The Toby Keith Foundation Inc.
818 NE 8th St.
% Juliet Nees-Bright
Oklahoma City OK 73104
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
The Toby Keith Foundation
Mission Statement
To encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients by soliciting public support of "OK Kids Korral." This state-of-the-art facility provides temporary housing for families of pediatric cancer patients who must leave their own communities in order to receive medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area. The mission of The Toby Keith Foundation will be met by:
1) Providing a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for any child coming to Oklahoma City to receive their cancer treatments; thus reducing the financial and physical toll put on the family.
2) Partnering with other organizations as we look at the patient and their families road to recovery holistically.
The OK Kids Korral opened in January 2014.
Contact Information
Contact Name Juliet Nees-Bright
Contact email
Address 818 NE 8th St.
% Juliet Nees-Bright
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone (405) 271
Fax 405-271-6221
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Cash gifts help The Toby Keith Foundation advance its mission of providing cost-free lodging for children undergoing cancer treatments. Gifts to The Toby Keith Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts can be made online at or checks/cash may be sent to 818 NE 8th Street, OKC, OK 73104. Other ways to give are: donating stocks and bonds, planned gifts, tribute gifts, hosting fundraisers and donating items from our website wishlist. Volunteers will be the heart of our home and we will need plenty to cook meals, help answer phones, give tours and help with cleaning and maintenance of OK Kids Korral.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,350,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,316,040.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 2006
IRS Ruling Year 2006
State Registration Expiration Jan 2021
To encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients by soliciting public support of "OK Kids Korral." This state-of-the-art facility provides temporary housing for families of pediatric cancer patients who must leave their own communities in order to receive medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area. The mission of The Toby Keith Foundation will be met by:
1) Providing a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for any child coming to Oklahoma City to receive their cancer treatments; thus reducing the financial and physical toll put on the family.
2) Partnering with other organizations as we look at the patient and their families road to recovery holistically.
Background The Toby Keith Foundation has been in existence since 2006. We have helped hundreds of pediatric cancer patients with financial assistance and we were a benefactor of the oncology unit renovations at The Children's Hospital. In 2010, we streamlined our efforts and began our journey to build OK Kids Korral. The Korral will address the financial, physical and emotional toll put on children and their families as they battle cancer. We will give them a cost-free housing solution, near the hospital, to call home as they fight cancer. No child should be turned away from overnight lodging facilities due to lack of available rooms or inability to pay. 
Impact The past primary goals of The Toby Keith Foundation have centered around programming, fundraising, marketing and research.  Our fundraising goals have allowed us to operate a no cost home for children with cancer. The research we have completed encompasses operational efficiencies, parent needs and child welfare. In addition, by utilizing social media, press, and marketing, the foundation has seen an increase in donations, website visits and social media connections that far exceeded expectations. The coming year, we will focus our efforts on 1) fundraising to support the operations of OK Kids Korral 2) adjust and refine our programs to best fit our guests overall needs.
The Toby Keith Foundation has been fundraising since 2010 in order to open  and operate OK Kids Korral, a cost free home for children with cancer. We will focus a great deal of effort on fundraising across Oklahoma. Our goal is to create an endowment by the end 2020 to ensure the success of our operations. Also, the need for volunteers will increase.  Volunteers are needed to cook meals for the families staying at OK Kids Korral. Our goal is to provide a home cooked meal five days a week. Finally, we offer programs for the entire family from therapy sessions, craft time to story time. We will partner with groups throughout our state to bring beneficial programs for mom, dad, sibling and patient.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The Toby Keith Foundation has been working for children with cancer for years. We've helped with renovation projects and providing financial assistance. The past two years we have focused most of our efforts on our largest program, OK Kids Korral. We opened our doors in January 2014 and have housed about 350 different families during that time from across Oklahoma and surrounding states.  Families live with us for an average of 4 days per visit and see us at least 5 times per year.   
Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way and yet we can think of no prospect more devastating than learning you child has cancer. It happens hundreds of times a year in our state alone. A child is diagnosed and a parent is hopeless. The Korral surrounds families with peace of mind, kindness and warmth. We can be hopeful in a hopeless place. We can be kind when the world seems cruel. On the outside, what we offer is walls and windows, but what we offer on the inside, is love.
Board Chair Statement
Years ago, one of my friends lost his child to cancer. Like many people, I was moved to action. I wanted to help families who were in pain and lost. I kept hearing my friends talk about the house they stayed out as they fought for their little girl and I wanted to help bring that to Oklahoma. The idea for OK Kids Korral came from realizing that our state does have a shortage of housing solutions for families and the desire to help parents focus on getting their child well. 
We are a relatively new foundation with a very new program, OK Kids Korral. We are focusing on educating the public about our mission and raising funds at the same time. We realize that most of our work needs to be grass roots and we are getting out into the public at every opportunity and hosting more events each year. Also, partnerships are key for us and we are inviting more corporations, small businesses and individuals to be our long-term partners. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Our program primarily benefits families in the state of Oklahoma.  However, in the years since opening we have welcomed children from Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Scotland, Egypt and the United Kingdom. The list continues to grow each year.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Housing, Shelter/Housing Expenses Reduction Support
The Toby Keith's primary program is OK Kids Korral.  The Korral is a temporary housing solution for pediatric cancer patients. The child and their family may stay at the Korral, free of charge, while they are receiving cancer treatment. The family is next door to the hospital; alleviating their need to drive back and forth between treatments and gives them peace of mind as they are steps away from the hospital and their doctors. 
OK Kids Korral provides the amenities of home such as private rooms to sleep and relax, a gourmet kitchen, dining areas, comfortable living areas and a laundry room.  However, the Korral is more than a hotel. It features areas targeting the specific needs of children with cancer while it provides spaces where children can let loose and parents can simply relax.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families People/Families of People with Cancer
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. The Korral has housed almost 400 different families. It is also estimated that we will save each family over $3,000 of expenses related to lodging. In addition, we know that every day a bone marrow or transplant child stays at the Korral instead of the hospital, there is an $1800 per day savings in hospital expenses.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Opening OK Kids Korral has resulted in reducing the number of families turned away from overnight lodging facilities while they are battling an illness. We have doubled the number of rooms that are currently being provided to families at facilities outside of the hospital. The Korral also saves families thousands of dollars during the course of their treatment by providing free lodging, reducing their gas costs, and providing free breakfasts and dinner every day of their stay. No one staying at OK Kids Korral will be asked to pay for any service provided to them. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. A survey is given to each family member staying at the Korral. It ranks areas such as financial benefit, emotional impact, physical benefit and additional services. The survey is given to each parent upon checking out of the Korral. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. The surveys we give to every family shows a 99.9% approval rating for the staff and operations of OK Kids Korral. Also, we originally estimated a yearly savings of $3000 per family but most families are reporting a $7,000-$10,000 savings for them per year.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments OK Kids Korral benefits thousands of people each year. The biggest challenge to the Korral is raising funds to cover the operations of a 25,000 sq. foot building that is designed to keep families safe even during the roughest of times. The Korral features a neutropenic wing providing the cleanest air possible for children with weakened immune systems. It also features a theater room that serves as a safe room in inclement weather and over-sized generators in case of loss of electricity.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Juliet Nees-Bright
Start Date Mar 2010
Experience Juliet Nees-Bright is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.  After getting her degree in Economics, she went to work for The Walt Disney Company.  Starting her career in Disney Licensing and ending it as the Director of Marketing and Synergy for animated properties, Juliet worked with entertainments best for over eight years. With a desire to move home to Oklahoma, she brought her ideas with her.  She helped launch the downtown ice rink and snow tubing event while rebranding the entire Downtown in December event.  In 2007, Juliet took over The Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic event and raised over $700,000 in her first event with the foundation.  She has been with the foundation since and accepted the role of Executive Director in 2010.
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 3
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Toby Keith
Company Affiliation Founder
Term Jan 2006 to Jan 2021
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 12, 2020
Board of Directors List
Mrs. Tricia CovelFounderVoting
Mr. Randall HatfieldCommunity volunteerVoting
Mr. Greg HunterCommunity volunteerVoting
Mr. Toby KeithFounderVoting
Mr. TK KimbrellCommunity volunteerVoting
Mr. Billy WilcoxsonCommunity volunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 0 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Julie HagerCommunity Volunteer
Joey RootCommunity Volunteer
Armando RosellCommunity Volunteer
Shauna SmithCommunity Volunteer
Keith WilsonCommunity Volunteer
Youth Board
Youth Board Members
Julie HagerCommunity Volunteer
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,350,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,316,040
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,287,371$1,674,724$1,472,918
Total Expenses$1,221,814$1,324,505$1,420,756
Revenue Less Expenses$65,557$350,219$52,162
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,758$2,670$715
Unrealized Gain/Loss($198)----
Membership Dues------
Special Events$894,679$1,457,975$1,164,056
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,059,248$1,181,832$1,276,955
Administration Expense$73,833$62,407$79,453
Fundraising Expense$88,733$80,266$64,348
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.261.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue23%37%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$10,785,150$11,220,185$11,576,535
Current Assets$1,473,388$1,557,887$1,531,063
Long-Term Liabilities$5,706,999$5,976,317$6,819,407
Current Liabilities$25,688$256,962$120,441
Total Net Assets$5,052,463$4,986,906$4,636,687
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities57.366.0612.71
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets53%53%59%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $894,679Special Events $1,457,975Special Events $1,164,056
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $388,132Contributions $214,079Contributions $308,147
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $4,758Investment Income $2,670Investment Income $715
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The purpose of the capital campaign will be to create an endowment for the operations of OK Kids Korral.
Campaign Goal $2,000,000
Campaign Dates Sept 2020 to Sept 2021
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
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Address 818 NE 8th St.
% Juliet Nees-Bright
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Primary Phone 405 271 6552
CEO/Executive Director Juliet Nees-Bright
Board Chair Mr. Toby Keith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder