Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits bestows awards

The Oklahoma Blood Institute took home the top award Saturday at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits' second annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards honoring distinct nonprofit organizations.

Nine other organizations chosen from select categories were awarded for outstanding community service, along with 17 others honored as finalists. A total of $160,000 was awarded to the 27 Oklahoma nonprofits.

The nine organizations honored include Special Olympics Oklahoma, Great Expectations Foundation, Sunbeam Family Services, Inc., Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Good Samaritan Health Services, OU School of Community Medicine, Youth Services of Tulsa, The Education and Employment Ministry, Inc. and Horn of Plenty.

The winners from each category received $7,500, finalists received $5,000 and the Oklahoma Blood Institute, recipient of the Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence, received $10,000.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute, the 10th largest regional blood center in the U.S., provides blood for numerous hospitals and medical facilities across the state. It maintains donor centers in cities throughout the state, and operates the Texas Blood Institute in Wichita Falls.

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, which works to support nonprofit organizations, created the awards to recognize outstanding nonprofits and to increase awareness of the roles each organization plays in increasing quality of life. "Caitlin Harrison