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  • 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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Payne Education Center Recognized by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits for Its Dyslexia Training Programs and Advocacy

Posted by David Gilliland on 05/08/2017


David Gilliland
Payne Education Center
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Payne Education Center Recognized by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits for Its Dyslexia Training Programs and Advocacy Efforts

OKLAHOMA CITY –May 5, 2017 – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits held its tenth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Saturday, April 29 in Tulsa, honoring 24 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities. 

Payne Education Center was named a finalist in The George Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Education category, and was awarded a $5,000 grant.

Alana Hughes, board chair of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, congratulated all the winners and finalists, saying, “All 24 of the nonprofits honored tonight have demonstrated excellence in their approach to serving the community. Since its inception, the ONE Awards have been transformational to build capacity for more than 200 organizations in Oklahoma through the recognition and grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. We are truly thankful to the visionary philanthropists who have made these awards possible.”

Every year, we are astounded at the quality and the vitality of the nonprofits honored at the ONE Awards,” said co-chair Howard Barnett. “This year was no exception. We continue to see amazing, life-changing and life-saving work from the charitable sector. The ONE Awards celebrate and honor the programs that build and sustain our communities.”

“Payne Education Center is honored to be an education finalist at the ONE Awards and appreciates the leadership of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits in recognizing all of the valuable, and often life altering, work that nonprofits perform throughout the state,” said Debbie Jones, Board Chair of Payne Education Center. “Grants received, like the one from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, assist Payne Education Center in continuing its dyslexia advocacy efforts and getting its best-in-class reading instruction programs into the hands of classroom teachers, special education professionals, parents, and reading therapists to remediate reading difficulties. By giving educators and student advocates the necessary tools to successfully teach all children how to read, especially those 1 in 5 who are impacted by dyslexia, we give self-confidence and hope to struggling readers — enabling them to not only be successful in their studies, but in life as well.”

The ONE Awards honors a total of 24 organizations in eight categories: arts and humanities, community, education, health services, open services, self-sufficiency, seniors, and youth development. Additionally, the Center names an overall winner of the event named after Charles Schusterman. All 24 nonprofits receive at least a $5,000 prize, and category winners receive $7,500. The overall winner receives a grand prize of $10,000.

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About Payne Education Center:

Payne Education Center is an Oklahoma-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 18,000 teachers since 1984 and is the only teacher training center in Oklahoma accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.  

About the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is the state’s preeminent organization convening charitable entities from throughout the state for training, consultation, networking, advocacy and recognition. Comprising more than 1,000 members from throughout Oklahoma, the Center’s primary mission is to build better communities through effective nonprofits. Since 1981, the organization has assisted thousands of individuals and organizations through various programs designed to build capacity and positively impact the lives of Oklahomans.