Tulsa Boasts One of Nation's Top United Ways


The Tulsa Area United Way raises more money than all but 33 of the 1,242 United Way organizations in the nation.

Tulsa ranks first among all 1,209 United Way organizations raising $25 million or less, more than many larger cities.

This year, the Tulsa Area United Way surpassed its goal by more than $650,000, raising $25, 575,522 for its 61 partner agencies.

In its peer group - United Way campaigns between $14 and $25 million - the Tulsa Area United Way ranked first in giving by small businesses, largely due to a successful Small Business Challenge issued during the campaign. The challenge grant matched all first-time gifts by small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

The Tulsa Area United Way also ranked first among its peers in the amount contributed by employees of non-profit organizations and second in support from foundations.

Last year's successful campaign bucked a national trend. According to a survey conducted in December by United Way Worldwide, the top 100 United Ways in the nation reported an overall fundraising decline of 0.8 percent while the Tulsa Area United Way experienced a 1.7 percent increase in contributions.

"This success is a testament to the generosity of Tulsa's corporate community, the city's visionary and dedicated foundations and more than 50,000 individuals who support our campaign," said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.

During its 88-year history, the Tulsa Area United Way has raised more than $643.5 million for the community.

The Tulsa Area United Way also ranks highly in terms of efficiency, Graham added. Last year, the Tulsa Area United Way kept its operating expenses at 9.6 percent - less than 10 percent of revenue. According to the latest figures available from United Way Worldwide, the Tulsa Area United Way is tied for third among all metro United Ways in the nation in terms of lowest overhead.


During the 2012 Campaign, the Tulsa Area United Way raised $25,575,522, setting a new record of total amount raised during the Campaign.
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