Possibilities Inc.
5131 N Classen Blvd. Ste 207
Oklahoma City OK 73118
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
Possibilities' mission is "to strengthen the ability of people to work together for community change."
 
Possibilities is an innovative social impact organization using intentional, meaningful methods to strengthen people’s ability to authentically connect to each other.
 
Possibilities helps people gain skills to work for positive change by advancing core values of trust, dignity and service while understanding and addressing conflict arising from our differences. We know societal conflict produces isolation, social anxiety, fear and mistrust. The power of connection and diverse relationships is the core of our organization. Our vision is to build synergy through diversity, cooperation and creativity. Connection is critical for us to flourish as humans.
 
Possibilities Leaders are grounded in our values. Leadership skills are developed by first breaking down barriers separating us from one another and then building trust within themselves and others. They work to find worth in themselves and others and to understand the true value of service in kindness, compassion and empathy.
Open yourself up to the possibility that we are more alike than different.
Contact Information
Contact Name Byron Jackson
Contact email byron@possibilitiesinc.org
Address 5131 N Classen Blvd. Ste 207
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone (405) 525-3131
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address PO Box 60254
Oklahoma City OK 73146
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Thank you for considering an investment in Possibilities, Inc.  Because of generous people like you, Possibilities is able to create stronger families, safer neighborhoods, community schools and economic growth in our local communities. Please find convenient options to make your investment below.
  • Online - Please click here to make an online donation through PayPal.
  • Mail - You may mail your check or credit card information to P.O. Box 60254, Oklahoma City, OK 73146.
  • Phone – You may call 405-525-3131 to make a credit card donation over the phone.
For information about making a bequest to Possibilities, Inc., please call 405-525-3131 or email byron@possibilitiesinc.org.

The sky is the limit for volunteer opportunities with Possibilities!  One great way to learn more about our work, meet our staff, and hear from our community partners is to join us for our People’s Network dinner gatherings. Visit www.possibilitiesinc.org for the next meeting date and location.  
 
You are always welcome to call our office (405-525-3131) to speak to staff directly to ask any questions you may have and tell us more about your interests.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $296,662.00
Projected Expenses $296,662.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Possibilities: Neighbors in Action1995
Year Founded 1999
IRS Ruling Year 1998
State Registration Expiration July 2020
Statements
Mission
Possibilities' mission is "to strengthen the ability of people to work together for community change."
 
Possibilities is an innovative social impact organization using intentional, meaningful methods to strengthen people’s ability to authentically connect to each other.
 
Possibilities helps people gain skills to work for positive change by advancing core values of trust, dignity and service while understanding and addressing conflict arising from our differences. We know societal conflict produces isolation, social anxiety, fear and mistrust. The power of connection and diverse relationships is the core of our organization. Our vision is to build synergy through diversity, cooperation and creativity. Connection is critical for us to flourish as humans.
 
Possibilities Leaders are grounded in our values. Leadership skills are developed by first breaking down barriers separating us from one another and then building trust within themselves and others. They work to find worth in themselves and others and to understand the true value of service in kindness, compassion and empathy.
Background
Possibilities originated as an initiative of Central Oklahoma 2020, a 1994 planning process led by Leadership Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and more than 90 citizens from all walks of life. Established in 1995, largely due to the efforts of founding president, Linda Lambert, Possibilities has become one of Oklahoma City’s leading sustainable community initiatives, by building the capacity in individuals and groups “to strengthen the ability of people to work together for community change.
 
In a review and assessment of sustainable cities in the United States by Tufts University, Oklahoma City was found to have little evidence of its efforts to create a sustainable city, with one exception: Possibilities Inc. was found to be the only sustainable cities initiative in Oklahoma (Kent E. Portney, 2003).
 
Possibilities was awarded the Multicultural Organization of The Year Award in 2019 at the 36th Annual Multicultural Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). The award was given "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of multicultural education in Oklahoma" by the UCO Multicultural Institute Awards Committee.
 
In 2009, Possibilities was recognized as a ONE Award finalist by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.
Impact
Needs
Our current needs include the following:
  • To increase public awareness of Possibilities' work in the greater Oklahoma City area.
  • An increase in community investment so that we can expand our program and increase our financial reserve.
  • To grow an increasingly diverse Board membership.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Possibilities Innovation Program (PIP) is an ongoing leadership development program that inspires community involvement and teaches tools for transformation. Participants range in age from teens to seniors and represent multiple cultures, economic and education levels. The progress PIP leaders, representing 158 communities, make in our neighborhoods, schools, houses of faith and business districts is impressive. A snapshot of a few recent examples:
 
Engage/empower the community through thought provoking, inclusive art, piloting with a public art piece through the global Inside Out The People’s project (insideoutproject.net). The photo mural will highlight hopes of individuals impacted by public education in central Oklahoma. The installation will take place on closed school buildings and serve as a rally cry to ensure quality public education. The first location will likely be the former administration building.
 
Empower/engage individuals, families and communities by linking people to life-changing resources – this group is piloting with Gatewood Elementary to assess needs, engage Hispanic families, and link with resources. This group will begin with a block party partnering with the neighborhood for Neighbors Night Out in September.
 
Bring people together with a connection event and bring resources to underserved school communities in the Northeast Renaissance Neighborhood and surrounding areas.
 
Tierney Tinnin states, “For sustainable change, we must build relationships and develop core values. Possibilities provides the catalyst for such change. Their work affects our city as a whole and touches lives despite political affiliation, socio-economic status or culture.” Lydia Viallipando says, “Before Possibilities, I did not talk to people at all. I wanted to help people, but I was afraid. Now, I can express myself and I have helped many people. I am a parent liaison at OKC Educare helping families connect to the school. Possibilities has helped me do things like my Educare volunteer work... Possibilities accepts people the way they are, and that is powerful.” Alumni work diligently and credit Possibilities support as key to helping them create thriving communities.
 
PIP’s capable leaders connect people across cultures, races, ages, and education and economic levels to impact communities. They learn by experiencing Possibilities ability to connect people, who may not appear to have much in common. When tensions such as fear and mistrust are addressed, it is possible for leaders to emerge with their own voice, the ability to listen, to accept differences and work with others to find innovative solutions to challenges. Armed with skills and support, participants become extensions of Possibilities staff.
 
A great part of PIP are the regular People’s Network dinner gatherings. People’s Network is an opportunity to share a meal with amazing leaders and stay in touch with local grassroots efforts. The whole family is welcome. Call 405-525-3131 or visit possibilitiesinc.org for the next gathering.
Board Chair Statement
From birth, we are schooled in the ways of behaving “nicely”. For all practical purposes, this is a good thing. At an earlier and earlier age, our children are becoming a part of some social network, whether it be at pre-school or via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Because of the excess of exposure that every random comment can now be subject to, we have become very sensitized to the offense we may cause to another group who may have a different set of beliefs. We have gone from being able to have candid, yet civil, conversations about all types of subjects, to having a lengthy list of taboos and an entire herd of sacred cattle. If someone should dare teeter toward forbidden territory, there is a general push to steer the discussion back to the safe zone. Thus, some very beneficial sharing never has the chance to occur under the cloak of being deemed to be less than socially acceptable.
 
This behavior pattern flies in the face of what we have to deal with today. We need to address problems head on and talk about them honestly if we ever hope to resolve them and, more importantly, reach a compromise with others. No permanent solution to an issue can be unilateral. We must have consensus to go forward. Conflicts that remain unsolved can only become worse or possibly hopeless if allowed to fester for a long time. Sadly, as we see more and more, they can also explode into consequences that create terrible outcomes for those involved, as well as innocent people who happen to be so unfortunate as to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We need to remind ourselves that every conversation has a place and a time. The fact that it is very difficult to initiate some conversations need not be a deterrent to having them. Our society desperately needs us to have the critical discussions. The only way to change what we do not like is to face our fears by talking through these issues. But how does someone cross this barrier?
 
Possibilities has the tried and true methodology to work with diverse viewpoints and help groups of people come together and utilize new and creative ways to talk to one another. Our organization is very skilled at diffusing conflict, and pulling the conversation back to a place that is safe for all participants, without sacrificing the valuable, honest dialogue that needs to take place. When threats are eliminated or neutralized, people are then more prepared to open up and share their feelings. Possibilities knows how to support and encourage this level of trust that is inclusive of all thoughts and opinions. In my experience, this methodology is unique to Possibilities and is truly a service that allows communities to develop permanent solutions to situations that may seem insurmountable.
 
In these troubled times, we must make these conversations a reality. We so appreciate your continued support, and we truly need it to continue with our programs and even more importantly to support our alumni as they continue their growth as community leaders. The program is the first step to permanent change. Please say you will stand with us and support us to make this happen. For the fifth year in a row, we have a Founders Vision Match in honor of Linda Lambert and John Rex to match donations through December. No effort is too small, and all support is appreciated. The conversation has to start now.
 
Lucy Fritts, President, Possibilities Board of Directors
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
Transformation efforts take place where invited by the community in schools, neighborhoods, houses of faith, businesses and organizations. Historically, efforts focused within the inner-city in 90-95% low-to-moderate income areas and have expanded to the greater metropolitan area and beyond. Please visit http://www.possibilitiesinc.org for a complete map of PIP Alumni Communities.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/Citizen Participation
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Adult Education
Programs
Description
The Possibilities Innovation Program, or PIP, builds confidence and teaches skills that empower participants to create change through development training, assessment and, coaching, with the goal of creating Possibilities Leaders who can develop and support projects that improve their communities. Twenty to forty people in Oklahoma City participate each year. Program support includes ongoing training and mentoring, technical assistance for community projects, and monthly People’s Network gatherings.
 
We have recently expanded the PIP program to include a Leadership II cohort, wherein PIP alum can continue to develop leadership and facilitation skills while working alongside Possibilities staff to present programs throughout the Oklahoma City area. These alum participate in weekly sessions with staff, as well as individual coaching sessions, to ensure that we are developing leaders who are more connected and engaged in creating communities.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Possibilities' goal is to achieve lasting improvements in peoples’ lives. Program participants range in age from teens to seniors and represent multiple cultures and economic and education levels. Experiencing this degree of diversity is critical for training leaders. PIP goals include an improved ability to connect to others in order to work together; analyze personal strengths and weaknesses; effectively express ideas to others (i.e., public speaking); increase participation by creating a safe environment and offering many ways to participate; self-reflect and discover internal motivation in varied situations; work with diverse groups; access and acquire resources needed for community work; create a collective vision; prioritize individually and with a group; analyze current conditions; create strategies and action plans with others; deal with and resolve conflict; problem solve; motivate others; and take action for what they wish to achieve.
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.
Ultimately, participants mobilize their communities for action, designing projects that address community-identified needs. At the group level, intermediate and long-term outcomes include increase in partnerships, increase in diverse, broad-based participation, improved functioning, establishment of common vision/goals, and group productivity and completion of community projects.
 
With the nature of large-scale change, long-term outcomes are expected at the community level. Examples include increased student performance (stronger families), increased community involvement in schools (community schools), decreased crime (safer neighborhoods), and physical improvements and beautification (safer neighborhoods, economic growth). Possibilities' role in sustaining groups is to help create a structure that works best for that community until progress can be sustained with limited staff support.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Feedback and evaluations from participants and partners is used to assess progress and adapt programming. All programs and community projects are evaluated by program participants and staff to measure success and achievement of goals. This feedback is used to manage programs and to meet the needs of the participants. Additionally, staff regularly reviews programs for effectiveness in developing leadership growth in participants.
 
Possibilities' programs are unique because our individual coaching component allows staff and program participants to get feedback in an individualized, safe environment. This feedback can be used to both immediately help the growth of participants as well as provide staff with information to continue to make the program relevant and impactful. This makes Possibilities' program multifaceted and easily adaptable to unique situations and environments.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Numerous community projects are carried out by PIP alum each year. For example, the Near Northwest Regional Alliance is a partnership created by PIP participants to combat neighborhood isolation and promote collaboration. This group includes thirteen neighborhoods, nine schools and four business districts. Their efforts promote local communities, addressing threats such as construction, traffic concerns and utility realignments. Because they work together, they are able to advocate for their vision, created using Possibilities' tools. They launched a GreenWalks plan to install limited interior sidewalks in a four-square mile area (roughly NW 23rd to I-44 and Pennsylvania to I-235) and secured a $250,000 grant as their first project funding. PIP alum who participated from 2002 to 2005 now sustain a multi-community partnership that benefits this area and beyond.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Testimonials from Possibilities' alums and community partners:
 
Jakky F.: "I would say that my outlook on developing an actual path of support when your friends have their own lives, and your family for the most part turns their back on you, shuns you and attempts to force you to accept the help they want you to have, which is not always the help that you need--Possibilities is none of that."
 
Stephanie H.: "Do you know the Shel Silverstein book, 'The Giving Tree?' Possibilities is like that."
 
The President of Langston University, in reference to the Community All-Star Mentoring Program (a PIP project): "It's people like this who made the difference in my life. Thanks for making this difference, ya'll."
 
Kaitlyn R." "When I tell people about PIP, I have to stop and say, "No, you don't understand--this program will change your life."
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Byron Jackson
Start Date Apr 2019
Email byron@possibilitiesinc.org
Experience Byron came to Possibilities with a background in social work, having earned his degree at the University of Oklahoma. Byron has an impressive track record of presenting community training on cultural diversity, team building, and many other subjects. His skill in working with diverse groups along with his humor, unpredictable behavior, his odd assortment of clothing, and extensive community contacts provides the Possibilities team with many assets.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Kelly JohnsonProgram Director
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
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 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2018
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
Collaborations and partnerships are an important part of Possibilities' work and allow us to reach additional people and communities with Possibilities' philosophy, vision, and values.
 
Partnerships in FY2019 included John Marshall High School, Sunnyside Diner, Shillings Community Center, South Lindsay Baptist Church, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Nappy Roots Books, the Northeast Community and Cultural Center, Faith Memorial Baptist, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, and The Monastery at Forest Lake.
 
New partnerships for FY2020 include Cafe Kacao, ASTEC Charter School, KIPP Reach College Preparatory, and Weddings by Gail.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency2001
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
One Award, Potts Family Foundation Award, CommunityOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2009
Multicultural Organization of the Year AwardUniversity of Central Oklahoma/Multicultural Institute Awards Committee2019
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial Auto
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Crime Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Lucy Fritts
Company Affiliation American Fidelity Assurance Company
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Email lucy.fritts@americanfidelity.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Sept 25, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Carol BlackwoodCommunity VolunteerVoting
Rocky ChavezONGVoting
Breez ClarkCity of NormanVoting
Brent ColganRepublic Bank and TrustVoting
Annette EllisOklahoma Natural GasVoting
Calvin Franklin IIIINTEGRIS HealthVoting
Lucy FrittsAmerican Fidelity Assurance CompanyVoting
Larry HopperEMBARKVoting
Rick JohnsonFrankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C.Voting
Scott KulczyckiBOK FinancialVoting
Linda LambertEntertree LLCVoting
Rose LaneOKC FridayVoting
Jenny Le MDCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dan MaloneyAmerican Fidelity Assurance CompanyVoting
Maria MartinezBlue Cross & Blue Shield of OklahomaVoting
Steve MasonBluebird ConsultingVoting
Davonna MilamGreat Plains BankVoting
Pat SchonwaldCommunity VolunteerVoting
Traci TabyananAmerican Fidelity Assurance CompanyVoting
Jesse WellsDevon EnergyVoting
Brent WheelbargerTrifecta CommunicationsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 11
Not specified 0
Governance
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? Under Development
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $296,662
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $296,662
Financial Documents
Audit2018
Audit2017
Audit2016
Audit2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
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
Contributions$155,302$300,400$152,857
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
$15,700$30,793$34,214
$12,682$10,193$10,965
Investment Income, Net of Losses$474$415$474
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($2,246)--($1)
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$256,278$255,473$262,617
Administration Expense$33,917$34,372$32,776
Fundraising Expense$42,084$41,824$47,471
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.551.030.58
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%77%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%14%31%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$83,294$228,656$218,928
Current Assets$46,522$129,139$161,850
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$6,773$1,768$2,172
Total Net Assets$76,521$226,888$216,756
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.8773.0474.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $155,302Contributions $300,400Contributions $152,857
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $15,700Indirect Public Support $30,793Indirect Public Support $34,214
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $12,682Earned Revenue $10,193Earned Revenue $10,965
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 the IRS Form 990s.

Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.

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Address 5131 N Classen Blvd. Ste 207
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Primary Phone 405 525-3131
CEO/Executive Director Byron Jackson
Board Chair Lucy Fritts
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Fidelity Assurance Company