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TAUW's Quarterly E-Newsletter                              Vol. 3, Issue 1 | March 2011

Annual Meeting

Mark Graham welcomes more than 700 guests to the Tulsa Area United Way Annual Meeting.


Jim BenderA MessageBender from Jim Bender, 2011 Campaign Chair 


I am honored and excited about being this year's Campaign Chair. Our planning and preparation for a great year is already in full swing.


As we work toward the 2011 campaign, let me thank you for your 2010 commitment. The dollars you committed last fall are working for our community today - right now. Thank you.


Our Campaign Cabinet recruitment is going well - all our Team Leaders are in place and the entire Cabinet will be confirmed and announced at our Cabinet Announcement Meeting on April 14.


We are energized and ready to get started on what promises to be a terrific year!


Annual MeetingAM Focuses on the Face of Giving

The Face of Giving was the theme for the 2011 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon February 23 at the Tulsa Convention Center. The meeting included the election of the 2011 Board of Directors and the presentation of awards for the 2010 campaign.

Don Walker and Dan Ellinor
Don Walker, 2010 Board Chair passes the gavel to Dan Ellinor, 2011 Board Chair at the Annual Meeting February 23.


This year TAUW introduced the new Williams Summit Leadership Award, named in honor of Williams' 20th consecutive year to give more than $1 million to TAUW. During the luncheon TAUW was able to recognize and thank three generations of leadership at Williams: Keith Bailey, Steve Malcolm and Alan Armstrong. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. was the inaugural winner of this award given in recognition of the best overall campaign.


TAUW also named the third annual 2011 Live United Spirit Award winner, a 30+ year volunteer from the Tulsa Boys' Home. Betty Belcher was honored as a volunteer from one of TAUW's 61 partner agencies who has made an indelible mark on the lives of others.


The Corporate Leadership Awards given were:

  • Million Dollar Cornerstone: Williams, QuikTrip Corporation, Bank of Oklahoma, N.A., J.A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts (1949 and 1966) and ONEOK, Inc.
  • Williams Summit Leadership Award: Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.
  • Sun Leadership Award: T.D. Williamson, Inc.
  • Leadership Giving Award: Tulsa County
  • Trailblazer Award: Explorer Pipeline
  • Illuminate! Award: Hospice of Green Country
  • Ignite! Award: First Oklahoma Bank
  • Small Business Award: Rely Energy
  • Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Award:
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District


Many other organizations' campaigns were also recognized as Best of the Best and for other achievements.

Annual Report cover
Click on the picture to read the TAUW 2010 Annual Report





















Introducing theSummit Williams Summit
Leadership Award

Williams Summit Leadership Award presented
Stan Lybarger, Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. (left) holds the Williams Summit Leadership Award presented by Alan Armstrong, Williams (middle) and Mark Graham, TAUW (right).


At the TAUW Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, the Williams Summit Leadership Award made its debut in honor of Williams' 20th consecutive year of million dollar plus campaigns. Starting this year, the Williams Summit Leadership Award will be presented to the organization with the most outstanding overall campaign and is the highest honor given by TAUW to a company and its employees. The trophy is made of crystal and proudly displays the Williams logo. 

Williams Summit Leadership Award
The Williams Summit Leadership Award replaces the Sun Leadership Award which has been given for the best overall campaign since 1986. The Sun Leadership Award was given for the last time to T.D. Williamson, Inc. for their outstanding philanthropy. This award has now been retired.


Recruiting LTTulsa's New VoicesLeadership Tulsa

Leadership Tulsa and the Tulsa Area United Way have partnered to help increase minority representation on local nonprofit boards. The New Voices Internship Program assigns each participant to serve on the board of one of TAUW's 61 partner agencies.

Class 3 is now being recruited. Successful candidates will offer a unique perspective with emphasis on diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. This program is free to participants. For more information, visit the Leadership Tulsa website at www.leadershiptulsa.org.

Tulsa Boys' HomeVolunteer Volunteer Receives Live United Spirit Award


This year's Live United Spirit Award winner is described as "a jewel in the Tulsa Boys' Home crown." Betty Belcher began her work with the boys of Tulsa Boys' Home in 1970 through the Women's Association. She has served as president of the association and spent many years as the chair of the Lodges and Grounds Committee. Betty enjoys buying small necessities for the boys and gifts for them at Easter each year. And she never hesitates to offer a "grandmother's hug" to any of the residents.


Betty supports TBH fundraisers and has served on the Board of Directors for 13 years, never missing a board or committee meeting.


"I just can't say enough good things about Betty. She is the very epitome of what every not-for-profit hopes for in a volunteer, and her love for our boys is unsurpassed." Gregg Conway, Executive Director of Tulsa Boys' Home.Live United Spirit Award





Meet theBoard 2011 Board of Directors

Click here to see the 2011 Board of Directors list.

Save the Date
STD2011 Events

August 12 - Trailblazer 5K Run and Block Party

September 9 - 20th Annual Day of Caring

November 10 - Unite!

Agency ProfileProfile


One of the newest partners on the TAUW partner agency list is the Child Abuse Network (CAN). CAN brings multiple agencies together to help reduce the trauma children endure during a child abuse investigation.

They are recognized as a national model for the complete investigation of child abuse and neglect. CAN helps begin the healing and is a front door for referral for ongoing services.


For more information about CAN, visit their website at www.childabusenetwork.org

CAN logo



Thank you, LeadershipLeadership Givers!
We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to our Leadership Givers. If you gave at the Leadership level ($500 or more) and would like to be included in our Leaders in Giving book and receive a small token of our appreciation, please click here.

Thank LCyou to TAUW Loyal Contributors


We truly appreciate those of you who have given to TAUW faithfully over the years. If you are one of our Loyal Contributors (giving for 10 years or more), we want to recognize you. Please let us know by clicking here.



Planning forPlanning the Future of our Community 


TAUW is dedicated to providing for our area's long-term future needs through our Planned Giving Program. By making a gift through your will or estate, you will continue to help address the long-term health and human service needs of our community. Your commitment can be an outright gift, a bequest or through life insurance or a trust. To learn more about Planned Giving at TAUW, contact Derk Tenzythoff at 918-295-6648.

Community InvestmentCI Panels are Hard at Work


The 17 TAUW Community Investment panels are busy reviewing applications from our 61 partner agencies and making site visits. We are very thankful for these 130 dedicated volunteers who do the indepth research it takes to make recommendations for program funding each year.


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