Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc.
424 W Colcord Drive
Suite E
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma Humanities Council Inc.
Oklahoma Humanities
Mission Statement The mission of Oklahoma Humanities is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.
Contact Information
Contact Name Caroline Lowery
Contact email ohc@okhumanities.org
Address 424 W Colcord Drive
Suite E
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 235-0280
Fax 405-235-0289
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://okhumanities.org/donation
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/hio/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Program Sponsorships
In-Kind Donations
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,048,660.00
Projected Expenses $1,048,660.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities1998
Oklahoma Humanities Task Force1973
Oklahoma Humanities Committee1983
Year Founded 1971
IRS Ruling Year 1978
State Registration Expiration July 2020
Statements
Mission The mission of Oklahoma Humanities is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.
Background In 1971, Oklahoma joined five other states in a program developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help launch the first state-based humanities councils. The NEH, a federal grant-making agency established by Congress in 1965, supports research, education, and public projects in the humanities. In creating state councils across the nation, the NEH delegated some of its grant-making activities to the citizens where humanities programs take place.

The Oklahoma Humanities Task Force focused its early years on public policy issues through grant-making and projects based on the theme “Citizen Values in Community Decisions.” Symposia, seminars, and radio/television broadcasts brought scholars, public figures, and citizens together to discuss concepts such as censorship, energy conservation, women’s issues, and Native American culture.

In the 1976 reauthorization of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Congress acknowledged the success of state councils and broadened the scope of funding beyond public policy issues to include all aspects of the humanities. This opened the door for the council to support a broad range of projects, including developing its own programs and services to serve the state.

As the mission of the organization evolved, so too did its name: the Oklahoma Humanities Task Force in 1971, the Oklahoma Humanities Committee in 1973, the Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities in 1983, and the Oklahoma Humanities Council in 1998. During these years, the organization expanded its reach by soliciting support from private sources and State of Oklahoma to match federal funds and by partnering with other organizations to extend resources to rural communities and smaller organizations that would otherwise never have access to programs and support.
Impact
Each year, our programming, grants, and partnerships engage people across the state with bold ideas — creating new conversations and inspiring civic engagement that strengthens our state.
 
On average, each year, Oklahoma Humanities:
  • Grants over $200,000 to nonprofit organizations
  • Leverages $7 in local support for every federal dollar granted
  • Serves over 150,000 people through our grant program
  • Supports 50 reading and discussion programs through Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma
  • Reaches 3,000 Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma participants
  • Distributes 24,000 free copies of Oklahoma Humanities magazine
  • Engages 1,500 listeners through the BrainBox podcast
Needs
Oklahoma Humanities receives approximately 70% of its funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These funds are used for administration and regrants.
 
Through sound financial stewardship, 100% of all donations go directly to our programming and community projects.
 
By donating to Oklahoma Humanities, your gift helps catalyze important community conversations, support diverse cultural experiences, and promote lifelong learning in every corner of our state.
 
Donations of all amounts are valued and have lasting impact:
  • $50 will purchase books for incarcerated Oklahomans participating in our reading and discussion program.
  • $100 will mail supplies for rural communities that host our Smithsonian traveling exhibits.
  • $500 will distribute our educational magazine to schools, veterans centers, and public libraries.
CEO/Executive Director Statement


Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
We put the humanities into action through:
  • Our award-winning Oklahoma Humanities magazine, serving all 77 counties in Oklahoma;
  • BrainBox, a humanities-based podcast, available through all major podcast streaming applications;
  • Museum on Main Street, which brings Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits to rural communities; and
  • “Let’s Talk About it Oklahoma!”, which provides libraries, prisons and other nonprofits across the state with books and funding for a series of scholar-led book discussions.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Adult Education
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Programs
Description Museum on Main Street (MOMS) is a cultural project that serves rural America. Oklahoma Humanities partners with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) to bring national touring exhibits to small Oklahoma communities.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a reading program designed to engage participants in discussion through readings in the humanities. It is uniquely able to reach small communities throughout the state and provide quality products through scholar-led discussions. The program is based on the premise that reading and discussing books fosters a sense of community as participants exchange ideas and acquire new perspectives. Each reading program has five books in the series and last an average of two months.

Strategy
Population Served Adults
Description

Oklahoma Humanities magazine functions as an official Oklahoma Humanities program with content that reflects the organization’s strategic goals of education and community building. The content serves strategic plan objectives; discussion that facilitates community connections and each individual’s understanding of their place within the human experience; the creation of humanities content; and engagement of scholars with the public. Oklahoma Humanities magazine is printed two times a year and has a circulation of over 12,000.

Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description

Oklahoma Humanities grants encourage cultural programming on the local level across the state. Eligible projects must support the council's mission to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. To fulfill the mission of Oklahoma Humanities, funded projects should fall under at least one of the following grant categories: 1) The Human Experience: These projects explore culture and history through time and place. 2) We the People: These projects explore cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious diversity. 3) The Public Square: These projects explore current events, divergent opinions, public policy, civics, or justice. Projects may be structured in a variety of ways: discussion programs, lectures, panel discussions, websites, audio or video productions, and exhibitions.

Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description BrainBox is a monthly podcast that features humanities scholars interviewed about topics of current issues. Some of the podcast titles have included WWI, #metoo movement, the history of hip hop, curiosity, and Watergate. 
Strategy
Population Served Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Caroline Lowery
Start Date Sept 2019
Email Caroline@okhumanities.org
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 6
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 23
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 1
Caucasian 6
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
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 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best PR Publication - First PlaceSociety of Professional Journalists - Oklahoma Pro Chapter2011
Oklahoma Heritage Distinguished Editorial Award for Preservation of State and Local HistoryOklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museums2011
Award of Merit - Print DesignInternational Association of Business Communicators, Central OK Chapter2009
Award of Merit - Print Communications/MagazineInternational Association of Business Communicators, Central OK Chapter2009
Beacon Award - Nonprofits Helping NonprofitsJournal Record2011
State Historic Preservation Officer's Citation of MeritState Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society2012
Third Place, General WritingSociety of Professional Journalists - Oklahoma Pro Chapter2012
Finalist, Feature WritingGreat Plains Journalism Awards2012
Outstanding Achievement in DiversityAssociation of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2012
Second Place, Best PR Publication: Summer 2012 “Reconciliation” IssueSOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS AWARDS, OKLAHOMA PRO CHAPTER2013
First Place, General Writing: “Lottery Night” By Kim StaffordSOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS AWARDS, OKLAHOMA PRO CHAPTER2013
First Place, PR Publication Cover: Fall 2012 “Ethics” IssueSOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS AWARDS, OKLAHOMA PRO CHAPTER2013
Finalist, Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence AwardOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2015
First Place, Best PR Publication: Fall 2014 "The First World War" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2015
First Place, Best PR Publication Cover: Winter 2014 "American Humor" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2015
Second Place, Best PR Publication Cover: Fall 2014 "The First World War" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2015
Second Place, General Writing: "Finding the Forgotten Generation," Fall 2014 "The First World War" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2015
Third Place, General Writing: "The American Sense of Humor," from Winter 2014 "American Humor" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2015
First Place, Magazine Feature Writing: "The Color of Blood," by Joe Starita, from Summer 2014 "Rights" magazine issueGreat Plains Journalism Awards2015
First Place, General Writing: "One's Self I Sing," by Lori LindseySociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2014
Second Place, Best PR Publication: Winter 2013 "Popular Culture" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2014
Third Place, Best PR Publication Cover: Winter 2013 "Popular Culture" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2014
Third Place, Best PR Promotional Material: "Oklahoma Roots Music Concert"Society of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2014
First Place, Magazine Feature Writing: "Rabbit Punched: An Atheist's Guide to Living with Cancer," by Howard FaulknerGreat Plains Journalism Awards2014
Beacon Award: Outstanding Nonprofit Serving NonprofitsJournal Record2016
First Place, General Writing: "The Stranger," by James McGirk, from Fall 2015 "Internationalism" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2016
Second Place, General Writing: "Being ME (Middle Eastern)," by Ibtisam Barakat, from Fall 2015 "Internationalism" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2016
Third Place, General Writing: "Of the Skin of the Earth," by Brian Doyle, from Summer 2015 "Planet Earth" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2016
First Place, Best PR Publication Cover: Summer 2015 "Planet Earth" magazine issueSociety of Professional Journalists Awards, Oklahoma Pro Chapter2016
Board Chair
Name Dr. Scott LaMascus
Company Affiliation Oklahoma Christian University
Term Nov 2019 to Oct 2020
Email scott.lamascus@oc.edu
Board of Directors
List Current as of Nov 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Ben AlpersUniversity of OklahomaVoting
Ms. Elizabeth Bass
Dr. Ben BatesLangston UniversityVoting
Mr. Philip BuseyVoting
David Carter
Suzette Chang
Dr. Dewayne DickensTulsa Community CollegeVoting
Ken FergesonNBC BankVoting
Cynthia Friedemann
Erick Harris
Dr. Thomas Harrison
Ms. Edna Mae HoldenVoting
Don Holladay
David B. HootenVoting
Dr. Tom Kirk
Dr. Sunu KodumtharaSouthwestern Oklahoma State UniversityVoting
Dr. Scott LaMascusOklahoma Christian UniversityVoting
Dr. Susan McCarthyNo AffiliationVoting
Sarah Milligan
Dr. Andrew VassarVoting
Valorie WaltersChickasaw Cultural CenterVoting
Alba Weaver
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Standing Committees
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Nominating
Audit
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Nov 01, 2019-Oct 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,048,660
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,048,660
Financial Documents
Audit2018
Audit2017
Audit2016
Audit2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
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
Contributions$64,774$728$265,677
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$914,930$824,408$686,800
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$914,930$824,408$686,800
Individual Contributions------
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$14,686$146,975$16,016
Unrealized Gain/Loss----$29,119
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$687,460$520,948$677,157
Administration Expense$167,755$200,066$154,965
Fundraising Expense$122,306$116,622$77,077
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.161.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%62%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue189%16020%29%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,885,945$1,862,586$1,621,991
Current Assets$218,748$132,248$99,097
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$182,679$176,189$70,069
Total Net Assets$1,703,266$1,686,397$1,551,922
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.200.751.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $914,930Gov't - Unspecified $824,408Govt - Unspecified $686,800
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $64,774Investment Income $146,975Contributions $265,677
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $14,686Contributions $728Realized & Unrealized $29,119
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
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 424 W Colcord Drive
Suite E
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 235-0280
Contact Email ohc@okhumanities.org
Give with Credit Card https://okhumanities.org/donation
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/hio/
CEO/Executive Director Caroline Lowery
Board Chair Dr. Scott LaMascus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma Christian University