Oklahoma Mothers Milk Bank Inc
901 N Lincoln Blvd, Suite 330
Oklahoma City OK 73104
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Mission Statement To provide safe, donor milk for preterm and ill babies in Oklahoma. OMMB serves all of Oklahoma and any other state that does not have an accredited milk bank. In 2019, only 26 states had milk banks accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
Contact Information
Contact Name Keri Hale
Contact email info@okmilkbank.org
Address 901 N Lincoln Blvd, Suite 330
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone (405) 297-5683
Fax 405-297-5637
County Oklahoma
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Financial donations accepted via Facebook, Paypal, mailing a check, by phone and in person at community events. Volunteers welcome to help with preparing donor packets and on pasteurizing days. Mothers wanting to donate milk can call or submit contact information via website.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $353,670.00
Projected Expenses $277,735.00
History and Background
Year Founded 2011
IRS Ruling Year 2011
State Registration Expiration July 2019
Mission To provide safe, donor milk for preterm and ill babies in Oklahoma. OMMB serves all of Oklahoma and any other state that does not have an accredited milk bank. In 2019, only 26 states had milk banks accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the nation. Each year more than 7,500 babies are born too early while another 1,650 Oklahoma babies are born with serious birth abnormalities. Oklahoma also ranks 44th in the nation for the most infant deaths annually. In addition, there are several thousand infants each year with some type of chronic condition putting them at serious nutritional risk. Human milk provides significant protection against many acute and chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, many mothers of medically fragile babies struggle to provide enough or any milk for their babies due to their own illnesses and immature breast milk production. Pasteurized donor milk (PDM) is the next best option to make dramatic differences in the health and development of these babies who are born early and/or with medical conditions that threaten their survival or put them at nutritional risk.

The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank (OMMB) incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit in 2011 and began dispensing safe, pasteurized donor milk in 2013. Since that time, OMMB has screened over 1,000 donor mothers and serves several hospitals around the state, including all eight level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units and the Bethany Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. OMMB has been accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association since 2013.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) has been a key partner for the milk bank. OBI provides high quality donor screening and financial accounting services at cost and rents customized space to OMMB. This “first in the nation” partnership with a blood institute concept has been a model for other states that have since partnered with statewide blood institutes to expedite the opening of their milk banks.

OMMB also works closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. OMMB collaborates with the Oklahoma Lactation Consultants Association, the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates, and La Leche League of Oklahoma to educate childbearing families and recruit donor mothers. OMMB provides clinical opportunities for medical students and residents, nursing, dietician, and lactation consultant students from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City (OSU- OKC) and Stillwater, University of Central Oklahoma, and other universities in Oklahoma.


3-5 accomplishments from past year

Pasteurized over 100,000 ounces of milk for the first time

Achieved the milestone of screening the 1,800th donor mother

Expanded staff to 3 full-time and 2 part-time so less reliance on contracted staff and volunteers

Provided clinical experience for 45 healthcare professionals and students

Provided almost 5,000 ounces of free or discounted donor milk to babies with a medical need in the community due to lack of insurance coverage of donor milk

3-5 goals for this year

Recruit donor mothers to meet increasing capacity for dispensing donor milk statewide

Advocate for insurance coverage of donor milk for babies with a medical need

Maintain financial stability

Increase visibility through outreach and education to the healthcare community

Increase visibility through attendance at community events for the public


Space: OMMB's growth has led to need for increased space. In particular, OMMB needs storage space for the large volume of supplies utilized each week and is exploring temporary off-site storage options.

Development: OMMB is in need of professional development services to help recruit funding for long-term financial stability.

Advocacy: OMMB has capacity to provide safe donor milk for babies with a medical need in the community. Currently Oklahoma's Medicaid does not pay for donor milk for these babies, nor does private insurance. Several states currently cover donor milk through their Medicaid programs.

Donor mothers: Breastfeeding mothers donate during one course of lactation (while breastfeeding one current baby) hence OMMB must continually recruit new donors.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank serves the entire state of Oklahoma and also serves states which do not currently have their own milk bank. OMMB also serves other milk banks when they experience shortages in supply.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Health Care/Public Health
Tertiary Organizational Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition/Nutrition
Description OMMB recruits and screens breastfeeding mothers who choose to donate their milk. Approved donor mothers have completed a lengthy questionnaire, had their blood tested for certain diseases, and submitted letters from maternal and infant providers stating they are in good health. Donated milk is pasteurized, analyzed for nutritional content (protein and calories) and tested for bacterial growth. Approved pasteurized milk is labeled with batch number, nutritional content and expiration date and then dispensed to hospitals and outpatients.
Population Served Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Provision of safe donor milk to level III NICUs in Oklahoma and other states as needed. Also to level II NICUs and ill babies after hospital discharge.
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. Provision of safe donor milk to any baby that does not have access to his/her own mother's milk.
Description OMMB provides education to health care providers about human milk banking and use of donor milk. OMMB provides outreach to the general public about human milk banking and use of donor milk.
Population Served Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Hospitals will supply safe, pasteurized donor milk for any baby with a medical need. Breastfeeding mothers will know about OMMB and choose to donate their milk.
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. Safe, pasteurized donor milk will be available for any baby without access to their own mother's milk. Cost of providing donor milk will be covered by third party payors.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Rebecca (Becky) Mannel
Start Date Jan 2014
Email becky@okmilkbank.org
Experience Becky has been an IBCLC since 1997 and has been working with breastfeeding families since 1992. She is Director of the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center in the Department of OB/GYN at OU Health Sciences Center and Executive Director for the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank, which she helped found. Becky also developed and oversees the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline, provides professional training/education to all Oklahoma hospitals and leads the Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma project, all health department funded projects. She represents the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners on the US Breastfeeding Committee and has served twice as Lead Editor for the International Lactation Consultant Association textbook, Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice. She managed the Lactation Center at OU Medical Center for 15 years and is designated as a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Senior Staff
Keri HaleClinical Director
Rebecca MannelExecutive Director
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Staff Retention Rate 60
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 1
Caucasian 4
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
OMMB collaborates with University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Department of OB/GYN, Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Maternal/Child Health Division, OSDH WIC Service, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, OUHSC College of Allied Health and Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates.
HMBANA Human Milk Banking Association of North America2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
HMBANA Human Milk Banking Association of North America2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Anne Darnell Gillingham, JD
Company Affiliation Municipal Judge, City of Tulsa
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2018
Email darnell9@cox.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 07, 2019
Board of Directors List
Melissa CapertonUniversity of Oklahoma
Dr. Elisa CrouseDepartment of OB/GYN, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Anne Darnell GillinghamDarnell Law Office
Ben IkardStephenson Cancer CenterVoting
Daryn KirkpatrickOklahoma Health Care Authority
Jenny PotterVoting
Claire TurmelleOU Medicine
Dr. Andrea WilleitnerThe Children's Hospital, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 8
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
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 50 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments We would like more ethnic diversity on our board. We have good diversity of healthcare and business professionals, donor mothers and geographic representation. We hold meetings by webinar for those that cannot always travel to OKC for the in-person board meetings.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019-Dec 31, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $353,670
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $277,735
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$313$276--
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$176,943$173,678$205,007
Administration Expense$44,235$43,115$41,877
Fundraising Expense----$5,138
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.731.191.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%80%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$460,930$300,425$255,892
Current Assets$316,049$208,592$172,153
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$18,962$20,156$16,110
Total Net Assets$441,968$280,269$239,782
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.6710.3510.69
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 $331,766Earned Revenue $252,836Earned Revenue $254,308
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $59,540Contributions $4,168Contributions $45,459
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $313Investment Income $276 --
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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 or 990 EZs. 
Note 1:  The Program, Administrate and Fundraising expenses are based on the organizations estimated expense allocations.  These amounts may not agree to the Form 990 submitted to the IRS.
Note 2.  In fiscal year 2017, there was a prior period adjustment of ($8,742), which is listed as "Other" revenue.   
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 901 N Lincoln Blvd, Suite 330
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Primary Phone 405 297-5683
Contact Email info@okmilkbank.org
CEO/Executive Director Rebecca (Becky) Mannel
Board Chair Anne Darnell Gillingham, JD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Municipal Judge, City of Tulsa