The Osage Nation’s Foundation Board is establishing its office operations after the Second ON Congress passed an initial budget for the board in June.
In early August, the board hired an executive director who will be charged with establishing office operations for the board, which is the charitable arm for the Nation.
On Aug. 4, the four Foundation Board members met and voted unanimously to hire Bill Webb, founder of Texas-based Legacy Foundation and Event Management, as the ON Foundation’s executive director. Webb is hired on a one-year contract with the foundation and is looking to hire an intern to support the foundation office operations.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the board of the Osage Nation Foundation to bring their vision to reality,” Webb said in a statement. “There is a tremendous amount of potential and while the direction is clear, there is much work to do on a strategy for implementation.”
Webb said he is considering office space options in the Tulsa area where the Foundation’s office will be based. His company, Legacy Foundation and Event Management, manages several charitable foundations for professional athletes, college and professional coaches, and nonprofit organizations. The firm manages all aspects of the foundations, including administration, marketing, fundraising, compliance, and event coordination.
According to its Web site, Legacy has partner involvement with charity and fundraising events including: Ronald McDonald Charities; Children’s Medical Center of Dallas; Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award; Friends for Kids; and the Jackson Hole Film Festival.
In a news release, Foundation Board Chairman Alexander Skibine (Osage), said: “Bill Webb brings the skills and knowledge we need to advance the organization and he already has a very good understanding of what we want to accomplish and how we can go about it.”
During the Eighth Special Session, the ON Congress passed an initial $200,000 budget (ONCA 11-66) for the ON Foundation which includes funding for the Foundation office to be established and funding to hire an intern. The four members serving on the Foundation Board were confirmed by the First ON Congress in October 2009. A fifth spot on the board is open.
ON Foundation seeking Osage for intern position
Webb said the Foundation will be advertising and interviewing for the contracted Foundation intern position which will be based at the Foundation office in the Tulsa area.
The selected intern, who will report to Webb, will be responsible for various duties related to the Foundation’s daily activities, including marketing, community relations, communications, event coordination and administration. Applicants should be Osage. A college degree is not required but preferred. Anyone interested in the position should email a resume to email@example.com.
The four Foundation Board members serving were confirmed by the First ON Congress during the 2009 Tzi-Zho Session. They are:
- Katsy Mullendore Whittenburg, Osage, owns one of the largest historic ranches in Osage County. She serves on the boards of the Woolaroc Frank Phillips Foundation Trustee, the River Oaks Bank in Houston, TX, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the American Quarter Horse Association of Amarillo and she is the host of the largest fundraiser for Eldercare of Washington and Nowata counties.
- Monte Boulanger, Osage, is the Senior Operations Manager in Bentonville, Ark., for Walmart’s Credit Card and Financial services for the Western United States. He has also served as chairman of Tribal Voices and American Indian and Alaska Native Resource Group, which advises Walmart on how to appeal to consumers on a cultural and community basis.
- Bill Kurtis is the current host of the A&E channel’s “Investigative Reports,” “American Justice” and “Cold Case Files.” Kurtis, who grew up in Independence, Kan., is a former Chicago CBS News anchor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism and two Peabody Awards. He also serves on foundation boards for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Nature Conservancy of Illinois, the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library, the National Park Foundation and the Woolaroc Foundation.
- Skibine is a professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has served as deputy counsel for Indian Affairs on the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served as a regional representative for the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as a staff attorney and project director for the Institute for the Development of Indian Law.