, Muskogee, OK

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October 20, 2013

Benchmarks built into grant

When the City of Muskogee Foundation announced its $420,000 commitment earlier this year to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, foundation directors insisted OMHOF meet certain benchmarks.

The foundation grant provided OMHOF with an infusion of $185,000 for operations during the fiscal year that began July 1. But funding for the second and third year will be contingent on the satisfactory progress toward achieving seven predetermined goals.

According to the grant agreement, those “measurable benchmarks” include the following factors:

• Progress toward scheduling headliners for OMHOF induction ceremonies to be held in Tulsa or Oklahoma City markets during the next three years.

• Increasing the number of paid memberships at OMHOF and enhancement of the benefits that come with membership.

• Increased public awareness of OMHOF through exhibits displayed in Muskogee and other places throughout Oklahoma.

• Improved and enhanced relations with past inductees through the involvement across the state with events associated with those inductees.

• Improved recognition and reputation of OMHOF with state leaders.

• Increased programming and use of its Frisco Depot facilities.

• Strengthening its board of directors and advisory board through new membership and continuing development to ensure sustainability of the organization.

“It will be up to the board and staff leadership of the OMHOF to provide the evaluation results,” said D.J. Thompson, chief operations officer and foundation manager. “They will also choose their evaluation tools and select what indicators measure success based on their outcome framework model.”

Thompson said progress reports will be submitted to the foundation’s quality of life committee after six months and at the one-year mark. Thompson, who also serves on OMHOF’s advisory board and finance committee, said she will have routine access to financial reports and programming activities as well as regular interactions with its staff and directors.

“I can say that the foundation is very pleased with the current leadership at OMHOF,” Thompson said. “And (directors are) ... happy with the progress and success that has already taken place since the 2013 grant was awarded in June.”

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