Oklahoma City Beautiful Inc.
3535 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City OK 73118
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
OKC Beautiful
Mission Statement OKC Beautiful improves the image and appearance of Oklahoma City through programs of beautification, programs and community engagement. The appearance of Oklahoma City directly impacts the economic viability, as well as affecting the quality of life and self-image of its residents.
Contact Information
Contact Name Lisa Synar
Contact email info@okcbeautiful.com
Address 3535 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone (405) 525-8822
Fax 405-525-8826
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.okcbeautiful.com
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ocb/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations can be made online, by calling 405-525-8822, or by mailing a check or credit card information to OKC Beautiful, 3535 North Classen, OKC  73118.  OKC Beautiful also accepts in-kind donations and planned giving.  Volunteers can get involved with beautification and education programs.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $610,861.00
Projected Expenses $610,483.00
History and Background
Former Names
Supported Organization Oklahoma City Beautiful, Inc.
Year Founded 1970
IRS Ruling Year 1971
State Registration Expiration Oct 2015
Mission OKC Beautiful improves the image and appearance of Oklahoma City through programs of beautification, programs and community engagement. The appearance of Oklahoma City directly impacts the economic viability, as well as affecting the quality of life and self-image of its residents.

In 1962, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce organized a beautification committee. This group expanded to become the Mayor's Committee for City Beautification, appointed and organized by Mayor James H. Norick with the assistance of the Chamber. A new organization was formed to meet the committee's goals, and on March 26, 1971 was incorporated as Oklahoma City Beautiful Inc. as the only nonprofit organization dedicated to the beautification of Oklahoma City.


OKC Beautiful receives no city, state or federal funding.  We rely on the generosity of private residents and organizations to complete our beautification projects and educational programs to fulfill our mission to improve the image and appearance of Oklahoma City. 

Beyond improving the aesthetic appeal of Oklahoma City, OKC Beautiful positively impacts economic development, business success, visitors’ impressions and residents’ quality of life.  Landscaping and litter removal develop pride and ownership among our residents and encourage them to keep those spaces maintained. Nearby businesses and homeowners are inspired to improve their spaces, too, magnifying the impact of each project.

We take our mission a step further by educating Oklahoma City residents of all ages about the long-term effects and sustainability of our beautification efforts, ensuring the continued improvement of our city for future generations.

OKC Beautiful's most pressing needs:
1) Grants are needed to support our programs.
2) Volunteers are needed to allow us to implement our programs.
3) Branding to make more citizens aware of our what we do.
4) Fundraising through events.
5) Community partnerships.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
OKC Beautiful serves the citizens of the entire Oklahoma City metro area, as well as, visitors to our city. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Environment/Environmental Education
Tertiary Organizational Category Environment/Environmental Beautification
"Adopt-A-Park" has over 1,100 volunteers throughout the Oklahoma City metro area caring for and maintaining over 100 parks.
"LitterBlitz," an annual anti-litter campaign that occurs the month of April, has approximately 12,000 participants each year. The youth education program,
"Mother Earth," reaches 8,500 elementary school students every year to present the message of respecting and caring for the environment.
"OKC Harvest" school and community outdoor classrooms.  We install and monitor school gardens, including curriculum for students and teachers.  
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
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. 3 major landscape projects completed in OKC - one at the Airport entrance on Meridian Road, one on N.W. Expressway adjacent to Penn Square Mall, and one at Harding Charter Schools at N.W. 33rd & Shartel.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lisa B. Synar
Start Date Nov 2008
Email lisabsynar@okcbeautiful.com
Senior Staff
Lisa SynarExecutive Director
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 12000
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 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Affiliate of the YearKeep Oklahoma Beautiful2011
Standards of ExcellenceKeep America Beautiful2011
Winner Environmental Excellence CompetitionKeep Oklahoma Beautiful2010
Team Builders AwardKeep Oklahoma Beautiful2010
Outstanting Affiliate CitationKeep America Beautiful2013
Outstanding Teen BoardKeep America Beautiful2014
Affiliate of the YearKeep America Beautiful2015
Affiliate Award of ExcellenceKeep America Beautiful2015
Affiliate of the YearKeep America Beautiful2016
Affiliate Award of ExcellenceKeep America Beautiful2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Carla Sharpe
Company Affiliation Williams Box Forshee and Bullard
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Email carla.sharpe@dvn.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Oct 17, 2017
Board of Directors List
Cynthia Brindley Community VolunteerVoting
Ashley Howard OklahomanVoting
Tara LaClair Crowe DunlevyVoting
Peggy Mayfield FNB BankVoting
Glen Maynard Devon EnegryVoting
Lynda Mobley ONEOKVoting
Daniel Parkhusrt LovesVoting
Lisa Putt Community VolunteerVoting
John Robberson Church Music DirectorVoting
Edie Roodman Jewish FederationVoting
Matthew Schein Sonic CorporationVoting
Carla Sharpe Devon EnergyVoting
Roy Smith Comp Risk ManagementVoting
Spencer Smith McAfee TaftVoting
Ellen Spiropoulos Phillips MurahVoting
Elizabeth Tyrrell McAfee TaftVoting
Hardy Watkins Integris HealthVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 100
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Bob Allee Southwestern Publishing
Mick Cornett Mayor - City of Oklahoma City
Christy Everest Everest Foundation
Cathy Keating Express Employment Professionals
Dave Lopez Secretary Of Commerce
Connie Mashburn Mashburn Enterprises
Harry Merson Merson Incorporated
Tom Price Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Meg Salyer Accel Financial Services
Kathy Williams Community Volunteer
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Da
Foundation Staff Comments
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $610,861
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $610,483
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$18,035$16,978$17,448
Unrealized Gain/Loss($613)$3,384$1,819
Membership Dues------
Special Events$99,786$123,150$52,336
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$525,470$429,327$479,948
Administration Expense$59,050$43,815$51,303
Fundraising Expense$55,020$60,576$60,572
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.040.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%80%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%11%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$612,951$591,708$571,315
Current Assets$578,233$554,585$535,784
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$15,709----
Total Net Assets$597,242$591,708$571,315
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities36.81----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $520,870Foundations & Corporations $405,039Foundations & Corporations $510,744
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $99,786Special Events $123,150Special Events $52,336
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $18,035Investment Income $16,978Investment Income $17,448
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior years financial information is from audited financial statements.
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Address 3535 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Primary Phone 405 525-8822
Contact Email info@okcbeautiful.com
Give with Credit Card http://www.okcbeautiful.com
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ocb/
CEO/Executive Director Lisa B. Synar
Board Chair Carla Sharpe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Williams Box Forshee and Bullard