Who We Are & What We Do

Key Functions & Funders

In 2019, CSC celebrates our 78th year of research, planning and action around improving the lives of Oklahomans. Throughout this time, the Community Service Council has continuously brought people together to research, plan, coordinate action, and assess progress to address some of Oklahoma’s most critical social service, health, education and civic challenges. Our focus is on prevention – implementing strategies that invest in individuals and families across the lifespan to better care for themselves, their families, and our community.

Today, CSC remains a trusted planning organization for data, research, policy, collaboration, mobilization and strategy development for community improvement. 

We work to improve Oklahomans’ lives by providing:

Direct services that connect people to the help they need;
Support for other nonprofits to strengthen their capacity;
Data and research on community demographic and socioeconomic conditions;
Community education and training around our core focus areas;
Collective impact mobilization and community conversations around social improvement.

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Program Directory History of CSC Latest Impact Report

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 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 of community conversations, and convening and organizing local and national partners, to implement innovative strategies for broad-scale community change.

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The 5 C’s of CSC >


Wecpromote understanding of challenges and needed solutions through listening, data gathering and analysis, research, needs identification, education and action.


We link people with help to meet both personal and community needs.


We generate new ideas and directions for innovative improvements in addressing current and emerging concerns.


We provide planning, policy development, financial management and human resource support to build capacity of new and existing non-profits, and other entities to meet changing needs.


We bring together people, organizations and institutions to think, plan and act on important issues, and measure the impact.

Improving Oklahomans’ Lives through Research, Planning & Action