Cherokee Nation officials presented United Way officials a check for $20,000 a day before the successful campaign ended in November. From left are Molly Jarvis, Cherokee Nation Businesses; Mark Graham, United Way; Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation; and Becky J. Frank, chair of the 2013 campaign. The overall campaign raised a record $26,159,826. The total amount raised exceeded the goal of $25,200,000, the largest goal in its history, by $959,826.
The record-breaking campaign was announced before more than 300 guests at the annual “Unite!” celebration at Tulsa Community College’s Center for Creativity.
“This is truly a testament to the deep and far-reaching generosity of our community,” says Mark R. Graham, president and of the Tulsa Area United Way. “This is an astounding result that places us among the elite United Way organizations in the U.S.”
The success of the campaign was attributed to a variety of factors, including increases across the board among all segments of the local economy.
“We experienced increases in giving by individual contributors, small businesses, major corporations, nonprofit organizations – you name it,” says Frank. “You really can’t point to a single cluster of companies or category of benefactors – the success of this campaign represented the entire community coming together to support each other.”