United Way of Payne County is a collective impact organization that has been bringing together individuals and organizations since 1952 to tackle tough challenges in education, health, and financial stability. Their mission is to improve the lives of individuals in Payne County by uniting resources, and their vision is to create a community where individuals thrive because neighbors care.
United Way of Payne County goes beyond just providing funds to other nonprofits, and instead, operates as a collective impact organization. They bring together local nonprofits, businesses, elected officials, and community leaders to collaborate and implement solutions to pervasive challenges in the community. Their 22 partner agencies operate strategic programs that create real and lasting change in Payne County, where one out of four residents receive help from these programs and community investment.