Tulsa Area United Way Launches 2019 Campaign and Announces Goal

The Tulsa Area United Way unveiled a goal of $26,028,494 for its 2019 campaign on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Jenks – Bixby High School football game.

The goal, which is three percent higher than last year’s goal of $25,254,166, was revealed before students, parents and fans at the game.

“This year’s goal is based on the real needs of our community as determined by 170 highly trained community investment volunteers,” said Alison Anthony, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way. “It’s an ambitious goal – almost $800,000 above last year – but we believe the generosity of Tulsans will help us reach it.”

The Jenks High School cheerleaders and band assisted in the announcement by raising large numbers before the crowd.

The local United Way provides funding to 59 Tulsa-area non-profit organizations in the areas of education, health/safety and financial stability. The United Way also coordinates a variety of community collaborative projects and offers Social Innovation Grants each year to nonprofit organizations with new, unique ideas.

Kirk Hays, President and CEO of ARVEST Bank - Tulsa, is serving as chair of this year’s United Way campaign, and will be assisted by 15 campaign fellows, 30 United Way staff members and 40 community leaders who serve on the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet.

“The needs in our community are significant and we are committed to meeting those needs through a highly successful campaign,” said Hays, who spent much of the summer touring all United Way partner agencies. “Sometimes everyone needs a little help to succeed.”

Last year, more than 30,000 individuals and 1,000 companies and businesses supported the United Way campaign. In addition, more than 7,600 people volunteered for United Way projects and activities, including the Day of Caring, one of the nation’s largest days of community service.

Area residents are encouraged to support the campaign through their workplace or by clicking Donate Now above. Businesses or companies that wish to conduct workplace campaigns on behalf of the United Way can get started by contacting the United Way at 918-583-7171 or campaign@tauw.org.

The United Way campaign will conclude and the total amount raised will be revealed on Nov. 7 at the annual Unite celebration to be held at the Tulsa Club Hotel.