United Way of Central Oklahoma Raises $20.4 million for Health and Human Service Programs

United Way of Central Oklahoma announced its 2020 fundraising campaign total during the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25. Led by campaign co-chairs Judy Love and Mike Turpen, the campaign raised a grand total of $20,428,686 in contributions from more than 19,000 generous donors and 700 workplace campaigns to support health and human service programs throughout central Oklahoma.

“During an extraordinary year, we were humbled to surpass our 2020 campaign goal,” said Debby Hampton, President and CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “The generosity of our donors is always unmatched, but with the unprecedented challenges of this last year, the overwhelming support we received is truly remarkable. Thanks to the dedicated leadership of our campaign co-chairs Judy Love and Mike Turpen and the generous support of each donor, corporate partner and volunteer, United Way remains a community partner that central Oklahoma can count on – especially during a time when it is needed the most.”

Judy Love and Mike Turpen, United Way of Central Oklahoma Campaign Co-Chairs, along with Jim Couch, United Way of Central Oklahoma board chair, and Debby Hampton, United Way of Central Oklahoma president and CEO, present the grand total for the 2020 fundraising campaign.

The $20.4 million campaign total was the culmination of multiple campaigns and initiatives that occurred throughout the year.

  • United Way of Central Oklahoma – $14,620,265 contributed to support 56 Partner Agencies serving central Oklahoma.
  • State Charitable Campaign – $292,649 contributed through State of Oklahoma employee campaigns.
  • Heart of the City Campaign – $520,167 contributed through City of Oklahoma City employee campaigns.
  • United Way of Logan County – $177,490 contributed to support 10 Partner Agencies serving Logan County.
  • United Way of Canadian County – $185,449 contributed to support 16 Partner Agencies serving Canadian County.
  • EmbraceOKC – $722,725 contributed to support behavioral health improvements in Oklahoma City Public Schools.
  • Donor Directed – $496,500 contributed by donors and directed to specific United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agencies.
  • COVID-19 Response Fund – $2,908,441 contributed to support Partner Agencies of United Way of Central Oklahoma, Canadian and Logan Counties in addressing COVID-19-related needs.
  • Ice Storm Response Fund – $505,000 contributed to provide emergency relief following the October 2020 ice storm.

United Way of Central Oklahoma allocates donor dollars into the community through 56 Partner Agencies serving health and human service needs. All programs are thoroughly reviewed annually to ensure contributions are properly invested with the highest level of accountability.

The success of the 2020 fundraising campaign will be celebrated at the 20th annual United Way Gala – rescheduled for June 11, 2021 – at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. During the event, award winners, volunteers and Partner Agencies will be recognized for their tremendous efforts during 2020, followed by the kick-off to the 2021 annual campaign.

For an in-depth look at this past year’s accomplishments and initiatives, you can view the United Way of Central Oklahoma 2020 Annual Report below.