NewView Oklahoma Inc
501 N Douglas Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma League for the Blind
Mission Statement NewView Oklahoma is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1949 to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of personal independence through vision rehabilitation, employment and community outreach.

Contact Information
Contact Name Lauren Branch
Contact email
Address 501 N Douglas Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 232-4644
Fax 405-236-5438
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address NewView Oklahoma Vision Rehabiliation Center
710 W. Wilshire, Suite 102
Oklahoma City OK 73116
Alternate Phone 405 286-9699
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Your gift can help us improve the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals!
Donate By Phone: Contact Valerie Aubert to donate by credit card or over the phone at 405.232.4644. You can make a onetime contribution or signup for monthly giving.  We accept VISA and Discover.
Donate Online:  Visit and click the donate button.  You can make a one-time contribution or signup for monthly giving.
Donate By Mail: You can send a check or credit card information to: NewView Oklahoma, Attn:  Valerie Aubert, 501 N. Douglas Avenue, OKC, OK 73106
In-kind donations: Make an in-kind gift of products or supplies by contacting our agency.
Planned Giving: Leave a legacy of support that will impact lives for years to come through bequests, wills, outright gifts, life insurance, charitable trusts and more.
Help us carry out our mission by volunteering with NewView Oklahoma!
Summer Camp Preparation
:Help us prepare for our most exciting event of the year - NewView's Summer Camp for Visually Impaired Youth! We need help with prep work leading up to camp to get things organized and ready to go!
Event Preparation: Help us plan and excecute donor events or help us with preparations for our annual fundraising luncheon in the spring.
Art Classes:  Provide assistance to visually impaired adults during art classes held at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and NewView Oklahoma.

For more information about making a donation or volunteer opportunities, contact
: Valerie Aubert, VP of Development and Communications at 405.232.4644 or



Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $21,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $19,500,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Oklahoma League for the Blind2009
Year Founded 1949
IRS Ruling Year 1951
State Registration Expiration Apr 2018
Mission NewView Oklahoma is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1949 to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of personal independence through vision rehabilitation, employment and community outreach.

On November 30, 1949, six members of the Oklahoma Association for the Blind met in the office of a downtown Oklahoma City attorney. Each of these six pioneers, though legally or totally blind had a clear vision: to establish a work and training facility that would improve the quality of life for people who are blind and vision impaired. Today, NewView Oklahoma (formerly Oklahoma League for the Blind) is the only private non-profit agency in the state to provide employment and vision rehabilitation services to individuals with vision loss. NewView accomplishes its mission by providing vocational, social, rehabilitative and educational services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As an advocate for the interests those who are visually impaired, NewView seeks to  advance the belief that persons with vision loss are capable of achieving full autonomy and independence. Committed to educating the community about blindness, NewView Oklahoma accomplishes these goals through responsible stewardship of human and financial resources. 



Capitalizing on the advances made in technology, NewView Oklahoma has created new job opportunities for blind adults by adding call center, mailroom and warehousing/logistics operations to our employment program.   With the establishment of the Low Vision Clinic in Oklahoma City, NewView has become known nation-wide as an innovator in the use of a multi-disciplinary approach to low vision rehabilitation therapy. Recognizing the void in the availability of low vision rehabilitation services in the Tulsa area, NewView opened the Tulsa Low Vision Center to serve the estimated 20,000 people impacted by vision loss in northeastern Oklahoma. A pioneer in the field of comprehensive low vision services, NewView has been recognized for innovation and distinguished service by Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the recipient of the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health, the Apollo Award from the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Professionals and the Excellence in Aging, Program of the Year award from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Selected from a field of candidates nationwide, NewView is also the recipient of the Apollo Award from the National Association of Optometric Physicians.



1) NewView seeks to develop partnerships with the public and private sectors to expand opportunities for employment for visually impaired working age adults. NewView has developed a wide range of manufacturing and production capabilities to serve industrial and governmental customers and capitalized on new technologies that offer customers access to a full range of communications and logistics business management services. 

2) NewView provides our life-changing rehabilitation services to people challenged by vision loss in every quadrant of the state. Because reimbursements from Medicare and other sources cover only 30 percent of the costs of these services, NewView must fill the gap with charitable gifts averaging more than $1 million annually. 

3) Dynamic, creative and committed volunteer resources are needed to help us to develop additional resources and more effectively connect with the  community and engage them in our work.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
While NewView's primary service area is Oklahoma City and surrounding counties, our employment and rehabilitation programs serve blind and visually impaired individuals statewide and throughout the country. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Employment/Employment Preparation & Procurement
Tertiary Organizational Category Health Care/Rehabilitative Care
For six decades, NewView Oklahoma has been successful in identifying and securing employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired working age adults. As the largest employer of blind and vision impaired  adults in the state, NewView Oklahoma provides more than 100 jobs through in-house manufacturing and a growing number of service contracts with major employers at the local, state and federal level including: 
Hose production:  Primary supplier of fire hoses for the U.S. Forestry Service
Kitting:  Full line of first aid kits used by fire and police departments; rations for the military.
Vinyl Conversion:  Thousands of pounds of raw vinyl are converted into shower curtains used by universities, hospitals and government agencies.
Business services:  Switchboard/call center management, data entry, warehousing, inventory control and mailroom services.




Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities

The NewView Oklahoma Low Rehabilitation Program uses a medical model that to offer clients services that help them gain greater independence where they live work and play.  Following a low vision exam, rehabilitation is prescribed to optimize the client's usable sight. Clients learn skills that helps them regain their ability to read, cook, take medications, maintain their home and move safely in their homes, the workplace and the community. Once equipped with basic daily living skills, clients may access assistive technology training, Braille and job assessment, placement and training.

In 2014, NewView Oklahoma established the Tulsa Low Vision Center and partners with NSU to provide rehabilitation services to patients receiving low vision exams at the University’s clinic on the Broken Arrow Campus. In addtion to housing administrative staff, NewView's Tulsa office houses a state of the art retail outlet for adaptive devices and assistive technology.




Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Oklahomans Without Limitations Summer Camp is a free, week-long camping experience for children ages 8-18 who are blind or visually impaired. The camp began in 2000 and draws more than 70 campers each July. Each camper is paired with a sighted peer counselor who provides encouragement, assistance and friendship. Camp activities are planned and designed to encourage collaboration, improve confidence, self-esteem and independence, and challenge societal and self-imposed limits through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities in an accessible environment. The focus is on ability rather than disability. Camp activity favorites include: swimming, shopping trips, rock climbing, martial arts, dance, art, music and an annual talent show.  

Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities K-12 (5-19 years)

Veteran Independence Through Adaptive Living (VITAL) is a support group for veterans with visual impairments and their families. Members meet each month at NewView Oklahoma to enjoy a meal, socialize and hear from guest speakers on a variety of inspirational and informational topics. Special events are held throughout the year, and the group most recently visited the 45thInfantry Division Museum, Fort Sill and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  NewView Oklahoma partners with the Veterans Administration’s Vision Impairment Service Team (VIST), to offer the VITAL support group, as well as computer assistive technology training for blind and visually impaired veterans. 


Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Description Innovative partnerships with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation and the Oklahoma City Sport Fencing Association – have developed into exciting and rewarding year-round programs open to the visually impaired community-wide.  As a result of these collaborative partners, classes in visual arts, as well as team sports including rowing and fencing provide experiences for the visually impaired that would otherwise be unavailable to them. 
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens K-12 (5-19 years)
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lauren Branch
Start Date Apr 1997
Senior Staff
Bernie AndersonDirector of Contract Mangement
Valerie AubertVP, Development & Communications
Cathy HoldenDirector of Clinical Services and Rehabilitation
Dennis LoneyVP, Operations & Business Development
Masumi WardDirector of Human Resources
John WilsonChief Financial Officer
Sandy WrightFoundations & Grants Director
Number of Full-time Staff 132
Number of Part-time Staff 15
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 144
Staff Retention Rate 10
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Patrick Rooney
Company Affiliation First Oklahoma Bank
Term Aug 2014 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Dan Bales President/Founder, GiANT Capital, RetiredVoting
Joanne Davis Tinker Airforce BaseVoting
Brennan Michael Dolan Community VolunteerVoting
Kim Escovedo Enable MidstreamVoting
Sam Fulkerson Ogletree DeakinsVoting
John Graves Cyclonic ValveVoting
Dawn Holsted ODnJoy VisionVoting
Tyler Johnson Osage CasinosVoting
Darren Lister EGR Construction, Inc.Voting
Lisa McLaughlin Retired EducatorVoting
Gus Pekara RetiredVoting
Mary Blankenship Porter Republic National BankVoting
Kim Rieger U.S. Probation OfficeVoting
James P. Robertson Western IndustriesVoting
Gen (Ret) Ben T. Robinson Sentry One, LLCVoting
Patrick Rooney First National Bank of OklahomaVoting
Nabil Srouji MDOklahoma RetinaVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Other 0 1 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 7
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Amy Bierly Blue Cross Blue Shield
Sandy Freshhour The Williams Companies
Alison Jones WPX Energy
Sarah Lorenzen Marketing/Research Director, Tulsa World
Elizabeth Roberston KSQ Architects
Dr. Blane Snodgrass Tulsa Eye Clinic
Joel Strum, OD nJoy Vision
JT Young TMA Systems
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2016-Sept 30, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $21,000,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $19,500,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$20,939,839$20,019,490$21,060,751
Total Expenses$20,925,869$19,279,169$19,407,725
Revenue Less Expenses$13,970$740,321$1,653,026
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$359,830$202,723$110,840
Investment Income, Net of Losses$624,930$954,475$600,527
Unrealized Gain/Loss($543,848)----
Membership Dues------
Special Events$75,372$189,145$331,262
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$19,427,663$17,764,119$18,130,510
Administration Expense$1,893,097$1,199,323$1,016,488
Fundraising Expense$2,105,837$315,727$260,727
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.041.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue226%39%48%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,017,486$7,070,192$6,644,445
Current Assets$1,893,097$4,034,304$3,848,964
Long-Term Liabilities--$20,459$290,653
Current Liabilities$2,105,837$1,893,611$1,937,991
Total Net Assets$5,911,649$5,156,122$4,415,801
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.902.131.99
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%4%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $19,952,184Earned Revenue $18,260,823Earned Revenue $19,922,130
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $624,930Investment Income $954,475Investment Income $600,527
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $496,287Foundation & Corporation $412,324Special Events $331,262
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purchase and renovation of a 20,000 square foot building at NW 43rd & Classen to house NewView's low vision clinic and rehabilitation program.
Campaign Goal $4,000,000
Campaign Dates June 2016 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date $1,360,000 as of Apr 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.
Address 501 N Douglas Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 232-4644
Contact Email
Give with Credit Card
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Lauren Branch
Board Chair Mr. Patrick Rooney
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Oklahoma Bank