Improving Oklahomans’ Lives through Research, Planning and Action 

Our mission is to be a leader in confronting challenges to health, social, education and economic opportunities, and strategically advancing effective community-based solutions.

Expert Leadership

For 75 years, we have provided leadership for community planning and mobilization of resources using a collective impact model to meet health and human service needs. 

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Data-Informed Solutions

We convene the community around key trends and issues affecting Oklahomans, promoting data-informed decisions to effectively invest in all people across the lifespan. 

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Innovative Initiatives

We sponsor and support multiple results-based initiatives, all focused on identifying community needs, analyzing data and formulating steps for improvement and future success.

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Spotlight > Our Work

Building equitable early childhood experiences

The Power of Families Project, an extension of CSC’s Center for Community School Strategies, serves as a catalyst for building successful equitable early childhood experiences for children who are not able to access formal early childhood programs and/or whose first language is not English. Since 2015, our team of Promotoras have served 180 families.  


Our Power of Families Project utilizes a Promotora model, which is a lay community advisor who receives specialized training to provide basic information in the community. Promotoras serve as liaisons between their neighborhood, schools and community based organizations, serving families as an advocate, educator, mentor and outreach worker. Through trusting relationships, Promotoras help increase families’ knowledge of resources and develop social networks within their child’s school, all of which help create necessary equitable opportunities for the successful development of Latino children.

Spotlight > Our Data

The new CSC Data Center, fully launching in 2017, is a premier, comprehensive source for data on population trends, socioeconomic conditions, health and well-being, and other important community indicators that shine a critical light on the challenges and opportunities currently facing Oklahomans. Read CSC’s Data Blast >


CSC is home to the Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma which helps data users across the state access, analyze and interpret census data by publishing a multitude of population and socioeconomic data trend reports and by providing various data training opportunities. Learn More >

Spotlight > Our People

Phil Dessauer, CSC’s Longtime Executive Director, Retires This Fall

On November 30, Phil Dessauer will retire after more than 40 years in leadership at the Community Service Council. Throughout these years, Mr. Dessauer has worked tirelessly to advance community wide understanding of critical cultural and systemic changes. His persistence and voice has summoned CSC and the Tulsa community to be vigilant and mindful to conditions affecting our collective work, families and personal well-being. He has called upon all of us to respond with thoughtfulness and determination.

To honor his work and 40 years of service to the Tulsa community, Major-Elect Bynum came to CSC on November 30 to present Mr. Dessauer with a city council proclamation. CSC staff members produced this light-hearted homage to pay tribute to Mr. Dessauer as their longstanding leader and friend. 

It is with sincere gratitude and humbleness that we honor Phil Dessauer during his transition into retirement from an organization that, under four decades of his leadership, has grown in spirit, effectiveness and meaningful impact. To Tulsa’s great advantage, children, families and disadvantaged adults have been the focus of his life’s work.

Phil Dessauer. Can you hear him calling? Our Grand Watchman and our great friend!

Latest News

11/30/16 | Former CSC Executive Director Honored with City Council Proclamation

On November 30, Phil Dessauer retired after more than 40 years in leadership as the Executive Director of the Community Service Council. Throughout these years, Mr. Dessauer worked tirelessly to advance community wide understanding of critical cultural and systemic changes. His persistence and voice has summoned Tulsa to be vigilant and mindful to conditions affecting community, family and personal well-being.

To honor his work and 40 years of service to the Tulsa community, Major-elect G.T. Bynum visited the CSC office on November 30 to ceremoniously present Mr. Dessauer with a formal city council proclamation.

Phil Dessauer (left) receives city council proclamation from Mayor-elect Bynum on Nov. 30.

11/28/16 | Campaign Timeline Extended to End Homelessness in Tulsa

In December of 2014, CSC-based initiative A Way Home For Tulsa (AWH4T), was selected through a competitive, national application process as one of the participants in a nationwide campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness called Zero:2016. Other local organizations that lead Tulsa’s involvement in this campaign are the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Tulsa Housing Authority.

Now in the fall of 2016, Zero:2016 has become Built for Zero, an extension of the campaign indicating the kind of community and the sustainable system the strategy is focused on building. CSC will continue to participate in this movement, spearheading it through our A Way Home for Tulsa initiative, working with the Tulsa community and the national network to make sure every person in Tulsa has a safe, stable and supportive home.
Read the article in Tulsa World >
Learn more about Built for Zero >

11/18/16 | Mayor-elect Bynum Visits CSC to Present His Plan to MHSC Team

Tulsa’s Mayor-elect G.T. Bynum visited CSC on Nov. 18 to present plans for his term at the November meeting of the Metropolitan Human Services Commission. Bynum addressed Tulsa’s slowing population growth and disparities in life expectancy between north and south Tulsa as critical issues to address. He also presented his plans for increasing educational opportunity and legislative advocacy, and discussed the strategy behind the selection of his core team members. The Metropolitan Human Services Commission functions as a catalyst for funding, planning and policy decisions, for which CSC serves as coordinating agent and provides staff support.

11/14/16 | CSC Welcomes Heather Hope-Hernandez as Chief of External Affairs

On November 14, 2016, Heather Hope-Hernandez joined CSC as the new Chief Officer of External Affairs. Heather is a veteran communications and public policy professional with a nearly 25-year track record. A native Tulsan and University of Oklahoma graduate, Heather worked for 12 years in both Washington, D.C. and New York City as a political journalist—first covering the U.S. Congress for publications including Congressional Quarterly where she analyzed the impact of proposed tax and budget legislation as well as appropriations, crime, immigration and campaign finance reform. Read more >

11/8/16 | 2-1-1 Helpline Releases 2016 Holiday Assistance Guide

The 2016 2-1-1 Helpline Holiday Assistance Guides are now available, produced by CSC’s 2-1-1 Helpline. The guides are published for the Tulsa area and for counties in Northeast Oklahoma and Southeast Oklahoma. Services listed include Thanksgiving Baskets, Thanksgiving Meals, Christmas Baskets, Christmas Meals, and Holiday Gifts/Toys.

Access or download the Tulsa County Resource Guide HERE and the Rural Counties NE/SE Oklahoma Guide HERE

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11/7/16 | CSC Staff Member to Join Mayor-elect Bynum's Leadership Team

CSC staff member Christina Starzl Mendoza, currently on CSC’s Center for Community School Strategies’ team and coordinator of Power of Families’ Project and Conexiones programs, has accepted the position of Assistant to the Mayor for Community Development and Policy. Christina will support G.T. Bynum beginning January 2017 on engagement and policy development with Tulsa’s Hispanic Community. Read the Tulsa World announcement >

Upcoming Events

11/29/16 | Last Call for Proposals! Int'l Infant & Toddler Conference

5th International Infant and Toddler Conference
A World of Possibilities: It All Starts Here
April 6 – 8, 2017
Pre-Conference April 5, 2017
Downtown Doubletree Hotel, Tulsa

We are looking for innovative, compelling and inspirational presentations to expand the field of infant and toddler early care and learning. Learn more >

12/8/16 | Gangs 101 Course on Tulsa's Street Gangs

This free event, presented by Community Service Council in cooperation with Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association, will instruct participants on understanding local gang identifiers, recruitment methods and activities.
Thursday, December 8th, 9 am – 4 pm
OU -Tulsa Learning Center
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