The Oscar B. Jacobson Foundation
609 Chautauqua Ave
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Jacobson House
The Oscar Jacobson Foundation
Mission Statement The purpose of the Oscar B. Jacobson Foundation, through the operation of the Jacobson House Native Art Center, is to preserve the property and legacy of Oscar B. Jacobson and his wife, Sophie Brousse Jacobson or Jean d'Ucel, to honor the achievement of the "Kiowa Five" and those Native American art students who have followed them, to showcase Native American fine art and culture, in order to perpetuate understanding and respect among people, creating a setting for cross-cultural experiences, and serve as a resource for the University of Oklahoma and for the community.
Contact Information
Contact Name Tracey Mikkanen
Contact email jacobsonhouse@gmail.com
Address 609 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 366-1667
County Cleveland County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/jf/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer https://www.jacobsonhouse.com/jhshop/donation/
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $66,000.00
Projected Expenses $66,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
N/A
Year Founded 1987
IRS Ruling Year 1987
State Registration Expiration Jan 2015
Statements
Mission The purpose of the Oscar B. Jacobson Foundation, through the operation of the Jacobson House Native Art Center, is to preserve the property and legacy of Oscar B. Jacobson and his wife, Sophie Brousse Jacobson or Jean d'Ucel, to honor the achievement of the "Kiowa Five" and those Native American art students who have followed them, to showcase Native American fine art and culture, in order to perpetuate understanding and respect among people, creating a setting for cross-cultural experiences, and serve as a resource for the University of Oklahoma and for the community.
Background THE KIOWA FIVE The Native American artists whom became known as the "Kiowa Five" were James Auchiah (1906-1974), Spencer Asah (1905/ 1910-1954), Jack Hokeah (1902-1969), Stephen Mopope (1898-1974), and Monroe Tsatoke (1904-1937). Lois (Bougetah) Smoky (1907-1981) was also in the group. They were young and they were Kiowa Indians from the Anadarko area of Oklahoma. Because of their talent and the opportunities afforded them at The University of Oklahoma, they became international celebrities. It is well-remembered that these young men were occasionally homesick for Anadarko and the Indian community and that during those times they would gather at the Jacobson House to sing, dance and tell Kiowa stories.

These five Indian artists, not alone but in particular, exerted a strong and positive influence on Native American artists, all Indians trying to accommodate drastic new conditions. Their achievement was a source of pride. Art is a vocation compatible with Native American communal values; the world of art has become a major arena for economic development for Native Americans.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Cleveland County
Norman
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Programs
Description Artists provided instruction about Native art and Oklahoma history to 4th graders in Norman schools through an interactive hands-on art project. Everyone who participated felt they learned more about the Native perspective of Oklahoma history than they would have if the artists had not come to their schools. The culminating event went well and as expected many students brought their families to view their artwork on exhibit at the Jacobson House and partook in Native food and dancing and artwork from local Indian artists. The impact was felt from teachers, students and their families, as well as school administrators, Native artists and the broader community. Teachers, who do not always have access to tools that portray the Native perspective of Oklahoma history, were able to reinforce what they know of the Native history of Oklahoma through the artist's presentation. Students, who may not have heard some of the events that shaped Oklahoma history or the prominent Indians of Oklahoma or how the Indigenous peoples of Oklahoma used the surrounding resourses because it is not always depicted in books, were able to learn these facts through a fun art related project and then were allowed the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the historic Jacobson House for their family and everyone to view. The students and their families who visted the Jacobson House learned even more about their community and history of the Jacobson House and the establishment of the International Native American Fine Art Movement and met other established Native artists and partook in Oklahoma Native tradtional foods and dancing. The broader community felt they learned a lot by viewing the student artwork. The artwork depicted the history they learned through their art instruction from the Oklahoma Indian artists. The project also gave local Native artists an event in which to sell their artwork and teach others about their work and why they do it from their own perspective.
Strategy
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families Native Americans
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. As stated above, every response from the students, teachers, and school administrators was positive and felt they received an appreciation for Native American style artwork. They also felt they learned more about the Native perspective of Oklahoma history than they would have if the artists had not come to their schools. The culminating event at the Jacobson House had Native food and dancing and the community was able to purchase Native artwork from local Indian artists. The impact was felt from teachers, students and their families, as well as school administrators, Native artists and the broader community. Teachers, who do not always have access to tools that portray the Native perspective of Oklahoma history, were able to reinforce what they know of the Native history of Oklahoma through the artist's presentation. Students, who may not have heard some of the events that shaped Oklahoma history or the prominent Indians of Oklahoma or how the Indigenous peoples of Oklahoma used the surrounding resourses because it is not always depicted in books, were able to learn these facts through a fun art related project and then were allowed the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the historic Jacobson House for their family and everyone to view. The students and their families who visted the Jacobson House learned even more about their community and history of the Jacobson House and the establishment of the International Native American Fine Art Movement and met other established Native artists and partook in Oklahoma Native tradtional foods and dancing. The broader community felt they learned a lot by viewing the student artwork. The artwork depicted the history they learned through their art instruction from the Oklahoma Indian artists. The project also gave local Native artists an event in which to sell their artwork and teach others about their work and why they do it from their own perspective.
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.
The changes came from the teachers, students and families who benefited from the hands-on art project. The best-of-show was displayed at the Historic Jacobson House among established Native artists and families who came during the culminating exhibit were able to meet local Native artists furthuring the history and art education to the extended family and the broader community.  
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The project was tracked through surveyes from the teachers, artists and students as well as general surveys collected from the broader community. The surveys demonstrated the increased awareness of the students and families and the request to continue the project in the future.
Description

Oscar B. Jacobson Foundation strives to share with the public in an inviting home-like setting a cross-cultural experience through a Taste of Native Oklahoma, quoined "Taco Tuesdays," 11-2pm seven months a year and 2nd Fridays 5-8pm throughout the entire year. The menu includes traditional Native Oklahoma dishes; such as: corn soup or grape dumplins dessert as well as modern Native dishes; such as: Indian Taco meal or fried meat pies. The public is invited to partake in Oklahoma Native cuisine for a nominal fee in a communal setting gathered at tables either indoors among Native artwork or outside in the Jacobson's backyard designed to be close to the native landscape of Oklahoma. With a commitment to preserving the property and the legacy of Oscar Jacobson and his wife, and achievement of the Kiowa Five, the Jacobson Foundation succeeded by seeing the House placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its unique architecture and role in the evolution and success of art in Oklahoma. It is on the Oklahoma Historical Society's Landmarks List and is documented with a State Historical marker. The House stands as a living symbol of the recognition of Native American art and culture. Just as Jacobson broke ground in the art world by promoting the Kiowa painters as fine artists we continue that tradition today. Many talented Native and Scandinavian artists have and continue to receive their start at the Jacobson House. In the Norman community, the Jacobson House continues to be the Native art and cultural center. The broader community is brought in to an accepting environment at the Jacobson House through the cultural art activities such as, the beadwork, flute, finger weaving, basket weaving, powwow singing, and Native language classes and quarterly poetry reading as well as our Taste of Native Oklahoma-Taco Tuesdays.

Strategy
Population Served Families General/Unspecified Native Americans
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Short term success is managed by our rate of profit for this fundraiser. We have weekly repeat customers and continue to see the numbers increase as well as awareness from the surrounding area through Facebook, email, and word of mouth feedback.
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 seen success from this program for use as a fundraiser. We have weekly repeat customers and continue to see the numbers increase as well as awareness from the surrounding area through Facebook, email, and word of mouth feedback. Our long term success will be determined by the continued increase of numbers and postivie reponses and profit from food and art sales.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Success is monitored by increase of numbers and art and food sales and positive response where we continue to increase our weekly repeat customers and see the numbers increase as well as increased awareness from the surrounding area through Facebook, email, and word of mouth feedback.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
We have seen success from this program for use as a fundraiser. We have weekly repeat customers and continue to see the numbers increase as well as awareness from the surrounding area through Facebook, email, and word of mouth feedback. The Director, workers and board members have all received positive feedback from the surrounding community from the Norman, OKC, Edmond, Tulsa and Lawton areas as well as feedback from emails and Facebook from across the country and even overseas wishing they could partake in the weekly cuisine. The Executive Director has invited people from various areas that did not know about the Jacobson House but when told the address they said, "Oh that is where they have those really good Indian tacos."
Description Weaving Traditions provides the community and its Native population programming related to Oklahoma Indian culture & humanities through Native cultural activities. Weaving Traditions includes projects such as Kiowa language for families including spoken, written, and plains sign language with live webfeed; Caddo language and culture classes, Intertribal powwow songs & traditions with proper etiquette; Plains style beadwork & Woodland appliqué classes and basket weaving and finger weaving classes and Pawnee silversmithing classes. These programs are opportunities for all members of the Norman community & surrounding area to observe, learn, and participate - to learn about the rich heritage of Oklahoma tribes in an inviting and authentic historic house.
Strategy
Population Served Families General/Unspecified Native Americans
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
We determine the short term success rate by recording the total number of weekly attendees for each group as well as recording the positive number of Facebook and email requests for more programs to be added of this kind. 
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. Powwow singing has participants Wednesdays 7-9pm from many different tribes & neighborhood guests from Norman & surrounding communities. Native singers improve skills; others learn up-close proper powwow etiquette. This is rarely done in a public setting and thus creates a rare unique opportunity for Natives and non-Natives to practice proper powwow etiquette. Based on current interest from repeat participants and new attendees we estimate around 25 people per week, for a total of 100-300 participants a year. Kiowa Language Class held weekly on Thursdays 6-8:30pm during Fall & Spring school year has brought forth a revitalization of Kiowa language. Jacobson House sets in motion a healthy community for families to learn the Kiowa language. Spin-offs from the program such as "Kiowa Kids" meet at the House too. By adding Kiowa sign to weekly instruction and continue to learn to speak & develop a writing technique needed for modern purposes, the class will embody the full means of communicating in Kiowa from yeasterday to today. Jacobson House has worked with Kiowa and the tribe since its inception in 1986 and the goal is to bring in even more families from the Kiowa and surrounding community. Based on past interest and class participation, classes draw around 20 people per week; because participants may change from class to class, we expect approximately 100 people per year. There is no charge for participation in powwow singing or Kiowa language or the newly added Caddo language classes on Monday evenings that bring about 20 students a week as well and all materials are free of charge as well. Weaving Traditions offers three styles of plains beading styles four to five Tuesdays in the summer due to an overwhelming response. Throughout the year classes are offered on Tuesday evenings four to five times either on Woodlands appliqué, finger weaving, or basket weaving or Pawnee silversmithing to complete a well rounded view of the states' diverse Native heritage.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We monitor the success again by the number of attendees and by the number of Facebook and email responses and also by the repeat participants throughout the years and the increase of more sophosticated Native speakers and singers that come from the programs.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Tracey Satepauhoodle-Mikkanen
Start Date Feb 2011
Email jacobsonhouse@gmail.com
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Staff Retention Rate 100
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Daniel J. Brackett
Company Affiliation University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Term Jan 2012 to July 2015
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2014
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Carol Beesley Voting
Marwin Begaye Voting
Mr. Daniel J. Brackett Voting
Ms. Nance Diamond Voting
Ms. Vickie Duke Allen Voting
Renalda Freeman Voting
Ms. Heather Healey Voting
Mr. Ty Helton Voting
Mrs. Stephanie Hudson-Burghart Voting
Eldon Jupe Voting
Ms. Cheryl McClellan Voting
Ms. Suzanne Silvester Voting
Mr. Patrick Tsotigh Voting
Ms. Shelly Wahpepah Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 30
Native American/American Indian 70
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 80
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 30 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014-Dec 31, 2014
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $66,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $66,000
Financial Documents
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$13,041$23,360$63,909
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$54,478$12,736$19,480
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$310$710$220
Special Events--$2,436$5,776
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$7,662$4,419$297
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$49,430$35,050$63,268
Administration Expense$18,283$26,665$13,745
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.711.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%57%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$329,961$321,392$351,330
Current Assets$16,994$5,279$31,894
Long-Term Liabilities$33,729$33,729$34,742
Current Liabilities$1,740$949$11,820
Total Net Assets$294,492$286,714$304,768
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.775.562.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%10%10%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $54,478Individuals $23,360Individuals $63,909
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $13,041Earned Revenue $12,736Earned Revenue $19,480
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $7,662Special Events $2,436Special Events $5,776
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
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS 990s.
 
NOTE:  FY2014 shows total expenses as Program.  We took the average of the prior 3 years to get a pro-rata share for Program vs Admin and applied 73% and 27%, respectively. 
 
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Address 609 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 366-1667
Contact Email jacobsonhouse@gmail.com
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/jf/
CEO/Executive Director Tracey Satepauhoodle-Mikkanen
Board Chair Mr. Daniel J. Brackett
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center