Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Foundation Inc
PO BOX 14190
Oklahoma City OK 73113-0190
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
OETA Foundation
Mission Statement The OETA Foundation exists exclusively for the benefit of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and in support of OETA’s mission to provide educational and public television programming as Oklahoma's only PBS station and the only television network serving our entire state. 
Contact Information
Contact Name Melissa Stevener
Contact email mstevener@oeta.tv
Address PO BOX 14190
Oklahoma City, OK 73113 0190
Phone (405) 841-9288
Fax 405-879-4368
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 7403 N. Kelley Avenue
Oklahoma City OK 73111 8420
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
OETA Foundation hosts two on air fundraising telethons each year,  Festival in March and AugustFest in August.  During those events, OETA viewers are encouraged to make an on-air donation.  There are numerous opportunities to volunteer and make in-kind donations (especially food and drink) associated with these to on-air events.  For more information, please contact Louise Lee at LLee@oeta.tv.
OETA also seeks underwriters for its programming and is happy to provide underwriters with prominent recognition and other benefits.  For more information on this, please contact Lynn Bush, lbush@oeta.tv 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $5,900,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,879,882.00
History and Background
Supported Organization OETA Foundation Inc.
Year Founded 1983
IRS Ruling Year 1983
State Registration Expiration Mar 2018
Mission The OETA Foundation exists exclusively for the benefit of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and in support of OETA’s mission to provide educational and public television programming as Oklahoma's only PBS station and the only television network serving our entire state. 
Background In 2016, OETA celebrated its 60th year as Oklahoma's only public television channel! The OETA Foundation is proud to ensure that Oklahomans continue to have free access to the public television programs they love -- from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to Masterpiece Theatre and from Nova to the PBS NewsHour.
In 2016:
1) We celebrated the rebroadcast of Ken Burn's National Parks series with a special event in Oklahoma City, featuring Dayton Duncan, who wrote and co-produced the series. 
2) We raised special funding from throughout the state to make the switch from increasingly expensive satellite services to a dedicated fiber network that will help to assure our statewide coverage continues. 
3) Our locally produced "What's The Deal" series produced its Oklahoma Road Trip series that takes young viewers on a science-based learning trip throughout Oklahoma. For example, the episode at the Port of Catoosa teaches about buoyancy and just how a barge that large stays afloat. Since its launch last year, What’s the Deal? has been adopted by 200 Oklahoma teachers as curriculum in 98 schools. The project has been so successful that OETA was asked to share our template last week with PBS stations across the country.
In 2017, we'll be working hard and seeking support to continue bringing important national and local programs to Oklahomans. 
Needs In FY 2017, for the first time in history, private fundraising by the OETA Foundation will eclipse the amount of state funds allocated to support OETA, a state agency. This has occurred because OETA's annual funding from the state has declined by 45.4% since 2009. In order to ensure that OETA continues to provide free, quality educational, cultural and informational programming for Oklahoma children and adults, it is absolutely critical that Oklahomans support their public television station by supporting the OETA Foundation's membership and fundraising drives.  
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
OETA is proud to serve every square inch of Oklahoma! 
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/
Tertiary Organizational Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition/
Description OETA provides Oklahomans with free public programming that helps preschoolers get ready to learn and enriches learning as children and young adults develop math, science, and reading skills.  We were proud in 2016 to be singled out by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the best choice when parents want quality programming for young children. We bring the world to Oklahomans through our cultural programming and quality entertainment, trustworthy news broadcasts, and accessible science programming.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. National ratings services.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Here's how we know that Oklahoma's love their public television station: for the last several years, OETA has been rated as one of the most watched public television stations in America.  We are also proud of the fact in a survey conducted by the University of Oklahoma, OETA ranked as the most trusted source of news and information!
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Dramatic cuts in OETA's state funding has challenged us to increase the amount of private support raised each year, in order to continue bringing quality, free public program to Oklahoma families. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Daphne Dowdy
Start Date Jan 2014
Email ddowdy@oeta.tv

Prior to accepting the position as President and CEO of the OETA Foundation, Daphne Dowdy was vice president of development and marketing at WPBT in Miami.  At WPBT, Dowdy oversaw a fundraising operation that raised about $9 million a year through fundraising renewals, direct mail, additional gifts, telemarketing, sustainers, viewer services, on-air fundraising, major gifts, planned giving, grants and marketing. Before her tenure in Florida, Dowdy was general manager for Basin PBS in Midland, Texas. She led a successful capital campaign to secure a new home and brought the station out of debt while producing several award-winning public television programs.

Senior Staff
Louise LeeDirector of Development
Michael VaughnSenior Vice President, Finance
Number of Full-time Staff 13
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 1032
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 Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Barry Beauchamp
Company Affiliation Retired, Former Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools
Term June 2010 to June 2017
Email b39ou13@icloud.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Nov 10, 2016
Board of Directors List
Mr. Robert Allen Retired, Former President of OETA FoundationVoting
Mr. Barry Beauchamp Retired, Lawton Public SchoolsVoting
Mrs. Daphne Dowdy Jackson President and CEO, OETA FoundationVoting
Mrs. Linda Gardner Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Glenn Johnson Chancellor, State Regents for Higher EducationVoting
Dr. Garrett King President, Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityVoting
Mrs. Suzanne Lair Principal, Jenks Public SchoolsVoting
Mrs. Mia Mascarin-Oven Partner, 32Winds WineryVoting
Mrs. Cynthia Reid VP, Greater Oklahoma City ChamberVoting
Dr. James Utterback President, Seminole State CollegeVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2016-June 30, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $5,900,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $5,879,882
Financial Documents
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$6,636,890$8,809,104$6,761,094
Total Expenses$6,489,821$5,954,510$6,205,945
Revenue Less Expenses$147,069$2,854,594$555,149
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$5,390,792$4,293,477$3,756,151
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,613,743$1,106,902$2,496,014
Unrealized Gain/Loss($2,769,219)$2,770,154($38,441)
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,709,487$4,076,986$4,584,330
Administration Expense$804,332$1,016,440$906,235
Fundraising Expense$976,002$861,084$715,380
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.481.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%68%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%20%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$39,143,088$40,275,123$35,718,094
Current Assets$8,377,213$8,453,151$4,567,571
Long-Term Liabilities$358,930$1,106,678--
Current Liabilities$267,761$860,817$203,360
Total Net Assets$38,516,397$38,307,628$35,514,734
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.299.8222.46
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%3%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $5,390,792Individuals $4,293,477Individuals $3,756,151
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $3,613,743Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Loss) $2,770,154Investment Income $2,496,014
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $269,386Investment Income $1,106,902Other $312,005
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 4.8 %
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 IRS Form 990s.
Note:  Per conversation with the organization the long term note in 2015 for $358,930 was paid off in the subsequent year.
Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.

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Address PO BOX 14190
Oklahoma City, OK 73113 0190
Primary Phone 405 841-9288
Contact Email mstevener@oeta.tv
CEO/Executive Director Daphne Dowdy
Board Chair Mr. Barry Beauchamp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Former Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools