|The Tulsa Area United Way surpassed the goal of its 2016 campaign by raising more than $25 million for the community.
The total amount raised - $25,323,712 – was more than $450,000 beyond the $24.8 million goal set earlier this year.
“To extend beyond the threshold of $25 million was a clear indicator of success for this year’s campaign,” said Mark Graham, president and CEO.
“The Tulsa region is an amazingly giving and resilient community and this year’s campaign success was due to the generosity of individuals, foundations and small businesses, as well as employees at large companies,” said Steve Bradshaw, president and CEO of the Bank of Oklahoma, who served as co-chair of the campaign along with his wife, Marla Bradshaw.
“Our success was truly a result of the entire community coming together to support each other,” said Marla Bradshaw.
The campaign will result in support of 58 United Way partner agencies, which will receive funding beginning in January. The campaign also will fund community collaborative projects, Social Innovation Grants and emergency funding.
The campaign was energized by seven major challenge grants which provided dollar-for-dollar matching opportunities for many contributors, including small businesses, individuals who gave at a leadership level of $500 or more annually, and members of the United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society and Women’s Leadership Council. The challenge grants were issued by several local individuals, foundations, and corporations.
“Our annual United Way campaign is a volunteer-driven endeavor, led by the 50 members of our Campaign Cabinet, 25 loaned executives and hundreds of other volunteers,” said Cynthia Qualls, vice president of donor engagement and campaign operations.
Local labor unions sponsored the annual “Unite!” celebration including Communications Workers of America Local 6012, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 627, Pipeliners Local Union 798, Transport Workers Union of America Local 514, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1002, Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council, Oklahoma State AFL-CIO, Oklahoma State Building and Construction Trades Council, United Aerospace Workers Union of America Local 952, and the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 430.
“We so appreciate the generous support of our local labor unions,” Graham said. “We wouldn’t be able to present this end-of-campaign celebration without them.”
Top company and organizational supporters will be recognized at the Tulsa Area United Way’s annual Live United Awards and Luncheon on Feb. 21 at the Cox Business Center.
The Tulsa Area United Way serves more than 500,000 people each year through its 58 partner agencies and community-wide collaborative programs, in the areas of education, health and safety, and financial stability.
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