The UCO Foundation offers several opportunities to support the University of Central Oklahoma. Below are descriptions of many of our programs and giving opportunities. Be sure to check back often, as these opportunities will expand as the growth and priorities of the University expand. We look forward to welcoming you to our network of support!
Annual Fund | Commemorative Bench | Endowments | Unrestricted Giving | Faculty/Staff Giving | Stocks/Securities | Corporate/Foundation Support | Planned Giving | Matching Gifts
The UCO Foundation Annual Fund is a wonderful way to provide broad support to the University. You can direct your annual fund gift to one of UCO's five undergraduate colleges, the Chambers Library, the Wellness Center/Olympic/Paralympic program, or the UCO's General Scholarship Endowment. Your gift is an annual reminder to UCO students that you are invested in their future. To make your gift to the UCO Annual Fund right now, use our online giving form and select the Annual Fund designation under the college or program of your choice.
Commemorative gifts are a profoundly thoughtful and enduring way of commemorating or honoring a student, parent, retiring faculty or staff member, an organization or an event. This gift will also serve to enrich The University of Central Oklahoma’s outdoor campus aesthetic and beauty. Learn more about our commemorative bench program here.
Whether contributing to an existing endowment or establishing a new one, your gift becomes a permanent source of support for UCO. The Foundation houses many endowed scholarship and award funds that offer aid to students and faculty from a variety of university programs. The scholarship or award is given each year from the interest earned on the invested principal in the endowment.
An endowment fund can be opened at the Foundation with a $1,000 investment and becomes fully endowed when the fund reaches at least $5,000. The Foundation will begin distributing awards or scholarships from the earned interest the first semester after the fund has been fully endowed (or invested) at $5,000 or more for a year.
To contribute to an existing UCO Foundation endowment, use our online giving form and either select the endowed fund, if it is listed, or enter the name in the other designation box.
If you would like to establish a new endowment, please call the UCO Foundation office at 405.974.2770.
Unrestricted gifts provide the most flexibility to University leadership in responding to the greatest and immediate needs of the university. When you designate your gift as unrestricted, you are not giving UCO a "blank check" for the use of the funds. The Foundation adheres to strict "use of funds" policies and keeps record of every dollar spent, ensuring these funds directly benefit the UCO community. Additionally, the UCO President and other University leadership determine priorities for the use of unrestricted dollars in accordance with UCO's comprehensive strategic plan.
We appreciate and honor the trust these donors place in us and hold the ethical and appropriate use of these funds among our highest priorities. To make an unrestricted gift to UCO, use our online giving form and select the unrestricted gift designation.
It's only natural that some of UCO's most enthusiastic support comes from its faculty and staff. They see every day how critical private funding is to our students and their educational experience. Faculty and staff may choose to have their annual gift taken out of their paycheck before taxes. Simply download the Payroll Deduction Form below and return your pledge to the UCO Foundation, campus box 133. Faculty can make an outright gift, as well, by using our online giving form or making arrangements through the Foundation office at 405.974.2770
Download the Payroll Deduction Form
The UCO Foundation welcomes gifts of stocks and other securities. Upon transfer, the Foundation Investment Committee and our financial advisors consult and develop a plan to maximize the impact of these gifts. To transfer stocks or securities to the UCO Foundation, please call the Foundation office at 405.974.2770.
Corporations and Foundations provide significant support for many of UCO's programs. Many corporations see their gift as an investment in the future workforce. Their support provides scholarships and specialized funding for unique educational experiences, cultivating the desire to learn and achieve in UCO students. With a broad range of academic programs, corporations can easily find match with their interests.
Foundations are also a great source for specialized funding for UCO's programs. Foundations often have very specific areas of interest for their grant opportunities. Many UCO programs have been honored with grants of varying amounts that have allowed significant advancement in their area.
To find out how your corporation or foundation might be able to support UCO, contact Anne Holzberlein, executive director of the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-974-2770.
Leave a lasting legacy of support at UCO when you include a gift to UCO in your estate planning. The UCO Foundation can assist you in determining the best plan for your gift and arranging the proper designations and language to ensure ease in the transfer of your gift from your estate. Informing the Foundation of your planned gift estate gift also allows us to recognize and thank you for your generosity and vision. To discuss including the UCO Foundation in your planned giving, please call the Foundation office at 405.974.2770.
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Many companies offer a Matching Gift program, meaning they will match the gifts their employees make to nonprofit organizations like the UCO Foundation. To find out if your employer has a Matching Gift program, contact your human resources office. They will have instructions for you and, likely, a form for you to send with your gift. A matching gift can double or triple the impact of your individual gift!