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Campus Campaign

Oklahoma City University Campus Campaign 2019

Campus Campaign is OCU's annual employee fundraising appeal. Seventy percent of our full-time employees made a contribution during the 2019 campaign, which ran from March 18 to April 12.

There are many ways to participate...

Download a PDF contribution form
Complete a payroll deduction form online
Give with your credit or debit card online

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 2019 campaign, 70% 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"!

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!

Starsky likes to get involved in thanking our donors. Thanks for making him smile!

What happened to Ram-a-grams?

For the past few years, donors to the OCU Campus Campaign have received "Ram-a-grams" (certificates of appreciation featuring Starsky the Ram) to send to other OCU employees. That program has been retired to let us focus on other ways to thank our employee supporters.
Please contact Shauntae’ Moham in Human Resources for "Devoted Star" cards. This new, free program allows employees to celebrate each other year-round.

Where is my gift most needed?

Employees are encouraged to give unrestricted to the OCU Fund. Unrestricted funding allows the university to be adaptive, to meet unexpected challenges, and to take advantage of new opportunities. A large portion of the OCU Fund enhances our budget by underwriting some of the discount scholarships that OCU gives to qualified students. The OCU Fund is also used for facility repairs, providing special opportunities for students like master classes, and other unexpected expenses that can’t be budgeted for a year in advance. President Burger hopes to invest more in educational technology and employee retention.

What is the matching gift challenge?

In order to help secure new unrestricted funding for the university, the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation has offered to match all new contributions (up to $50,000) to the OCU Fund during the 2019 campaign. This means your $50 gift would effectively become a $100 gift that would be directed meet to OCU’s greatest needs.

Can I give to something specific?

Yes! You can designate to hundreds of areas on campus, including departments, schools, scholarships, and athletic programs. Please contact Jo Heidebrecht in University Advancement at 405-208-5818 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 Judy Reyes Henderson at 405-208-5435 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 2019 Campus Campaign pledges will begin with the new fiscal year in July 2019. 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.

Because of the staff time involved in processing payroll gifts, we ask that they are a minimum of $50 per year.

Please note that even in months that have three bi-weekly pay periods, your gift will only be deducted twice, so the maximum deductions is 24 per fiscal year (not 26).

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 2019 by February 1, 2020.

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 much does our Campus Campaign raise?

Hundreds of donations each year add up to a large impact!

Campus Campaign201420152016201720182019
Number of donors 302 309 354 401 421 383
Dollars raised $53,850 $48,596 $51,265 $71,653 $83,280 $91,107
Employee participation 59% 58% 68% 78% 77% 70%

How long will this campaign run?

Please submit your gift or pledge by Friday, April 12 to be counted as a 2019 Campus Campaign participant and be invited to the celebration on Monday, April 22, 2019 in the Great Hall. The focus of the campaign is March 18 to April 12 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 2019. 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.

2019 AmbassadorsUnit/Department
Angela DoAcademic Affairs
Carrie SauerAdvancement
Lexa Crawford Admissions (Undergrad, Grad, International)
Melvin Smith
Rod JonesUniv. Communications & Enrollment Operations
Angela LealStudent Financial Services
Cindy BieraAnn Lacy School of Dance & Entertainment
Marty McCauley Athletics
Benjamin ChangCampus Technology Support
Kristen Burkholder Dulaney-Browne Library
Raenee DelgadoFinancial Accounting Services & Auxiliary Services
Cady LewisHuman Resources
Chris Black Kramer School of Nursing
Crystal Westmoreland
Ally RodriguezLaw School
Paul Clark
Trudi CunninghamMeinders School of Business
Susan Jurney
Sarah Powers Office of the President
Janelle Warlick Petree College of Arts & Sciences
Scott Davidson
Steve Vincent Police Department
Casey KregerStudent Affairs
Haley Stiles
Courtney DiBelloTheatre
Rita Himes University-Church Relations
Susanna BrieschkeWanda L. Bass School of Music

Thank you for supporting Campus Campaign and making Starsky smile!