Tulsa Area United Way - Tulsa Area United Way

What Tulsa Area United Way Does For Your Community

UNITING PEOPLE + RESOURCES TO IMPROVE LIVES & STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES

Tulsa Area United Way unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen our communities. We mobilize communities to action so all members can flourish and thrive.

True to our founding spirit, whenever there is a need in our communities, United Way is there. We bring a comprehensive approach to challenges, actively listening and responding to local needs. Our reach across six counties in Eastern Oklahoma means we can share innovations and scale impact, and through the framework of 211 Eastern Oklahoma, we connect people to resources throughout 37 counties.

From strengthening local resilience to advancing health, youth opportunity, financial security, and community resiliency, we are working towards a future where every person in every community can reach their full potential.

OUR IMPACT AREAS

HEALTHY COMMUNITY – Improving health and well-being for all

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY – Helping young people realize their full potential

FINANCIAL SECURITY – Building financial stability and strength

COMMUNITY RESILIENCY – Addressing urgent needs today for a better tomorrow

CONTACT US!

TAUW’S Main Phone Number:
918.583.7171
Physical Address:
1430 South Boulder Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74119
Regular Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Because you LIVE UNITED, your support made the below community impact possible…

$25.8

raised in 2023

$926+ million

invested in the community since 1924

4,026

Fall Days of Caring volunteers in 2023

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Get Connected. Get Help.

Tulsa Area United Way’s 211 Eastern Oklahoma (211EOK) connects Oklahomans in need to a wide array of free, confidential services, including food, housing, and utility assistance; physical and mental health resources; veteran, childcare, and family services; employment assistance; and links to crisis interventions. Multiple languages are available.

No matter the situation, the specialists at 211 listen, identify underlying problems, and connect people with community resources and services that improve their lives.

If someone needs help and doesn’t know where to start, they can call 211 for live help or text “HELP” to 877-836-2111.

Visit TAUW Centennial Website

This year marks Tulsa Area United Way’s 100 years of service to our community. Our Centennial theme is “100 starts with 1.” Join us this year as we celebrate so many memories, successes, and people whose lives have been changed and saved through a century of heroes like you.

Volunteer With TAUW
Partner nonprofits Today!

Tulsa Area United Way funds approximately 160 nonprofit programs in the areas of education, health/safety, and financial stability. Our partners offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, including service on boards and committees and more.

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Living Wage INFOGRAPHIC

Tulsa Area United Way’s data and research team created a Living Wage Infographic that educates the community and business leaders on the MSA living wage – what it takes to live in Tulsa without public or private assistance. 

why donate today?

Tulsa Area United Way has over a century of experience in raising vital funds for our service area through collective efforts of individuals and organizations. Our reliable methods bring millions of dollars to the most effective programs in our area each year – donations that stay local.

We Set a High Level of Accountability for
Nonprofit Partners 

Each year, more than 180 Tulsa Area United Way volunteers spend 5,000 hours evaluating partner nonprofits’ audits, budgets and programs to maximize the impact of donations. Additionally, TAUW assists partner nonprofits with volunteer recruitment, training, and management. 

Our Social Innovations Grants Incubate New Ideas

Tulsa Area United Way’s Social Innovations grants allow organizations to incubate initiatives and bring new strategies to Tulsa and the surrounding area that work elsewhere and can potentially make a positive impact locally. 

TAUW mobilizes communities

Through our Community Collaborations initiative, we involve local nonprofit organizations (including non-partner nonprofits), businesses, foundations, and government agencies in collaborative efforts to address complex challenges.  

TAUW Provides No-Cost IT Assistance for Nonprofit Partners

TAUW’s NTech program provides technology equipment and expertise, low or no-cost training, and services like website design and hosting for our partner nonprofits to have strong websites, safe online donor sites, social media tools, and skills to use the many tech resources available to them. 

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Tulsa Area United Way’s History

In the beginning, we were known as the Tulsa Community Fund. Eleven health and human service organizations established our fund. Together, after only five days, our communities exceeded their first goal of $238,895 by $9,000. The estimated value of $238,895 in 1924 dollars, when adjusted for inflation, is approximately $4,457,510. 

The following organizations were the first recipients of the funds raised through Tulsa’s first united campaign. We have bolded the six original partners who remain Tulsa Area United Way agencies 100 years later:​

  • Boy Scouts
  • Confidential Exchange
  • Day Nursery
  • Frances Willard Home
  • Girl Scouts
  • Federation of Jewish Charities​
  • Red Cross
  • Tulsa Boys’ Home
  • Tulsa County Public Health Association
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

After the war, we changed our name to Tulsa Community Chest to reflect our broad mission. Then, in 1974, we officially became the Tulsa Area United Way.

As we did in 1924, we continue to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen our communities by strengthening the three building blocks to a better life: education, financial stability, and health and safety.

WILL YOU JOIN TAUW IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE?


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