Positive Tomorrows
P.O. Box 61190
Oklahoma City OK 73146-1190
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Mission Statement Partnering with homeless families to educate their children and create pathways to success.

It is our goal to prepare children living in chaos with the academic and social skills to succeed in public education once they leave our school.
Contact Information
Contact Name Margaret Creighton
Contact email mcreighton@positivetomorrows.org
Address P.O. Box 61190
Oklahoma City, OK 73146 1190
Phone (405) 556-5082
Fax 405-556-5085
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/pt/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Donations may be made by check or credit card to our PO Box, by our secure website, or by phone. In-kind donations can be made to our school by calling for directions. Our website lists general volunteer opportunities as well as contact information for more specific details.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,300,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,299,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Positive Tomorrows Community Board, Inc.2010
Year Founded 1989
IRS Ruling Year 1992
State Registration Expiration Jan 2020
Mission Partnering with homeless families to educate their children and create pathways to success.

It is our goal to prepare children living in chaos with the academic and social skills to succeed in public education once they leave our school.
Background Since 1989, Positive Tomorrows has helped children experiencing homelessness overcome obstacles to full academic and social development by providing classroom education, support services, food, clothing, school supplies and all of the necessary supplies and services for being successful in school.

Positive Tomorrows began in 1989 as a collaborative effort among a group of community organizations which recognized the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness were not being met. Founding partners included Oklahoma City Public Schools, the State Department of Education, CampFire USA, Neighborhood Services Organization and the YWCA.

As an affiliate of the Oklahoma City Public Schools System, our purpose was to help homeless families collect needed documentation to enroll their children into a public school. From our founding until 2006, that was what we did. Then, a change in the Federal Grant guidelines caused us to became ineligible for government funding. While many of our students still came from the Oklahoma City Public Schools, we were no longer formally affiliated with the school district.

Today, Positive Tomorrows is a private, tuition-free elementary school meeting the educational and social service needs of children experiencing homelessness and their families. We serve over 100 homeless children each year with school, day camps during school breaks and family services year-round.
Impact Positive Tomorrows is an accredited private school and social services organization focusing on the unique needs of homeless children.  In addition to school, we provide deep family support services aimed at helping the child find stability in and out of school.

We have an after-school program, partnering with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and other organizations to provide enrichment experiences so desperately needed by children living in deep poverty.

The goal of our board of directors for the near future is a comprehensive review of our business model and educational delivery systems. We are embarking on a period of growth, both in terms of facility expansion and numbers of clients served.  After completing fundraising for a Capital Campaign in the summer of 2018, construction began on a new facility that would more than triple our capacity of students served. On Dec. 2, 2019, we held our first day of classes in the new school.
Needs Oklahoma City Public Schools and Putnam City Public Schools reported a combined 6,000+ homeless children in Oklahoma City alone during the 2018-2019 academic year. While we were able to serve more than 100 children in the 2018-2019 academic year, due to our building size and financial limitations at our former location, our daily capacity was 74 children. Over time, we will be able to serve up to 210 students daily, and we are working to grow our operating budget to accommodate this growth.

Positive Tomorrows operates on donations from individuals, businesses and organizations in the community. These contributions ensure teachers are highly qualified and available for all of the needs of our children, children receive regular and nutritious meals, a safe, reliable bus to provide transportation, counseling is available, and parents receive support, too. We must raise approximately $1.7 million each year to meet our operating needs.

Volunteers are needed to mentor children, provide birthday parties and other activities, and assist with building maintenance and special events.

In-kind gifts, such as children's clothing, tissues, wet wipes, toilet paper, etc., are also welcomed. Groups willing to hold drives to collect necessary items are greatly appreciated.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Positive Tomorrows fills a unique niche. According to our research, we are the only accredited private school for children experiencing homelessness in the country with after-school and day camp programs during school breaks. We have found a handful of schools receiving public funds in Arizona and in California; however, they do not have the extensive family support and out-of-school programs that we provide. We have also discovered a couple of private schools in other parts of the country, but they are not accredited or have the breadth of services we provide.

Positive Tomorrows also creatively collaborates with other organizations to provide comprehensive educational and extracurricular services to our students. For example, ballet lessons are provided by the Oklahoma City Ballet, media use is learned at the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library with the assistance of the children's librarian, and youth development and leadership is cultivated through partnerships with our local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire USA troops. We believe that effective use of community resources is imperative in order for us to provide as many services as possible to children who are already so far behind.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
We primarily serve homeless children in the central section of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. However, sometimes student families will obtain housing in other parts of the city and we will stretch our transportation resources as reasonably as possible in order to continue their enrollment in our school.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Children's and Youth Services
Accredited education for children experiencing homelessness or who suffer academic and social delays due to past homelessness.   
Population Served Homeless Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families
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. School stability, social stability, and increased academic standing for students attending our program.
Families are offered case management, counseling, assistance in finding housing, referrals, food, clothing and other services as needed to change family circumstances and accomplish stability.
Population Served Homeless Families Children Only (5 - 14 years)
A comprehensive after-school program encompasses tutoring, enrichment classes, and child development opportunities such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, etc.  Day camps are held during the summer and school breaks in order to keep academic skills honed and provide enrichment activities.
Population Served Homeless Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The largest challenge we currently face is structuring our rapid growth to best meet the needs of our community.  We also want to make certain that funding sources will be able to sustain our programs over the long term. The board of directors is reviewing creative funding opportunities, as well as better develop our donor pool.  We are also undertaking an extensive review of community need and how our mission should meet those needs.

While we have moved into a new building that will more than triple our capacity of students we can serve, including expanding our ages served from birth - 8th grade, we have to strategically expand and grow our services, resources, programs and staff within a responsible budget. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Susan Agel
Start Date Apr 2009
Email sagel@positivetomorrows.org
Susan Agel, President of Positive Tomorrows, has worked to advance the mission of nonprofit organizations nearly all her professional life.
Employed at Positive Tomorrows since early 2009, Susan has led the nonprofit to accreditation by the North Central Association, increased enrollment and increased contributions.
In 2012, Agel was named one of “Fifty Making a Difference,” part of the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year program. She was also an honoree in the Journal Record’s Most Admired CEO recognition as a finalist in the nonprofit division. Recently, Susan was awarded the 2011 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for Oklahoma, given each year by FBI Director Robert Mueller. She accepted the award in ceremonies at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Susan served as founder and executive director of the Deaconess Hospital Foundation for 10 years, 1993-2003. More recently, Susan raised funds for City Rescue Mission, developed the grants program for Butterfield Memorial Foundation, and assisted in communications and marketing efforts at The Children’s Center.
Earlier in her career, she was director of public relations for HeartSpring School (for children with disabilities) in Wichita, Kansas, receiving an M.A. in communications from Wichita State University in 1993.
Senior Staff
Kelly BergerDirector of Family Support
Amy BrewerAssistant Principal
Margaret CreightonDirector of Development
Pam HoffmanDirector of Finance
Number of Full-time Staff 32
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 650
Staff Retention Rate 75
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 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 31
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2010
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
We collaborate closely with a number of agencies who provide services to people living in deep poverty. Homeless shelters include City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Family Shelter, and the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter. We partner with agencies providing transitional living arrangements such as Neighborhood Services Organization and ReMerge. Variety Care provides medical and dental services to students and families, Cornerstone Eyecare provides free glasses and eye exams. We make weekly visits with the children's librarian at the downtown library (Metropolitan Library System). 

We participate in the coordinated case management program offered at the Homeless Alliance and are a United Way partner agency. We collaborate with several mental health agencies, such as Northcare. 

Several organizations assist with our after-school and day camp programs.  Camp Fire, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Oklahoma City Ballet, IAO Art Gallery, and other organizations are vital partners in providing after-school program activities.

We are always open to developing new collaborations and constantly seek new and creative ways to work with other organizations.
External Assessments and Accreditations
North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation2010
Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Consortium2013
Oklahoma A+ School2013
Program Making a DifferenceJournal Record2015
Best Broadcast Digital for our Fundraising VideoAmerican Advertising Award2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Nikki Jones Edwards
Company Affiliation Phillips Murrah P.C.
Term July 2018 to June 2022
Email njedwards@phillipsmurrah.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Susan AgelPositive TomorrowsExofficio
Dawn ByramTimberlake Construction
Dr. Scott CalhoonSWC Productions Inc.Voting
Kati ChristBank of OklahomaVoting
Nikki J EdwardsPhillips Murrah
Mike EmmelhainzBoeing (Retired)
Steve FoskinCrossfirst BankVoting
Michael HartfieldLove's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Gregg HensonDevonVoting
Jamie HerreraOklahoma Department of CommerceVoting
Karen KurtzOG&EVoting
Jodi LewisOklahoma Municipal League
Travis MasonCommercial Oklahoma
Dr. Robyn MillerOklahoma State Department of Education
Vince WhiteRetired - Devon Energy
Tyson WilliamsTall Oak Midstream
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 16
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
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? Under Development
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Campus Planning and Development
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The board of Positive Tomorrows has redeveloped itself in the past years and has become an active, engaged board with a passion for our work. The board has expanded its level of expertise in several areas of need and is focused on serving at-risk children in our community in the most efficient ways possible. Great care is taken in selecting new board members in order to meet the needs of the board. Currently, we are seeking mature, experienced board members with diverse ethnicities in order to expand the board's diversity.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,300,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,299,000
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$10,027,804$2,653,932$1,600,593
Total Expenses$1,835,923$1,614,832$1,422,300
Revenue Less Expenses$8,191,881$1,039,100$178,293
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$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$54,554$33,567$31,586
Unrealized Gain/Loss$5,346$10,978($10,247)
Membership Dues------
Special Events($21,238)$74,906$72,522
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,323,270$1,231,732$1,154,405
Administration Expense$90,458$112,537$73,041
Fundraising Expense$422,195$270,563$194,854
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses5.461.641.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%76%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%11%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$11,846,523$3,670,365$2,641,735
Current Assets$7,248,899$1,377,712$1,193,793
Long-Term Liabilities$311,760$332,501$350,529
Current Liabilities$110,836$105,818$98,260
Total Net Assets$11,423,927$3,232,046$2,192,946
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities65.4013.0212.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%9%13%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $9,724,843Contributions $2,375,588Contributions $1,405,078
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $360,229Indirect Public Support $231,773Indirect Public Support $235,821
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $54,554Special Events $74,906Special Events $72,522
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose We recently finished raising funds to build a new 42,000+ square foot school that will more than triple our capacity. Naming opportunities are still available.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Positive Tomorrows has been working diligently at strengthening our fundraising capabilities and has seen good results.  We are working to limit our reliance on a few very large donors by building a strong core of donors who individually contribute $5-$10,000 each year.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note: Fiscal years 2018, 2017, and 2016 had written off bad debt expense of  ($95,930), ($72,880), and ($134,167) which is reflected in the "Other" section.  Refer to Schedule O, section XII.
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Address P.O. Box 61190
Oklahoma City, OK 73146 1190
Primary Phone 405 556-5082
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/pt/
CEO/Executive Director Susan Agel
Board Chair Nikki Jones Edwards
Board Chair Company Affiliation Phillips Murrah P.C.