(Update: Voting has closed for this competition. We will announce the winners soon!)
After a total of 250 nominations, 67 Oklahoma based nonprofits vied for the top 10 spots in our tally to see who would be in the running to win free advertising on NonDoc. We appreciate all of the nominated nonprofits, and their value to Oklahoma is enormous.
But without further ado, here are the finalists!
- Okies for Monarchs
- ALS Association of Oklahoma
- Cherokee Strip Museum
- Mental Health Association of Oklahoma
- Preservation Oklahoma
- Lindsey House
- Positive Tomorrows
- Pivot, Inc.
- Women’s Resource Center
- Oklahoma CASA Association
What happens now?
Pick your favorite Oklahoma-based nonprofit on the list above and cast your vote using the poll below. Voting will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, June 28, at which time the five nonprofit organizations with the most votes will will each win $1,000 each in free adverting that they can use on NonDoc. We should also mention that this contest is made possible by a great supporter of local journalism, Blue Sky Bank.
Please note that you can vote once per day on this poll.
Now, here is some more information about each of your 10 options as paraphrased from their websites.
Monarch butterfly populations have plummeted at an alarming rate. And guess what? Oklahoma is centrally located in the Monarch migration flyway. From Enid to Durant and from Elk City to Tahlequah, now is the time (before it’s too late) for Okies to get their hands dirty and help the monarchs. Okies for Monarchs is a statewide group of 40+ organizations and citizens working together to ensure thriving Monarch migrations for generations to come.
Receiving a diagnosis of ALS is challenging and overwhelming. While no two people with ALS will experience the condition the same way, there is a great deal of collective knowledge as well as valuable resources available. The ALS Association of Oklahoma’s mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
Located on five acres of land about an hour north of Oklahoma City, the Cherokee Strip Museum provides an opportunity to explore the remarkable events and people who made up the history of the Cherokee Outlet.
The Mental Health Association of Oklahoma’s statewide work is dedicated to promoting mental health and the equity of access to mental health care through advocacy, education, research, service and housing. Their work includes mental health education, support groups, pro bono counseling, mental health screening and referral, suicide prevention, peer-to-peer recovery services, employment readiness, community health and wellness initiatives, and criminal justice advocacy.
Preservation Oklahoma is the state’s only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state. The mission of Preservation Oklahoma is to preserve the places where Oklahoma history lives for the enrichment of various communities.
Lindsey House provides long-term shelter and supportive services to women caring for children. The organization’s mission is to support families as they transition from homelessness, learn important life skills and regain the confidence to become self-sufficient. Every child deserves a place to call home. Every mother should feel good about her ability to meet the basic needs of her children.
Positive Tomorrows educates children and their families to break the cycle of poverty. As Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children, Positive Tomorrows gives kids stability and a quality education while their parents get the support they need to create a better life. Since 1989, Positive Tomorrows has filled their scrapbooks with countless success stories, but the need continues.
Established in 1972, Pivot, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that advocates, educates, intervenes and counsels youth and families to make a positive difference in their lives. Pivot takes a youth-driven, strengths-based and trauma-responsive approach to empowering youth to transition into self-sufficient adults. Pivot, Inc. strives to be a turning point for young people.
The Women’s Resource Center primarily works is to help people victimized by domestic and sexual violence. The center’s shelter, rape crisis center and satellite office fill urgent needs. The WRC is the only organization providing these services in Cleveland County, and staff believe education is the first step toward prevention. Information will make people more sensitive to the needs of victims of violence, more willing to take a hard look at the causes of these crimes, and better able to find ways to prevent them.
Every year, thousands of children in Oklahoma are removed from their homes because of evidence of abuse and neglect. They are uprooted from the only family they’ve known, taken out of schools and moved away from friends. In short, their worlds are turned upside down. Going through the child welfare system is a scary process, and no child should do it alone. The mission of the Oklahoma CASA Association is to present a statewide voice for abused and neglected children by enhancing the growth and sustainability of Court Appointed Special Advocate programs throughout Oklahoma.