TAUW Tops $28 million in Community Impact in 2023

NOTE: This Tim Stanley story originally appeared in the Tulsa World

Coming off a successful fundraising campaign in 2023, Tulsa Area United Way officials thanked their supporters Thursday for helping the organization surpass $28 million in total community impact for the year.

Alison Anthony, Tulsa Area United Way president and CEO, revealed the figure Thursday during the annual Live United Awards and Luncheon at the Cox Business Convention Center.

The total impact figure of $28,665,024 included $25,800,721 from the organization’s annual fund drive.

Almost $3 million of value was added to that by gifts outside of fundraising, in-kind gifts, and volunteer hours.

“We focus on the success of our annual fundraising drive, and it continues to be one of the best in the country,” Anthony said. “But it’s also important to know that your United Way imports other dollars into this community beyond the annual fundraising drive.”

Volunteering — with over 59,000 hours donated from more than 8,000 United Way volunteers, including almost 6,000 participating in Days of Caring — added a value of almost $2 million.

Additionally, “through partnerships, leveraging national grant opportunities and 211 eastern Oklahoma contracts, we garnered more than $850,000 in gifts outside the fall fundraising drive and more than $117,000 in in-kind gifts,” Anthony said.

Karl Neumaier, who co-chaired the 2023 annual fundraiser with Kathy Taylor, said: “One of the goals for United Way has been diversifying revenue, and I’m pleased to see the progress we’ve made.”

Anthony also praised those who supported the annual fundraiser.

Of cities that raise money for the United Way, Tulsa is 76th in size but 12th in the amount raised, she said.

“You are all so generous, and we are hitting above our weight on the fundraising front,” Anthony said.

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