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Giving Opportunities

Thank you for visiting the giving page for the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

My team and I look forward to helping Mewbourne College alumni and friends achieve their philanthropic goals through investment in the students, faculty and programs of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. 

Dane Riggs
Executive Director of Advancement

Annual giving is the yearly appeal the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy makes to all alumni, parents and friends for gifts which can be used immediately to meet the College’s most strategic needs. Undesignated annual gifts allow the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to solve problems as they arise, and seize unexpected opportunities. Annual gifts to the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy may be made through three primary annual programs.

All gifts are tax deductible, and corporate matching gifts may be included as part of an annual contribution by including the matching gift form.

Please remember to restrict your gift to our college or departments (you can select the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, School of Geosciences, or Oklahoma Geological Survey).

  • Annual Scholarship Gifts

    Students are the top priority at the University of Oklahoma and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. Contact us to provide a scholarship that will enable every deserving student to achieve his or her goals.

  • OU President’s Associates

    All gifts received through the President's Associates are used entirely for academic purposes and enable the University to address critical needs or to explore exciting new opportunities. President’s Associates make an annual gift, half of which can be restricted to the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

Many companies will match your personal gift. To see if you are employed by one of these companies, please refer to the OU Foundation Inc website.

The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy encourages gifts to create endowments for student scholarships, graduate fellowships and faculty enrichment. These gifts are an investment in the future of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, providing enduring support for our students and faculty. Endowment gifts are invested wisely and carefully by the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. with only the earnings used to support the designated need.

Named endowments serve as a tribute to the generosity of donors or a vehicle to honor a special person. An endowment may be named for the endowment fund’s primary donor, whether an individual, foundation or corporation; a friend or family member whom the donor wishes to honor or memorialize; an individual who has give noteworthy service to the University.

There are two ways you can create an endowment within the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy:

1. Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship or Graduate Fellowship Support

Students are the heart of everything at the University of Oklahoma. The opportunity to attend OU has changed thousands of lives since the University of Oklahoma was founded. Endowed scholarship and fellowship support makes it possible to recruit top students and provide increased scholarship support.

Scholarship endowments can be created with at least $10,000, which will support one $500 award each year. They can be restricted to a favorite division or school or be left unrestricted to be used where they are needed most. "Leadership level" endowments of at least $40,000 allow the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to attract top students with awards of $1,000 per semester or $2,000 a year.

2. Endowed Faculty Chair or Professorship

The quality of our faculty is the foundation on which academic excellence is built. Private support is the key to recruiting, retaining and rewarding outstanding faculty. Endowed faculty and chair positions allow the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to recruit and retain highly regarded teachers and researchers.

Private gifts to establish endowed faculty chairs and professorships are matched by the innovative Oklahoma State Regents Endowment Program, dollar-for-dollar.

Endowed Chairs are established with a private gift of at least $500,000, matched by the State Regents Endowment Program, to create a $1 million endowment. Endowed Professorships are established with a private gift of at least $250,000, matched by the State Regents Endowment Program, to create a $500,000 endowment.

Through a planned or deferred gift, donors can reach across the generations to touch the future of OU and its students. A donor may make his or her gift unrestricted so that it can be used in an area where it is needed most, or may designate the gift to benefit a favorite division, school or program within the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

Planned gift options include:

  • Bequests
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Life Insurance
  • Retained Life Estate

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, as well as those of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. In addition, these important gifts can offer significant tax- and estate-planning benefits for donors.

OU has established a special organization, the George Lynn Cross Heritage Society, to honor donors who have made planned gifts to the University. The Heritage Society is named for Dr. Cross, OU's beloved seventh president, whose many contributions to OU included the establishment of the University of Oklahoma Foundation to serve as the guardian of private gifts.

  • Securities

    Stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit and other securities may be donated to the University through the Foundation. Depending on the circumstances of the gift, the Foundation will either manage or liquidate the securities to achieve your goals.

  • Gifts of Property

    Many donors contribute their personal residences, farmland, commercial or other property to the University through the Foundation. Certain personal property, including works of art, books, furnishings and other valuables may be appropriate gifts to enhance a particular discipline or one of the University’s museum or library collections.

  • Memorials

    You may establish a fund to honor the memory of a loved one, friend or mentor or contribute to an existing fund for that purpose. Not all such funds are memorials; however, many donors choose to honor individuals during their lifetime.

NOTE: The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows individuals who will be 70 ½ by December 31, 2007 to transfer up to $100,000 tax free from their Roth or traditional IRA for charitable purposes. Distributions will be tax-free and avoid penalty on early withdrawals.