We invest in 3 building blocks For Better lives.
BUILDING BLOCK 1: EDUCATION
TAUW’s focus on lifelong learning in our community benefits our youngest to our oldest citizens through the provision of educational information, training, and counseling. In 2022:
- 2,489 low-income children served by CAP Tulsa received high-quality early childhood education.
- 90 children attending Crosstown Learning Center received approximately 135,000 hours of full-time childcare and education over the course of the year, allowing 150+ parents and caregivers to benefit themselves and their communities by working or attending school in the Tulsa area.
BUILDING BLOCK 2: FINANCIAL STABILITY
Due to your generosity, thousands of Tulsa area residents have obtained employment, pulled themselves out of debt, and have been able to provide for their families. In 2022:
- 309 Goodwill Industries of Tulsa TulsaWORKS & Job Connection graduates filled jobs in the community, earning wages of more than $3.5 million, and generating an economic and fiscal impact of more than $20.5 million to the economy.
- 35,000 hours were spent last year by Center for Employment Opportunities beautifying the Tulsa community through transitional work by formerly incarcerated individuals. Collectively, participants earned over $333,000, enhanced their resumes, and found pathways out of the justice system.
BUILDING BLOCK 3: HEALTH AND SAFETY
Many of our partner agencies offer information, training and/or counseling to help Tulsa area residents live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. In 2022, TAUW’s focus included supporting the following programs:
- 1,259 individuals received homeless prevention services and emergency medical services from Tulsa Day Center, enabling them to avoid trauma of becoming unhoused.
- In 2022, TAUW Social Innovations Grant recipient, the Be Heard Movement mobile homeless drop-in center, provided 1,584 showers, 912 haircuts, 429 loads of laundry and 157 case management sessions.
Tulsa Area United Way funds 59 partner nonprofits through sustainability funding, and we offer so much more. To find out how your donations keep our community strong, continue reading.
In our community, entrenched social problems cannot be solved by one organization alone. Rather, TAUW’s focus on collaborations and investments in nonprofit collaborations allows us to have a community-wide impact and meet the following criteria:
- A Community Challenge must be a catalyst for change and must address a community-wide problem, which requires a multifaceted approach.
- Collaborations must be formal, documented alliances among multiple agencies, at least one of which must be a TAUW partner agency.
- The shared goal should have a strategic plan with agreed-upon outcomes.
- An efficient system for sending and receiving information/data with frequent planning meetings must be in place for communication.
- Diverse funding must include contributions from other community funders.
TAUW’s focus includes striving to make a positive contribution to improving the quality of life in the Tulsa area in all areas. As a result, social 501c3 organizations receive innovation grants for developing innovative programs to address community challenges.
For a maximum of 10 minutes, 501c3 nonprofit organizations presented ideas to a panel of community leaders. Community leaders were interested in innovation, collaboration, and avoiding duplication of efforts among non-profit, educational, or government organizations.
Free Tax Preparation
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $57,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) through Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.
NTech Collaborative assists Tulsa Area United Way and its partner agencies in adopting best practices for utilizing technology. Services include technology consulting, project management, and access to low-cost resources and no-cost direct services. In 2022:
- TAUW’s NTech program provides direct service support and management of over 300 workstations, laptops, servers, hosts, and more than 200 network appliances to TAUW and partner organizations.
The neXtulsa program is designed to facilitate leadership development for professionals working in the nonprofit sector and is offered in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma’s hope-based leadership program.
NeXtulsa is a ten-month commitment with one session per month. To complete the course, each participant must attend at least eight classes, including a mandatory retreat.
Overall topics include:
- The application of hope theory in the workplace
- Using your personal strengths
- Identifying the differences between authority and leadership
- Distinguishing between technical and adaptive challenges
- Planning for difficult conversations
- Developing relative outcomes and measures
Application Deadline for New Voices Board Internship Program is June 1.
Tulsa Area United Way and Leadership Tulsa have partnered to offer the New Voices Board Internship Program designed to increase diversity on TAUW agency boards.
Leadership Tulsa is seeking candidates with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who are committed to serving the nonprofit sector in a leadership capacity, but who have never served on more than one nonprofit board. The participants will receive training and support from a full-day educational session and six breakfast sessions with board mentors.
Participants will be selected based on their application and letters of recommendation. The program is free of charge. The number of participants will be limited to 15-25.
This year, applications are available online. To save your unfinished work, you will need to create a username. We cannot view your responses until you submit your application. If you experience any difficulties using the system, please contact us.