Citizens Caring for Children, Inc.
730 W. Wilshire Creek Blvd
Suite 112
Oklahoma City OK 73116-7738
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Citizens Caring for Children
Mission Statement

Citizens Caring for Children serves children in foster care, the most vulnerable children in the state, by providing clothing, personal hygiene products and continued support focused on education to build for a brighter tomorrow.


Resource Center
Contact Information
Contact Name Julie Keller
Contact email
Address 730 W. Wilshire Creek Blvd
Suite 112
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7738
Phone (405) 753-4099
Fax 405-753-4095
County Oklahoma County
OK 73120
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Mail a check to 730 W. Wilshire Creek Blvd, Suite 112, Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Make a donation by phone by calling 405-753-4099

In-kind donations of NEW clothing, shoes, socks, undergarments, books, pajamas, coats, toiletry items, towels, wash cloths, blankets, stuffed animals, backpacks and school supplies.

Volunteer opportunities available through four programs: the Mentor Program, Joy 4 Kids, Back-to-School and the Resource Center, for more information call 405-753-4099.
Host a drive - call 405-753-4099 to discuss drive opportunities and engage your organization or business.
Make a donation online at
Make an online donation to the endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation at
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $876,415.00
Projected Expenses $876,415.00
History and Background
Former Names
Citizens Concerned for Children1984
Supported Organization Citizens Caring for Children, Inc.
Year Founded 1984
IRS Ruling Year 1985
State Registration Expiration Mar 2018

Citizens Caring for Children serves children in foster care, the most vulnerable children in the state, by providing clothing, personal hygiene products and continued support focused on education to build for a brighter tomorrow.



Citizens Caring for Children (CCC) was founded in 1984 after first-hand experience with foster children revealed the significant needs that were present in and around Oklahoma City. Too many children in our community were not receiving the basics in life that we have all taken for granted at one point in time. CCC continues this mission today, providing resources – clothing, personal hygiene kits, books, mentoring and enrichment opportunities – to foster children in Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties.

In 2015, there were 10,916 Oklahoma children living in foster care. In July, the Department of Human Services (DHS) discontinued emergency clothing vouchers for foster children, cutting yet another resource for foster parents who already raise children on funds that cover approximately 40 percent of their needs and making the services of CCC even more important.

When children are taken from their home, they are often left with nothing but the clothing on their back. The CCC Resource Center, Back to School and Joy4Kids provide necessities to children in foster care. Through these programs, children receive much needed new clothing, shoes, toiletries, duffel bag, backpack, school supplies and a Christmas experience.

Citizens Caring for Children makes a difference in the lives of Oklahoma’s foster children. We are working continually to enhance the quality of the Resource Center experience for foster children and foster families. We believe collaborations and added enrichment opportunities can serve to further enhance the children’s’ confidence and motivate them to be the best they can be. With your support, we will help ensure that these innocent children will have the chance for a better life.


Last year, Citizens Caring for Children served Oklahoma’s foster children by

  • Providing clothing, shoes, socks, underwear, pajamas, coats, books and personal hygiene kits for 1601unique children in 3016 visits to our Resource Center
  • Assisting 601children in selecting a complete new school outfit – everything from head to toe – as well as a backpack and school supplies during our Back to School event 
  • Fulfilled the Christmas wish lists of 1,000 children through our Joy 4 Kids program

Program objectives include increasing the number of children served in the Resource Center in the coming year by 35% and researching the efficacy of providing opportunities for enrichment/mentoring activities that enhance community and volunteer awareness as well as offer educational assistance. With a goal to increase our non-cash support of the Resource Center by 40%, we will focus on broadening the scope of community participation to meet the needs of children living in foster care in central Oklahoma.

  1. Financial Support of the Resource Center.  Monthly donors would be particularly helpful in meeting our needs and sustaining our programs.
  2. Donations of new clothes for the Resource Center for children from birth to 18 years of age, including underwear, socks, jeans, shirts, full size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, duffel bags, towels, blankets and children's books.
  3. Companies, organizations and individuals to coordinate drives for needed items. 
  4. Volunteers to help in the Resource Center, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  5. Financial and in-kind support for Back 2 School and Joy 4 Kids.


CEO/Executive Director Statement

The Resource Center at Citizens Caring for Children is unique in that it provides an actual shopping experience for foster children. They have the opportunity to choose their own new clothing in a setting designed to facilitate their decision-making skills and build the confidence that comes with taking pride in one’s appearance. Children can visit the Resource Center four times a year, and also participate in Back to School, an additional visit during which a personal shopper helps them select a new outfit for school, as well as a backpack and school supplies.

Aware of the increasing need for our services, we are committed to growing and adapting our Resource Center. Analysis of our client base reveals that 15% of the children we serve are ages birth – 2, 55% are ages 3 – 9, and 30% are 10 and older. This data allows us to improve our ordering distribution providing foster children the sizes and items needed and reducing the excess in less popular sizes.

A 35% increase in children served in the Resource Center means that we would be providing clothing, personal hygiene kits, books and other basic necessities for 3,000 visits – 250 children per month - and an additional 600 children at Back to School. Because children can visit the Resource Center four times per year (once each season) and during Back to School, some of these visits are returning children and some are new children. We track those numbers and follow-up with emails and phone calls to determine changes in placement status, such as adoption or reunification that will impact whether a child continues to need our services.

We make a difference in the lives of foster children. We are working continually to enhance the quality of the Resource Center experience for foster children and foster families. Our volunteer base is growing, which will translate into increased awareness of the need for community support. Through survey data, we know that at least 86% of our clients believe their foster children feel better about themselves because of the clothing and supplies they receive in a Resource Center visit. We believe collaborations and added enrichment opportunities can serve to further enhance their confidence and motivate them to be the best they can be.

Board Chair Statement

I got involved with Citizens Caring for Children after seeing a friend open their home to foster several children.  The children's stories drew me to seek a way to help.  Our friends told us about Citizens Caring for Children and I have been involved ever since.  As the word continues to spread about CCC, more people become involved and we can continue to make a difference in the lives of these children. 

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Canadian County
Cleveland County
Grady County
Lincoln County
Logan County
Oklahoma County
Pottawatomie County
We serve foster children in Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.  However, we would serve any child in the state who had the proper documentation and needed our services.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Youth Development/
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Foster Care

Joy 4 Kids provides Christmas presents to children in foster care during the holidays, allowing them to experience the joy of the holiday. Our Joy 4 Kids program gives children in foster care a sense of hope in the moment and for their futures.  We work with DHS to fill wish lists for 1,000 children in our seven county area.  This is accomplished through partnerships with businesses, churches, schools, and individuals who shop for a child or make a donation to cover the cost of items on the wish list.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. During the 2016 holiday seasons Citizens Caring for Children ensured that more than 1,000 children and young adults living in foster care were not forgotten. With the help of our partners and generous community support these children received gifts to open on Christmas morning. . 
Description Our Resource Center serves as a place foster children come to shop in a warm and inviting retail like environment. They will receive new clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, pajamas, coats, books and other basic items. These items help alleviate a foster child's sense of loss felt after leaving all his/her personal belongings behind when removed from their home.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description Back 2 School- Starting School can cause anxiety in any child, but for foster children who could change schools with every placement, this time can be very frightening. CCC's Back 2 School program is a bonus visit to our Resource Center. Through the Back 2 School program, foster children are matched with a personal shopper who helps them select a new outfit, backpack, and school supplies so they can go to school feeling more confident.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. In the 2016 The Back2School event served 601 children.  This event helps Oklahoma foster children go Back-to-School with confidence.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Like most nonprofits, we are competing for donations in a community that has experienced economic downturns in the oil and gas industry.  In addition, Oklahoma has a huge number of nonprofits seeking donations. We provide a service to foster children that impacts both their physical and emotional well-being.  The need for our services continues to grow, particularly for children ages 3 to 12. We are working effectively with our small staff, and have made great strides in improving the efficiency of our Resource Center and are excellent stewards of our donor dollars.  We are expanding our reach through social media, outreach and the creation of a Teen Board.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lynne Roller
Start Date July 2015
Experience Lynne Roller began her career as an educator, moving from the classroom to administration, development and alumni work before taking a position as Deputy Director at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.  In her 13 year tenure there she lead the organization's successful accreditation by the American Association of Museums, and developed and implemented the Museum's education programs.  At Citizens Caring for Children, Ms. Roller has directed staff reorganization, renovated and updated the Resource Center and Warehouse space.  Ms. Roller has BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University.  
Senior Staff
Julie KellerDirector of Development
Toni LeeDirector of Operations
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 200
Staff Retention Rate 80
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 4
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2011
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Department of Human Services, OK Foster Wishes, Sunbeam Family Services, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Youth & Family Services, White Fields, Speck Group Home, The Mentoring Project, The 111 Project, Smart Start of Oklahoma, Pauline E. Mayer Emergency Children's Shelter, Bair Foundation, Infant Crisis Center, Sooner Success, Cleats for Kids, Peppers Ranch, Anna's House, Mother Huggers.

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2010
United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency1999
The Fun FestJunior League of Oklahoma City2001
Volunteer AwardOklahoma Department of Human Services2003
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2005
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2006
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2007
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2008
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2009
Outstanding Volunteer ServicesOklahoma Department of Human Services/Volunteers Light the Way2010
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2010
Platinum AwardUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2010
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2011
Symphony of ServiceOklahoma Department of Human Services/Volunteer Awards Ceremony2012
MemberGreater Oklahoma City Chamber2012
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2013
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2014
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2015
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2016
PacesetterUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2017
Community Partner AwardDHS2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Kevin Cunningham
Company Affiliation Denton Law Firm
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Kayla Blount Liberty MutualVoting
Jesse Chapel Andrew DavisVoting
Jeb Cook Summit BankVoting
Kevin Cunningham Bass LawVoting
Merydith Easter Oklahoma County District Attorney's OfficeVoting
Tim Gallegly Crowe & DunlevyVoting
Brian Geiger Bank of OklahomaVoting
Joe Hendrix Mariner Wealth AdvisorsVoting
Kevin Lawrence BancFirstVoting
Becky Roten Community LeaderVoting
Lindsey Williams Arledge & AssociatesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
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 Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Youth Board
Youth Board Members
Max Baetz Heritage Hall
Eddie Cook Heritage Hall
Foster Counts Heritage Hall
Chandler Keller Heritage Hall
Emory Stephenson Heritage Hall
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The CCC Board is a working Board in every sense of the word.  They are committed to the organization and its mission, and willing to do whatever they can to move the mission forward.  
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $876,415
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $876,415
Financial Documents
Audit 2016
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,611$14,907$13,650
Unrealized Gain/Loss($7,404)($2,775)$33,847
Membership Dues------
Special Events$77,952$99,181$99,596
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$639,720$704,881$762,964
Administration Expense$77,526$114,535$77,983
Fundraising Expense$37,963$34,267$57,424
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.820.981.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%83%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%16%27%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$786,147$952,129$948,021
Current Assets$123,477$584,666$502,039
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$13,505$40,533$17,896
Total Net Assets$772,642$911,596$930,125
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.1414.4228.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $422,096Contributions $604,756Contributions $637,607
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $115,000Indirect Support $118,000Indirect Public Support $109,478
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $77,952Special Events $99,181Special Events $99,596
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
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? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
Current year financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990.  All other prior year's financial information is from audited financials. Therefore, you may see some discrepancies in the breakout of revenue, expenses, totals assets and/or net assets going from the audited financials to the 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 730 W. Wilshire Creek Blvd
Suite 112
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7738
Primary Phone 405 753-4099 106
Contact Email
Give with Credit Card
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Lynne Roller
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Cunningham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Denton Law Firm


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