Hearts for Hearing Foundation
11500 N Portland Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73120
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Hearts for Hearing
Mission Statement
Hearts for Hearing creates life-changing opportunities for children and adults with hearing loss to listen for a lifetime.
Giving every child with hearing loss a sound future
Contact Information
Contact Name Kris Hopper
Contact email kris.hopper@heartsforhearing.org
Address 11500 N Portland Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Phone (405) 548-4300
Fax 405-548-4350
County Oklahoma
Alternate Address 5350 E. 31st St.
Ste 301
Tulsa OK 74135
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.heartsforhearing.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/hfhf/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer We welcome your contribution either online or by mail.  Monthly gifts provide a consistent, reliable income stream for Hearts for Hearing. Remember a loved one who has passed away by making a gift in his/her memory. Celebrate a special occasion or recognize someone important in your life, or the life of your child with an honor gift.  Your gift will be recognized and we will send a card to the person you wish to honor. 
You can become a “friend raiser” or a “fundraiser.”  Organizations and families who have benefited from the services at Hearts for Hearing generously give back to the organization by hosting events as both friend raisers and fundraisers during the year.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $8,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 2003
IRS Ruling Year 2004
State Registration Expiration Oct 2020
Hearts for Hearing creates life-changing opportunities for children and adults with hearing loss to listen for a lifetime.
Because of newborn hearing screening, improved technology that includes both hearing aids and cochlear implants, in combination with auditory-verbal therapy, there is no limit to the potential of children who are born deaf or hard of hearing.  Children who are deaf can learn to listen and talk like typical hearing children.  Hearts for Hearing, a 501 (c)(3) in Oklahoma City, OK., was established in May, 2003 by R. Stanley Baker, M.D., Teresa Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT and Joanna Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT to provide funding for the initial set of hearing aids for children in Oklahoma who are deaf or hard of hearing so that they could learn to listen and talk. Initially funds were raised to help cover the costs of hearing aids as well as audiological services and auditory-verbal therapy being provided by the team at HELP of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center at the Hough Ear Institute.  As more families learned about what was possible, it became clear that a new model was needed to allow for statewide growth to serve more children and adults. On January 1, 2007, the entire team of professionals moved from INTEGRIS to Hearts for Hearing and we expanded our mission to become a provider of comprehensive hearing health care for children and adults so that every baby born with hearing loss and every adult who might lose their hearing could listen for a lifetime.

The amazing team of professionals at Hearts for Hearing has made it possible for hundreds of children and adults to learn to listen and talk.  Because of our commitment to excellence in all areas, children and young adults with hearing loss are succeeding in school and in life and are talking, telling stories and listening to one another as if this had always been so. 
Because of our work, professionals around the world are changing the way they serve children with hearing loss and because of our work, new advances are being made in the field of hearing technology that will impact little ones through adults for years to come.

In order to achieve these dramatically improved outcomes, it is critical that a child be identified and fit with his hearing aids in the first weeks of life.  What we know about auditory brain development is that the first three years are the most critical window and if we don’t get auditory access to the brain, we have lost the opportunity.  Unfortunately, there are still babies and children being born with hearing loss in the state of Oklahoma who are not being told about what is possible today and the sad reality is that there are hundreds of children in our state who have a hearing loss and may never learn to listen and talk because no one addressed the “neurodevelopmental emergency” created by hearing loss.  We invite you, the people in our community, to share our story so that the parents of tomorrow can know that a place like Hearts for Hearing exists to make the impossible possible.
We believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn to listen and talk.  We believe a family should be provided information regarding all options for communication with their child.  If listening and spoken language is chosen by a family, we believe that typical listening and spoken language outcomes should be expected for babies who are diagnosed shortly after birth, fit with hearing aids in the first weeks of life, and enrolled in auditory-verbal therapy before three months of age.  We believe that children with hearing loss should be educated with their hearing friends in mainstream classrooms and will be successful.
We believe that adults with hearing loss deserve the opportunity to hear again. Hearing loss can isolate and disconnect a person not only from intimate, familial relationships, but also social and professional ones. Hearts for Hearing has diagnostic testing, evaluation, and technology to ensure that any adult with hearing loss can remain vibrant for years to come.
Needs As a provider of hearing technology, therapy and education for babies as young as a one week of age and for adults as old as 97, we are constantly challenged by the lack of insurance benefits to pay for the required technology and therapy to make hearing a reality.  We are in need of financial donations to help pay for hearing aids, therapy and educational services for our little ones.  Unfortunately, the current reality is that public education will only pay for preschool education for families who choose to communicate with their child using sign language and therefore we must generate funding to cover the costs associated with our preschool and other educational programs.
CEO/Executive Director Statement The focus of our organization over the last year has been on story-living better stories, telling better stories and sharing the amazing story about children who are deaf learning to listen and talk. Since 2007 when we first became a provider of direct services for children and adults with hearing loss, one of our best stories has been our growth particularly in terms of the number of families served along with our improving listening and spoken language outcomes. The story of what is now possible for babies born with hearing loss is being told across our state and the children who have graduated from Hearts for Hearing are doing a great job of telling the story themselves. The story of what we are now able to provide to families in rural Oklahoma through telepractice is drawing national attention as others seek to replicate our model. We are telling the story about our unique collaborative model of service delivery where speech-language pathologists and audiologists are working together.  I am humbled to work with the most dedicated and passionate group of professionals who are making a difference in the lives of both children and adults who perhaps had lost any hope.

Hope begins here. 

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma City
As the only comprehensive hearing-healthcare program in Oklahoma that offers Auditory-Verbal Therapy in collaboration with audiological care in, we have provided services to families from every county in the state as well as families from other states in our region. Because our primary location is in Oklahoma City, we serve many families from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, but we also have a significant number of families who travel the state turnpikes and highways weekly.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Youth Development/Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organizational Category Medical Research/Pediatrics Research
Hearts for Hearing’s focus is to make sure that each baby has the opportunity to hear as soon as possible thus, once a diagnosis is made, we work quickly to fit hearing aids; frequently, a baby may be fit with his/her first hearing aids within month one of life, in spite of a family’s ability to pay. We work closely with manufacturers, insurance companies and charitable organizations to obtain funding and discounted pricing. Once hearing aids are fit, we engage families in learning about “auditory living” so that they become their child’s primary therapist, along with coaching from our LSLS professionals.
The team at HFH believes that every decibel counts and ears never sleep, and so we are aggressive about ensuring every patient’s technology is working and well fit. The collaboration between Pediatric Audiologists and LSLS Cert. AVTs creates a proven culture where families and children with hearing loss thrive.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Elderly and/or Disabled Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
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. Last year, we provided services to 2,520 individuals of which 1,920 were children.
"Listening for Littles" provides a weekly parent-toddler group experience led by a LSLS certified auditory-verbal therapist.
A family member joins the child in auditory-based intervention with a focus on developing a listening environment for the child in all aspects of his/her experience. Parents interact with each other and the families are coached and guided in auditory-verbal strategies throughout the weekly two-hour group meeting. 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Description Both children with hearing loss as well as typical hearing children are enrolled in the class and the goal is to prepare every child for a successful transition to a mainstream classroom in their neighborhood school. The specialized auditory-verbal strategies are implemented throughout every aspect of the preschool and the model developed at Hearts for Hearing has been replicated at other sites around the country. 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Over 50 Oklahoma children with hearing loss head to the Hearts for Hearing Summer Camp at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art each summer for a week of listening and language fun. The children at the camp use hearing aids or cochlear implants and are patients at Hearts for Hearing.
The camp is available for children who will enter elementary school in the fall. At the camp, children will be challenged with a fun variety of activities centered around the arts of all kinds. Additionally, this experience offers the children the opportunity to be around other children with hearing loss and friendships are renewed in a place different than school or the Hearts for Hearing clinic. Activities range from interactive art projects, as well as trips to a variety of galleries around the city
The camp is sponsored by a number of Oklahoma companies and organizations, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the American Indian Cultural Center, the Istvan Gallery, the Blue Sage Glassblowing Studio, Bunky Echohawk - Native American Storyteller, Art Fusion, and the Sugar Free All-Stars.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description Tele-therapy is offered through a HIPPA compliant Internet program designed to provide speech-therapy to families who reside in rural Oklahoma and professionals in public schools who need support in serving a child with hearing loss residing in their district.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities Other Named Groups
Description Baby and Me supports Hearts for Hearing’s philosophy that parent involvement is a key component for successfully teaching a child who is deaf to listen and talk. This support group provides parents with education on hearing loss, practice with auditory-verbal strategies, and support from other families on the same journey.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
As a provider of state of the art hearing health care, we are challenged by the lack of insurance benefits or poor reimbursement by insurance companies for the necessary services provided at Hearts for Hearing. Across the nation programs such as ours are recouping only 50% of the actual costs. We therefore rely heavily on financial donations to help make the dream of listening and talking a reality for little ones thus changing their lives in a very positive way.
We also need community friends to help us spread the word about what is possible for babies born deaf today. Unfortunately, there is still a great deal of misinformation about cochlear implant technology and it is tragic that there are families who have not heard that because of early diagnosis, improved technology and auditory-verbal therapy, their baby can learn to listen and talk. Every day without hearing aids or a cochlear implant is a day without stimulation to a child’s growing brain and if families wait too long, listening and spoken language outcomes will not be possible. That is why we need champions in the community to share the amazing story of what is possible.
Lastly, a need that we have struggled with over the years is the challenge for families in rural Oklahoma to get the necessary care due to distance and lack of transportation. That need is being address through our telepractice initiative which has been funded through the generous support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation I-Fund grant and a grant from the Sarkeys Foundation.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Joanna Smith
Start Date Jan 2007
Email joanna.smith@heartsforhearing.org
Joanna T. Smith is a founder and currently serves as the Executive Director of Hearts for Hearing. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Oklahoma City area for over 35 years. Prior to the founding of Hearts for Hearing, Joanna served as the Program Director of the Hearing Enrichment Language Program of INTEGRIS Health at the Hough Ear Institute and under her leadership the program was selected as the 2005 Program of the Year by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Ms. Smith has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma.
Ms. Smith is one of nine Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, Certified Auditory-Verbal therapists in the state of Oklahoma and has been recognized by the Oklahoma Speech Language Hearing Association with the Gwen Cacy Award for outstanding clinical skills. She has also served on the Executive Board of OPTION schools International, the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language Job Analysis taskforce, and the Oklahoma Early Intervention Task Force for Children with Hearing Loss.
Joanna attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has been married to her best friend for just under 40 years, has three incredible adult children, two of whom are married and spends her valuable free time “loving on little ones”, mentoring young women through Young Life, riding a tandem bicycle and gardening.
Senior Staff
Sherry EdwardsOffice Manager
Tamara Elder, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVTClinical Coordinator
Lindsay Hanna, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Kris HopperDirector of Development
Rachel Magann Faivre, Au.D., COHCDirector of Adult Clinic
Kristi MurphyDirector of Finance
Darcy Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., CCC-A, Director of AudiologyDirector of Audiology
Robert WoodCOO
Number of Full-time Staff 82
Number of Part-time Staff 7
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 56
Staff Retention Rate 87
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
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 81
Hispanic/Latino 10
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 86
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
•OK State Dept of Health, Newborn Hearing Screening
• SoonerStart Early Intervention contract, Educare, Variety Care
• OK State Dept of Education and the University of Oklahoma, College of Allied Health to implement the first Oklahoma Listening and Spoken Language Institute
• Oklahoma City Community Action Program to screen hearing for all Oklahoma County preschool children enrolled in Head Start
• University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for training of both audiology and speech-language pathology graduate students working toward degrees in the field of hearing health care and speech-language pathology (SLP)
• Hearts for Hearing collaborates with the following universities to allow a 4th year doctoral students a 1-year fellowship: Texas Tech University, Illinois State University, Wichita State University, University of North Texas, and Vanderbilt University.
• Hearts for hearing trains speech-language pathology graduate students from Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma.
• Univ. of N. Carolina in collaboration with the Alexander Graham Bell Association to mentor professionals from across the country and allow for two week long practicum experiences at HFH
• Ongoing research with Advanced Bionics Corporation, Cochlear Corporation, Phonak Hearing Aid Company, Vanderbilt University, National Institute of Health, Washington University, and University of Colorado.
• Moore Medical Center*, Norman Regional Hospital, Integris Baptist Hospital, and Surgery Center of Oklahoma – To perform audiological testing in the operating room for children while they are sedated. *Services in Moore have been discontinued at this time due to effects from Tornado. Search for another facility is ongoing.
• University Hospitals Authority and Trust – To provide comprehensive hearing healthcare to the children of Oklahoma
• Option Schools
• King's Gate School
• Wilderness Matters
• HFH has numerous contracts with public schools across the state for audiology, speech-therapy
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2007
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2007
Board Chair
Name Mr. Randy Corp
Company Affiliation Quail Creek Bank
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Email rcorp@quailcreekbank.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Dec 23, 2019
Board of Directors List
Dr. David Birdwell D.D.S.President, Orthodontic AssociatesVoting
Mr. Randy CorpQuail Creek BankVoting
Mrs. Cathy CrossGrandparent of Patient/Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Robert Gary CPA, PCPresident, Robert S. Gary CPA, P.C.Voting
Mrs. Nova HammersleyBCBSVoting
Mrs. Katie HenkeVice President of Government Affairs for the Tulsa Regional ChamberVoting
Mrs. Libby HowardRealtor at Metro Mark RealtorsVoting
Mr. Mike KeesterShareholder and Director at Hall Estill Attorneys at LawVoting
Mr. Jim MorrisOwner of River Ranch Capital LLCVoting
Mrs. Heather PikeOklahoma Family NetworkVoting
Mr. Bob PortmanAmerican Energy Partners, L.P.Voting
Mr. Brent RemerowskiPresident/Wealth Advisor at REMO Investment AdvisorsVoting
Mr. Robert RossCo-Owner of Interurban RestaurantsVoting
Mr. Mike TerryOklahoma Independent Petroleum AssociationVoting
Mrs. Danita TestermanHigh Mount Exploration & ProductionVoting
Mrs. Lauren WarkentineFounder and CEO of William & LaurenVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Not specified 0
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 60 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $8,000,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $8,000,000
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 Year201920182017
Total Revenue$10,230,475$6,739,029$5,647,926
Total Expenses$8,238,627$6,354,765$4,930,633
Revenue Less Expenses$1,991,848$384,264$717,293
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 Year201920182017
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$639,004$646,978$689,342
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$22,855$11,040$2,599
Unrealized Gain/Loss$1,247$1,394--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201920182017
Program Expense$7,456,196$5,694,380$4,349,920
Administration Expense$440,344$332,317$245,885
Fundraising Expense$342,087$328,068$334,828
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.061.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%90%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%20%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$16,034,989$13,845,690$13,399,545
Current Assets$2,398,382$3,536,321$2,042,130
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,025,202$827,751$765,870
Total Net Assets$15,009,787$13,017,939$12,633,675
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.344.272.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201920182017
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $5,191,405Earned Revenue $4,358,628Earned Revenue $3,251,933
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $4,321,831Contributions $167,741Contributions $1,673,819
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $639,004Govt - Unspecified $646,978Govt - Unspecified $689,342
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? No
Campaign Purpose The purpose of our capital campaign is to build a new facility fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to meet our current growth not only now but also for years to come so that children and adults can listen for a lifetime.
Campaign Goal $10,000,000
Campaign Dates Aug 2013 to Nov 2016
Amount Raised To Date $10,000,000 as of Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments In March 2013, Hearts for Hearing established a permanent charitable organization endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
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.
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 11500 N Portland Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Primary Phone 405 548-4300
Give with Credit Card https://www.heartsforhearing.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/hfhf/
CEO/Executive Director Joanna Smith
Board Chair Mr. Randy Corp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Quail Creek Bank