G. M Sutton Avian Research Center Chosen as Finalist

The G. M. Sutton Avian Research Center is one of two dozen Oklahoma organizations that are now finalists for a $10,000 award and the title of the state’s top nonprofit, thanks to the prestigious Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards, annually presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.


For over 30 years, the Sutton Center has been dedicated to fulfilling its mission of finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education. Eagles and grouse and many other bird species have benefitted from the Center’s research and conservation work, and generations of Oklahomans have learned from, assisted with, and taken pride in Sutton Center educational and conservation projects. It is gratifying to have been selected as a finalist for the ONE Award. Many Oklahoma nonprofit organizations do so much good work, and it is thrilling to be singled out for our efforts on behalf of wildlife.

On April 29, 2017, the 24 finalists will join supporters at Tulsa’s Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center to celebrate and hear the announcement of winners at The Tenth Annual ONE Awards. Finalists are divided into eight mission categories and receive $5,000, with category winners receiving $7,500. At the end of the evening, 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, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits will have given $1.5 million dollars to more than 150 Oklahoma nonprofits thanks to the ONE Awards.

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 stranger 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.”


Wildlife conservation happens only because enough people care enough to make it happen. The Sutton Center is proud to contribute to Oklahoma’s conservation legacy, and being a ONE award finalist helps raise awareness for the ongoing work that we do.

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.”

Founded 34 years ago, the Sutton Avian Research Center blends sound science with creative and cooperative conservation for birds in Oklahoma and beyond. Perhaps best known for helping to reestablish nesting Bald Eagles in Oklahoma and other southeastern states through a daring and highly successful program, the Sutton Center has gone on to become a leader in prairie grouse research and conservation, as well as having prominent roles in grassland bird studies and citizen science projects studying birds in Oklahoma, and in educating Oklahoma students about birds and the environment.

To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information for the 2017 ONE Awards, please call (800) 338-1798 or visit www.okcnp.org. 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.”