THE MAIN EVENT FOR OVER 70 YEARS
For over 70 years, the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma has served the community by investing in quality programming at local nonprofit agencies that improves the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. In 2018 alone, over 81,000 individuals were able to access services funded by the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma. We are able to do this through the fundraising efforts of our Annual Campaign.
Annual Campaign is a major season of our year, where we partner with corporations, small businesses, organizations, and volunteers to raise critical funds that support our community. These local dollars stay local as well, with 99 cents of every dollar raised staying within Southwest Oklahoma. Annual Campaign gets an early start with our Pacesetters during the summer, and then kicks off in earnest at Blue Tie Gala in the fall.
Monies raised during campaign are then dispersed in the form of grants to local partner organizations by the Community Investment Committee (CIC). The CIC is a group of approximately 60 - 80 volunteers who screen partner requests for need, integrity and efficacy, ensuring that funded programs will respond successfully to the urgent needs of our community, in the areas of education, health & safety, income stability, and basic needs.
Both the Annual Campaign and the CIC are overseen by members of the Board of Directors, who establish and monitor policy.
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