Oklahoma B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
494 Elm Ave
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
OU Hillel
Oklahoma Hillel
Hillel Jewish Student Center
Hillel at The University of Oklahoma
Hillel Foundation at OU
Mission Statement
Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Contact Information
Contact Name Kasi Shelton
Contact email ouhillel@ouhillel.org
Address 494 Elm Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 321-3703
County Cleveland County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://ouhillel.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/hillelou/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
  • Mail in a check
  • Drop by a donation
  • Sponsor an event
  • Volunteer your skills
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $231,679.00
Projected Expenses $228,274.39
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1943
IRS Ruling Year 2003
State Registration Expiration July 2055
Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Background The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel provides opportunities for students to celebrate Jewishly through its global network of over 500 regional centers, campus Foundations, and student organizations.  It is estimated that 80 percent of college-age Jews – approximately 400,000 individuals – attend some form of institution of higher education. Hillel provides Jewish content at a time when young people are searching for meaning in their lives and are in danger of assimilating into the community around them.  In Hillel Centers around the country and around the world, students are empowered to take responsibility for shaping their own Jewish identity.  Hillel is committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements and meets students “where they are” regardless of their Jewish background or level of previous Jewish learning and living.  Hillel is truly working to create a renaissance of Jewish life throughout our country and throughout the globe.
Impact Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results. 
Needs Our major need is in the area of financial resources. As a student community, our members do not pay any fees.We depend on the generosity of parents, alumni, faculty, friends, and foundations to offer meaningful Jewish programs, activities, and opportunities to our students.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
OK,  The University of Oklahoma, the Norman area, and Central Oklahoma.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Student Services
Oklahoma Hillel provides a wonderful place to celebrate the Jewish Holidays! Whether it is meals, services, or social activities, we offer it all. Highlights include, but are not limited to:

Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur: 
We offer Reform and Traditional style services for both as well as meals and a break-fast.

We provide a variety of enjoyable activities utilizing our sukkah. These range from Pizza in the Hut to Shabbat in the Sukkah.

We  have candle lighting in the building every night of Hanukah, all you can eat Latkes at Latkes for love, as well as providing dreidels and menorahs to celebrate at home.

Tu B Shevat: 
Events we have done in the past include having a Fondue B Shevat Lunch and planting a tree in front of our building.

You have a chance to make your own hamantashen and also hear the Megillah read in a non-traditional manner.

We host Sedar the first night and provide Kosher for Passover lunches every day during the holiday.
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Students enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with friends.
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. This is by far our best attended event. Students are very involved in creating and participating in our Shabbat program. This helps them own and understand their relationship with Jews and Judaism.
Description Celebrating Shabbat at OU Hillel offers a unique opportunity to bring together many members of the community, fostering a warm and welcoming environment.  Join us almost every week to celebrate Shabbat at OU Hillel. When in the building we offer services at 6:00pm followed by a FREE Shabbat dinner at 7:00pm.
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Wings and Wisdom: An opportunity to discuss Jewish hot topics facing this generation such as interfaith dating, Jews and tattoos, Eco kosher, and gender and Judaism 

Dinner and Discussion: Student led discussions about Israel.
The Student Board creates and implements social, religious, and community outreach programs and organizes community service and social action events throughout the school year.

LAPID, The Passion Project: Each week the students learn leadership skills and will engage in Jewish learning. LAPID is an international program which aims to significantly develop student leadership and social justice on their campuses through professional development of Hillel staff. LAPID participants will help students create their own tzedek (social justice) initiatives on or off campus and in their local communities. They will explore their own identity, values, and leadership potential in a Jewish context.
Peer Network Engagement Internship:  This is designed to enhance Jewish life on campus. The internship establishes a cohort of 4 interns charged with building relationships with their uninvolved peers and connecting them with Jewish resources and opportunities on campus.
Population Served Adults
Taglit Birthright Israel Experience: Each year we take students who have never been on a peer led trip to Israel for an amazing 10 day experience.
Alternative Spring Break: Alternative Breaks take groups of students out of their everyday surroundings and places them in new environments to engage in community service and experiential learning. As part of short-term service projects, participants are challenged to see and understand difficult social issues such as poverty, literacy, and natural disasters and to explore questions of Judaism and social responsibility.
Population Served Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kasi Shelton
Start Date Feb 2019
Email executivedirector@ouhillel.org
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
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 - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2013
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Jeff Kline
Company Affiliation Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Term July 2017 to June 2021
Email jeffwkline@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Mr. Juan ArangoVoting
Dr. Ari BerkowitzUniversity of OklahomaVoting
Ms. Lisa BrodskyVoting
Ms. Nicole Brodsky
Ms. Jennifer DennisVoting
Ms. Susan DonchinVoting
Mr. Isaac Freeman
Mr. Jeff KlineCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Michael KorenblitVoting
Dr. Yael Lavender-Smith
Dr. Alan LevensonExofficio
Mr. Alan LivingstonSooner Offshore, Huston, TXVoting
Ms. Debbie NevardVoting
Mr. David SchvartzmanVoting
Dr. Dan SchwartzUniversity of OklahomaVoting
Ms. Kasi SheltonVoting
Mr. Trey Sullivent
Mr. Eric SundbyVoting
Mr. Will VelieVoting
Ms. Brooke YaffeVoting
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Mrs. Ruth Charnay
Mrs. Janis Finer
Mrs. Rachel Opatowsky
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $231,679
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $228,274
Financial Documents
Form 9902018
Form 9902017
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
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$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$84--$28
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$18,891$21,584--
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$134,851$20,017$52,928
Administration Expense$44,443$194,600$143,409
Fundraising Expense$18,354----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.981.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%9%27%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,136,509$422,730$429,911
Current Assets$103,025$43,800$46,658
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$35,000--$2,832
Total Net Assets$1,101,509$422,730$427,079
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.94--16.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $165,997Contributions $157,684Contributions $188,330
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $32,000Indirect Public Support $31,000Earned Revenue $10,122
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $18,891Memberships $21,584Other $5,237
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? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Construction of new building
Campaign Goal $7,000,000
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s.
Note 1:  The Form 990 for FY2018 had an increase in total net assets of $659,455 or $1,082,185 from FY2017.  We did not change the FY2017 total net assets on their GSO financials.  Upon further communication with the organization, their board decided to add their endowments to the financials, which caused their assets to increase substantially.  Also, they have confirmed with us they have not had an audit or an independent auditor to do a financial review.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available. 

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Address 494 Elm Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 321-3703
Contact Email ouhillel@ouhillel.org
Give with Credit Card https://ouhillel.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/hillelou/
CEO/Executive Director Kasi Shelton
Board Chair Jeff Kline
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma Corporation Commission