Community Improvement, Capacity Building

United Way of Central Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.unitedwayokc.org

Mission

Connecting people and resources to improve the well being of those in our community.

Ruling year info

1952

President & CEO

Debby L. Hampton

Main address

PO Box 248919

Oklahoma City, OK 73124 USA

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Formerly known as

United Way of Metro Oklahoma City

EIN

73-0589829

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Strengthening and improving the health and well-being among all central Oklahomans is our focus. We accomplish this by addressing the underlying issues identified in our community. Because United Way of Central Oklahoma invests in proven, high-quality programs, your contributions go towards creating long-term impact in the central Oklahoma community. Here are just a few things your donation to the annual campaign helped fund. 255,932 central Oklahoma youth and adults received counseling, crisis intervention, mental health and/or substance abuse treatment. 62,812 men, women and children received necessary medical examinations, treatments, screenings, referrals and medications. 16,579 families in severe financial distress and facing potential homelessness received resources they needed to remain housed and self-sufficient. 14,315 local disaster survivors received basic necessities and long-term assistance in putting their lives back together.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Fundraising Campaign and Community Investment

United Way of Central Oklahoma works with businesses, organizations, and foundations to raise funds for our annual campaign. Hundreds of community-minded organizations host a workplace campaign for United Way and/or contribute corporate donations. Donations raised by the campaign help fund 151 local programs administered by 73 Partner Agencies. The annual Community Investment process allows United Way to remain transparent and accountable for dollars raised during the annual campaign. Following this review, volunteer teams make funding recommendations based on their findings and the program funding request. These recommendations are then voted upon by the United Way Board of Directors. This process ensures donor contributions are invested in the local community in the most efficient and effective way.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer Center connects volunteers with meaningful opportunities at local nonprofit organizations. Annually, the Volunteer Center presents a Day of Caring series featuring days of community wide service: Day of Caring and Day of Action. During Day of Caring held in early October, teams of volunteers work together to make a difference in the community through projects held at our Partner Agencies. Last year, the Volunteer Center connected more than 7,501 volunteers with opportunities to serve in the community. These volunteers spent more than 27,532 hours giving back to our community. If you were to put a dollar figure to that, it would total over $700,000.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2020

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter 2012

Edmond Chamber of Commerce 2016

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber 2016

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate 2016

United Way Worldwide 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Annual Fundraising Campaign and Community Investment

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

2016 included the Combined Federal Campaign donors.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Annual Fundraising Campaign and Community Investment

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2016 was the last year to include the Combined Federal Campaign in the United Way campaign.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

United Way of Central Oklahoma Volunteer Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2016 included the Combined Federal Campaign.

Number of advisory councils the organization is a part of

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Annual Fundraising Campaign and Community Investment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

United Way staff are actively involved in 30 community initiatives working with stakeholders to find solutions to specific health and social service problems that are not otherwise being dealt with.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

United Way of Central Oklahoma strives to provide much needed, consistent, yearly funding to results producing local programs through Partner Agencies. While providing critical funding to results-oriented programs at proven nonprofit agencies will always be central to our work, increasingly we find ourselves called upon to address needs even more directly. United Way of Central Oklahoma holds the unique distinction as being one of the only United Ways in the nation with staff dedicated to research. Our research department is responsible for identifying emerging needs and service gap areas in central Oklahoma. We use this information to determine our strategic initiatives, collaborate with other community organizations to respond to social service needs, and educate the public on the needs that exist in our community.

The annual Community Investment process plays a vital role in ensuring United Way's accountability to its donors. Through this process, the needs in the community are reviewed alongside the effectiveness of United Way funded programs. This evaluation is done entirely by more than 200 donor volunteers, who attend approximately six meetings and conduct site visits to Partner Agencies between the months of January to September. They review the program budgets, 990's, audits, and measurable outcomes. The volunteers monitor program effectiveness as an important component of determining their funding recommendations. More than 4,000 volunteer hours each year are spent on this process. Based on information gathered, the Community Investment Committee makes funding recommendations to the United Way Board each June for approval to begin funding in July. United Way staff then monitor and track program successes and/or challenges regularly providing data and research to our community stakeholders.

United Way of Central Oklahoma works with businesses, organizations, and foundations to raise funds for our annual campaign. Hundreds of community-minded organizations host a workplace campaign for United Way and/or contribute corporate donations. Donations raised by the campaign in central Oklahoma, United Way of Logan County and United Way of Canadian County help fund 151 local programs administered by 73 Partner Agencies. The annual Community Investment process allows United Way to remain transparent and accountable for dollars raised during the annual campaign. Following this review, volunteer teams make funding recommendations based on their findings and the program funding requests. These recommendations are then voted upon by the United Way Board of Directors. This process ensures donor contributions are invested in the local community in the most efficient and effective way. We will accomplish our goals and strategies through expanding our abilities by education the community about United Way, support and grow existing funding sources, and researching and pursuing new funding sources. We strive to foster new leadership through our affinity groups: Tocqueville, Leadership, Women's Leadership, and Emerging Leaders. Our Volunteer Center allows for the community to give back while learning more about the safety net built by United Way; which in turn allows individuals to assist our agencies with special projects.

In order to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more compassionate community, we are working to provide access to these essentials to all people in central Oklahoma through Five Focus Areas. Our Five Focus Areas •Strong Families: United Way of Central Oklahoma values health, education, financial stability and quality of life. We believe these core elements are critical to our success as individuals, families and as a community. United Way funds programs that create strong families by providing services to improve their economic condition. United Way Partner Agencies provide tools like employment training, financial literacy classes and basic needs assistance in order to help central Oklahoma families achieve upward economic mobility and improve their financial stability. The donors to United Way give thousands of central Oklahoma families' new hope of a more prosperous future. •Successful Kids: We believe it is our job to ensure children have the opportunity to grow and become strong, compassionate, productive members of society. Dollars donated to Untied Way fund Partner Agency programs that offer specialized education, counseling, healthcare and much more. •Healthy Citizens: United Way of Central Oklahoma advances healthy lifestyles in our community by investing in local programs that produce measurable results. United Way fund programs that provide mental health and substance abuse services, which improve the overall well-being of central Oklahomans. The generous donors to United Way allows for thousands of central Oklahomans struggling with mental illness and/ or substance abuse to receive preventative support, education and treatment. United Way Partner Agencies offer services that provide hope and healing to residents in need ultimately creating a healthier community. •Independent Living: We strive to provide older adults and individuals with disabilities the ability to engage with the community, access to independent living, job skills, volunteer positions, and dynamic relationships while their primary care givers receive respite and support. United Way funds programs that create meaningful opportunities for individuals through programs such as senior centers, vocational training, and volunteer placement. Through these programs individuals are able to maintain their independence and live more enriched lives. •Community Preparedness: United Way is dedicated to preparing central Oklahomans for both individual and community emergencies and to supporting recovery after such events. In order to meet this goal, we fund a variety of programs that educate and train individuals on how to prepare for emergencies to keep themselves and their families safe. United Way of Central Oklahoma also funds programs that provide food, shelter, health, mental health, and other vital support services after a disaster or tragedy. Through these programs, our Partner Agencies ensure that central Oklahoma is ready when disaster strikes.

The 2019 United Way Campaign raised $17.5 million through several hundred employee workplace campaigns as well as corporate gifts and thousands of individual donations. We continue to work to make it a fun, easy and rewarding experience for all involved. One way of making the process easier is through our ePledge Online Giving program which allows the United Way to supply the manpower needed to make the company's campaign more efficient and centralized. United Way's Leadership Giving Association, Women's Leadership Society and Emerging Leaders programs continue to find new and exciting ways to engage our donors through gatherings and events. The United Way's Communications Committee facilitated promoting United Way of Central Oklahoma through media outlets with more than $2 million worth of in-kind donations of advertising from our media partners. We began translating some of our collateral pieces in 2016. Our pocket guide, fact sheet and pledge card were translated into Spanish and the mental health and substance abuse Vital Signs was translated into Spanish and Vietnamese. For the 2019 community investment process there are 193 volunteers representing 76 workplaces donating an estimated 4,000 hours reviewing applications, budgets, financial reports, as well as attending meetings and site visits. United Way staff has begun convening groups of partner agencies with like programs to allow agencies to improve working relationships and find ways to collaborate to stretch resources. The Data Center on United Ways website, which contains over 190 unique community indicators, was actively maintained and kept current. Data Center is accessed by partner agencies and is available to the public for use with grant-writing and other data needs. The Volunteer Center matched/placed/referred 7,501 volunteers in our community. Volunteers dedicated to the United Way mission donated 27,532 hours of service to the community worth over $700,000.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Way of Central Oklahoma

Board of directors
as of 3/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jim Couch

Retired City Manager

Term: 2019 - 2021

Michael Carolina

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology

Jim English

Lopez Foods & Dorada Foods

Lee Symcox

First Fidelity Bank

Shane Wharton

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Matt McGuire

Heritage Trust Company

George Young

Holy Temple Baptist Church

Cathy O'Connor

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, Inc.

Mark Wood

Ernst & Young LLP

Kelly Dyer Fry

The Oklahoman

Jerome Holmes

U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hillary Farrell

Ackerman McQueen

Sherri Lance

Gaming Capital Group

Marsha Ingersoll

City of Oklahoma City

Chris Anoatubby

Chickasaw Nation/Sovereign Medical Solutions

M.T. Berry

City of Oklahoma City

Dave Lopez

Community Leader

Robert Clements

Clements Foods

Sean McDaniel

Oklahoma City Public Schools

Carl Edwards

Price Edwards and Company

Sarah Roberts

Inasmuch Foundation

Rodney Sailor

Enable Midstream Partners

Bill Schonacher

IBC Bank- Oklahoma

Edmund Martin

Ackerman McQueen

Tim O'Connor

Central Oklahoma AFL-CIO Labor Council

Cynda Ottaway

Crowe Dunlevy

Cindy Truong

7th District Court

Nick Samarripas

First Fidelity Bank

Christopher Turner

The First State Bank

Chuck Spicer

Children's Hospital

Mike Turpen

Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis

Kathy Williams

Community Leader

Don Betz

University of Central Oklahoma

Jim Curry

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO

Kris Rogers

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Clay Farha

B.D. Eddie Enterprises

Steve Hahn

AT&T Oklahoma

Jean Leger

OGE Energy Corp.

Jenee Lister

Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Judy Love

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Michael Ming

GE Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center

Meg Salyer

Accel Financial Services

Terri White

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Brad Ezell

Benham Design, LLC

Mohammad Farzaneh

Home Creations, Inc.

Judy Hatfield

Equity Commercial Reality, LLC

John Higginbotham

Bank of Oklahoma

Randy Roper

MidFirst Bank

Kelly Sachs

Commerce Bank

Sean Trauschke

OGE Energy Corp.

Sean Cummings

Cummings Oil Co.

Roberta Fields

McAfee & Taft

Mark Helm

Dolese Bros. Co.

Percy Kirk

Cox Communications

Michael Laird

Crowe & Dunlevy

Rick McCune

Grant Thornton

Lane Neal

Durbin Larimore Bialick

David Rainbolt

BancFirst

Taylor Shinn

Baker Hughes

Roy Williams

Greater OKC Chamber

Danny Barth

OKC Thunder

Gary Brooks

Cornerstone Development

Jason Clark

CompSource

Jim Couch

Retired City Manager

Tricia Everest

Community Leader

Kristal Flury

Environmental Management

Jennifer Grigsby

Ascent Resources

Dave Hager

Devon Energy

Rick Nagel

Acorn Growth

Jason Sanders

OUHSC

Greg Smith

Northrop Grumman

David Harlow

BancFirst Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

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