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Oklahoma City University - Campus Campaign

Campus Campaign is OCU's annual employee fundraising appeal. This year's campaign begins on April 11 and concludes on April 29. Our goal is 70 percent participation among OCU employees.

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

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. After a pandemic break in 2020 and a year to regroup in 2021, we aim to return to this great participation rate.

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 providing institutional scholarships to qualified students—awarding them a lower cost to attend OCU. The OCU Fund is also used for facility repairs, providing special opportunities such as master classes for students and covering other unexpected expenses that can’t be budgeted for a year in advance. President Evans hopes to invest more in educational technology and employee retention.

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 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 Lynann Sterk-Brooks at lmsterkbrooks@okcu.edu or 405-208-5132 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 2022 Campus Campaign pledges will begin when the new fiscal year starts in July 2022. 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 are 24 per fiscal year (not 26).

You can update or stop your payroll deductions at any time by contacting University Advancement.

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. If you give online, you will receive an email confirmation for tax purposes. Donors who mail a contribution with a check, cash, or credit card information will receive a receipt within a few business days. Donors who contribute by payroll deduction will receive one receipt for all of 2022 by January 31, 2023.

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 April 29 to be counted as a 2022 Campus Campaign participant and be invited to the celebration (date TBD). Payroll deduction will begin with the new fiscal year in July 2022. You are welcome to make a gift to OCU at any time.

Will my Giving Day contribution count toward Campus Campaign?

Yes! All employee gifts made on April 28 for OCU's annual Giving Day will count toward Campus Campaign totals.

Thank you for supporting Campus Campaign!