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How to Give to OU Alumni

Become a Member: Your membership in the OU Alumni Association is an indication of your affinity and support for your alma mater. Click here to Join today!

Club Scholarships: To assist students financially, the OU Alumni Association offers a variety of scholarships through local alumni and society chapters across the country. OU's alumni clubs provide constant support to the student body through their generous contributions for scholarships for students from their club area, with the OU Alumni Association matching this amount through tuition wavers. To find the OU club nearest you, click here.

The OU Alumni Association Online Store: Support the Alumni Association and show your Sooner Spirit by shopping our online store for the latest in fashion for the whole family, plus great Sooner merchandise for your home, office, car and more. Click here to visit the store now!

Donors have transformed the University of Oklahoma into a showplace with gardens, landscaping, statues, fountains, historical markers, commemorative teak benches and nighttime lighting. Pictured is May We Have Peace, located at a main north entrance to the University of Oklahoma campus. The bronze sculpture is 12 feet tall, but is atop a high base so it appears even taller. It is located at the entrance to Parrington (North) Oval.

How to Give

The University of Oklahoma offers several different ways that a donor can contribute. Development staff can provide information and answer questions about which donation method meets the needs of an individual donor:

Cash Gifts (or Pledges): A gift of cash (or a pledge over time) is the most immediate way to make a gift. To make an outright gift of cash, give online or make a check payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. If making a check, specify on the memo line the college or department to which you wish to direct your support. 

Endowments: Endowment funds provide the foundation that has allowed OU to move into the top tier of American public universities. An endowment leaves the principal donation intact, with only the earnings from the investment spent for the purpose designated by the donor.  Read more on establishing an endowment.

Matching Gifts: Alumni and friends can maximize the impact of their gifts to OU through matching programs that are most commonly available through donors’ employers. Learn more on matching gifts to OU.

Memorial Gifts: Donors can memorialize a friend or loved one with a gift to OU through the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. Learn more about memorial gifts.

Annual Gifts: Annual Giving’s impact on the quality of teaching and learning is significant. In fact, OU receives more than 60 percent of all alumni gifts through Annual Giving phone and mail programs. Annual donations help in countless ways. Learn more about annual giving.

Corporate Relations: OU partners with industry to help fuel engagement in areas of mutual interest, inform relevant curriculum, and spawn new business opportunities. Corporations rely on OU to produce educated, well-equipped professionals. Click here to read more about the Office of Corporate Relations.

Bequests, Charitable Trusts, and Estate Gifts: Planned gifts are as unique as each individual who makes one and may be tailored in a way that best serves the donor’s needs, objectives and wishes, while helping to strengthen OU’s future. Planned giving options include bequests, charitable remainder trusts, real estate, and life insurance. OU has established a special organization, the George Lynn Cross Heritage Society, to honor donors who have made planned gifts to the University. Find helpful tools to calculate your planned giving goals at the OU Office of Planned Giving’s website or call (405) 325-3701 to speak with a planned giving staff member.