Become an Agency
United Way is committed to investing in local programs producing measurable results.
A United Way Partner Agency is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has applied for United Way funding through the Community Investment Process – a donor-driven review system – and is currently receiving United Way funding.
Local nonprofits seeking Partner Agency status must meet the below minimum criteria. If so, then the agency should contact United Way staff to discuss the program they would like to request funding for, along with instructions regarding next steps. A Letter of Intent is due by 5 p.m. on the last business day in December for consideration, with full applications due by 5 p.m. on the first business day in February.
- Render valid human service programs which meet a genuine community need.
- Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
- Be established and functional, defined as having audited financial statements under its own 501(c)(3), for a minimum of three years. Agencies will be deemed as operating under their own 501(c)(3) via providing an Employer Identification Number (EIN) number that is specific to the local agency. The EIN number cannot be from a national / parent organization. If only an EIN from a national / parent organization is available, the local agency must provide a letter from the national/parent organization dated within one year of the application that says the local agency is a bonafide chapter or affiliate in good standing and is allowed use of the national EIN number and has been as such for a minimum of the last three years.
- Have an annual operating budget of at minimum $250,000.
- Have a minimum of three full-time, paid staff members.
- Meet the ongoing criteria for membership in the United Way of Central Oklahoma as set forth in the United Way Partner Agency Memorandum of Understanding and Partner Agency Policies & Procedures Manual.
- Have an annual audit performed by a qualified and independent auditor. (In the event of annual revenues for some years being less than $100,000, a CPA review may be substituted for the audit and a certified financial statement will be required.)
- Meet the criteria, as defined therein, for admission into the Combined Federal Campaign and the Oklahoma State Charitable Campaign.