Mission, Vision & Strategy

Our Vision

A community empowered to ignite opportunities and eliminate disparities for all people across the lifespan.

Our Mission

To confront challenges to health, social, education and economic opportunities, and strategically advance effective community-based solutions. We do this through research, planning, networking, and mobilizing resources.

Since 1941, we have addressed Oklahoma’s most critical social service, health, education and civic challenges. Today, across 20 initiatives that span five investment areas and 80+ employees strong, we remain Oklahoma’s trusted planning organization for community improvement.

Our Strategic Plan >

1. Use knowledge of demographics, science and technology, economics, and culture to provide leadership for best shaping a historically different new era ahead that will offer a high quality of life for Oklahomans.

2. Apply that knowledge to implement an overall prevention strategy for enhancing human development focused on investing in people across the lifespan, enabling more individuals to care for themselves and their families, and to contribute to a positive civic health.

3. Place priority on investing early but also advancing opportunities for those challenged by poor conditions (e.g., homelessness, financial crisis) and personal choices (e.g., criminal behavior).

4. Advance this prevention approach through best practice research, shaping new thinking, directions and partnerships among large public institutions and systems to reach the growing large numbers of individuals needing effective, often sustained, supports to obtain desired level of self-sufficiency.

Our Functions > 

Our Funders >

Our Roles >






Community Service Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by donations from individuals, organizations and businesses; grants from local and national foundations; and grants from federal, state and local government.  We are grateful to every one of our donors who make our work possible! Following are some of our top donors from 2019:

  • Tulsa Area United Way

  • George Kaiser Family Foundation

  • Zarrow Foundation

  • Ruth K. Nelson Family Foundation

  • Tulsa Community Foundation

  • Blue Meridian Partners

  • Center for Law and Social Policy

  • Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation

  • Bank of Oklahoma

  • The Sharna & Irvin Frank Foundation

  • Tulsa Auto Dealers Association


Through the generous support of our donors, we are able to provide the following services to help build a stronger, healthier, more equitable Oklahoma:

  • DIRECT SERVICES for thousands of Oklahomans to connect them to the help and hope they need.

  • SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY AGENCIES to strengthen their capacity to serve those in need by providing community data, research and reporting, fiduciary management and operational infrastructure, publishing and design services, a sophisticated referral system using cutting-edge technology and our 211 Eastern Oklahoma platform, community trainings and education, a full-service community conference center, and much more.

  • COLLECTIVE IMPACT WORK, including facilitating and leading community conversations, and convening and organizing local and national partners, to implement innovative strategies for broad-scale community change.

Improving Oklahomans’ Lives through Research, Planning and Action