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 Our mission is educating homeless children and their families to break the cycle of poverty.

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 $1,665,500.00
Projected Expenses $1,664,880.22
History and Background
Former Names
Positive Tomorrows Community Board, Inc.2010
Year Founded 1989
IRS Ruling Year 1992
State Registration Expiration Jan 2018
Mission Our mission is educating homeless children and their families to break the cycle of poverty.

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.
Since 1989, Positive Tomorrows has helped homeless children 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 homeless children 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 homeless children and their families. We serve approximately 100 homeless children each year with school, day camps during school breaks and family services year-round.
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 initiated an afterschool 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 about to embark on a period of growth, both in terms of facility expansion and numbers of clients served.  In order to accomplish those tasks effectively, we will first make certain our model of service is the best fit for the task at hand.
According to the Oklahoma City Public Schools, there are 5,024 homeless children in that school district.  Putnam City Schools estimate over 3,500. Due to our building size and financial limitations, we are only able to serve approximately 100 children each year, with a daily capacity of 74 children. With over 8,000 homeless students in Oklahoma City, we lack space to meet growing needs.

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 are fed a nutritious diet, a safe, reliable bus provides transportation, counseling is available and parents receive support too. We must raise approximately $1.3 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 gently-used 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 homeless children in the country with afterschool 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 services to our students. For example, PE is taught in the Boys and Girls Club gym, Ballet is taught by the Oklahoma City Ballet, and media use is learned at the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library with the assistance of the children's librarian there. 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 much 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 who are homeless 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.
Another challenge has to do with the size of our building. We do not have enough space to serve all the children who come to us for school. This school year, we have turned away approximately 40 children. We are currently planning a limited renovation of our building in order to use space more efficiently and the board of directors is working to determine the best choices regarding future facility decisions.
We have numerous opportunities for the future in that there are many more homeless children in our community than we are able to serve.  We are hoping to begin pre-K in the future and are looking at developing programs to provide extra mentoring and tutoring services to homeless children attending public school. There is much to do.
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, receiving an M.A. in communications from Wichita State University in 1993.


Senior Staff
Amy BrewerAssistant Principal
Margaret CreightonDirector of Development
David WoodDirector of Administration
Number of Full-time Staff 23
Number of Part-time Staff 6
Number of Contract Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 650
Staff Retention Rate 76
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 6
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 24
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 Passageways Domestic Violence Shelter. We partner with agencies providing transitional living arrangements such as Neighborhood Services Organization and ReMerge. Healing Hands provides medical care to students at our site. Specialty classes are offered to our students by music education students from Oklahoma City University, a volunteer PE teacher in the gym at Boys and Girls Club, and with the children's librarian at the downtown library (Metropolitan Library System). Academic and psychological testing is done through the ed psych lab at the University of Central Oklahoma.  We also have work study students from UCO.

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. We have an arrangement with Goodwill, where we share in-kind gifts with them that we cannot use and in turn, they provide vouchers for our adults to purchase clothing in the Goodwill stores.

Several organizations assist with our after-school and day camp programs.  Camp Fire, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Leadership students at OCU, 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 Todd Lechtenberger
Company Affiliation Amalfi Investments
Term July 2014 to June 2018
Email Todd@AmalfiInvestments.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Susan Agel Positive TomorrowsExofficio
Andre Caldwell Ogletree DeakinsVoting
Dr. Scott Calhoon SWC Productions Inc.Voting
Kati Christ Bank of OklahomaVoting
Nikki J Edwards Phillips Murrah
Steve Foskin Crossfirst BankVoting
Michael Hartfield Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
HK Hatcher NBC OklahomaVoting
Gregg Henson DevonVoting
Jamie Herrera Oklahoma Department of CommerceVoting
Karen Kurtz OG&EVoting
Todd Lechtenberger FirstMedVoting
Kirby Price Heritage FeedersVoting
Kathy Turner RetiredVoting
Vince White Retired - Devon Energy
Tyson Williams Tall Oak Midstream
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 13
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 5
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)
Program / Program Planning
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The board of Positive Tomorrows has redeveloped itself in the past three 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, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,665,500
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,664,880
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue$1,600,593$1,666,782$1,555,864
Total Expenses$1,422,300$1,680,754$1,131,449
Revenue Less Expenses$178,293($13,972)$424,415
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$31,586$23,943$21,960
Unrealized Gain/Loss($144,414)($3,385)$18,696
Membership Dues------
Special Events$72,522$82,411$70,969
Revenue In-Kind$102,931$110,711$71,190
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,154,405$1,317,882$850,403
Administration Expense$73,041$58,605$100,512
Fundraising Expense$194,854$304,267$180,534
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.130.991.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%78%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue63%97%59%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,641,735$2,454,564$2,066,734
Current Assets$741,652$654,012$484,975
Long-Term Liabilities$350,529$370,697--
Current Liabilities$98,260$69,214$38,109
Total Net Assets$2,192,946$2,014,653$2,028,625
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.559.4512.73
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%15%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $1,302,147Contributions $1,269,382Contributions $1,160,032
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $235,821Indirect Public Support $230,557Indirect Public Support $237,142
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $102,931Special Events $82,411Revenue In-Kind $71,190
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose

Our goal is to build a new 36,000 square foot school to more than double our capacity and serve ages birth - fifth grade.

Campaign Goal $10,200,000
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 $5-$10,000 each year.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note:  Fiscal years 2015 and 2014 had prior period adjustments ($46,837) and ($24,125), respectively, which is reflected in the "Other" section.
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 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 Todd Lechtenberger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Amalfi Investments


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