Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc.
3900 N Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73111
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Mission Statement To assist African Americans, other minorities, and the poor, to achieve social and economic equality.
Contact Information
Contact Name Valerie Thompson
Contact email urbanleague@urbanleagueok.org
Address 3900 N Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone (405) 424-5243
Fax 405-424-3382
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://urbanleagueok.org/donate/
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ulokc/
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Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,628,385.00
Projected Expenses $1,627,547.71
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1946
IRS Ruling Year 1948
State Registration Expiration Mar 2015
Mission To assist African Americans, other minorities, and the poor, to achieve social and economic equality.
Background The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City (ULOKC) is an affiliate of the National Urban League and a United Way agency partner. Founded in 1946, ULOKC's mission is to assist African Americans, other minorities and the poor to achieve social and economic equality.

Serving more than 10,000 clients annually in central Oklahoma ULOKC works to accomplish its mission through jobs, education, housing, and supportive services.
Over the past year the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City has served approximately 12,000 clients within five program areas, Employment and Training, Children and Families, Entrepreneurship, Urban Health and Affordable Housing. 
We helped 3,480 people obtain employment with career advancement opportunities. Through our School-Age Program, we improved the grades of 473 students and assisted 451 people with healthy choices.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

"The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients. We have five program areas: Employment and Training, Children and Families, Entrepreneurship, Urban Health and Affordable Housing. With our extensive program capabilities, we are an excellent resource for those who seek opportunities to move beyond poverty to prosperity." -Dr. Valerie Thompson

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City (ULOKC) works with high need populations in Greater Oklahoma City and reaches African American people living in the city’s six highest need zip codes that are characterized by poverty and diminished infrastructure.  By virtue of its location,  the ULOKC addresses entrenched poverty and among its several principal strategies of assistance is vocational development and employment of people who experience structural displacement from job markets.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Employment/Job Training
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/
The Urban League’s Children and Families department focuses on education and family services for students that attend high poverty, low performing schools.
Priorities include:
  • School Age Care & Learning Center– tutoring and homework assistance for pre-K through sixth-grade students to improve reading skills and overall academic performance.
  • Perfecting Education for Kids (PEAK)- a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant at Douglass Mid-High School. PEAK provides out-of-school hours educational services focused on college readiness, character development, parental training and cultural enrichment.  
  • Enrichment Academies/Mentoring –Youth living in high-poverty areas participate in college readiness, mentoring, leadership development, financial literacy and community service.
  • Supportive Services– support services, i.e. utility assistance, food vouchers, etc., are provided to families of students enrolled in after school programs.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description The Disparity: The unemployment rate for Oklahoma City is 4 percent, but for African-Americans, the rate jumps to 7 percent.
Bridging the Gap: The Urban League workforce development department specializes in locating employment for individuals who are the hardest to employ or are underemployed.

EMPLOY – (Empowering People and Linking Occupations to You) is a bi-weekly job readiness training program featuring guest employers. Clients are connected to employers with job openings and trained in resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search activities.

ReEntry Employment - employment and training services are offered to ex-offenders in high poverty, high crime areas. Services include job readiness training, mentoring and connecting participants to housing and substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Career and College Expo - The annual event connects employers to a diverse population of applicants, creating opportunities for viable employment.
Population Served At-Risk Populations Blacks, African Heritage General/Unspecified
Description The Disparity: In Oklahoma City, minorities make up 33 percent of the population, but own 18 percent of the businesses.

Bridging the Gap: The entrepreneurship department works to enhance economic development and growth of minority-owned businesses.

Seminars and Workshops – small business start up workshops and webinars are offered free of charge to the community. Series topics include: basic steps to starting a business, how to write a business plan, getting out of debt, and securing business loans.

Business Counseling - one-on-one counseling is provided to minority entrepreneurs in areas such as business registration, acquiring tax identification, establishment of business structure, business and marketing plan development and loan packaging assistance.
Population Served Minorities Adults General/Unspecified
The Disparity: In Oklahoma City, home ownership rates for African Americans are 24 percent below the city’s average. The same is true when comparing the median home value (124,500 vs 97,300). Barriers to increasing African American home ownership include lack of affordable housing in distressed neighborhoods and citizens who are not mortgage ready due to poor credit, limited income and no savings.
Bridging the Gap: The Urban League’s approach to this disparity includes home buyer education and increasing affordable housing.

Home Buyer Education – educational seminars by real estate and mortgage professionals are provided to low-moderate income families (particularly African-Americans). The curriculum covers money management, credit issues, mortgages, budgeting, home maintenance and avoiding foreclosure.

Affordable Housing Construction - in the early 2000’s, the Urban League began new home construction and rehabilitation to bring more affordable, quality housing to northeast Oklahoma City.
Population Served Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens At-Risk Populations
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Our efforts have resulted in construction of 11 new single-family homes and four rehabilitated homes for low-income families. In 2009, construction was completed on 36 multi-family duplexes located on northeast 26th and Laird and a 60-unit senior residence at northeast 30th and Kelley in partnership with the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Both developments are estimated to generate an annual economic impact of more than $2.5 million for the northeast Oklahoma City area.
The Disparity:Statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Health show that African-Americans have the highest mortality rate in Oklahoma and lead in the categories of heart disease, cancer and stroke. African-Americans have the state’s second highest diabetes mortality rate. Factors that lead to this disparity include limited financial resources for preventative health care and mistrust of public services.
Bridging the Gap:The urban health department works to engage African-Americans in preventative health activities to increase life expectancy and early detection and treatment.

Education and Outreach – educational seminars and screenings are offered to the African American community with an emphasis on diseases where African-Americans are at high risk including diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer. Through various partnerships with the health care industry the Urban League is working to encourage  healthy lifestyle choices and fitness activities.

Population Served Families At-Risk Populations Minorities
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Valerie Thompson
Start Date May 1993
Email vrthompson@urbanleagueok.org
Senior Staff
Shani Nealy, MHRSr. VP Administration
Lonnetta Smith, MBAAssoc VP Education and Workforce
Number of Full-time Staff 18
Number of Part-time Staff 28
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 153
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2011
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
ONE AwardOklahoma Center for Nonprofits Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence2013
Most Admired CEOJournal Record2011
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Dr. Angie R. Christopher
Company Affiliation Oklahoma City Community College
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Email angie.r.christopher@occc.edu
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2015
Board of Directors List
Paige Bass Sonic America’s Drive-InVoting
Cathy Blevins Bank of America Merrill LynchVoting
Jeb Boatman BoeingVoting
Angie Christopher American FidelityVoting
Sam Fulkerson McAfee and TaftVoting
David Hadley IntegrisVoting
Susan Harkness OGE EnergyVoting
Chad Holeman Devon EnergyVoting
Rohit Keshava DellVoting
Myron Pope University of Central OKVoting
Blake Rambo Harold Ham OK DiabetesVoting
Sandra Rochell CMFCBank of OklahomaVoting
Matt Sanderson Enterprise HoldingsVoting
Mrs. April Shaw ChesapeakeVoting
Jerrod Shouse Shouse & Associates ConsultingVoting
The Honorable Jabar Shumate Oklahoma House of RepresentativesVoting
Brandon Slaton DellVoting
Ronda Walzer CPALove’s Travel Stops & Country StoresVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 7
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 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Housing and Community Development
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,628,385
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,627,548
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 Year201420132012
Total Revenue$1,795,884$1,567,540$1,381,258
Total Expenses$1,764,380$1,494,714$1,298,963
Revenue Less Expenses$31,504$72,826$82,295
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$965,306$655,152$454,854
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$23,961$21,032$18,136
Unrealized Gain/Loss$1,273$682($495)
Membership Dues$10,055----
Special Events$64,581$129,479$68,067
Revenue In-Kind$25,738$79,235--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,195,338$1,184,319$1,003,220
Administration Expense$510,422$287,932$245,746
Fundraising Expense$58,620$22,463$49,997
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.051.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%79%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,382,132$1,327,875$1,304,975
Current Assets$134,199$330,084$424,157
Long-Term Liabilities$192,543$187,143$214,343
Current Liabilities$163,065$145,712$168,438
Total Net Assets$1,026,524$995,020$922,194
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.822.272.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%14%16%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $965,306Govt - Unspecified $655,152Govt - Unspecified $454,854
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $398,792Indirect Public Support $387,668Foundation & Corporations $443,310
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $246,246Foundations & Corporations $226,266Indirect Public Support $360,000
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
One of our largest challenges is obtaining unrestricted funds used to support the day to day operations of our organization. The majority of our funding (grant & foundation) are line item restricted to support direct program services. 
Foundation Staff Comments
All financial information is from audited financial statements. 
Address 3900 N Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Primary Phone 405 424-5243
Give with Credit Card http://urbanleagueok.org/donate/
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ulokc/
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Valerie Thompson
Board Chair Dr. Angie R. Christopher
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma City Community College


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