Mission and Vision

Since 1941, we have addressed Oklahoma’s most critical social service, health, education and civic challenges.
Today, we remain Oklahoma’s trusted planning organization for community improvement.

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.

Our Functions

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 Funders

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 2020:

  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Zarrow Foundation 
  • Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) 
  • Anonymous Donor through TAUW 
  • Ruth K. Nelson Revocable Trust 
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma
  • United Way Worldwide 
  • Flint Family Foundation 
  • Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation 
  • Hille Foundation 
  • Fidelity Charitable 
  • ONEOK Foundation, Inc. 
  • Williams Companies Foundation 


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

  • DATA, such as our Equality Indicators, that inform the region’s programs, policies and leadership on our community’s needs and trends associated with services, gaps in available resources, and population well-being.

  • DIRECT SERVICES, such as our 211 Eastern Oklahoma, that serve thousands of Oklahomans connecting them to the help and hope they need.

  • SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NONPROFITS, such as with A Way Home for Tulsa, to build and strengthen their capacity to serve those in need by providing incubation for new nonprofits; community data, research and reporting; fiduciary management and operational infrastructure; publishing and design services; a sophisticated referral system and cutting-edge technology through our 211 Eastern Oklahoma platform; community trainings and education; a full-service community conference center; and so much more.

  • COLLECTIVE IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS, such as our leadership role in the City of Tulsa’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, that includes 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