Oklahoma Watch, Inc.
395 W Lindsey St Ste 3120d
Norman OK 73019
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Oklahoma Watch is organized for the specific purpose of gathering and disseminating information in a nonpartisan manner about important public-policy issues facing the state and its communities, using investigative, explanatory, data-driven and multimedia journalism. Oklahoma Watch also fulfills an educational role for emerging journalists through internships and collaborative activities with university journalism and other university departments. Funding is provided by grants from private foundations and donations from individuals.
Contact Information
Contact Name Dena Drabek
Contact email editor@oklahomawatch.org
Address 395 W Lindsey St Ste 3120d
Norman, OK 73019
Phone (405) 325-3529
County Cleveland County
Alternate Phone 918 561-1705
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://oklahomawatch.org/support/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Mail check payable to "Oklahoma Watch" to:

David Fritze, Executive Editor
Oklahoma Watch
395 W. Lindsey St.
Suite 3120D
Norman, OK 73019

 
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $644,000.00
Projected Expenses $681,000.00
History and Background
Year Founded 2011
IRS Ruling Year 2013
State Registration Expiration Dec 2017
Statements
Mission Oklahoma Watch is organized for the specific purpose of gathering and disseminating information in a nonpartisan manner about important public-policy issues facing the state and its communities, using investigative, explanatory, data-driven and multimedia journalism. Oklahoma Watch also fulfills an educational role for emerging journalists through internships and collaborative activities with university journalism and other university departments. Funding is provided by grants from private foundations and donations from individuals.
Background  

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to produce in-depth and investigative journalism on public-policy and quality-of-life issues facing the state.

Our mission: To dig beneath the surface of issues of public importance, provide insightful analysis and reveal meaningful trends, facts,  issues, underlying causes and  possible solutions. Oklahoma Watch is non-partisan and strives to be balanced, fair, accurate and comprehensive. Our goal is to promote and deepen public and private debate that makes a difference in the lives of Oklahomans.

Our content: We generate original content that is distributed by media partners around the state and through our website and social media. We focus on data-driven journalism and other enterprising reporting that complements coverage in other Oklahoma and regional media. We collaborate with other news outlets. Topics of particular interest include poverty, common education, higher education, health care, children, mental health, public money, the elderly and the underprivileged. We strongly support First Amendment rights and transparency in government and we value and promote the news media's watchdog role.

Impact Oklahoma Watch measures its impact in various ways. The measure most central to its mission is the effects of Oklahoma Watch's content and public events on discussions and decisions by public policymakers at state and local levels. Secondarily, impact is measured by responses to our journalism and growth in attention and reaction to the content we produce, as shown in web traffic, social-media following, republication by other media, awards and other honors, collaborations with other media, financial support, and direct feedback in surveys and comments. Since early 2013, the growth in impact as reflected in these measures has risen sharply.
Needs In addition to producing in-depth news articles and videos, Oklahoma Watch organizes Oklahoma Watch-Out public forums and the Oklahoma Watch Data Center, a searchable database of statistics related to trends, issues and tax dollars.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma Watch makes available original content for readers and users through its own publications, currently online only (www.oklahomawatch.org), and through distribution to other Oklahoma print and digital news media. It conducts research and acquires and analyzes databases that can be shared on an individual or group basis with public agencies, charities, schools, foundations, research nonprofits and other organizations. As of early 2014, Oklahoma Watch distributed content to nearly 100 news outlets around the state and conducted public forums on key issues in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Programs
Description Too many Oklahomans are impoverished, ill, depressed, under-educated, incarcerated, addicted or abused. Yet many people don’t know what they can do, or why these problems persist. As news outlets shrink, media coverage tends to be superficial, never getting to the heart of the issue. And so the troubles deepen, solutions wait, and public leaders feel less compelled to take action.

 

Oklahoma Watch is out to ignite a sense of urgency. Through investigative and in-depth reporting, Oklahoma Watch is revealing the hidden facts and trends behind the state’s critical issues and the effects of public policies on the hardships of Oklahomans. Our reports are penetrating yet balanced and fair.

 
Oklahoma Watch stories are distributed to about 100 newspapers and broadcast stations in Oklahoma, extending our reach to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans.  
Strategy
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Oklahoma Watch provided the following articles on mental health in 2014-15.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse: The project added pressure that resulted in passage of a law requiring doctors to check a prescription monitoring database to prevent patients from doctor shopping for opioid pills.

  • Juvenile Competency: Oklahoma is the only state not to require competency hearings for juvenile offenders. The state’s leading public defender credited this story with making the difference in being able to pass a law in 2015 requiring competency.

  • Less Therapy for Inmates: A story that exposed how talk therapy sessions for prisons inmates have plummeted, partly because of a shortage of psychiatrists.

  • Illusion of Parity: State law requires that insurers provide the same level of coverage for mental health as physical health. But our package revealed that insurers can cite a loophole – “lack of medical necessity” – to deny mental health coverage.

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. Our success is measured by how many people, particularly those in positions of influence and power, are reading our content, as well as by how many people are participating in our events and thus joining discussions of important issues. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

To monitor success, we track media placements and meet with our media partners for editorial collaboration and feedback. We monitor website traffic, which has grown tremendously over the past year. We collect comments from our readers via social media and emails to the editor. Finally, we track “Oklahoma Watch-Out” event participation and send surveys afterward to measure success of these public forums, held quarterly to date.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

One of example of our success was the series we produced, in conjunction with The Oklahoman, in fall 2014 on prescription drug abuse. The prescription drug laws changed in the spring and, even though legislation was moving that way, the investigative series informed the conversation and gave the bill a push forward. The main goal of the series was to raise awareness of the issues and reduce the number of overdoses and deaths. Our coverage reached out into smaller communities and rural areas of the state. We saw lots of web traffic coming from the Roland, Oklahoma area surrounding the Roland Pain Clinic article.

Another example: Oklahoma was last state in nation to require juvenile competency sessions be held for juvenile offenders. A law was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin recently, approving that requirement. Now we join rest of the nation. Assistant Public Defender Ben Brown credited an Oklahoma Watch article, saying it explained issues in detail to law makers.
 

Description

Oklahoma Watch-Outs are public forums that engage policymakers, civic leaders and the communities they serve in conversations about critical public policy issues, including education, health care, poverty, and mental health.

Events are made relevant and accessible to all Oklahomans through radio and television broadcasts and our 100 media partners statewide. In addition, videos of the events are posted to the Oklahoma Watch website, which now attracts close to 70,000 page views monthly.

While past events have been proven successful, the occurrence of events has been sporadic. Oklahoma Watch is seeking resources to increase and support their public forums. 

Strategy
Population Served At-Risk Populations People/Families of People with Health Conditions Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. We promote productive conversations through the event itself and social media comments, articles and videos posted by Oklahoma Watch and our 100-plus media partners statewide.
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.  

Oklahoma Watch-Outs exemplify our mission, connecting the general public to public officials, asking meaningful and sometimes difficult questions, holding leaders accountable and uncovering solutions to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Participants report positive experiences in post-event surveys, with 100 percent saying they would attend another event and 100 percent saying they would recommend our events to others. We expect the same satisfaction and quality at future events. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. The program has grown year after year since inception in 2012, with an increase in the number of public forums presented annually and an increase in attendance numbers. 
 
Description

How much do state officials and employees make? How much money per student does your school district spend? Is crime going up or down in your city or town? Good questions.

Oklahoma Watch regularly examines public money, education and many other issues, raising questions and, in some cases, alarms. Through the Data Center, Oklahoma Watch provides readers a one-stop place to search for useful and revealing facts about public agencies, cities and towns, and the state as a whole.

Is your hospital losing money? How many tornadoes strike in your area? What is the makeup of the Oklahoma Legislature? Readers can follow the money themselves.

Data Center funding would help Oklahoma Watch maintain and expand collections.

Strategy
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Families
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director David Fritze
Start Date Nov 2012
Email editor@oklahomawatch.org
Experience Before joining Oklahoma Watch in 2012, Fritze worked at The Arizona Republic for 20 years in various positions, including business, metro and national editor, as well as a senior reporter. As a senior editor, he led a team of reporters who produced enterprise and investigative stories on public money, K-12 and higher education, transportation, public health, immigration and criminal justice. Before joining The Republic, he was a reporter at the Dallas Times Herald and, previously, a writer and editor at Oklahoma Monthly magazine. He grew up in Oklahoma City, received a bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma journalism school and worked for several Oklahoma newspapers. He spent a year in Ecuador on a Rotary Foundation journalism fellowship.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 5
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 0
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2012
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Name Jim East
Company Affiliation Consulting
Term Apr 2016 to Mar 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of May 31, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Gerald Adams Henry-Adams Companies LLCVoting
Jim East ChairmanCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sue Hale ConsultantVoting
Ed Kelley University of OklahomaVoting
Vince LoVoi This Land Press LLCVoting
Bob Ross Inasmuch FoundationVoting
Brett Wesner Wesner Publications CoVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $644,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $681,000
Financial Documents
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$1,072,869$383,410$478,685
Total Expenses$647,912$509,817$342,850
Revenue Less Expenses$424,957($126,407)$135,835
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$580,929$424,781$284,112
Administration Expense$47,011$42,135$45,209
Fundraising Expense$19,972$42,901$13,529
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.660.751.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%11%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$462,627$37,670$166,147
Current Assets$456,569$26,895$166,147
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$2,070
Total Net Assets$462,627$37,670$164,077
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----80.26
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $1,072,869Foundations & Corporations $383,410Foundations & Corporations $478,685
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Endowment? No
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 IRS Form 990s.
 
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Address 395 W Lindsey St Ste 3120d
Norman, OK 73019
Primary Phone 405 325-3529
Contact Email editor@oklahomawatch.org
Give with Credit Card http://oklahomawatch.org/support/
CEO/Executive Director David Fritze
Board Chair Jim East
Board Chair Company Affiliation Consulting