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Pictured is Whitehand Hall, home to the offices of University Development and Public Affairs. The building was formerly a men's dormitory operated by a Masonic Lodge.

Thanks to the leadership of President David L. Boren and the support of OU alumni and friends, OU has achieved remarkable fundraising success.

During FY2013, OU recorded its second best fundraising year ever, with more than $194 million in gifts and gifts in kind made to the University.
This generosity has beautified OU's campuses, built new facilities, enhanced programs, and strengthened faculty and the student body, and further motivated giving and goodwill about the institution.

University Development Divisions

OU’s private-giving activities are effectively conducted by the University Development division in a strategic and coordinated approach on OU’s Norman, Health Sciences Center (Oklahoma City), and Schusterman Center (Tulsa) campuses. This division includes:

  • Central Development – A 45-person central development operation oversees and supports all of the University’s fundraising activities, including annual giving, communications, data records, and donor operations.
  • College Development – Assigned by college, development officers work with the alumni and friends of that college. A special effort is made to ensure that alumni and friends do not receive multiple and conflicting requests for funds.
  • Alumni Affairs –The OU Alumni Association is the official OU alumni organization and coordinates University activities in local communities throughout the country. This department’s efforts are important in OU’s fundraising activities.
  • University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. – The Foundation receives and maintains the majority of the private gifts to the University. The Foundation exists solely for the benefit of OU. As a safeguard and in accordance with state law, it is a totally separate entity from the University, qualifying as a tax-exempt charitable corporation under state law and section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.