Leadership Oklahoma City Inc.
730 W Wilshire Blvd
Ste 116
Oklahoma City OK 73116-7738
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Leadership OKC
Youth Leadership Exchange
Mission Statement Leadership Oklahoma City develops leaders for volunteer service, including service to nonprofits, the public sector, and other organizations such as schools and faith networks. 
Contact Information
Contact Name Christy Zelley
Contact email alum@lokc.org
Address 730 W Wilshire Blvd
Ste 116
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7738
Phone (405) 463-3331
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.lokc.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/lokcaf/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations are accepted by mail, phone, web site, or in person.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $528,000.00
Projected Expenses $526,250.00
History and Background
Former Names
Not applicable
Year Founded 1981
IRS Ruling Year 1981
State Registration Expiration Aug 2019
Mission Leadership Oklahoma City develops leaders for volunteer service, including service to nonprofits, the public sector, and other organizations such as schools and faith networks. 
Background Leadership Oklahoma City develops leaders for community service through education, connections, and service. 2 adult programs and 3 high school programs involve over 200 adults and youth in 8 to 10 month-long series of classes that educate the participants about the community and the skills needed to affect the community, connect participants with people from many backgrounds, perspectives, and interests, and give participants the opportunity to work in a community project. 
2017-18 More than 100 adults and 100 high school students completed one of Leadership Oklahoma City's programs designed to create more effective  and engaged volunteers.
  1. 6 significant, short-term community projects were completed by the LOYAL class of young adults
  2. The Youth in Action class raised over $17,000 to support its chosen community project for gang prevention programming. $7,500 was given to three community organizations in recognition of outstanding volunteers
Needs All Leadership Oklahoma City's youth programming is free to participants. One of our goals is to bring together young people from as broad a range as possible, and keeping the programs tuition-free means that socio-economic  status is not a factor. We even provide transportation to and from sessions, as well as meals, uniform shirts, and all supplies. Underwriting for the YLX programs is a major funding need. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement Leadership Oklahoma City brings together as diverse a group of individuals as any community program we know and creates connections among them that are often lifelong. Their focus on improving their communities has resulted in significant positive change in hundreds of organizations. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Participants in an LOKC class must live, work, or have a demonstrated civic interest in central Oklahoma.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Youth Development/Youth Development Programs
Description Adult programs: Signature Program, 48 participants; LOYAL Program, 64 young adults, Alumni Association, 1500 adults Youth programs: Leadership Skills, 48 teenagers; Youth in Action, 48 teenagers, Youth Council of Oklahoma City, 18 teenagers 
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Program participants have an immediate and direct impact on local nonprofits. 6 to 8 community organizations are chosen annually for a LOYAL Action Project, a short term project benefiting an agency that is designed and implements by a small team of LOYAL class members. For example, this year a team worked to improve participation in the Redbud Classic's walking event, another team added a STEM event to CanStruction, which supports community food banks, and another team recruited additional volunteer coaches for the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. The Yuuth in Action class selected FACT, a program of the OKC Police Department as the organization working most closely with their class-designed mission statement of reducing teenage crime, and raised more than $17,000 for that program. In addition, 3 local agencies were awarded $2500 each in honor of outstanding volunteers.
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. Each year more than 200 central Oklahoma residents complete a LOKC program, graduating as more effective, engaged community volunteers.More than 3,000 people have completed an LOKC program to date. These graduates each have personal stories of community impact that sprang from their LOKC participation.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Class participants self report on their volunteer activities.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
One of the most common outcomes is a class member joining the Board of an organization that he or she has been exposed to through the LOKC experience. For example, this year, an attorney who serves at the highest corporate level for a very large headquarters company joined the tiny board of a fledgling organization serving the need for Guardian Ad Litem clients. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and corporate support to an organization that would never have come to her attention otherwise.
In the primaries held in June 2018, at least 19 LOKC graduates were on the ballot.
Many of the organizations who had a project begun by the LOYAL Action Project teams continue to benefit from that work. The Literacy Coalition's annual scrabble event was a LOYAL project. The new community-focused waypoint on the OKC National Memorial Marathon's route is a LOYAL project. 
There are thousands of stories like these, many of which we will never know. 
Up to 48 class members participate in a series of 10 daylong sessions focusing on community issues such as education, human services, economic development, and government. Sessions highlight the successes and challenges related to the day's topic, and show class members how they can get involved and make a difference in that area.
Population Served Adults
Description Up to 64 young adults (23-35) learn the skills that will enable them to be more effective and more engaged volunteers. Topics include meeting management, fund raising, special event management, presentation skills, business etiquette, networking, and risk-taking. Class members also complete a community project in small teams, a hands-on experience for them in community improvement. 
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Up to 48 high school sophomores and juniors meet once a month, October through May, for daylong sessions that teach them about the community, the organizations and individuals committed to improving the community, and some of the skills they will need to be effective forces for positive change.
This program, as is all LOKC youth programming, is free to participants.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Up to 48 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors spend a day a month, October through April, learning advanced community leadership skills. The learning experiences are based on real community issues, culminating in the selection, by the class, of a specific issue they want to address. They then look for organizations in the community working in their chosen issue, select one project to support, and raise money for that project. Last year's group raised more than $22,000 to address mental health issues in teens via the St. Anthony Foundation and NorthCare.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Leadership Oklahoma City receives many more applications for its programs than it can admit; last year's LOYAL program applications topped 200 submissions for 64 spaces. While we are pleased that our programming continues to be attractive to community members, we are dismayed that we cannot serve everyone who would like to participate. Unfortunately, we do not believe we can maintain the high quality of our programming if we increase class sizes and number, so we do not anticipate change in this challenge. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Christy Zelley
Start Date Jan 2019
Email alum@lokc.org
Senior Staff
Sally FlenthropeMembership Director
Amber SheltonYouth Director
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 400
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 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 June 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Recent projects and collaborations with these organizations: Redbud Classic, Uptown 23rd, The Children's Center, The Curbside Chronicle, Central OK Humane Society, Downtown OKC, AutismOK.org, Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, Girl Scouts-Western OK, Inc., Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Inc, Infant Crisis Services Inc, The Homeless Alliance, Whiz Kids, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, Youth and Family Services, Suited for Success, Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Chamber of Commerce2019
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Name Ms Cindy Batt
Company Affiliation Bank of Oklahoma
Term June 2019 to May 2020
Email cbatt@bokf.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of June 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Ms Cindy BattBank Of OklahomaVoting
Ms Hilarie BlaneyBancFirstVoting
Chief Bill CittyOklahoma City Police DepartmentVoting
Ms Julie CoffeeHigh Impact ManagementVoting
Mr Mike DeckerVoting
Mr. Eric EissenstatContinental ResourcesVoting
Mr Jim FinchOGEVoting
Mr Richard ForsheeWilliams Box Forshee and BullardVoting
Mr Kermit FrankDolese BrosVoting
Mr Bob Funk JrProdigalVoting
Mr Kent GardnerThe Funk CompaniesVoting
Mrs Julie HallCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Andrew HwangADEPT Commercial Real EstateVoting
Mrs Sharron Jackson-GloverThe Glover GroupVoting
The Hon Bernard JonesUnited States Magistrate Judge, Western District, OKVoting
Mr Phil LanceINTEGRIS Cancer InstituteVoting
Mr Dave LopezState of Oklahoma Secretary of StateVoting
Ms Elisa McAlisterCentral Oklahoma Homebuilders AssociationVoting
Ms Dana McCroryCentral Oklahoma Humane SocietyVoting
Ms Teresa MoisantMoisant Promotional ProductsVoting
Mr. James PickelPrairie Earth GardensVoting
Mrs Tammy PowellSt Anthony HospitalVoting
Mr Steve RaybournRaydon ExplorationVoting
Ms. Christina RehkopDevon Energy Corp.Voting
Ms Jeanette RiceAmerican Fidelity Assurance Co.Voting
Ms. Cecilia Robinson-WoodsMillwood Public SchoolsVoting
Ms. Ashleigh Sorrell RoseUnited Way of Central OklahomaVoting
Ms. Meg SalyerAccel Financial StaffingVoting
Mr. Doug StussiLove's Travel Stops & Country StoresVoting
Mr. Lee SymcoxFirst Fidelity BankVoting
Ms Lisa B SynarOKC BeautifulVoting
Mrs Lauren ToppinsPayComVoting
Mr. Marcus UdeUniversal Development EnterpriseVoting
Mr. Brian WestBKD CPAs & AdvisorsVoting
Mr Ron WitherspoonArvest BankVoting
Mr. Apollo WoodsOKC Black EatsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 16
Not specified 0
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 5 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Ann AckermanRetired
Bob AnthonyOklahoma Corporation Commissionn
Michael BiddingerMichael Biddinger Real Estate
Teresa CooperRetired
Carl EdwardsPrice Edwards
Jim FarrisJames Farris Associates
Joan GilmoreRetired
Debby HamptonUnited Way of Central Oklahoma
Jim LoftisJames Loftis Architects
Kay MartinRetired
Sherry RhodesSt Anthony Foundation
Jim SharrockMcAfee & Taft
Pam TroupRetired
Rick VermillionAME Inc
Roy WilliamsGreater OKC Chamber
Youth Board
Youth Board Members
Chris BrewsterSanta Fe South Schools
Anaka BrooksMustang High School
Andrea Brown-RobinsonAmerican Fidelity
Matthew CagigalChesapeake Energy
Rick CainRetired
Sunny CearleyGreater OKC Chamber
Ashley CogarOklahoma Sports Science and Orthopedics
Adrianne Covington-GrahamOklahoma Engineering Foundation
Wayland CubitOklahoma City Police Department
Talita DeNegriMt St Mary High School
Lena DoBishop McGuinness Catholic High School
Taylor DoCareNotebook
Jason DunningtonOklahoma State Representative
Susan EdwardsCommunity volunteer
Kyle EssmillerCP Energy
Richard ForsheeWilliams Box Forshee & Bullard
Miguel GarciaAttorney
Kimberly GarrettOklahoma City Police Department
Amanda HardingCommunity volunteer
Joyce HendersonRetired
Candice HillenbrandA Chance to Change
Alana HousePayCom
Quintin HughesOklahoma City Public Schools
Justin KingKing Law Firm
A. J. KirkpatrickADG
Christopher LloydLloyd Entertainment Media Group
Malek MassadEmersons Commercial Real Estate
Matt McGuireHeritage Trust
Marion PadenLeadership Oklahoma
Gus PekaraRetired
Ashley PetersOklahoma City Police Department
Erik SalazarFAA
Lynn SmithBlusource
Ashleigh Sorrell-RoseUnited Way of Central Oklahoma
Robyn Sunday-AllenOklahoma City Indian Clinic
Mallory TecmireMt St Mary High School
Jon TrudgeonWestminster School
susan TurpenU S Grant High School
Kathy WilliamsCommunity volunteer
Paige WilliamsThe Chickasaw Nation
Jessica WinscherOklahoma Department of Human Services
Jack WolfardChristian Heritage Academy
Donovan WoodsOklahoma State University Foundation
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Leadership Oklahoma City's primary challenge is the demand for its programs. All programs, youth and adult, have 2 to 3 times more applications than LOKC has spots available. Increasing the number of places in the programs would require a huge jump in funding, additional staff, and many more volunteers. We believe we serve our participants well, and would not want to see the quality of our programming drop by stretching resources too thinly.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year June 01, 2019-May 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $528,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $526,250
Financial Documents
LOKC Audit2014
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$16,871
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$60,017$62,879$56,037
Unrealized Gain/Loss$23,546$46,573($55,190)
Membership Dues$102,795$101,105$93,470
Special Events$36,741$38,340$41,330
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$432,622$416,501$439,309
Administration Expense$48,383$42,732$44,480
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.310.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,405,707$1,358,771$1,216,099
Current Assets$407,590$389,884$336,266
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$1,405,707$1,358,771$1,216,099
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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 $161,197Earned Revenue $158,337Earned Revenue $167,914
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $133,330Contributions $147,976Contributions $137,803
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $102,795Memberships $101,105Memberships $93,470
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
Campaign Purpose
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note:  FY2017 has a $40,045 prior period adjustment noted in the "Other" revenue. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 730 W Wilshire Blvd
Ste 116
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7738
Primary Phone 405 463-3331
Contact Email alum@lokc.org
Give with Credit Card https://www.lokc.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/lokcaf/
CEO/Executive Director Christy Zelley
Board Chair Ms Cindy Batt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of Oklahoma