Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Bethany Improvement Foundation

  • Bethany, OK
  • www.bethany66.com

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bethany Improvement Foundation is to benefit the community of Bethany, Oklahoma through charitable projects.

Main Programs

  1. Bethany Centennial History Book
  2. Bethany Murals Project
  3. Bethany Plaza Performance Venue
  4. Bethany Library Expansion and Renovation
  5. Billboard Museum
Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

Bethany, Oklahoma community

ruling year

2010

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Marcia Feisal

Co Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Gloria J. Quaid

Keywords

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Bethany, Oklahoma

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EIN

26-4217176

 Number

3187223873

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Aun)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The association shall receive funds (grants, membership, sponsorships, sales receipts, and contributions) through the sponsorship of projects, events and activities which promote the improvement of Bethany, Oklahoma. These funds will be used for charitable community projects, including, but not limited to, the painting of murals on buildings and walls in Bethany, the Bethany 66Festival, tourism, Billboard Museum, and the Bethany Library Building Fund. All funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift or contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to said purposes.

Programs

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Program 1

Bethany Centennial History Book

The Bethany Centennial History Book was published in 2010 and 546 copies were sold.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$52,000.00

Program 2

Bethany Murals Project

The Bethany Improvement Foundation has commissioned internationally-known muralist, Dr. Bob Palmer, to paint historic murals throughout downtown Bethany as a tourist attraction and an ongoing recognition of they city's 100+ years on Route 66. We are currently working on the design of a brochure showing a walking tour of the murals.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

5000 per mural

Program 3

Bethany Plaza Performance Venue

The Bethany Plaza Performance Venue has been designed by architect Troy Rhodes for a downtown location for concerts, recitals, movies, farmer's market, tourism welcome center, and other public uses. We are now in the fund-raising stage to do construction of the performance venue.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$210,000.00

Program 4

Bethany Library Expansion and Renovation

The Bethany Library was constructed in 1965. Although it is operated by the Metropolitan Library System, the building is owned by the City of Bethany, It needs a 5,000 square foot expansion for meeting space, children's programming, public ADA-compliant restrooms, and a computer lab. The current 8,000 square foot space needs renovated and updated.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$2.5 million

Program 5

Billboard Museum

The Billboard Museum will present a fun, educational, and immersive experience that captures the imagination by exploring the unique art and rich outdoor advertising heritage of America starting from the late 1800s. Working with billboard and sign companies, and private collectors, the Bethany Museum Association will collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit, educate and instill appreciation for the art of roadside advertising. The Billboard Museum Association is now a 501-c-3 charitable organization and is receiving funds for the establishment of the museum, preferably on Route 66 in Bethany.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

Bethany, Oklahoma community

Funding Needs

Bethany Depot Plaza - $250,000 a community performance and farmer's market venue in downtown Bethany; Bethany Murals Project - $2500 to $5000 each for murals for downtown businesses, Bethany Library Renovation and Expansion - $2.5 million; Billboard Museum - $5,000 or volunteer services for business plan, $2 million in capital funds for land acquisition and construction. $2,000 for completion of the Wally Renegar Memorial landscaping and drainage.

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Principal Officer

Marcia Feisal

Co Principal Officer

Gloria J. Quaid

BIO

Marcia M. Feisal 8328 NW 73rd, Oklahoma City, OK 7313273405-740-2095 mfeisal77@gmail.com(mailto:mfeisal85@gmail.com) Education * Master of Arts Southern Nazarene University, 1990 Communication education * 15 Additional hours in master of science in journalism University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Science University of Oklahoma, December 1980 Major: Journalism and education; minor: history and political science Experience Acting Department Chair for Art and Design Department, May 2007-present Assistant Professor, August 1995-2011, Southern Nazarene University, speech and mass communication Publications Adviser, Photography teacher, 1981-1989, Putnam City North High School, Keynote Speaker for summer workshops in Okla., Texas, La., Neb., Tenn., N.C., and Ill., JOSTENS, 1984-present. Coordinated mural service project at Millwood Elementary School, Oklahoma City, Okla. Publicity and event planning for Putnam City West Class of 1977's class reunions. Lois A. Thomas Award recipient from Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Advisers Association's for State Journalism Teacher of the Year, 1989. OIPAA Lifetime of Achievement in Service to the Field of Scholastic Journalism award, 1995 Faculty sponsor for the Arrow yearbook, 1990-present.. Publications Board member, 1990-present. Community Service Daughter of the American Revolution, Colonel John Starke, Jr. Leadership Bethany, Class of 1998.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Bethany Improvement Foundation was organized to give people a place to leave a legacy gift for Bethany's improvement. Our first projects have been the Bethany Centennial History Book, Bethany Murals, Bethany 66 Festival, formation of the Billboard Museum, design of the Bethany Depot Plaza, and oral histories. We are working with tour companies to bring bus trips to Bethany. Future plans include construction of a downtown performance venue, and renovated/enlarged public library."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marcia Feisal

Community volunteer

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

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