Oklahoma Museums Association
2020 Remington Place
Oklahoma City OK 73111
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Mission Statement We love Oklahoma museums! The Oklahoma Museums Association supports Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform, and entertain. OMA supports museums by: 1) developing resources to fulfill the mission; 2) building networks among members and member institutions as well as with various publics; 3) encouraging public awareness of the existence, purposes, and value of museums; 4) promoting professional growth among museum employees and volunteers; 5) providing professional services to Oklahoma museums; and 6) advocating on behalf of museums.
Contact Information
Contact Name Brenda Granger
Contact email bgranger@okmuseums.org
Address 2020 Remington Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone (405) 424-7757
Fax 405-427-5068
County Oklahoma
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.okmuseums.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/oma/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
The Oklahoma Museums Association appreciates the support of its donors. Donations can be made online, by mailing a check or in-kind.  Volunteer and internship opportunities also available.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $241,822.00
Projected Expenses $241,822.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1972
IRS Ruling Year 1976
State Registration Expiration Nov 2017
Mission We love Oklahoma museums! The Oklahoma Museums Association supports Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform, and entertain. OMA supports museums by: 1) developing resources to fulfill the mission; 2) building networks among members and member institutions as well as with various publics; 3) encouraging public awareness of the existence, purposes, and value of museums; 4) promoting professional growth among museum employees and volunteers; 5) providing professional services to Oklahoma museums; and 6) advocating on behalf of museums.

Yea Oklahoma Museums! The Oklahoma Museums Association  is a 501(c)3 charitable organization incorporated in 1972. Programming offered by OMA is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma's 500+ museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions. OMA offers programs and services that provide professional services to museums; build networks among members and partnering organizations; promote professional growth; and encourage public awareness ofthe value of museums. A board of directors governs the association. OMA is located in Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and employs two full-time staff, an Executive Director and Administrative/Program Associate, as well as contracts with a part-time bookkeeper and utilizes a host of interns and volunteers. OMA is regarded by its peers as one of the most active associations in the country, and we are proud of that! OMA serves all museums throughout the entire state, whether they are members of OMA or not. OMA serves a diverse audience. The Oklahoma Museums Association serves the need to train the paid and unpaid museum professional so they can in turn better serve their communities. The programs offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association are an important source of professional development and information for Oklahoma's 500+ museums and cultural institutions. OMA offers valuable professional development and networking opportunities for museum staff and volunteers. The communities served by Oklahoma museums greatly benefit from the important museum services and programming. This in turn improves the quality of life to their citizens and access to the arts and humanities in a variety of forms. OMA services are provided to all 77 counties in Oklahoma.


The Oklahoma Museums Association goals for current year include being the voice for Oklahoma museums, strengthening programs and remaining relevant to Oklahoma museums and OMA members, exploring a new OMA Travel Program and offering an Oklahoma Rural, Small and/or Isolated Museums Community of Practice. Recent accomplishments include holding a successful conference, improving the OMA membership structure and participating in even more advocacy for Oklahoma museums as well as being a key partner in establishing the national Coalition of State Museums Associations.  OMA continues to serve as a model organization and providing quality training to museum professionals, both paid and volunteer.

1. Need support for the OMA annual conference, $5,000 to assist with conference keynote speaker, MuseumHack
2. Need support for the Oklahoma Rural, Small and/or Isolated Museums Community of Practice to expand it throughout Oklahoma, $15,000 to accept 10 additional museums into the program
3. Need human resource support in the form of interns and volunteers.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

It is my pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association.  OMA is honored to serve Oklahoma museums of all sizes and disciplines as well as both urban and rural.

Board Chair Statement

I am honored to be the OMA president and to have the opportunity to serve OMA and our fantastic 500+ Oklahoma museums.Museums are the keepers of history, identity, and dreams both large and small. From our local historical society museums to our nationally recognized accredited museums our mission is the same – to be the keepers, the collectors, the repositories for the human experience in all its diverse forms. As such, museums are an essential part of a healthy community and need all the support we can provide. OMA is a national leader in the programs and services it offers our museums. It continues to excel at supporting Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. 

When I joined this profession 15 years ago, the best thing my mentor did for me was strongly encourage my involvement in OMA. The network I built and the professional home that I found here have been invaluable. I thank you all for that and look forward to giving back to this vital organization.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Throughout the state of Oklahoma
Description OMA programs and services include: the opportunity for members to develop a strong network with colleagues throughout the state; the quarterly newsletter, MUSENEWS; many professional development workshops; disaster response network, a three-day annual fall conference; website www.okmuseums.org, office referrals and consultations; a museum lending library containing 350 books; an annual awards program recognizing individual service and institutional achievement; peer groups including the Oklahoma Registrars' Association (OKRA), Oklahoma Emerging Museum Professionals (OEMP), Oklahoma Native American Museum Professionals Associaton (OKNAMPA) and the Oklahoma Museum Educators (OKME); liaison to local, regional and national professional associations; Oklahoma museum directory listing; and representation on state, regional and national levels regarding issues of concern to the Oklahoma museum community; resume review; grant proposal review; job announcements and disaster response team.  OMA promotes all 500+ museums to the public as well.
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

Communities where there are museums are located will be enhanced with new ideas and programs which in turn will improve the citizen’s quality of life; OMA programs and services utilized by a newly reached audience of museum professionals and the general public has increased public awareness and more knowledgeable about Oklahoma museums and their value.

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. Museums learn best practices in the field along with trends and current developments, improved fundraising ideas and more ways to better their museum/build capacity; utilize the information learned through OMA to develop a plan on how their museum can contribute even more to their community; museums develop a wider network of support and contacts with their peers to share ideas and resources, including exploring collaborations; museums enhancement of their knowledge and technical skills such as museum collection techniques embraced by the attendees; OMA programming provides a forum for in depth discussion on various topics related to the field; museum staff and boards brought together and encouraged to develop solutions for the challenges present in the museum field and Overall advancing the museum field throughout the state of Oklahoma
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Every program and service is evaluated.  Completed evaluations from participants are reviewed by staff and board committees and used in assessing program effectiveness and in planning future programs. OMA also measures success by tracking program attendance (number of participants and museums represented) and comparing the data. Every two-three years, the board of directors and staff participate in a facilitated planning retreat that includes a review of programs and services as part of strategic planning. If programs and services are not effective, the board and staff reexamine, change or eliminate the programs and services. These decisions are not taken lightly. Another tracking measure is the monitoring of how well training program results meet the goals set forth in OMA’s strategic plan.


Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
The Oklahoma Museums Association serves 214 communities.  OMA regularly receives notes of thanks from program and service participants.  One recent comment on the OMA facebook page stated "Your service to our communities speaks loudly!"
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Brenda Granger
Start Date Jan 2005
Email bgranger@okmuseums.org

Brenda A. Granger is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. She started in that capacity in January 2005. From 1994-2005, Brenda served as Executive Director of the Edmond Historical Society Museum in Edmond, Oklahoma. Prior to that, she was Volunteer Coordinator/Promotions Manager at the Harn Homestead Museum in Oklahoma City. Immediatley following her graduate work, she was employed by the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture and Meacham and Associates Resource Planning and Design in Norman, Oklahoma where she conducted research, completed preservation surveys and wrote historical contexts for National Register Nominations.

Brenda grew up in Oklahoma and received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in History/Museum Studies. She received museum training at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She serves on several boards, commissions and committees.

Senior Staff
Stacy O'DanielAdminstrative & Program Associate
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 100
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 - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
OMA collaborates with many museums across the state of Oklahoma as well as the following organizations:  Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Humanities Council, American Alliance of Museums, American Association for State and Local History, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, Oklahoma Tourism and more.
Oklahoma City Arts Council2017
Oklahoma Arts Council 2017
American Alliance of Museums2017
Gaylord Territory AwardOklahoma Heritage Assocaition2007
Red Bud Merit Award - Best Social Media CampaignOklahoma Travel Industry Association2013
Star AdvocateAmerican Alliance of Museums2016
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Jennifer Holt
Company Affiliation Will Rogers Memorial Museums
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Email jholt@willrogers.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Jordan Boyd Ottawa County Historical Society Dobson MuseumVoting
Maggie Brown Tulsa Historical SocietyVoting
Dr. Bill Bryans Oklahoma State UniversityVoting
Ken Busby Route 66 AllianceVoting
Richard Ellwanger Seminole Nation MuseumVoting
Jason Harris National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumVoting
John Hernandez Museum of the Great PlainsVoting
Jennifer Holt Will Rogers Memorial MuseumsVoting
David Keathly Marland Estate Grand HomeVoting
Jacob Krumwiede Will Rogers Memorial MuseumVoting
Lori Lewis The Museum Broken ArrowVoting
Dan Provo Oklahoma History CenterVoting
Phyllis Wahahrockah Tasi Voting
Gena Timberman The Luksi GroupVoting
Delaynna Trim Mabee-Gerrer Museum of ArtVoting
Dr. Ray Vandiver Tulsa Children's MuseumVoting
Heidi Vaughn Museum of Laboratory History, University of Central OklahomaVoting
Valorie Walters Chickasaw Cultural CenterVoting
Karen Whitecotton Heritage Museum ServicesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 4
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 80 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board members can serve in the same capacity for two terms (except officers who can only serve one term) then change to another position.  The term limit is two terms per position, but no term limit to the number of years of service on the board.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $241,822
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $241,822
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$64,718$63,359$93,486
Individual Contributions$8,237$8,064$11,898
Investment Income, Net of Losses$408$2,485$7,249
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$35,500$36,720$37,022
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$49,895$74,992$68,887
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$217,996$242,388$295,197
Administration Expense$23,490$22,804$23,958
Fundraising Expense$7,875$5,270$3,937
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.021.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%90%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$231,219$229,197$224,662
Current Assets$174,948$172,852$167,585
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5,526$6,795$7,971
Total Net Assets$225,693$222,402$216,691
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.6625.4421.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - State $64,718Revenue in Kind $74,992Govt - State $93,486
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $49,895Gov State $63,359Revenue In-Kind $68,887
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $44,714Foundation & Corporation $43,776Foundation & Corporation $64,590
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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
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Address 2020 Remington Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Primary Phone 405 424-7757
Contact Email bgranger@okmuseums.org
Give with Credit Card http://www.okmuseums.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/oma/
CEO/Executive Director Brenda Granger
Board Chair Jennifer Holt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Will Rogers Memorial Museums