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Campus Campaign

Campus Campaign is OCU's annual employee fundraising appeal. The 2017 campaign ran from March 20 to April 21, with a celebration lunch for donors on April 27. We achieved record highs in number of donors, dollars raised, and percentage of full-time employees who participated. Thank you to all of our faculty and staff donors! 

You made OKCU History! 78% participation in 2017

Make a payroll deduction pledge

Give online with your credit or debit card

Download a pdf contribution form


View photos from the 2017 Campaign Celebration

For more information on employee giving, please contact Carrie Sauer at 405-208-5873 or csauer@okcu.edu

Campus Campaign Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give?

In addition to your daily contributions of energy and effort, a financial contribution is a different and important way to demonstrate your investment in Oklahoma City University and its students. 

As faculty and staff members, we have the privilege of working closely with our Stars. Campus Campaign allows us the opportunity to show that we believe in our students’ potential. As you may know, OCU does not receive government support and tuition does not cover the entire cost to educate a student. Private gifts help make up the difference.

A high faculty/staff giving percentage is an endorsement by employees that the university is a worthy place to work for and deserving of their financial investment. It is a valuable signal to other potential donors. Faculty and staff participation also plays a role in rankings and the university's overall reputation. In the Spring 2016 campaign, 68% of full-time OCU employees made a gift to Campus Campaign! This is a figure that our university can really brag about.

Plus, when you make a gift to Campus Campaign you "Make Starsky Smile" and have the opportunity to send Ram-a-grams!

Make Starsky Smile

Who is Starsky?

Starsky the Ram is the official mascot of the Oklahoma City University Stars. He was introduced at Homecoming 2009. The cornerstone for Epworth University, the precursor to OCU, was laid on April 1, 1903. The astrological sign for that date is Aries the ram. The ram is a symbol of leadership, strength and competition.

Watch Starsky explore the campus here!

What’s a Ram-a-gram?

A Ram-a-gram is a certificate of appreciation that you can send to another OCU employee on campus. It features a smiling Starsky with a chocolate gift.

  • Send 2 for a gift or pledge of $10
  • Send 3 for a gift or pledge of $25
  • Send 4 for a gift or pledge of $50
  • Send 5 for a gift or pledge of $100
  • Send 6 for a gift or pledge of $250+

So, for example, if you pledge to give $10 monthly through payroll deduction (a total of $120), you’ll receive five Ram-a-grams that you can send to the faculty and staff you choose. You can send them through campus mail or ask your department’s Campus Campaign Ambassador to help you deliver them.

Can I give to something specific?

Yes! You can designate to hundreds of areas on campus, including departments, schools, scholarships, and athletic programs. Unrestricted gifts to the OCU Fund are used wherever the need is greatest on campus. Please contact Susan Juedeman in University Advancement at 405-208-5402 if you need help finding the exact name of a particular fund. 100% of your gift will go to the fund you choose to support.

What are my payment options?

Online Forms

These forms are securely encrypted to keep your information safe.

Paper Form

Download this pdf if you would like to hand-deliver your pledge to your Campus Campaign Ambassador or the Office of University Advancement. The paper form can be used for these gift types:

  • Cash or money order
  • Check made payable to Oklahoma City University
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover
  • Payroll deduction

Other

Please contact Carrie Sauer at 405-208-5873 to discuss any of the following donation options:

  • Gifts-in-Kind (items or services)
  • Stock
  • Life insurance policies
  • Automatic bank draft (ACH) 
How does payroll deduction work?

Payroll deduction for 2017 Campus Campaign pledges will begin with the new fiscal year in July 2017. You might be currently paying on your pledge for last year, but that does not count as participating in this year's campaign. We hope you will make a new pledge for the upcoming year. Many OCU employees choose to give continuously so their pledge is automatically renewed each year.

The time period of your pledge is up to you. For example, imagine that you are paid bi-weekly and want to make a gift of $120. You could give $5 per pay period for one year, or $10 per pay period for 6 months, or $60 per pay period for one month, etc.

*Please note that even in months that have three bi-weekly pay periods, your gift will only be deducted twice.*

You can update or stop your payroll deductions at any time by contacting Carrie Sauer.

My spouse/partner works for a company that matches gifts. How do I submit the paperwork?

Matching gifts can double or even triple your gift! Ask your spouse or partner to request a form from his/her Human Resources department and send it to OCU’s Office of University Advancement. We’ll take it from there!

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. OCU is recognized as a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Donors who contribute by check, cash, or credit card will receive a receipt within a few business days. Donors who contribute by payroll deduction will receive one receipt for all of 2017 by February 1, 2018.

Is my gift confidential?

Your participation is shared with volunteer Campus Campaign Ambassadors so that we can celebrate when your department reaches your participation goal. However, we do not provide information about the amount or designation of your gift.

What difference could a small gift make?

Each gift—no matter how big or how small—is important because it increases our participation rate. Whatever amount, your gift shows that you believe in the fund you have chosen to support. There are many funds that receive a large number of “small” gifts and those really add up!

How long will this campaign run?

Please submit your gift or pledge by Friday, April 21 to be counted as a 2017 Campus Campaign participant and be invited to the celebration on Thursday, April 27. The focus of the campaign is March 20 to April 21 so that we can count your gift before the university community gets busy with finals and summer break. Payroll deduction will begin with the new fiscal year in July 2017. You are welcome to make a gift to OCU at any time.

Who can I speak with about my questions?

Most departments and schools have identified a Campus Campaign Ambassador to be your point of contact. You are also welcome to contact Carrie Sauer, Director of Annual Giving, at 405-208-5873 or csauer@okcu.edu

2017 Ambassadors Unit/Department
Kelly Meredith Academic Affairs
Ally Norick Advancement
Kyle Wallace Admissions (Undergrad, Grad, International)
Lindsey Marcus Univ. Communications & Enrollment Operations
Scott Garrison Student Financial Services
Cindy Gonzalez Ann Lacy School of Dance & Entertainment
Marty McCauley Athletics
Heidi Osborn Campus Technology Support
Kristen Burkholder Dulaney-Browne Library
Brian Cartwright Facilities
Lee Brown Financial Accounting Services
Lane Aday Human Resources
Chris Black Kramer School of Nursing
Carol Mannahan
Cheryl Morgan Law School
Trudi Cunningham Meinders School of Business
Susan Jurney
Sarah Powers Office of the President
Janelle Warlick Petree College of Arts & Sciences
Josh Pankowsky Police Department
Debbie Craycraft Student Affairs
Jason Foreman Theatre
Rita Himes University-Church Relations
Josh Klossner Wanda Bass School of Music
Randi Von Ellefson
Lisa Wolfe Wimberly School of Religion


Thank you for supporting Campus Campaign and making Starsky smile!