Tulsa Area United Way Surpasses Goal by More Than Half Million Dollars

The Tulsa Area United Way surpassed its goal by more than a half million dollars this year, raising $25,601,386 for the community.

The local United Way announced the grand total of its annual campaign at the Unite celebration, held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Tulsa City-County Library in downtown Tulsa.

“The tremendous success of this year’s campaign is a testament to the generosity of citizens in the Tulsa area,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.

Although this year’s campaign exceeded almost everyone’s expectations, the result was not excessive, Graham added. “It’s important to remember that the needs in our community are far greater than the resources our United Way or any single philanthropist or foundation can provide.” 

Last year, the Tulsa Area United Way raised $25,323,712. In the last 94 years, the local United Way has invested $774,034,814 in the community.

“This was a community-wide effort – more than 40,000 individuals and 1,200 companies, both large and small, participated in this year’s campaign,” said John Hewitt, CEO of Matrix Service Company and 2017 Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign.

The campaign will fund the Tulsa Area United Way’s 59 partner agencies in the areas of education, health/safety and financial stability, as well as eight community collaborative initiatives and Social Innovation Grants, beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.

Determinations on over-goal funding will be made by volunteer members of the Tulsa Area United Way’s Community Investments Cabinet in first quarter 2018.

Members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, as well as other volunteers and contributors, gathered at the downtown library to learn about the success of this year’s campaign, with the help of the Unity Choir of Tulsa. The 50-plus member Campaign Cabinet is comprised of five fundraising teams, which each include several industry divisions. The teams reported their total amount raised, which was added to a cumulative total. By evening’s end, the goal of the campaign was surpassed. The grand total of the campaign was announced by the United Way’s three campaign ambassadors, Billie Bayouth, Maddy Edwards and Will Turner, who all received assistance from United Way agencies.

This year’s campaign will be celebrated and high-performing company, business and organizational campaigns will receive recognition at the Tulsa Area United Way’s annual Live United Awards and Luncheon, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at the Cox Business Center.



'Unite!' is sponsored by our Local Labor Unions:
International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 627 
Communications Workers of America
Local 6012
Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council Oklahoma State Building and Construction Trades Council
Pipeliners Local Union 798
Oklahoma State AFL-CIO
United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters
Local 430
United Aerospace Workers Union of America
Local 952

Transport Workers Union of America
Local 514

Tulsa Area United Way would also like to thank:

TULSA AREA UNITED WAY   |   1430 S. BOULDER, TULSA, OK 74119   |   918.583.7171   | TAUW@TAUW.ORG 
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