Gary Paxton, President and CEO, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., has announced that the fundraising goal for this year’s Tulsa Area United Way campaign is $23,266,434, an increase of 3.4 percent from the 2006 goal.
Paxton is chairing the 2007 campaign which kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, at the Day of Caring breakfast.
“The Campaign Cabinet and the Board of Directors believe there are a lot of reasons to be positive about some growth in local business and private sector support,” said Paxton. “Not only is the overall business climate strong, but the communities’ commitment to supporting friends and neighbors in need through the Tulsa Area United Way this year is especially enthusiastic.”
“There is nothing arbitrary about our goal,” he said. “In the last 5 months, over 200 volunteers, serving on 19 panels collectively, contributed over 8,000 hours to assess each funding request and determine the best investment strategy for money that will be raised by the 2007 campaign.”
“The resulting recommendation is balanced with input from the Community Investments Steering Committee, the Campaign Cabinet and Board of Directors’ rigorous assessment of the current business climate.”
Nichole Trantham, Vice President of Business Development with Allied Reliability and TAUW Community Investments Committee Chair, indicated that this year’s campaign will fund 164 programs at 65 health and human service agencies in Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner, Creek, Okmulgee and Osage counties.
“We’ll be launching an extraordinary campaign to include everyone in the community-wide effort this year,” said Kathleen J. Coan, TAUW President and CEO. “In spite of all the challenges we face in our communities, there’s a wonderful feeling of optimism and excitement for a strong future. We need to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to share in that future.”
“We have a solid campaign base that’s been building over the years and the momentum is here. All the thousands of individuals, organizations, foundations and companies, public and private, who step forward every year will make this miracle called the United Way happen once again.”
Coan announced earlier this year that she will be retiring at the end of the 2007 campaign. She has been president and CEO for twenty years.
The campaign will kick off with the annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 7, and will end on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The Tulsa Area United Way is the largest non-governmental fund provider of health and human services in the Tulsa area. It is among the most cost-effective organizations in the country with approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised going directly to fund programs. The Tulsa Area United Way was founded in 1924 and is in its 83rd year of service to the community.