded at the quality and the vitality of the nonprofits honored at the ONE Awards," Howard Barnett said. "This year was no exception. We continue to see amazing, life-changing and life-saving work from the charitable sector. The ONE Awards celebrate and honor the programs that build and sustain our communities."
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 named after Charles Schusterman. 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.
Finalists in each category are as follows (category winners designated by an asterisk):
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Chahta Foundation and Cherokee Nation Award for Arts & Humanities: Shortgrass Arts & Humanities Council*, Enid Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations Award for Community: HeartLine*, Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County, Hospitality House of Tulsa
The George Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Education: Reading Partners*, Payne Education Center, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
Moran Family Foundation and Barnett Family Foundation Award for Health Services: Oklahoma City Indian Clinic*, Bethesda, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa
Boeing Award for Self-Sufficiency: Loaves & Fishes NW OK*, Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty, The Tristesse Grief Center
The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and Herman Kaiser Foundation Award for Seniors: Wheatheart Nutrition Project, Inc.*, Car Care Clinic, Center for Creative Living Corporation
Potts Family Foundation Award for Youth Development: Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center, Inc.*, Fields and Futures, Oklahoma Youth Expo
The Chickasaw Nation Open Category Award: McCall's Chapel School, Inc.*, G.M. Sutton Avian Research Center, Oklahoma City Police Athletic League
This year's grants bring the total awards for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence to more than $1.5 million past Schusterman Award winners have included 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.