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United Way of Central Oklahoma on Thursday hosted a Recognition Reception to thank companies who have completed their workplace giving campaign, announce campaign results to date and present awards to workplace campaign coordinators.


OKLAHOMA CITY – The United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off its 2016 campaign with more than 500 attendees enjoying a free pancake breakfast at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark earlier today. Business and civic leaders enjoyed the annual tradition of flipping pancakes to showcase their United Way spirit.


OKLAHOMA CITY – The United Way of Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce its 2016 Loaned Executives. Each year, community-minded employers lend key personnel to the United Way to serve as full-time fundraisers during the United Way’s annual campaign.


OKLAHOMA CITY - United Way of Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce the Campaign Cabinet volunteers who will lead the 2016 fall fundraising campaign. The cabinet is comprised of local business leaders who volunteer their time to work with United Way to engage support from companies and organizations across central Oklahoma.


TULSA, Okla.–The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced that United Way of Central Oklahoma has won the 2016 Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence, as well as receiving a $10,000 grant. The Center held its ninth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Saturday in Tulsa, honoring 24 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities. 

Jeff Moen, board chair of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, congratulated all the winners and finalists, saying, “All 24 of the nonprofits honored tonight have demonstrated excellence in their approach to serving the community. Since its inception, the ONE Awards have been transformational to build capacity for more than 200 organizations in Oklahoma through the recognition and grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. We are truly thankful to the visionary philanthropists who have made these awards possible.”

United Way of Central Oklahoma celebrated the close of its 2015 fundraising campaign Friday night with its 14th annual Snowflake Gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

The United Way revealed that a grand total of $21.6 million was raised through more than 350 employee workplace campaigns as well as corporate gifts and thousands of individual donations.

“This year's campaign achieved what was most important — raising the money needed to fund the social services programming that supports the well-being of our community,” said Debby Hampton, president and CEO of the United Way of Central Oklahoma, during the presentation.


Oklahoma ranks among the worst states for the number of citizens suffering from mental health and substance abuse problems — especially among its homeless population.

United Way of Central Oklahoma announced Thursday that it will dedicate $1.2 million to help implement a program to make a substantial impact in the area of mental health and substance abuse in central Oklahoma.

“This funding will help our excellent agencies provide a new kind of support to our most vulnerable population,” said Debby Hampton, CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “Recognizing the serious mental illness and substance abuse problems of central Oklahomans, the United Way Board of Directors decided to dedicate these funds to address this pressing community need.”


Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the blessings in life. But the holiday is followed by some less introspective, more commercial days designated “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”

But “Giving Tuesday,” which follows Cyber Monday, is a day during which people are encouraged to look within their hearts and find ways to give back to their communities. For United Way of Central Oklahoma, every day is like a Giving Tuesday.

“United Way keeps it local with our giving 365 days per year, raising money to support 61 local nonprofits whose sole aim is provide social services to those in need,” said Debby Hampton, CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma.