In 2011, more than 50,000 individuals and 1,500 companies and organizations contributed to the Tulsa Area United Way campaign.
During its 2011 campaign, the Tulsa Area United Way fully subscribed (fulfilled) four major community challenge grants. Each year, the United Way receives challenge grants from area corporations and foundations, often matching individual gifts dollar for dollar.
The Tulsa Area United Way has met or surpassed its goal during the last 20 years, and has surpassed its goal in six of the last seven years during challenging economic conditions.
Each summer, a group of Trailblazer companies and organizations conduct early and highly structured fundraising drives to help launch and provide momentum for the annual Tulsa Area United Way campaign. The Trailblazers announce the results of their campaigns at the annual Day of Caring in early September.
In 2010, a total of 5,800 volunteers contributed 62,500 hours in support of the Tulsa Area United Way.
During the 2010 campaign (most recent figures available,) 1,502 companies and organizations conducted campaigns, 56 foundations provided gifts and 50,243 individuals made contributions.
The 40-plus volunteer members of the Tulsa Area United Way Campaign Cabinet provide vision, leadership and guidance for the annual campaign through a Leadership Team and five divisions including Development Team, Public Service and Government, Green Country and Commerce, Energy and General Business and Professional Business. Members of the team are announced each April in advance of the annual campaign.
In 2012, the Tulsa Area United Way's five Cornerstone Million Dollar Plus companies and organizations included Bank of Oklahoma, the J.A. Chapman and Leta H. Chapman Trusts (1949 and 1966), ONEOK, QuikTrip and Williams.
Highly successful company and organizational campaigns are recognized at the Tulsa Area United Way Awards Luncheon and Annual Report with a variety of awards, including the Williams Summit Leadership Award (presented to the Best Overall Campaign,) Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Award, Leadership Giving Award, Trailblazer Award, Illuminate! Award, Ignite! Award, and Small Business Award.
Twenty-two Loaned Executives are provided by area employers each year to serve as fundraising executives in the field during the annual Tulsa Area United Way campaign.
The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is the Tulsa Area United Way's most distinguished organization of individual donors. Membership requires a minimum annual individual pledge of $10,000. During the 2011 campaign, members of the Tocqueville Society contributed $4,394,408, representing 17 percent of the total campaign. Tocqueville membership, which now stands at 256, grew by 10 percent in 2011 with 37 new members.
The Tulsa Area United Way offers an innovative Step-Up Program to encourage membership in its Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Participants make multi-year pledges, gradually "stepping up" to full membership while gaining recognition and benefits of membership in their first year.
The Legacy Society is an organization of leadership donors who have included the Tulsa Area United Way in their estate planning, providing for the long-term needs of the community.
The Tulsa Area United Way offers a planned giving program that includes a variety of gift annuities for investors, allowing them to plan for a comfortable retirement while supporting a nonprofit organization.
The Tulsa Area United Way leverages the collective power of women through its new Women's Leadership Council. The WLC provides women with opportunities to hone their leadership skills, prepare the next generation of leaders through a mentorship program, develop responses to community needs, volunteer for community projects and participate in educational forums on topics such as leadership, service and philanthropy.
The Women's Leadership Council presents the Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership each year to a woman in the Tulsa area who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to her community.
The first Clydella Hentschel Award was presented in 2012 to its namesake, Clydella Hentschel, who served as Co-Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way Campaign along with her husband David Hentschel in 1993. Mr. and Mrs. Hentschel team were the first husband-and-wife team to serve as campaign co-chairs.
A Board of Directors of 50 local volunteers provides governance and establishes policy for the Tulsa Area United Way through regular meetings and a highly developed committee structure including Board Development, Community Investments, Campaign Cabinet, Finance and Audit, Information Technology, Marketing, Planned Giving and Policy Planning and Issues.
A recent study commissioned by the Tulsa Area United Way revealed an annual economic impact of almost $250 million in the Tulsa area. For every dollar contributed to the local United Way, its partner agencies were able to leverage an additional $9.10 from other resources. The study also showed that the United Way's investment in its partner agencies directly and indirectly support more than 3,700 jobs in the community. The United Way's investments also generate more than $22 million in tax revenue for the state and community.
The Tulsa Area United Way, through its 60 partner agencies, focuses on three building blocks to a better life: education, financial stability and health/safety. In 2012, 46 percent were directed to health/safety, 46 percent of campaign contributions were utilized for education and 8 percent was mobilized through financial stability.
The Tulsa Area United Way serves more than 630,000 people annually (2,000 people per day) through its 60 partner agencies in the Tulsa region, including Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.
The Tulsa Area United Way is the only nonprofit organization in the Tulsa area in which a single gift, no matter how small or large, can directly impact the lives of more than 630,000 people seeking assistance each year from 60 partner agencies.
More than 90 cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to help people in need, making the Tulsa Area United Way one of the most cost-effective organizations in the community. At the same time, the United Way encourages agencies to combine their resources to avoid duplication of efforts and provide the best services possible.
The Tulsa Area United Way utilizes a comprehensive, community-based decision making process to determine how funds will be invested in the community. Each year, approximately 150 volunteers, serving on Community Investment Panels, Community Investments Cabinet and Audit Review Committee, engage in a state-of-the-art process to ensure all dollars are invested wisely.
This year, more than 275 trained volunteers invested more than 8,000 hours analyzing the needs of the community and studying the effectiveness of local programs to ensure that contributions have the greatest possible impact. This process of reviewing program plans, visiting agencies and analyzing budgets keeps our United Way firmly connected and responsive to the community's most pressing needs. As human service needs grow and change over time, this process allows the United Way to direct its resources where they will do the most good.
The Tulsa Area United Way Day of Caring is one of the largest such events in the nation, with 4,800 volunteers completing more than 31,870 hours of work at area parks, schools and nonprofit organizations.
Recognizing that many social problems in the community cannot be solved by a single entity, the Tulsa Area United Way strongly encourages close alliances between its partner agencies.
In addition to annual allocations to its partner agencies, the Tulsa Area United Way makes investments in collaborations among agencies that meet systemic needs, attract multi-source funding and offer a structured approach, including budget, timeline and measurable outcomes. In 2011, the Tulsa Area United Way awarded $383,000 in collaborative funding to meet challenges such as reducing homelessness, improving neighborhoods and providing outcomes measurement training for its partner agencies.
Each year, the Tulsa Area United Way Venture Grant Program provides financial assistance to area nonprofit organizations that offer creative, innovative and proven solutions to systemic community challenges.
In 2011, the Tulsa Area United Way responded to the unanticipated needs of its community with $233,400 in emergency funding including storm relief and support for our schools.
In addition to conducting its annual fundraising campaign for partner agencies, the Tulsa Area United Way works closely with service providers, governments and other funders to identify health and human service problems in our communities and develops plans to address those challenges.
The Tulsa Area United Way assists area nonprofit agencies in overall management, volunteer recruiting and training, technical assistance and board leadership development, serving as a primary resource and anchor institution for the community.
The Tulsa Area United Way closely tracks legislation and lobbies local and state governments to encourage pro-active, supportive and innovative health and human services policies.
The Tulsa Area United Way does not expend funds for advertising, but instead attracts pro-bono support of area media, including the Tulsa World, Tulsa People and a variety of electronic, outdoor and print media outlets.
The Tulsa Area United Way helps fund the 211 information and referral service to help quickly and efficiently match people with the services they need. The 211 Helpline connects callers to trained specialists with access to multilingual translations and a database of thousands of services. In 2011, the Helpline responded to 151,317 calls, a five percent increase from the previous year. The Helpline serves more than 1.7 million people in 37 counties of eastern Oklahoma, with more than 83 percent of calls originating from the Tulsa Area United Way service area.
Walls of Honor at the Tulsa Area United Way's headquarters in downtown Tulsa recognize major funders, campaign contributors and members of the Board of Directors (past and present.) The headquarters also features community meeting rooms named for leaders of past United Way campaigns.
In 2012, the Tulsa Area United Way annual campaign was officially launched before more than 20,000 fans at the MidFirst Bank Backyard Bowl Game between Jenks and Union High Schools at the University of Tulsa's Chapman Stadium.
The entire Tulsa Area United Way family, including funders, partner agencies and volunteers gather each November at "Unite!" to celebrate the conclusion of a successful campaign season.
Members of the entire Tulsa Area United Way family, including community leaders, gathers each February for the Awards Luncheon and Annual Report to provide recognition for successful campaigns conducted by companies and organizations, honor dedicated volunteers and pass the gavel to a new Board of Directors.
In 2012, participants of the popular Route 66 Marathon - a Tulsa tradition - attracted sponsorships and direct contributions to the annual Tulsa Area United Way campaign. Marathon events were held on November 17-18.
The Tulsa Area United Way is independent of United Way Worldwide and other local United Way organizations. The Tulsa Area United Way is governed entirely by local volunteers, and decisions made by other United Ways have no impact on decisions made in the Tulsa region. The Tulsa Area United Way and United Way Worldwide (UWW) enjoy a pro-active alliance.
Each year, the Tulsa Area United Way spends less than one percent of its campaign total on various services from the UWW.