Oklahoma Women's Coalition Inc.
720 West Wilshire
Suite 101-D
Oklahoma City OK 73116-7780
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement

The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together to improve the lives of women and girls through education and advocacy. The Coalition promotes nonpartisan efforts, speaking with one voice, while working together on issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls.

Contact Information
Contact Name Liz Charles
Contact email nicole@okwc.org
Address 720 West Wilshire
Suite 101-D
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7780
Phone (405) 2860356
Fax 405-879-9748
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.okwc.org/about/donate/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer The Coalition has events throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers to help. You can also volunteer to be on one of our issue committees. The OWC has several issue areas including: Health and Wellness, Alternatives to Incarceration, Violence Prevention and Response, and Economic Security. Please email info@okwc.org for more information.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $180,000.00
Projected Expenses $178,000.00
History and Background
Year Founded 2008
IRS Ruling Year 2009
State Registration Expiration Oct 2019

The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together to improve the lives of women and girls through education and advocacy. The Coalition promotes nonpartisan efforts, speaking with one voice, while working together on issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls.


Four determined women came together in 2007 with the common vision of a statewide women’s coalition that would unite individuals and organizations as one powerful voice to initiate positive change for Oklahoma’s women and girls. Dr. Jean Warner, Donna Lawrence, Jan Peery, and Pat Potts had long seen the need for an organized voice for women and girls. The synergy created by their shared passion ultimately led to the founding of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.

The pioneer spirit of our early Oklahoma women fueled the small group as they began blazing a trail to build this new organization. The women approached the Oklahoma Legislative Coalition, a group of women’s organizations that had jointly sponsored an Annual Day at the Capitol for more than 20 years. Member organizations voted in the fall of 2007 to join the effort and direct their focus on policies and issues related to Oklahoma women and girls.

The next several months were spent researching coalitions in other states, drafting bylaws, filing for incorporation and 501(c)(3) status, discussing strategy, and recruiting board members. The bylaws were approved, the name was revised to Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, and a statewide bipartisan board of directors was elected in September 2008.

The inaugural board meeting of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition was October 2, 2008. The new board members eagerly agreed to take on leadership roles as officers and committee chairs. They worked tirelessly throughout the next 12 months building membership, establishing advocacy committees, hosting events, developing communications strategies, creating financial policies, and building credibility at the State Capitol.



OWC represents more than 50 partner organizations and over 100,000 voices statewide advocating for and raising awareness of issues of importance to the well-being of women and girls. 

Priorities for this year include:

1. Foster a network of organizational partners and individual supporters across the state.

2. Develop women and girls as leaders to run for office, to fill seats on boards and commissions and to have influence on decisions made at the city, county and state levels

3. Initiate and support legislation allowing women and girls to HAVE a better future in Oklahoma – Health and Wellness, Alternatives to Incarceration, Violence Prevention and Response, and Economic Security

4. Raise awareness of issues and help support overall well-being and life worth of women and girls


1. To fulfill the Coalition's mission of being a statewide network, additional funding of $30,000 is needed to hire contract staff to service areas of the state outside of Oklahoma City. 

2. With a staff of only two full-time employees, we need a strong board of directors dedicated to making certain our voices are heard at the Capitol and across all sectors of our state. We are recruiting potential board members from areas across the state.

3. Technology is the greatest tool we can utilize to get our stories and messages heard. We need $5,000 to build a net website and purchase software and hardware to reach more people.

4. It is a challenge to implement the programs and services of the Coalition with limited staff and resources. Additional funds to cover stipends for college interns can help us increase our reach and also give students interested in the nonprofit field practical experience. By adding $10,000 to our budget, we would be able to consistently have interns working in our office 20 hours each week. The primary focus would be to manage our organizational partners program so we can advocate for even more women and girls across the state.

5. Education and awareness help us reach our goals. We are always seeing more opportunities to speak to groups and share the Coalition's key messages. Additional funding would allow us to host programs statewide.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma - statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Community Coalitions
Tertiary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/Leadership Development
Advocacy: The Coalition is the one voice of women and girls in Oklahoma. Each year we develop priorities based on input from these partners. Their needs and priorities become the focus of our advocacy efforts at the city, county, state and federal levels of government.
Collaborative Efforts: Partner organization representatives attend our programs, participate in committees and help determine the work of the Coalition. We work together to improve outcomes in our state.
Educational Events: Educational events give partner organizations the opportunity to co-host and help lead events. Events and opportunities led by the Coalition will increase our state’s commitment to improvement.
Promotion: The Coalition proudly serves as a communication leader for organizational partners on our website, social and traditional media. We also help publicize projects and programs so more people in Oklahoma understand the challenges and opportunities for women and girls.
Population Served Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Description Initiate and support legislation allowing women and girls to HAVE a better future in Oklahoma – Health and Wellness, Alternatives to Incarceration, Violence Prevention and Response, and Economic Security.
Population Served Females Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description We believe women need to be directly involved in decisions that affect their well-being and life worth. For that to happen, more women and girls need to become leaders in their homes, in their classrooms, in their workplaces and in their communities. The Coalition sponsors events throughout the year to develop leadership skills for service at city, county and state levels of government, business and nonprofits.
Population Served Females
The Coalition hosts educational events throughout the year to raise awareness and generate action to improve the lives of women and girls. We also partner with organizations to reach more people - the Commission on the Status of Oklahoma Women, technology centers, universities, businesses, and nonprofits.
Our communication efforts utilizing technology also allow us to be the voice for thousands of women and girls.
Population Served Females
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
During our 2019 fiscal year, the Coalition continued to focus our efforts to improve the lives of women and girls not only through legislation but also various programs and awareness campaigns.
For example, we co-hosted a Pipeline to Politics program in January 2019 with the OU Carl Albert Center to address the under-representation of women in politics, public service and other leadership roles.
This intense, one-day program informs participants about effective organization and communication strategies to lead successful political or issue advocacy campaigns.
We also continued our successful Young Professionals Co-Op across Oklahoma where we invite local leaders to discuss issues facing women and how best to address those issues in their community.
In early 2019, OWC hosted events like our Day at the Capitol to continue to increase awareness in our state about important issues facing women.
Lastly, we believe developing our next generation of female community leaders is vital to Oklahoma’s future. Every other month, the Coalition’s Young Professional group will meet. Meeting topics vary but will include updates from our organizational partners, networking opportunities and discussions regarding workplace/career development.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Liz Charles
Start Date Sept 2017
Email director@okwc.org
Liz Charles serves as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and brings a passion for women’s issues and social justice work to this role, paired with over ten years’ experience in nonprofit administration, government affairs, and community engagement.
Liz has a proven track record of success in cultivating effective partnerships and working at all levels of government to shape public policy. As Executive Director, Liz convenes stakeholders, community partners, and legislative champions to promote forward-thinking policies aimed at improving the quality of life for all women and girls in Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the Coalition has advanced key legislative priorities at the Oklahoma State Capitol, including pay transparency, paid family leave, criminal justice reform, and sexual assault victims’ rights.
Senior Staff
Nicole EubanksDirector of Development
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 45
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Laura Lang
Company Affiliation Thrive OKC
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Email llang@thriveokc.org
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 15, 2019
Board of Directors List
Ayana TalleyDevonVoting
Jarretta HuckinsBKDVoting
Laura LangRegional Food Bank of OklahomaVoting
Caroline Lowery
Morgan Miller
Leah RoperHammons, Gowens, Hurst & AssociatesVoting
Larry StoneFourstone ConsultingVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 9
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Board Development / Board Orientation
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $180,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $178,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
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$96$50$45
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$42,045$56,115$44,646
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$119,728$164,178$164,594
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.751.020.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$30,851$60,690$79,660
Current Assets$30,851$60,690$79,660
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$22,447
Total Net Assets$30,851$60,690$57,213
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----3.55
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $47,748Contributions $105,614Contributions $94,266
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $42,045Special Events $56,115Special Events $44,646
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $96Earned Revenue $5,876Earned Revenue $3,035
Endowment? No
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990EZs.
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.
Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.
Address 720 West Wilshire
Suite 101-D
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7780
Primary Phone 405 2860356
Contact Email nicole@okwc.org
Give with Credit Card https://www.okwc.org/about/donate/
CEO/Executive Director Liz Charles
Board Chair Laura Lang
Board Chair Company Affiliation Thrive OKC