National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Inc.
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City OK 73111
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.
Contact Information
Contact Name Shannon Mckenrick
Contact email
Address 1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone (405) 478-2250
Fax 405-478-4714
County OK
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Show Your Love of the West
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates without state or federal funding. Much like the men and women of the West, the Museum operates independently, relying on Museum members and private funding to support its vision to remain the premier institution preserving and interpreting the American West. Please make a contribution today and ensure the stories of the American West are kept alive for generations to come.
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Gifts by check are also accepted and may be mailed to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Development Office,1700 N.E. 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a 501(c)(3) institution. All gifts are fully tax deductible.
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Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $9,510,700.00
Projected Expenses $9,506,700.00
History and Background
Former Names
Cowboy Hall of Fame
Year Founded 1955
IRS Ruling Year 1956
State Registration Expiration Jan 2021
Mission The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art, and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum, located in Oklahoma City, collects, preserves, and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s magnificent work, The End of the Trail. The exhibition wing houses a turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, Victorian firearms, frontier military and Western performers. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens flank the Children’s Cowboy Corral and interactive children’s space.
From fine art, pop culture, and firearms to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping, and dining, the Museum tells America’s story as it unfolds across the West.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/History Museums
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Art Museums
Description From its vantage point on Persimmon Hill in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum commands a rare view of the American West. In half a century it has grown from a Hall of Fame honoring the American cowboy to a world-class institution housing extraordinary collections of art, artifacts and archival materials.

Although Western fine art has long been its primary focus, the museum today collects a broad array of material that reflects the variety of peoples, cultures, and historical currents found in the West.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description Through its three Halls of Fame, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum honors and memorializes the men and women who have through their exemplary lives, careers, and achievements embodied and perpetuated the heritage of the American West. Every inductee, whether a real cowboy in the Hall of Great Westerners, a "reel" cowboy in the Hall of Great Western Performers, or a rodeo cowboy in the Rodeo Hall of Fame, perpetuates and enriches facets of this Western heritage. By honoring them, the Museum, in a sense, provides a generational continuity with the past, present and future and bears witness to an evolving American West.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description Learning takes place in museums where challenging programming is integrated with exhibitions, technology and research to encourage the natural curiosity within all people. The National Cowboy Museum strives to offer educational opportunities for all levels of learning in different mediums. Our goal is to encourage and instruct a wide audience, giving them the tools and information to elevate their expectations and achieve their dreams.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Description  The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center serves as the library and archives of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Its mission is to preserve and document the heritage of the American West for the enrichment of the public.

The Dickinson Research Center is actively pursuing collections of personal papers and business and organizational records that reflect and document aspects of Western history, culture, and art. The Center primarily seeks materials in the following five topical areas: Entertainment (Western popular culture), Western Art, Ranching, Native American, and Rodeo.
Population Served General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Natalie Shirley
Start Date Jan 2018
Number of Full-time Staff 81
Number of Part-time Staff 18
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 328
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2011
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. Roger Simons
Company Affiliation n/a
Term Apr 2018 to Apr 2020
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 05, 2019
Board of Directors List
Mr. Gilbert Aguirre
Mr. Robert Allee
Mr. J.T. Atherton
Mr. Steve Beneto
Mr. Lance Benham
Mr. Clayton Bennett
Dr. Billy Bergin
Mr. Gregory Braddock
Mr. Butch Bratsky
Mr. Stephen Brophy
Dr. Scott Calhoon
Mr. Daniel Corazzi
Mr. John Cresap
Mr. Steve Crowder
Mr. Brent Cummings
Mrs. Linda Davis
Mr. Everett Dobson
Mr. J.I. Everest
Mr. Ken Fergeson
Mr. Casey Fredericks
Mrs. Lynn Friess
Mr. Robert Funk
Mr. Orrin Gabsch
Mr. Michael Gaughan
Mr. Patrick Grant
Ms. Judy Hatfield
Mr. E. Peter Hoffman
Mr. Robert Hughes
Mr. Mike Ingram
Mr. A. J. Jacques
Dr. John Jameson
Mrs. Cathy Keating
Mr. Gary Kinslow
Mr. Lincoln Lageson
Mr. S. Whitfield Lee
Mrs. Nadine Levin
Mr. Dan Lindstrom
Mr. Mark Linehan
Mrs. Liz Lokey
Mr. Frank Love
Mr. Bert Madera
Mr. Mitchell McCrea
Mr. Wyatt McCrea
Mr. Frank Merrill
Mr. Larry Nichols
Mr. Michael Nicola
Mr. Bobby Norris
Mr. Gary Pierson
Mr. Lee Reeve
Ms. Susan Roeder
Mr. Wayne Rumley
Mr. David Sibbald
Mr. Gregory Simon
Mr. Bradley Simons
Mr. Roger Simons
Mr. Robert Slater
Mrs. Sarah Stafford
Mrs. Anita Swift
Mr. Rick Terry
Mr. Henry True
Mr. David Waits
Mr. Gordon Whitener
Mr. Jerry Winchester
Mr. John Wroten
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 13 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $9,510,700
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $9,506,700
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$10,487,548$12,785,665$9,468,777
Total Expenses$10,394,371$9,895,778$9,889,642
Revenue Less Expenses$93,177$2,889,887($420,865)
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$739,791$641,941$607,245
Unrealized Gain/Loss($2,476,265)$3,485,539$1,316,733
Membership Dues$241,151$235,453$236,605
Special Events$2,134----
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$7,302,407$7,166,833$7,107,828
Administration Expense$2,646,499$2,303,500$2,468,487
Fundraising Expense$445,465$425,445$313,327
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.290.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%72%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%9%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$96,428,447$96,209,361$93,564,048
Current Assets$2,969,646$1,838,355$3,384,752
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,347,075$1,221,166$1,465,740
Total Net Assets$95,081,372$94,988,195$92,098,308
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.201.512.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $8,394,485Contributions $4,937,902Contributions $3,798,861
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,228,939Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Loss) $3,485,539Earned Revenue $3,207,337
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $739,791Earned Revenue $3,063,907Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Loss) $1,316,733
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
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Address 1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Primary Phone 405 478-2250 245
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Natalie Shirley
Board Chair Mr. Roger Simons
Board Chair Company Affiliation n/a