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 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

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to connect people and resources to improve the well being of those in our community. Our research department identifies emerging needs and service gap areas in central Oklahoma, which we use to determine our strategic initiatives, collaborate with other community organizations, and educate the public. As examples: Nearly 1 in 9 Central Oklahoma workers lost their jobs or were laid off last year. In 2020, United Way Partner Agencies provided 60,754 adults and youth with shelter, food, or material goods. Additionally, homeless prevention assistance was given to 10,991 households and 4,084 households received career development, job placement, and adult and financial literacy services. To meet the critical mental health needs as a result of the pandemic, 598,735 central Oklahoma neighbors received access to counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and/or substance abuse treatment through United Way Partner Agencies last year.

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

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. 

Population(s) Served

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 nearly 1,300 volunteers with opportunities to serve in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The annual Community Investment process allows United Way to remain transparent and accountable for dollars raised during the annual campaign. Partner Agencies provide accountability of their allotted funds by reporting community impact as evidenced by their clients who achieved the established outcomes, total number served, and cost per result calculations. Donor volunteers evaluate these measures as well as additional analytics including: the number of individuals in the service area affected by the issues being addressed; the number of individuals anticipated to participate; previous year client served demographics; financial audit; IRS form 990; agency operating budget; list of partners/collaborative organizations; and end-of-year reports including number of lives changed. Using this information, donor volunteers make their funding recommendations to the United Way Board as well as report to Partner Agencies constructive commendations/recommendations for continued improvements.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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

Adults

Related Program

Annual Fundraising Campaign

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

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

Adults

Related Program

Annual Fundraising Campaign

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.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Goal I: Invest in programs based on research-driven analysis.
During United Way of Central Oklahoma's annual community investment process, volunteers receive "Trends in Community Needs," a research brief prepared by UWCO's research department. The brief identifies issues relating to the most prevalent needs in our community. Volunteers use the research brief, as well as referral data from Heartline 211's community helpline, to guide their review and discussions of UWCO's funded programs and make informed recommendations based on their analyses.

Goal II: Increase awareness of our community's greatest needs.
UWCO is one of the only United Ways in the nation with staff dedicated to research. They continuously monitor the needs of the community and identify service gaps in central Oklahoma. Through the data we collect and the research conducted for our Vital Signs publications, we are acutely aware of the gap in meaningful resources that exists for those in need in our community. We share these statistics and stories in the hope that others will commit to creating a culture in Oklahoma that cares for the disadvantaged by taking action.

Goal III: Support innovative collaborations to maximize impact.
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. We work to address social issues identified through our research by convening community stakeholders and collaborating on solutions. In addition to our Partner Agencies, our United Way leads or actively participates in 30+ community initiatives. The WayFinder program and EmbraceOKC are two examples of this work. The WayFinder program provides one-time funding in the form of social innovation grants to local nonprofit agencies. Local nonprofits submit new ideas on how they can address local needs in a new, innovative way that has never been implemented in central Oklahoma. EmbraceOKC is a collaboration between Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS), the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, UWCO, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to support behavioral health improvements throughout OKCPS.

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 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 hundreds of community-minded organizations to host workplace campaigns 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 136 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 process, 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 further strive to foster new leadership and growth through our affinity groups, BoardServe program, and our volunteer center. Our Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Women's Leadership Society, and Emerging Leaders group help to foster relationships and continued stewardship across the lifespan and amongst our most philanthropic-minded supporters. Our Volunteer Center allows for the community to give back while learning more about the safety net built by United Way. And our BoardServe program is a unique program dedicated to improving nonprofit boards by recruiting, training and matching board members with nonprofit agencies in central Oklahoma.

The 2020 United Way Campaign raised $20.4 million through several hundred employee workplace campaigns as well as corporate gifts and thousands of individual donations.

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.

For the 2020 community investment process there were 160 volunteers representing 72 workplaces donating an estimated 4,000 hours reviewing applications, budgets, financial reports, as well as attending meetings and site visits.

In 2020, our Volunteer Center matched/placed/referred nearly 1,300 volunteers in our community. Volunteers dedicated to the United Way mission donated 17,000 hours of service to the community.

One of our newest innovative programs is our WayFinder grant program. Sparking new approaches to solving our community's biggest challenges, UWCO founded the Wayfinder Innovation Grant in 2019. Now in the third year of the program, Wayfinder encourages local nonprofits to design creative programs addressing health and human services needs in the central Oklahoma community. In 2021, three nonprofits were selected for funding through the WayFinder Innovation Grant: Goodwill's virtual reality forklift operations training utilizes a virtual and non-traditional training format to teach technical, digital, and soft skills needed to operate forklifts. NewView Oklahoma's mobile low vision clinic will help remove barriers to eye care by offering free exams to a variety of underserved populations and communities in central Oklahoma. Youth & Family Services intergenerational living program at Intrada will create structured, intentional opportunities for low-income seniors, other vulnerable adults and independent living program youth to connect through shared activities at an affordable housing complex.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 06/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sherri Lance

Gaming Capital Group

Term: 2021 - 2023

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

Mark Wood

Ernst & Young LLP

Jerome Holmes

U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hillary Farrell

Ackerman McQueen

Sherri Lance

Gaming Capital Group

M.T. Berry

City of Oklahoma City

Dave Lopez

Community Leader

Robert Clements

Clements Foods

Sean McDaniel

Oklahoma City Public Schools

Sarah Roberts

Inasmuch Foundation

Bill Schonacher

IBC Bank- Oklahoma

Edmund Martin

Ackerman McQueen

Tim O'Connor

Central Oklahoma AFL-CIO Labor Council

Cynda Ottaway

Crowe Dunlevy

Nick Samarripas

Arvest Bank

Chuck Spicer

Children's Hospital

Mike Turpen

Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis

Kathy Williams

Community Leader

Jim Curry

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO

Clay Farha

B.D. Eddie Enterprises

Jean Leger

OGE Energy Corp.

Jenee Lister

Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Judy Love

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Meg Salyer

Accel Financial Services

Mohammad Farzaneh

Home Creations, Inc.

Sean Trauschke

OGE Energy Corp.

Sean Cummings

Cummings Oil Co.

Roberta Fields

McAfee & Taft

Mark Helm

Dolese Bros. Co.

Michael Laird

Crowe & Dunlevy

Rick McCune

Grant Thornton

Lane Neal

Durbin Larimore Bialick

David Rainbolt

BancFirst

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

Jennifer Grigsby

Community Leader

Dave Hager

Devon Energy

Rick Nagel

Acorn Growth

Greg Smith

Northrop Grumman

David Harlow

BancFirst Corporation

Dan Boren

First United Bank

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data