Pillars of giving
Basic needsWe provide volunteer and financial support to organizations serving the most vulnerable members of our community. Our efforts largely focus on organizations providing direct services addressing such issues as poverty, hunger, healthcare, housing and safety.
EducationAn equitable, robust educational system drives long-term community growth. We support local nonprofits whose primary mission is promoting basic education, including public school foundations, early childhood education, financial literacy, and institutions of higher education.
Economic developmentActions that raise the standard of living and economic health of our communities make them better places to live and work. We provide support to local chambers of commerce; nonprofits focused on workforce development, job training, etc.; and public/private partnerships investing in our communities.
Our focus on strategically investing in the community aligns perfectly with United Way’s approach to achieving its mission of mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good.
- Programs outside the geographic markets we serve
- Fraternal organizations
- Political organizations/activities/candidates
- Public schools (K through 12) unless in partnership with Bank of Oklahoma "Partners in Education Schools" and "Adopt-a-School"
- Industry and trade groups
- Athletic programs
- Religious organizations promoting a specific doctrine
Mobilizing employee support for United Way
Annually, BOK Financial mobilizes the financial power of caring employees via pledge campaigns in each market. Employee pledges and fundraising efforts together with corporate giving total more than $3 million annually including approximately $2 million in employee contributions.