Polly A. Nichols

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Polly A. Nichols

Polly A. Nichols

"I am a survivor of the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City. I was given that second chance to understand that people and relationships are the important things in life. I want my actions to convey - every day - how grateful I am for this second chance."
Polly Nichols


Polly Nichols, community volunteer and philanthropist, has served Oklahoma nonprofits most of her life. Born in McAlester, she has been involved with more than 20 organizations since moving to Oklahoma City in 1971. A survivor of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, Nichols co-chaired the $29.1 million dollar fundraising drive to build the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and served on the board of directors. She has served as chairman of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Junior League of Oklahoma City, Science Museum Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, where she has worked to build a coalition of nonprofits in Oklahoma. In addition to her volunteer experience, Nichols served as executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence from 1990 to 1997, which was a period of substantial growth for the organization. She was co-chair of the founding Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon for Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, co-chair of the first Reflections of Hope event for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, co-chair of the Allied Arts fund drive, and with her husband, Larry, co-chair of the 2007 United Way fund drive.

Fun fact

Polly and her husband Larry love to mountain hike and say that they hope to be 'one of those gray-haired couples trudging up the trail together in their later years.'

Oklahoma connections

Nichols was born in McAlester, Oklahoma.


Oklahoma City


Civic Leader





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