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Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Anschutz Foundation
  • Peggy & Nick Duncan
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • The Vose Foundation

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"Since I have learned the science behind and underneath our words, I will be able to take the guess work and frustration out of teaching my children to read."

Janet | Tuttle

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Payne Education Center Chosen as Finalist for The Tenth Annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards

Posted by David Gilliland on 02/09/2017


Payne Education Center Chosen as Finalist for The Tenth Annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards

 Payne Education Center is one of two dozen Oklahoma nonprofit organizations that are finalists for the prestigious $10,000 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) award. The title and award as the state’s top nonprofit is presented annually by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

 “As a nonprofit focused on reading education since 1984, Payne Education Center is honored to be among the 24 Oklahoma nonprofits which will be recognized for their commitment to the betterment and wellbeing of Oklahomans, hard work invested in operating a successful nonprofit, and the passion for public service and community enrichment,” said Carrie Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director of Payne Education Center. “Without a quality education resulting in the ability to read, write and spell, self-worth and financial success can be out of reach for many Oklahomans. Payne Education Center is proud to be recognized as part of providing Oklahoma teachers with an effective literacy educational solution for their struggling readers.”

 On April 29, 2017, the 24 ONE nonprofit finalists of The Tenth Annual ONE Awards will join supporters at Tulsa’s Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center to celebrate and hear the announcement of winners. The 24 finalists are divided into eight mission categories and receive $5,000, with one winning nonprofit from each category receiving $7,500. At evening’s end, an overall winner receives $10,000 and the title of the top nonprofit in the state. In total, organizations receive $150,000 to recognize the impact of their charitable work throughout the state. In April, thanks to ten years of ONE Awards, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits will have given $1.5 million dollars to more than 150 Oklahoma nonprofits.

This year, the Center will recognize the work of all past winners as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration. The 2017 ONE Awards are being chaired by Tulsans Billie and Howard Barnett. The Barnetts, no strangers to nonprofit leadership in Oklahoma, said they were honored to chair the prestigious event, the only one of its kind in the state.

 “This is one of the best nights of the year for nonprofits,” Billie Barnett said. “Every single person in the room is so enthusiastic. There is such an energy there. It’s indescribable. And best of all, every nonprofit honored goes home a winner thanks to the generosity of our visionary sponsors.”

 “Over the years, the dedicated Board of Directors, instructors, and staff of Payne Education Center have quietly but steadfastly protected and honored the mission of Payne Education Center to train teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia while serving as a resource and referral center,” said Carrie Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director of Payne Education Center. “As a ONE Award 2017 finalist, Payne Education Center’s work and mission are elevated to a higher plane of statewide visibility. Payne Education Center has the potential of becoming a better known go-to organization for teachers, parents, families, and consumers for solutions to their reading challenges with dyslexia. With this award, Payne has the potential of heightening educational professionals’ awareness of Payne as a teacher professional development center which can enhance their careers and strongly benefit the students they serve.”

Out of almost 19,000 nonprofits statewide, only 24 were named finalists. 

 Awards are presented in the following eight categories:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Community
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Seniors
  • Youth Development
  • Open

The ONE Awards Selection Commission, a group of prestigious community leaders from across Oklahoma, determine the finalists. The Commission, chaired by David Hogan, includes, Kathie Coyle, Nance Diamond, J. Jerry Dickman, Lisa Greenlee, Kim Henry, Phil Lakin, Jr., Frank Merrick, Polly Nichols, Meg Salyer, Wendi Schuur and Mary Kate Wilson.

“The finalists are recognized, not merely for their efforts to better their community, but for their quality of process toward that effort,” said David Hogan, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “From top level management to part time staff, these are committed individuals working together for the greater good of all Oklahomans.”

Payne Education Center is an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1984, whose primary mission is to train teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia while serving as a resource and referral center. Payne Education Center has trained over 19,000 teachers since 1984 and is the only teacher training center in Oklahoma accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. For more information about Payne Education Center, visit

To purchase tickets, or for sponsorship information for the 2017 ONE Awards, please call (800) 338-1798 or visit The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center is located at 6808 South 107th East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133.

The ONE Awards sponsors include the Potts Family Foundation, The Barnett Family Foundation, Boeing, The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations, The Chickasaw Nation, Chahta Foundation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation, Moran Family Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.



The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is a nonprofit organization equipping and strengthening the Oklahoma nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and awards. Our mission is “building better communities through effective nonprofits.”