Saxum, an integrated marketing communications agency offering public relations, advertising and digital services, recently selected five nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma to receive grants totaling $155,000 in pro-bono services. These grants are a part of Saxum’s Step Up program, which is in its fifth year.
“We are very excited about the number of outstanding applications we received,” said Saxum President Debbie Schramm. “For this reason, we decided to award more grants this year than ever before. Each of these organizations plays a vital role in serving those in need in our communities, and we look forward to assisting them with their communication needs.”
Based on the specific needs of the organization, Saxum will provide a variety of public relations, advertising and digital services in 2014-2015 to each of these five recipients. In Oklahoma City, grants were awarded to The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Oklahoma Heritage Association (OHA). In Tulsa, Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) and Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Tulsa College Preparatory will each receive grants.
DVIS helps rebuild the lives of those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Through advocacy, shelter, counseling and education, DVIS has assisted victims for more than 30 years.
KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment charter schools that focus on college preparation. KIPP serves more than 50,000 students in 141 schools across the nation. Eighty six percent of these students are from low income families and KIPP focuses on giving these students an opportunity to build skills needed to make it through college.
Oklahoma City-based TEEM is best known for its 27 years of assistance to more than 13,000 individuals in the community. TEEM takes a three-pronged approach to breaking the cycle of incarceration and poverty in Oklahoma by providing individuals with education, social services and job training and placement.
The Oklahoma City Ballet prides itself on presenting the finest in classical and contemporary dance in Oklahoma City. The ballet is the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall and tours as part of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s touring program. The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet provides training for students interested in becoming professional ballet dancers as well as recreational ballet classes.
OHA was founded in 1927 and strives to preserve Oklahoma’s unique history while promoting pride for Oklahoma. Donating more than $4 million in scholarship awards, OHA relies on its people and programs to tell Oklahoma’s story.
The 2014-2015 Step Up recipients were selected with the help of advisory board members, including Ann Felton, Oklahoma City Habitat for Humanity; Bob Ross, Inasmuch Foundation; Debby Hampton, United Way of Central Oklahoma; Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts; Ken Busby, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa; Mark R. Graham, Tulsa Area United Way; and Marnie Taylor, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.
For more information on Step Up, visit http://www.saxum.com/step-up-2013/.