According to Amy Jo Cobb, the program manager for Main Street Altus, the program has been nominated for, and has been named a honoree for an Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Award. This guarantees Main Street Altus to win a minimum of $5,000! Main Street Altus is now one of two dozen Oklahoma organizations that are now finalists for a $10,000 award and the title of the state’s top nonprofit, thanks to the prestigious ONE Awards, annually presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.
Finalists are divided into eight mission categories and receive $5,000, with category winners receiving $7,500. An overall winner will receive $10,000 and the title of the top nonprofit in the state. In total, organizations receive almost $150,000 to recognize the impact of their charitable work throughout the state. In 2014, the Center awarded the $1 millionth dollar to the sector. Since the first event, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has given away $1,215,000 to Oklahoma nonprofits.
Out of approximately 18,000 nonprofits statewide, only 24 were named finalists.
Awards are presented in the following eight categories: Arts and Humanities, Community, Education, Health Services, Self-Sufficiency, Seniors, Youth Development, and Open.
The ONE Awards Selection Commission, a group of prestigious community leaders from across Oklahoma, determine the finalists. The Commission, chaired by David Hogan, includes, Kathie Coyle, Nance Diamond, J. Jerry Dickman, Frederick F. Drummond, Ken Fergeson, Kim Henry, Phil Lakin, Jr., Frank Merrick, Polly Nichols, Meg Salyer, and Wendi Schuur.
“The finalists are selected because they are the best of the best at what they do,” Hogan says. “From the top level of management down to the part time staff, these are committed individuals pulling together to achieve missions as big as Oklahoma.”
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