Tulsa Area United Way Campaign Features Several Challenge Grants

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Tulsa Area United Way Campaign

Features Several Challenge Grants



Individuals and small businesses are being challenged to help the Tulsa Area United Way
reach its 2011 campaign goal of
$24,556,573

by a variety of ch
allenge grants offered by local
foundations and companies.

This year’s fundraising campaign runs through Nov. 10.


The Anne and Henry Zarrow Fo
undation, in conjunction with

another anonymous donor
,

has

announced a Leadership Challenge Grant of $250,000

to

TAUW
, promising to match all new
and increased
gifts by individ
uals

of $500 or more
during the

annual campaign
, which concludes

Nov. 10.


Quik
Trip has issued
a

Small Business Challen
ge of $100,000, matching dollar
-
for
-
dollar
all
first
-
time
gifts

by small

businesses with
fewer
than 50
employees.


In addition, T.D. Williamson has agreed to contribute an additional $50,000

to the
campaign

if 15 or more members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a distinguished group of
TAUW
donors
, increase their level o
f giving to $15,000 or more.



These generous foundations and cor
porate citizens
will allow us

to
significantly
leverage the contributions
for
our supporters
,


said Mark R. Graham, TAUW President and
CEO.

“The challenge grants will allow those who give
to
the Tulsa Area United Way
an
opportunity to

increase the size and impact of their gifts.”


T.D. Williamson also served as
one of TAUW’s Trailblazer companies

this year,
conducting

an

early
United Way
campaign. The company announced total employee giving o
f
$285,528,
reflecting
the largest
campaign increase of all Trailblazer companies
.


The $24.5 million goal for this year’s
TAUW
campaign was established

earlier this year

after nearly 150 volunteers invested five months and 8,000 hours carefully examining

the
community’s most pressing needs, Graham said.


In its 87
-
year history, TAUW has raised and invested more

than $593 million in the Tulsa
area
. TAUW has earned a four
-
star rating in organizational efficiency by Charity Navigator for
operating expenses
of 9.37 percent, placing it in the top three percent of the most efficient United
Ways in the U.S.


TAUW provides services to hundreds of thousands of people annually through its 61
partner agencies in Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Roge
rs, Wagoner and Tulsa cou
nties, focusing on
the three building blocks to a better life: education, financial stability and health and safety.


The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation is a broad
-
based funding foundation located in
Tulsa with areas of emphasis on Jewish causes, the in
digent, the disenfranchised and the
homeless.


The Quik
Trip Corporation is a privately held company headquartered
in Tulsa. Founded
in 1958, Quik
Trip has grown to a $9 billion company with more than 580 stores in nine major
metropolitan areas. The company
has more than 10,000 employees and donates five percent of
its net profits to charitable organizations.


T.D. Williamson is one of the world’s most recognized pipeline equipment and service
companies, servicing both onshore and offshore drilling.

For mor
e information,

or to support this year’s TAUW campaign,

call 918
-
583
-
7171 or
visit
www.tauw.org
.

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