United Way Reaches Goal of More Than $26 Million

The Tulsa Area United Way reached the goal for its annual campaign, raising $26,028,910 for the community. The original goal was $26,028,494.

The local United Way announced the grand total of its annual campaign at the Unite celebration, held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the 41st Floor at First Place Tower.  

Individuals who have received life-saving services from United Way partner agencies shared their stories and helped reveal the total amount raised to 200 guests at the celebration.

"The success of this year's campaign represents this community's willingness to come together to do something amazing for their neighbors, friends and family members," said Alison Anthony, Tulsa Area United Way President and CEO. "This amount represents the real needs of our area to alleviate some of the greatest challenges in our community. Just a week ago, we still needed $800,000 to reach this goal. It’s a testament to the generosity of so many that we could rally and raise the needed amount.”

The campaign will fund the Tulsa Area United Way’s 59 partner agencies in the areas of education, health/safety and financial stability, as well as several community collaborative projects and Social Innovation Grants that address complex challenges, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. 

"We are blessed to live in a community that will come together so generously and with such a focus on helping one another," said Kirk Hays, President and CEO of ARVEST, Tulsa and 2019 Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign. "More than 31,000 individuals and 1,000 companies and organizations showed their dedication helping others through participation in this United Way Campaign." 

Members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, as well as other volunteers and contributors, gathered at First Place Tower to learn about the success of this year’s campaign. The fundraising teams reported their total amounts raised, which was added to a cumulative total. By evening’s end, the goal of the campaign was reached before cheering supporters.  

In the last 95 years, the local United Way has invested $800 million in the community. 

This year’s campaign will be celebrated, and high-performing company, business and organizational campaigns will receive recognition at the Tulsa Area United Way’s annual Live United Awards and Luncheon, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the Cox Business Center. For more information, visit www.tauw.org.

'Unite sponsors:
International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 627 
Communications Workers of America
Local 6012
Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council Oklahoma State Building and Construction Trades Council
Pipeliners Local Union 798
Oklahoma State AFL-CIO
United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters
Local 430
United Aerospace Workers Union of America
Local 952
 Transport Workers Union of America 
Local 514
 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 
Local 1002

Tulsa Area United Way would also like to thank:

TULSA AREA UNITED WAY   |   1430 S. BOULDER, TULSA, OK 74119   |   918.583.7171   | TAUW@TAUW.ORG 
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