Campus Campaign 2014 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 major role in academic rankings and the university's overall reputation. Last year, 60% of 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!
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 other OCU employees on campus. It features a smiling Starsky holding a candy gift.
So, for example, if you pledge to give $10 monthly through payroll deduction (a total of $120), you’ll receive four 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. Some Ram-a-grams will be delivered by Starsky himself!
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 Catherine Williamson 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?
Payroll deduction for 2014 Campus Campaign pledges will begin with the new fiscal year in July 2014.
Example: 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. You can also commit to giving a certain amount per pay period continuously until you notify Annual Giving to stop or change it.
*Even in months that have three bi-weekly pay periods, your gift will only be deducted twice.
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. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
Is my gift confidential?
Your participation is shared with volunteer Campus Campaign Ambassadors so that we can celebrate when your department reaches 100% participation. However, we do not provide information about the amount of your gift or your designation.
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?
The focus of the campaign is in March and April 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 2014. 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, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at 208-5873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting Campus Campaign and making Starsky smile!