United Way of Central Oklahoma
PO Box 837
Oklahoma City OK 73101-0837
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement

To improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma by connecting community resources with responsive and accountable health and human service agencies.

Contact Information
Contact Name Debbie Kirk
Contact email info@unitedwayokc.org
Address PO Box 837
Oklahoma City, OK 73101 0837
Phone (405) 236-8441
Fax 405-235-2011
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 1444 NW 28th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73106
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/uw/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

We encourage you to join United Way of Central Oklahoma as a volunteer in one of the following areas: 

Day of Caring: Help with United Way Partner Agencies’ Day of Caring projects always held on the first Friday and Saturday in October. For more information or to sign up, contact Adam Baker at (405) 523-3581 or abaker@unitedwayokc.org.  

Community Investment: Help determine how United Way dollars are invested. On an annual basis, United Way provides funding to local programs with proven accountability and impact. If you are a donor and are interested in participating in this process contact Jeff Robbins at (405) 523-3536 or jrobbins@unitedwayokc.org.

Additionally, the United Way of Central Oklahoma Volunteer Center provides hundreds of volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups for nonprofits throughout the community. For more information contact Adam Baker at (405) 523-3581 or abaker@unitedwayokc.org.

    Financial Summary
    Projected Revenue $263,450.00
    Projected Expenses $3,393,210.00
    History and Background
    Former Names
    United Way of Metro Oklahoma City2002
    Year Founded 1923
    IRS Ruling Year 1952
    State Registration Expiration Feb 2018

    To improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma by connecting community resources with responsive and accountable health and human service agencies.



    United Way of Central Oklahoma was founded in 1923 as the “Community Chest”, running an annual campaign for social service needs known as The Community Fund Campaign. Over the years, the name of the campaign and organization have changed, while its mission has remained relevant to central Oklahoma by convening resources, incubating new programs and initiatives and funding 58 United Way Partner Agencies. Thanks to the investments of thousands of supporters, millions of lives have been changed. The programs within United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Partner Agencies provided over 800,000 charitable service connections to central Oklahomans during the past year. Working together, we're creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in central Oklahoma.

    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. United Way of Central Oklahoma holds the unique distinction as being one of the only United Ways in the nation with staff dedicated to research. Our research department is responsible for identifying emerging needs and service gap areas in central Oklahoma. We use this information to determine our strategic initiatives, collaborate with other community organizations to respond to social service needs, and educate the public on the needs that exist in our community.  As mental health and addiction continues to rise in our community, we are working with Terri White, Commissioner, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to look at effective programs addressing crisis needs associated with these issues. 


    For 93 years, United Way of Central Oklahoma has been the community safety net for health and human services in central Oklahoma. We provide critical funding to 120 results-oriented programs at 58 accountable nonprofits across central Oklahoma that we call our Partner Agencies. These agencies are doing important work for the central Oklahoma community and the programs are creating lasting changes in people's lives. United Way works with Partner Agencies, donor volunteers, constituents and community leaders to improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of its most vulnerable citizens.


    United Way funds local programs that are addressing our community's most critical needs. These needs are divided into the following categories: successful kids, strong families, healthy citizens, independent living and community preparedness. Each year, more than 200 donors volunteer their time to review the funding requests from local programs wishing to receive United Way support. These volunteers carefully assess program proposals, financial information, performance history and outcomes in order to make funding recommendations to our Board of Directors. Once approved, funds are then distributed among United Way’s Partner Agencies. The Community Investment volunteers conduct a follow-up evaluation of the funded programs as the annual United Way campaign cycle begins to ensure that funds are being properly used. 

    Area Served
    Area Served
    Geographic Area Served
    Oklahoma County
    Cleveland County
    Canadian County
    Logan County
    Lincoln County
    Pottawatomie County
    United Way of Central Oklahoma's service area is broadly defined as central Oklahoma and includes all or parts of Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, and Pottawatomie Counties. Our coverage area includes 186 zip codes.
    Service Categories
    Secondary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Alliances & Advocacy
    Tertiary Organizational Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations/Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

    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 120 local programs administered by 58 Partner Agencies.

    The annual Community Investment process allows United Way to remain transparent and accountable for dollars raised during the annual campaign. Following this review, volunteer teams make funding recommendations based on their findings and the program funding request. 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.

    Population Served General/Unspecified

    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 more than 4,500 volunteers with opportunities to serve in the community.  These volunteers spent more than 9,000 hours giving back to our community.  If you were to put a dollar figure to that, it would total well over $220,000.

    Population Served General/Unspecified
    Disaster Programs

    During a disaster, United Way stands ready to assist by rallying resources for our Partner Agencies and other service providers who are providing direct assistance to disaster victims. Additionally, United Way provides social services agency coordination and support during incidents/disasters.

    We maintain a board-directed Disaster Fund and can receive financial contributions specific to the disaster. As the leader in volunteer driven allocations, systems and controls are already in place to ensure that funds raised will be utilized as they were intended, to meet the needs of the disaster victims. We serve as a convener for our community social service providers and help to fill the gaps for needs that are not met through the normal social services structure. In the event of a community shelter, we assist the shelter management by coordinating social services from our partner agencies to meet the needs of those in the shelter. United Way has helped in many mass shelter instances to fill a gap when requested by partner agency/community partners to meet the needs of the shelter operation. United Way also has a role in Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC) as needed where we will operate as an information station for clients as well as being there to learn of any gaps/needs from the other agencies and how we may be able to help coordinate/connect resources. We also participate in the long-term recovery efforts at the local level. The Volunteer Center assists during disaster to help place and track spontaneous volunteers as well as recruit volunteers from an online database.

    Comments on Programs
    CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

     The needs of our community are critical and are increasing.  This is why United Way of Central Oklahoma needs you, more so now, than ever.

    United Way of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to meeting the needs of our Partner Agencies so that they can provide a safety net of services to the people of our community.  Partner Agencies combined provide services to 1 in 3 central Oklahomans every year with their United Way funded programs.  United Way funding alone does not fully provide what is needed for the full operations of the 120 programs at our 58 Partner Agencies.  Partner Agencies must gather support from other public and private sources in order to deliver these services.


    For the past two years, government funding cuts have been a significant issue among the Partner Agencies. We have been closely monitoring and tracking the impact funding cuts are having on the nonprofit community safety net in central Oklahoma.  Results of data collected in 2017 from partners funded by the three major State health agencies showed:

    *   Partner Agencies stood to lose over $26 million dollars in government funding. This would be in addition to almost $9 million in cuts in FY 2016.

    *   26 Partner Agencies would be directly impacted. Impacts would include 7 who would reduce client services and hours of operation and 16 who would reduce staff. A total of 424 staff and 24,295 clients were at risk.

    *   All 58 Partner Agencies indicated they are concerned about the increase in demand for their services given their limited resources available to meet the needs.

    Areas of programming most directly impacted are:  healthcare, mental health and substance abuse services, child abuse prevention programming, legal and support services for foster children and their foster families, services to the elderly, and services to the disabled.

    United Way is working tirelessly to increase the funding base from our community to continue to support our Partner Agencies.  Agencies work collaboratively exceptionally well and are worried for any decrease or elimination that may occur for the safety net of services for some of our community’s most vulnerable members. Past experience has proven that in tough times Oklahomans pull together and take care of each other when we need it the most.

    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director Debby Hampton
    Start Date Nov 2010
    Email dhampton@unitedwayokc.org

    Debby Hampton has served as the president and CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma since 2010. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits for four years. Debby spent 16 years with the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, including the last four years as CEO.


    A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Debby serves on the boards of Leadership Oklahoma City, The Alliance of Economic Development of Oklahoma City, Healthy Living and Fitness, Inc., Junior League of Oklahoma City Advisory Board, and Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing. She also serves on the Oklahoma City University Advisory Committee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Debby is a proud alum of Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Tulsa’s Executive Series.


    Debby is an active member of Rotary Club 29 and Committee of One Hundred. She has been recognized as a Byliner Honoree by the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications, and she received the 2013 Community Services Award from the Conference of Churches. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame honored Debby as the 2015 recipient of the Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma Legacy Award. She received the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership Oklahoma City and the 2016 Compassionate Citizen of the Year Award from Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled, Inc.

    Senior Staff
    Nina DaylorExecutive Vice President
    Number of Full-time Staff 30
    Number of Part-time Staff 3
    Number of Contract Staff 0
    Number of Volunteers 3132
    Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
    Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
    Management reports to board? Yes
    Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 2
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
    Caucasian 28
    Hispanic/Latino 2
    Staff Demographics - Gender
    Male 8
    Female 25
    Organizational Plans
    Fundraising Plan Under Development
    Communication Plan Under Development
    Strategic Plan Under Development
    Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
    Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2013
    Management Succession Plan Under Development
    Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
    Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2012
    Edmond Chamber of Commerce2016
    Greater Oklahoma City Chamber2016
    Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2016
    United Way Worldwide2016
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Charity Navigator2018
    Beacon AwardThe Journal Record2009
    Best Nonprofit GroupThe Oklahoman Readers' Choice Awards2008
    ADDY Awards - Silver Award for 2010 Annual ReportAmerican Advertising Federation2012
    ADDY Awards - Bronze Award for 2011 Campaign BrochureAmerican Advertising Federation2012
    ADDY Awards - Bronze Award for 2011 Advertising CampaignAmerican Advertising Federation2012
    ADDY Awards - Bronze Merit for Public Service Collateral (Cards/Invitations/Announcements)American Advertising Federation2010
    ADDY Awards - Bronze Merit for Public Service Collateral (Annual Report)American Advertising Federation2010
    Upper Case Award - Award of Merit (UWCO Campaign Brochure)Public Relations Society of America2011
    Upper Case Award - Award of Merit (United Way Leadership Giving Registry)Public Relations Society of America2011
    Upper Case Award - Award of Merit (Workplace Campaign Video)Public Relations Society of America2010
    Upper Case Award - Honorable Mention (United Way Thank You Vignettes)Public Relations Society of America2010
    Upper Case Award - Honorable Mention (United Way Impact Video)Public Relations Society of America2009
    Upper Case Award - Honorable Mention (UWCO Campaign Brochure)Public Relations Society of America2009
    Upper Case Award - Award of Merit (UWCO Campaign Brochure)Public Relations Society of America2008
    Upper Case Award - Honorable Mention (Oklahoma County Vital Signs)Public Relations Society of America2008
    Best of the Best - United Way of Central Oklahoma Best Charity/NonprofitOklahoma Magazine2010
    StandardsUnited Way Worldwide2012
    Standards for ExcellenceOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2012
    Charles Schusterman Award for ExcellenceOklahoma Center For Nonprofits2016
    Torch Award for EthicsBetter Business Bureau2017
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
    Board Chair
    Name Mr. Carl Edwards
    Company Affiliation Price Edwards and Company
    Term Feb 2017 to Jan 2019
    Board of Directors
    List Current as of Jan 01, 2018
    Board of Directors List
    Mr. Chris Anoatubby Chickasaw Nation/Sovereign Medical SolutionsVoting
    Mr. Matt Beavers Devon Energy CorporationVoting
    Joy Reed Belt PhDJoy Reed Belt & Associates/Joy Reed Belt Search ConsultantsVoting
    Mr. M.T. Berry City of Oklahoma CityVoting
    Dr. Don Betz University of Central OklahomaVoting
    Ms. Bev Binkowski Blue Cross Blue Shield of OklahomaVoting
    Kent Buchanan Oklahoma City UniversityVoting
    Mr. David Carpenter American Fidelity Assurance CompanyVoting
    Mr. Robert Clements Clements FoodsVoting
    Ms. Michelle Coppedge FAAVoting
    Leslie Crissup Enable Midstream PartnersVoting
    Mr. Sean Cummings Cummings Oil Co.Voting
    Mr. Jim Curry Oklahoma State AFL-CIOVoting
    Mr. Tim Doty Love's Travel Stops & Country StoresVoting
    Mr. Steve Eddy City of MooreVoting
    Mr. Todd Edmonds HSE ArchitectsVoting
    Mr. Carl Edwards Price Edwards and CompanyVoting
    Mr. Eric Eissenstat Continental ResourcesVoting
    Mr. Brad Ezell Benham Design, LLCVoting
    Mr. Clay Farha B.D. Eddie EnterprisesVoting
    Ms. Hillary Farrell Ackerman McQueenVoting
    Mr. Mohammad Farzaneh Home Creations, Inc.
    Ms. Roberta Fields McAfee & TaftVoting
    Mr. Jim Gebhart Mercy HospitalVoting
    Mr. Jack Golsen LSB IndustriesVoting
    Mr. Steve Hahn AT&T OklahomaVoting
    Mr. Kirkland Hall The Fred Jones CompaniesVoting
    Mr. David Harlow BancFirstVoting
    Ms. Judy Hatfield Equity Commercial Reality, LLCVoting
    Mr. Mark Helm Dolese Bros. Co.Voting
    Mr. John Higginbotham Bank of OklahomaVoting
    Ms. Marsha Ingersoll City of Oklahoma CityVoting
    Mr. Dennis Jaggi EnCap Flatrock MidstreamVoting
    Mr. Michael Joseph McAfee & TaftVoting
    Mr. E. Carey Joullian Mustang Fuel CorporationVoting
    Mr. Percy Kirk Cox CommunicationsVoting
    Mr. Bradley Krieger Arvest BankVoting
    Mr. Michael Laird Crowe & DunlevyVoting
    Mr. Doug Lawler Chesapeake Energy CorporationVoting
    Mr. C. Bruce Lawrence INTEGRIS HealthVoting
    Mr. Jean C. Leger Jr.OGE Energy Corp.Voting
    Mr. D.E. "Rick" Lippert Lippert Bros., Inc.Voting
    Ms. Jenee Naifeh Lister Merrill Lynch/Bank of AmericaVoting
    Ms. Linda Litchfield Community VolunteerVoting
    Mrs. Judy Love Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.Voting
    Mr. Edmund Martin Ackerman McQueen
    Mr. Rick McCune Grant ThorntonVoting
    Mr. Matt McGuire Heritage Trust CompanyVoting
    Wes Milbourn KFOR and KAUT GMVoting
    Mr. Michael Ming GE Global Research Oil & Gas Technology CenterVoting
    Ms. Tanya Monnig Boeing CompanyVoting
    Mr. Lane Neal Durbin Larimore BialickVoting
    Mr. J. Larry Nichols Devon Energy CorporationVoting
    Polly Nichols Community VolunteerVoting
    Ms. Cathy O'Connor The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, Inc.Voting
    Mr. Tim O'Connor Central Oklahoma AFL-CIO Labor CouncilVoting
    Ms. Cynda Ottaway Crowe DunlevyVoting
    Mr. David Page JPMorgan ChaseVoting
    Mr. David Rainbolt BancFirstVoting
    Mr. Chris Reen The OklahomanVoting
    Ms. Charlotte Richels Community VolunteerVoting
    Mr. John Richels Devon Energy CorporationVoting
    Ms. Lindy Ritz FAA, retiredVoting
    Ms. Kris Rogers Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.Voting
    Mr. Randy Roper MidFirst BankVoting
    Mr. Jim Roth Phillips Murrah P.C.Voting
    Ms. Kelly Sachs Commerce BankVoting
    Ms. Meg Salyer Accel Financial ServicesVoting
    Mr. Nick Samarripas First Fidelity BankVoting
    Mr. David Schroeder Retired FAAVoting
    Ms. Natalie Shirley OSU OKCVoting
    Mr. Kent Shortridge Oklahoma Natural GasVoting
    Mr. Perry Sneed Retired Sheet Worker AFL-CIOVoting
    Mr. Chuck Spicer Children's HospitalVoting
    Mr. Mike Stice The University of OklahomaVoting
    Mr. Doug Stussi Love's Travel Stops & Country StoresVoting
    Mr. Lee Symcox First Fidelity BankVoting
    Mr. David Thompson InvesTrust and Asset Services CompanyVoting
    Mr. Sean Trauschke OGE Energy Corp.Voting
    Mr. Mike Turpen Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & LewisVoting
    Ms. Jean Wallace Buttery Company LLPVoting
    Mr. Shane Wharton Love's Travel Stops & Country StoresVoting
    Ms. Terri White Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesVoting
    Mr. John Williams Williams and Associates Hospitality, LLCVoting
    Mr. Mark Wood Ernst & Young LLPVoting
    Rev. George E. Young Holy Temple Baptist ChurchVoting
    Standing Committees
    Human Resources / Personnel
    Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    Distributions / Grant Making
    Research Division
    Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
    Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
    Current Fiscal Year
    Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018-Dec 31, 2018
    Current Year Budgeted Total Income $263,450
    Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $3,393,210
    Financial Documents
    IRS Letter of Determination
    Prior Three Years' Financial History
    Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Revenue$19,938,959$26,787,936$35,434,760
    Total Expenses$23,507,627$26,684,290$25,058,900
    Revenue Less Expenses($3,568,668)$103,646$10,375,860
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$0$0$0
    Individual Contributions$11,163,833$14,063,412$22,721,237
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,169$12,070$15,030
    Unrealized Gain/Loss------
    Membership Dues------
    Special Events------
    Revenue In-Kind------
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Program Expense$21,009,041$23,966,626$22,013,365
    Administration Expense$1,069,441$1,052,501$1,452,734
    Fundraising Expense$1,429,145$1,665,163$1,592,801
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.851.001.41
    Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%88%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%5%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Assets$39,818,201$43,447,556$44,750,896
    Current Assets$23,840,476$25,341,063$29,829,364
    Long-Term Liabilities------
    Current Liabilities$7,432,997$7,622,976$8,630,845
    Total Net Assets$32,385,204$35,824,580$36,120,051
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.213.323.46
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Funding Sources
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $11,163,833Individuals $14,063,412Indivduals $22,721,237
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $8,174,506Foundation & Corporations $12,561,236Foundation & Corporations $12,568,828
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $590,451Earned Revenue $151,218Earned Revenue $129,665
    Endowment? Yes
    Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
    Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
    Credit Line? No
    Reserve Fund? Yes
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
    Comments on Financials
    CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
    The United Way's annual audits are approved by the audit committee and presented to the Board.  The Board also reviews all 990s and monthly financial statements.
    Foundation Staff Comments
    All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s, because it is for the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Inc..
    The Form 990's include changes in the net assets, which are explained in Schedule O and not in the GSO financial statements.  For the FY 2015, 2014 and 2013, the amounts are $129,292, ($399,117) and $27,361, respectively.
    Note:   The audited financial statements reflects the following three entities:  United Way of Central Oklahoma, Inc., United Way of Canadian County and United Way of Logan County. 
    The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
    Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.  
    Address PO Box 837
    Oklahoma City, OK 73101 0837
    Primary Phone 405 236-8441
    Contact Email info@unitedwayokc.org
    Give to Endowment http://occf.org/uw/
    CEO/Executive Director Debby Hampton
    Board Chair Mr. Carl Edwards
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Price Edwards and Company


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