Neighborhood Alliance of OKC, Inc.
1236 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73118-5604
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma
Mission Statement
Is your neighborhood one in which as you drive down the street neighbors are on their front porches, working in their yard, and waiving to neighbors? Or, when you arrive home from work do you look both ways before opening your door, find it clear, get inside and lock your door? These obviously are not the only two options and many live someplace right in the middle. However, over 70 percent of the neighborhoods we work closely with in OKC are considered low to moderate income in which daily crime, dilapidated housing, concerning school conditions and over grown common spaces are a norm. The difference between your neighborhood being a community, a home and your neighborhood being a place you live is about the social connections and the process involved in making those connections. For 41 years, Neighborhood Alliance’s mission has been “To create safe, attractive and healthy neighborhoods” for all!
Contact Information
Contact Name Georgie Rasco
Contact email amanda@nacok.org
Address 1236 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 5604
Phone (405) 528-6322
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/na/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Neighborhood Alliance is dependent on the support of individuals, neighborhoods, businesses, volunteers and other funders who believe in the power of being a good neighbor.   
Donations may be made by
  • Mailing a check to the address above
  • Online with a credit card (www.nacok.org)
  • In-person at the office
In-kind donations are accepted at the office.  Please call before delivering to assure there is a need.  In-kind may include:
  • Office supplies or furniture
  • Paint or building supplies for neighborhood projects
  • Annual or perennial plants for neighborhoods
  • Trees for public green spaces
  • Food for neighborhood events
Volunteers are needed in the office for a variety of one-time or on-going projects.  If you have some time to give we can use you! 
 
We also help civic, business, church, school or other large volunteer groups find suitable volunteer projects helping low income neighborhoods or individuals.  Contact us if you want a great team-building activity that can truly give back to your community.   
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $457,410.00
Projected Expenses $453,448.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
N/A
Supported Organization Neighborhood Alliance
Year Founded 1977
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration Dec 2020
Statements
Mission
Is your neighborhood one in which as you drive down the street neighbors are on their front porches, working in their yard, and waiving to neighbors? Or, when you arrive home from work do you look both ways before opening your door, find it clear, get inside and lock your door? These obviously are not the only two options and many live someplace right in the middle. However, over 70 percent of the neighborhoods we work closely with in OKC are considered low to moderate income in which daily crime, dilapidated housing, concerning school conditions and over grown common spaces are a norm. The difference between your neighborhood being a community, a home and your neighborhood being a place you live is about the social connections and the process involved in making those connections. For 41 years, Neighborhood Alliance’s mission has been “To create safe, attractive and healthy neighborhoods” for all!
Background

The Knight Foundation recently ran a study in 26 US cities asking what makes people want to stay in their community. The study showed that the top three reasons, regardless of the size or location of the city were, in order, social offerings, openness and aesthetics (defined as the physical beauty of the parks and public spaces in the city).  For 42 years we have known this and have been teaching neighbors to “Create safe, attractive and healthy neighborhoods” in essence creating the space you want to call home.  Through our mission we teach citizens to landscape public areas, rehab homes of seniors, revive public parks, eradicate graffiti, host neighborhood parties, elect and train officers, advocate for the needs of their neighborhoods, form partnerships with public officials, fundraise for neighborhood improvements and a the many more things that are conquered by neighborhood leaders every single day


We have always said, that living in a neighborhood is a responsibility not a right. Most of us know what kind of neighborhood we would want to live in but most of us do not know how to make this a reality. For 42 years our mission has been to teach people to stay in their community because it is the one they have built. We do not do the work for these citizens but rather we train them through workshops and programs, we create trust through one on one consultations to address their specific needs, we create partnerships with like minded neighborhoods and community partners willing to help and we stay with them for the whole journey because neighborhood building takes time and energy and we are in it for the long haul with them.

Impact
The FYE 2019 impact was huge.
  • Helped develop a vibrant community by assisting over 450 neighborhoods with resources, skills training and advocacy
  • Raised the bar on civic responsibility by training over 1500 citizens through our over 50 community workshops and graduating 30 from the 7-week Neighborhood Leaders for Today academy.
  • Produced safer neighborhoods by preparing 8 new neighborhood Crime Patrols, providing Crime Watch training to 25 neighborhoods and mailing monthly boundary-specific crime reports to all neighborhoods and hosted over 100 Neighbors Night Out Events.
  • Created strong partnerships and cultivated a sense of community in south OKC through our personalized bi-lingual trainings.
 
Our FYE 2020 Goals are to:
  • Provide a minimum of 15 professional training programs throughout the year on various topics so OKC residents can obtain the skills necessary to positively impact their neighborhoods.
  • Partner with OCPD and Target Stores to host up to 70 Neighbors Night Out events city wide.
  • Partner with the Central Oklahoma Architects Association and Barnes and Noble in building “My Free Libraries” and placing them in up to 25 OKC neighborhoods in early Spring 2013.
  • Facilitate the resident-driven strategic planning process in the 3 Strong Neighborhood Initiative low-income neighborhoods with plans to present the reports to City Council in early 2013.
  • Update our web, data and communications system so we can better serve the needs of our partnering neighborhoods, City Officials and the public.
Needs
Our number one need is to fully fund our existing core programming so we can adequately respond to the needs of all neighborhoods. The current need for our services outweighs our ability to respond and regrettably we have to turn down requests for help.
 
We want to have more of a presence in under-served neighborhoods that don't have an organized association through proactively attracting and nurturing grass-roots leadership in low income areas.
 
We want to be more responsive to the Mandatory Home Owner Associations and their unique needs by offering specific trainings, a specialized newsletter, hot-line assistance and a list of community resources specific to serving this population. This could be funded though contracts with professional, for-profit groups that work with HOAs.
 
We want to package our educational programs in a way that all citizens can find a class that will help them be better neighbors and/or more engaged citizens. We would accomplish this through developing marketing materials, providing incentives to attend, covering universal topics with inspiring national speakers, and attracting corporate sponsorships.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Arcadia
Bethany
Central Oklahoma
Moore
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma City - East
Oklahoma City - North
Oklahoma City - NE
Oklahoma City - NW
Oklahoma City - South
Oklahoma City - SE
Oklahoma City - SW
Oklahoma City - West
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Piedmont
The Village
Warr Acres/Putnam City
Neighborhood Alliance serves all of Central Oklahoma.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Tertiary Organizational Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief/Support NEC
Programs
Description
Throughout the year we host educational workshops that feature professional guest speakers on topics that empower citizens to become engaged civic and neighborhood leaders. All classes require an RSVP and you can register online (www.nacok.org) or by calling the office (405-528-6322).
  • Monthly Organizational and Officer Training/ first Tuesday of each month. Newly elected neighborhood or HOA officers or those wanting to organize or re-organize an association are encouraged to attend this free class.
  • Community Workshops are held throughout the year and include Code Enforcement 101; Creating Neighborhood Communication Plans; Disaster Planning for Neighborhoods; Landscaping Public Spaces; and more.
  • The Home Owner Association Series are topics specifically for mandatory dues-paying associations.
  • Beautification Station Bus Tour is a free chartered bus tour of little known beautification or volunteer driven projects in OKC. Held in late Spring of each year.
Strategy
Population Served Families General/Unspecified Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
People walk out of our workshops with skills they can immediately put to use.  They can immediately apply for a landscape grant, more effectively run a meeting, call their City and voice a constructive complaint, plan a social program for their neighborhood, learn how to talk to their neighbors and get differences resolved or organize their neighbors to help fight criminal behavior. 
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.
We have several examples of neighborhoods in OKC who organized their neighborhood after participating in one of our workshops.  With lots of hard work they have actually lifted their neighborhood out of the census identified “low to moderate” income status.  This means these volunteers have raised the tax values of the homes, lessened the number of derelict housing units and created a more stable, desirable neighborhood which contributes to the overall livability of the residents, better housing stock and a stronger tax base for the City. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Each participant fills out an evaluation after each workshop.  We randomly follow-up with participants 3-6 months after attendance to see if they can further relate skills learned in the workshop to anecdotal stories or hands on accomplishments in their community. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Jeanna Daniel grew up in the OKC neighborhood now known as Riverpark, located near SW 24th and Portland and as adult she is now raising her own family there.  She and her neighbor were tired of the gangs, graffiti, drugs and illegal activity in their neighborhood and especially in their neighborhood park so they contacted neighborhood Alliance.  We helped them create a neighborhood association and in the last 7 years they have reclaimed their City park from the gang members, received over $40,000 in improvement grants, rehabbed over 125 homes in their neighborhood, eradicated the graffiti, dramatically cut crime, planted 40 trees in their public park and nurtured them through 2 droughts.  Riverpark was honored in April of 2011 when they were named runner-up in the “Best Neighborhood in the United States” by Neighborhoods USA.   They continue to take advantage of the workshops which have helped them transform the lives of the people in Riverpark.  
Description
Neighborhood Leaders for Today is an annual 7-week comprehensive training course that provides 30 citizen leaders with the skills to positively impact their community.  Speakers include the Mayor, Police and Fire Chiefs, Planning Director, Director of Action Center, other non-profit leaders and successful neighborhood leaders.  Participants will learn how to effectively run a meeting, create a strategic plan, navigate City Hall, create communication plans for their neighborhoods, fundraise for specific projects, beautify public lands, and motivate their neighbors to help create a better neighborhood.  Participants will even take a chartered bus tour of OKC neighborhoods and see their improvements/challenges first hand.  This class always has a waiting list so apply early.  Applications are available each December through the website and classes typically start in early Spring.  The class is free and meets 1 night a week and 2 full Saturdays for 7 weeks. 
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Graduates immediately feel a kindred spirit with the speakers and other classmates and enjoy making connections with other people who also enjoy community involvement.  Immediately they take the tools learned back to their neighborhoods and create better newsletters, create Facebook pages and other communication devices.
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. When citizens are empowered with skills and ideas there is no limit to the contributions they can provide to their community.   This one-of-a-kind class provides graduates with the connections and the tools to make their civic dreams a reality which ultimately creates a safer, more beautiful and healthier city for all.    
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Participants are sent an anonymous evaluation after the class.  They are contacted again 6 months after graduation to let us know how they have put the skills they learned to use and asked to give us insight for future trainings.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Graduates of this class have gone on to be elected to House of Representatives and City Council; many graduates serve on Planning Commission, Parks Commission, planOKC Committee, MAPS Committees and many other citizen led volunteer positions all aimed at making this a better City for all.  Camelot Neighborhood Association met Brian Dougherty with Margaret Annis Boys Trust during the NLT class and ultimately wrote a grant.       
Description
Neighborhood Alliance partners with OCPD to help neighborhoods curb their neighborhood crime problems.
  • Volunteer Neighborhood Patrol Program is an extremely effective tool. Neighborhood Alliance helps the neighborhood purchase equipment, recruit volunteers, do back ground checks and schedule the training. OCPD does the actual training. Currently 58 neighborhoods have neighborhood patrols in force.
  • Crime Watch is a 1 hour presentation done by Neighborhood Alliance staff. All residents are encouraged to get to know the 5 people that live around them and to commit to reporting all suspicious activity to police.
  • Crime Stats Reports document all reported crime within each neighborhoods designated boundaries every week. OCPD complies the reports, we download to our website weekly and then monthly we mail a hard copy to each neighborhood President along with other crime prevention tips they can then use on their website or in their newsletters.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Citizens are more likely to report suspicious activity by calling 911once they are given permission through one of these trainings.  Citizens are given tools they can immediately put to use in making their homes and cars safer.  Citizens are introduced to OCPD Officers and create a useful dialog.  Citizens are aware of crime trends in their own neighborhoods and they can identify several ways they can work together to reverse the trends. 
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. Safer neighborhoods with more citizen involvement in reporting suspicious activity.  More citizens actively engaged and working with OCPD officers.  Property values rise and families allow children to spend more time outdoors.  Citizens report feeling supported by their local police force and feel safer in their communities.    
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Windsor Hills neighborhood has the best example of an effective, long term Crime Patrol program in OKC. Their program has been providing continuous protection for this iconic neighborhood for over 23 years. Staffed solely by volunteers this large neighborhood in an aging area of town seldom has any residential crime, and MSgt. Charlie Epperly of the Hefner Police Division will tell you this oasis of crime activity can be directly attributed to the crime patrol program.  Rose, the long time President of Watchful Eyes Neighborhood Association near SW 44th and Douglas says “I know I am making a difference in the safety of my neighborhood. Every time I go out on patrol someone stops me and thanks me for helping the neighborhood.”
Description
We sustain the work of over 400 different neighborhood and home owner associations who have no other place to turn for support for this very important volunteer grass-roots job. We encourage them on a daily basis through:
  • Telephone and Individual Support: Available M-F to give advice on neighborly disputes, help with bylaws or other technical issues, to help navigate City services, and to encourage them in the usually thankless job of being a neighborhood leader.
  • Communications: Our award winning newsletter, The Cornerpost, our website, and our active email lists are all used to alert residents to important issues/programs that are being conducted by us or others in the community.
  • Fundraising Opportunities: The Donor Designated Program allows neighborhoods to raise tax deductible gifts for qualified improvement projects and our grant writing assistance can help some qualify for beautification grants.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Neighborhoods learn to solve their issues before they become major concerns which can help a neighborhood stay active and individuals are more likely to step up to the role of leader once they know there is support to help them be successful.  Neighborhoods raise funds for improvement projects and see immediate tangible enhancement.   
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. Neighborhoods that regularly utilize Neighborhood Alliance as a support over the long term typically have advanced communication with public officials and know how to positively impact their neighborhood through bond projects, effective use of code enforcement, planning protocols, utilize other non-profit’s programs and other available resources which ultimately improves the quality of life of the residents, raises property values and creates a safer environment in which to live.   
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Lakehurst Neighborhood near NW 122nd and May Ave. wanted to refurbish all 14 of their entrances.  Many sets of officers had tried in the past but were not successful.  A group of women residents called Neighborhood Alliance and among other support they heard about the Donor Designated Program.  They instituted a fundraising campaign and with the help of neighborhood Alliance raised almost $175,000 to upgrade the entrances and the easement along N. may Ave.  “It is a gorgeous transformation and we could not have done it without the support of Neighborhood Alliance,”  said Janie Comstock, Presient of Lakehurst Neighborhood. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Georgie Rasco
Start Date May 2004
Email Georgie@nacok.org
Experience
Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Georgie graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee with a degree in Social Work. She has had a long career working in non-profit organizations, and for the past 15 years has served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Alliance; a 42 year old non-profit whose mission is to help create safe, active and healthy neighborhoods throughout Central Oklahoma.
 
Georgie has worked in non-profits for over 25 years holding positions as Ex. Director of the Oklahoma City Literacy Council, Director of the OKC Rape Crisis Center, Ex. Director of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Leadership Director for the Guthrie Job Corps Center. She also served as the Legislative Director for the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, TX.
 
Georgie, her family and 3 dogs all live in the heart of Oklahoma City in a wonderful 1924 Tudor style house located in the Las Vegas Neighborhood. She serves on the Board of Directors for Classen Beautiful, is a volunteer grant reviewer for the Susan G. Komen Grants Committee, was appointed by the Mayor of OKC to serve on the MAPS 3 Sidewalks and Trails subcommittee, chairs the Alarm Review Board for the City of OKC, is a recent graduate of Leadership OKC Class 30 and loves her neighbors in her own neighborhood of Las Vegas.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 100
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 1
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
Neighborhood Alliance proudly collaborates with many, many organizations/projects:
• City of OKC Planning Department
• City of OKC City Council and Staff
• Oklahoma City Police Department
• Oklahoma City Fire Department
• OKC Beautiful
• Margaret Annis Boys Trust
• Neighborhood Housing Services
• Rebuilding Together
• Possibilities, Inc.
• State Health Department
• Office of Emergency Management
• City Council/ OKC Public Schools Joint Task Force
• MAPS III Committees
• planOKC
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
One Awards - Finalist for the Statewide Outstanding Community nonprofitOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2010
Silver Finalist in the Outstanding Newsletters competition for the CornerpostNeighborhoods USA2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. James "JB" Schuelein
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2015 to June 2020
Email jbatokc@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Denyvetta DavisJFK NeighborhoodVoting
Mr. Bruce HallLopez FoodsVoting
Brenda Hernandez
Addison JohnstonArvest BankVoting
Jennifer Lown
John MilnerVoting
Mr. Alonso PortiloAloft Software, LLCVoting
Paul RyckbostGuernseyVoting
Mr. JB SchueleinMesta ParkVoting
Tracy ShermanPelco Products, Inc.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2 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 Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Comments on Board & Governance
Foundation Staff Comments    
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $457,410
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $453,448
Financial Documents
Audit2019
Audit2018
Audit2018
Audit2017
Audit2016
Audit2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
Audit2009
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$188,565$550,620$429,841
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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$222,700$237,062$223,546
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,368$7,523$266
Unrealized Gain/Loss----($855)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$28,291$25,498$45,327
Revenue In-Kind------
Other----$1,060
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$424,200$875,393$713,208
Administration Expense$21,342$32,046$34,696
Fundraising Expense$1,397$8,069$8,263
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.900.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%96%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$171,242$150,165$232,781
Current Assets$57,506$40,593$117,514
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$52,891$30,799$18,610
Total Net Assets$118,351$119,366$214,171
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.091.326.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $222,700Contributions $550,620Contributions $429,841
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $188,565Earned Revenue $237,062Earned Revenue $223,546
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $28,291Special Events $25,498Special Events $45,327
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
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.
 
Note: FY2016 had a prior period adjustment of $1,060. This amount is included in the "Other" revenue section of the financial statement.
 
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 1236 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 5604
Primary Phone 405 528-6322
Contact Email amanda@nacok.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/na/
CEO/Executive Director Georgie Rasco
Board Chair Mr. James "JB" Schuelein
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired