As this Leadership Oklahoma year draws to a close for Class XXV, we are all encouraged to think about what we plan to do with the knowledge we’ve gained. Our class has studied health, water, agriculture, government, immigration, education, criminal justice, tourism and mental health. We’ve travelled to all corners of this great state and soon will become graduates with the chance to make a difference in our communities and state.
Four years ago, our CEO at Saxum, Renzi Stone, had the dream of making a big commitment to a nonprofit in Oklahoma; a commitment that meant one selected nonprofit would receive $50,000 of service from our company. Saxum named the program “Step Up.” That dream came to fruition, and each year, a board of advisors selects either one or two organizations to become a client of Saxum and receive the benefits of public relations, advertising, marketing and social media/digital support.
Beginning last year, Saxum decided to step up for Step Up and selected two nonprofits for a total contribution of $100,000 in pro-bono services. The application process has begun for fiscal year 2012-13, and we already have great interest.
Beginning in July, the new Step Up grant will be awarded, and our team will have the good fortune of helping at least one, and maybe two, nonprofits make a difference in the lives of those they serve.
Our 27-person team is committed to helping the nonprofits’ missions succeed. So, when I think of changing lives, it is nice to work for a business that each year makes the promise of helping expand the story and the brand of organizations like Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Community Action Project of Tulsa and The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
As our graduation time draws near for Leadership OK, we ask ourselves, “Are you the spark?”
Each of us is a spark, and innovative programs such as Step Up will continue to move our state forward.