Tulsa has earned a national reputation for coming together – foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations – to find solutions to our most significant social challenges.

When we collaborate, we achieve results. For example, 170 people experiencing mental health crises have been helped since September 2020 thanks to the City of Tulsa 911 Mental Health Collaborative, which embeds mental health professionals in 911 call centers. Of those 170 individuals, 14% were cleared before first responders were needed.

The Tulsa Area United Way’s community collaborations initiative fosters cooperation among local non-profit organizations (including non-partner agencies), business and industry, foundations, and government and educational institutions, employing the collective impact model to meet specific community challenges.

We believe these collaborations are the best way to address certain challenges. Rarely can a single agency adequately address a community-wide issue by itself. In addition, cooperation enhances solutions for those in need and raises efficiency of agencies providing services. In short, we are more effective when we all work together.