Our Focus

TULSA AREA UNITED WAY INVESTS IN 3 BUILDING BLOCKS TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE

BUILDING BLOCK #1: EDUCATION

We support lifelong learning from the youngest members of our community to our most senior citizens through educational information, training or counseling.

  • 90% of Street School’s seniors graduate each year and become repsonsible and contributing members of society
  • 30,000+ children learned what abuse, neglect, and bullying are and how to tell a trusted adult through the Parent Child Center’s community outreach program

BUILDING BLOCK #2: FINANCIAL STABILITY

Thousands of Tulsa area residents have been placed in jobs, pulled themselves out of debt, have been able to put food on their tables or stay in their homes thanks to your contributions.

  • $4.6 million earned by 390 individuals placed in jobs through Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s TulsaWORKS & Job Connection program, resulting in an economic impact of $22.6 million
  • 125 adults with developmental disabilities or autism attended A New Leaf’s Vocational Program, earning more than $434,000 in wages

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.

  • 2,864 individuals at risk of homelessness were placed into affordable housing by Mental Health Association Oklahoma
  • 96% of women in the intensive residential program at Palmer’s Tulsa Women and Children’s Center abstained from using alcohol or drugs

Tulsa Area United Way provides financial support to 59 partner agencies through our sustainability funding, but we do so much more. Please keep reading to learn other ways your donations are keeping our community strong.

Community Collaborations

Many entrenched social problems in our community cannot be solved by a single organization. We all must work together to address those challenges, help our neighbors and build a stronger community.

Tulsa Area United Way encourages partnerships among our partner agencies and considers investments in nonprofit collaborations that have a community-wide impact and meet the following criteria:

  • Community Challenge Must be a catalyst for change and focused on a community-wide issue requiring a multi-faceted solution.
  • Collaborators Must be a formal, documented alliance of various agencies; at least one of which is a TAUW partner agency.
  • Shared Goal Must have a strategic plan with agreed upon outcomes.
  • Communications Must have a system in place for the transferring and sharing of information/data with frequent planning meetings.
  • Diverse Funding Must have other community funders.

Social Innovations


TAUW strives to help improve the quality of life in the Tulsa area in all aspects. Because of this, social innovation grants are given to 501c3 organizations that present innovative plans to address challenges in our community.

In November of 2020, 501c3 nonprofit organizations were invited to a “pitch night” where they were given 10 minutes to present ideas to a panel of community leaders. These community leaders were looking for innovation, collaboration, and non-duplication among non-profit, educational or governmental organizations.

Five organizations were chosen last year, receiving $300,000 to implement new programs striving to improve the quality of life for Tulsans.

Free Tax Preparation

Individuals and families with an annual household income of $57,000 or less, can file for free through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), facilitated by Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.

Ntech Collaborative

NTech Collaborative assists Tulsa Area United Way and its partner agencies in adopting best practices for technology utilization. NTech provides technology-related consultation, project management, and access to low-cost resources and no-cost direct services.

  • More than 450 staff members and volunteers trained in hands-on learning labs
  • More than 30 nonprofit websites monitored, hosted, and maintained
  • More than 175 workstations and servers monitored and maintained

NextUlsa

The neXtulsa program is dedicated to offering leadership development for professionals drawn to a career in the nonprofit sector and provided in partnership with the University of Oklahoma and its hope-informed leadership.

neXtulsa is a ten-month commitment with a session every month. Each participant is required to attend at least eight of the sessions to complete the course including a mandatory retreat.

Overall topics include:

  • Hope theory and its application in the workplace
  • Leveraging your personal strengths
  • Understanding the difference between authority and leadership
  • Differentiating between technical and adaptive challenges
  • Preparing for difficult conversations
  • Creating relative outcomes and measures

New Voices

Application Deadline for New Voices Board Internship Program is June 1st!

The New Voices Board Internship Program is the result of a partnership between Leadership Tulsa and Tulsa Area United Way, and is designed to increase the diversity on TAUW agency boards.

Leadership Tulsa is seeking candidates with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who have the commitment to serve the nonprofit sector in a leadership role but have not previously served on more than one nonprofit board of directors. Participants will gain training and support through a full-day educational session and six breakfast sessions with board mentors.

Participants will be chosen based on their application and letters of reference. There is no charge for the program. The number of participants selected will be limited to 15-25 people.

This year’s application is digital. You must create a username that allows you to save your unfinished work. We are not able to see your responses until you submit your application. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the system.