Alliance Francais d'Oklahoma
PO Box 414
Oklahoma City OK 73101-0414
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Alliance Française d'Oklahoma City
The Alliance
Mission Statement The organization's mission is to teach French, promote and advocate for French language programs and to foster cultural and educational exchanges and partnerships that develop community between Central Oklahoma and the French-speaking world. Annually, its Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows Program supports students in a two-week French immersion/exchange program. 
Contact Information
Contact Name Karen McChesney
Contact email
Address PO Box 414
Oklahoma City, OK 73101 0414
Phone (405) 748-0868
County Oklahoma County
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PO Box 414
OKC, OK 73101 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $37,300.00
Projected Expenses $38,035.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1955
IRS Ruling Year 2008
State Registration Expiration Aug 2019
Mission The organization's mission is to teach French, promote and advocate for French language programs and to foster cultural and educational exchanges and partnerships that develop community between Central Oklahoma and the French-speaking world. Annually, its Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows Program supports students in a two-week French immersion/exchange program. 
Background L'Alliance Française d’Oklahoma was founded by Eleanor Kirkpatrick and four other Francophiles in 1946 “to teach the speaking, reading and writing of the French language, the appreciation of French culture, art, music, drama, dance and cinema, and to advance and encourage friendship and mutual respect between the people of France and America.” In 1963, l’Alliance was formally incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Oklahoma, with Mrs. John Kirkpatrick the first signature of the three incorporators. Of the many good works that bear her name in Oklahoma City, few are as representative of her as an individual than the Alliance.
In March of 2007, the State of Oklahoma signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the education system of the Picardie region of France, the Académie d’Amiens. This has created opportunities for schools and teachers, but the mandate of our educational system is such that individual students may not have exchanges financed by State funds. Accordingly, l’Alliance Française d’Oklahoma has established as the first activity of the L’Alliance Française d’Oklahoma Eleanor Kirkpatrick Fund, the creation of a program to underwrite the expenses for one or more Oklahoma students to travel to Picardie each year.

Alternate statement:
The founders of the Alliance Française of Oklahoma City defined their mission in 1955 as follows: “to teach the speaking, reading and writing of the French language, the appreciation of French culture, art, music, drama, dance and cinema, and to advance and encourage friendship and mutual respect between the people of France and America”.
Today the Alliance Française is discovering a new energy. Thank you for your curiosity, your participation, and your support. Our goal is to continue reinventing the organization in line with the founders’ original mission, and to respond to the requests from our Franco-American community to expand and enrich our programs.


1. Sent six (6) high school students to France on research trip through Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows Exchange Program.
2. Expanded Adult French language program by offering 3 additional course levels.
3. Increased enrollment in Children’s French language classes to students, ages 5-11 years of age, on Saturdays throughout the school year and in July for a weeklong summer camp.
4. Maintained cultural leisure activities:

  • Monthly Café Conversation for all levels of French–speakers
  • Bi-monthly Book Club for advanced learners
  • Fete des rois (January), Mardi Gras (February), Fellows’ Presentations (April), Bastille Brunch Event (July), Meet & Mingle Event (September), Children’s Chorale (December) and Fete de Noel Dinner (December)

Expanded community outreach and awareness activities:

  • After school French language enrichment program for students at Edgemere Elementary in OKC
  • Conversational Class for parents of Reagan Elementary French immersion students in Norman.
  • Crepes and Animated films (March) & French Teacher Appreciation Dinner (May)

5. Implemented rolling annual membership to encourage year-round growth and retain a steady number of members.


1. To increase number of high school and/or community college students from six (6) to eight (8) that we send to France through the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows Program.
2. To obtain an office space and one (1) paid administrative assistant to help our all-volunteer board maintain and expand programs.
3. To implement a French language curriculum for adult classes that is aligned with the global standards of the Alliance Française.
4. To increase organization membership by 10%.
5. To cultivate current community partnerships and develop three (3) or more additional partnerships in central Oklahoma.


1. To increase funding for Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows Program in order to send additional Fellows to France.
2. To grow the endowment from $100K to $200K thereby generating additional funds to achieve incremental Fellows Program goals.
3. To generate revenue to provide for a permanent office, classrooms, an event space and a resource library.
4. To identify and recruit additional French speaking instructors for the expansion of adult and children's French language programs.
5. To increase publicity and awareness.

Board Chair Statement As a lifelong learner of French, my passion for the language and culture took me to France where I pursued and completed my university studies in international affairs as well as worked and lived for 13 years. After returning to Oklahoma, I became a K-12 educator, an Alliance Française d'Oklahoma City member and then a board member.

As working professionals in a variety of fields, board members are devoted to supporting and growing the organization through collective volunteer work.

We have been able to expand our course offerings according to demand, implement outreach programs that are open and free to the public for adults and children through the Café Conversation and a Children's Chorale. We have partnered with the French Consulate in Houston to offer cultural events to our membership and professional development to local educators, the OKCMOA for French-language cultural events and with local K-12 schools, community colleges and universities to offer French language professional development and cultural exchanges.

Since we do not have any paid staff and must manage the organization outside of our professional obligations, our principal challenges are the expansion of language, culture and professional enrichment opportunities for all students and educators of French as well as the coordination of social events for all ages and French language levels.

Karen McChesney
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Central Oklahoma
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Adult Education
Tertiary Organizational Category International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security/International Academic Exchange
Description Each year, l’Alliance Française d’Oklahoma City offers an exciting opportunity for metro-area French students.  A select group of Oklahoma students is chosen to participate in a two-week research project while staying with French families and attending a French school. The program is open to central Oklahoma French students, ages 16 to 22, who attend public or private high schools, career technology centers, or community colleges.

This program is a joint project between the Alliance Française d’Oklahoma City and the French Education Ministry with the support of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. A grant covers the costs of airline travel, lodging, and meals. Additional funding for the Oklahoma students is made possible through the generosity of the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Fellows Endowment.

Additionally, two groups of students from France, one in fall and one in spring, come for two weeks to stay with American families of an area high school and to attend school while researching their topics.

Alliance Française d’Oklahoma City is the only non-profit organization within the United states that offers a Fellows Program. Our mission is to encourage an international lifestyle and global awareness through a cultural exchange and academic study.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults International
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The successes we have achieved emanated from the establishment of our Educational Programs, first the Franco-American Fellows and then the classes and camps for children and adults. Interest and inquiries emerged from the start and have, in the course of 3 years, increased class size and the kinds of courses we are able to offer.

In my view, our biggest challenge is in our ability to meet community demands and those associated with growth. We rely on others' venues to sponsor our activities and this nomadic status limits our ability to
put together programming without searching for an appropriate, affordable site. Acquiring and maintaining a permanent location would represent an enormous leap for us in terms of financial commitment and professionalization. As a Board, we would need to seek considerable funding in order to make this a reality.

Catherine Webster
Board member & Past President
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Volunteer Volunteer
Start Date Jan 1946
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? No
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Name Karen McChesney
Company Affiliation Mustang Public Schools
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 19, 2018
Board of Directors List
Larissa BalzerVoting
Anne ChamberlainVoting
Mary CoxVoting
Jean DawsonVoting
Eric GehrVoting
Daniel GuilbaultVoting
Ginny HarrisonVoting
Karen MannaVoting
Karen McChesneyVoting
Grant MoakVoting
Karla RuzoVoting
Cyndy ShawVoting
Barbara ThompsonVoting
Fiona Vincent-DiazVoting
Peggy WhittingtonVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2017-July 31, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $37,300
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $38,035
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$1
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$2,845$3,510$3,270
Special Events--$760$1,264
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$26,507$29,694$30,277
Administration Expense$3,033$4,208$5,066
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.060.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%88%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$9,203$7,710$5,897
Current Assets$9,203$7,710$5,878
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$9,203$7,710$5,897
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $17,192Earned Revenue $21,059Earned Revenue $18,074
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $6,770Foundation & Corporations $6,693Foundation & Corporation $8,833
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $4,201Contributions $4,000Memberships $3,270
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
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from compilations provided by the organization, which is prepared on a cash basis only. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address PO Box 414
Oklahoma City, OK 73101 0414
Primary Phone 405 748-0868
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Volunteer Volunteer
Board Chair Karen McChesney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mustang Public Schools