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Your support allows the college to enhance our mission of preparing students to live productive and successful lives as citizens of a democracy.  Student scholarships and fellowships, faculty support, and general unrestricted funds are just a few of the ways you can help us as we continue to provide the best educational experience to our students.

You may also find information on some giving options in the links below or for more information, please contact Eric Melton, Executive Director of Planned Giving and Development at (405) 325-3724.

Honoring the College of Arts and Sciences’ first dean, James Shannon Buchanan, The Buchanan Society is the leadership annual giving society comprised of alumni and friends of the College.

Society members may choose to participate at the Dean’s Level, which recognizes an annual gift of $5,000 or more to the Society fund, or the Fellow Level, which recognizes an annual gift of $2,000 to $4,999.

To join, visit www.oufoundation.org/OnlineGivingWeb/Giving/OnlineGiving/Buchanan
For more information please contact Eric Melton at (405) 325-3724 or emelton@ou.edu.

Membership Levels and Benefits

Fellow level (a gift of $2,000 to $4,999)

  • Membership in the President’s Associates program, which includes a complimentary parking pass and invitations to many campus events
  • Invitations to events hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, including the BBQ Bash, Beat Texas Reception in Dallas, Holiday Open House and the Kaleidoscope evening
  • Annual report from the College
  • Listing on the College website

Dean's level ($5,000 or more)

  • All of the benefits of the Fellow level
  • Four tickets to the Kaleidoscope evening
  • Listing in the Kaleidoscope evening program
  • Invitation to an exclusive annual event with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarship Gifts

Students are the heart of everything at the University of Oklahoma and the need for scholarship support is very real. Thanks to your support, the college has increased the number of scholarships we offer by over 300% in the last decade. However, with the increasing cost of higher education, additional scholarships are needed. Annual scholarships, designated for specific majors or all Arts and Sciences programs, can be established for $1000 or you can designate smaller gifts to a general scholarship fund for Arts and Sciences students.

Please help us ensure that the doors of opportunity remain open for every deserving student who wants to attend OU and be a part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Support

With more than 30 different academic programs the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on the OU campus. Your support of specific academic programs allows the departments to provide top instruction for our students and stay on top of new trends in their fields.

President's Associates

The President’s Associates program provides unrestricted funding that allows President Boren to deal with critical issues and pursue initiatives that enrich OU’s academic mission. Because donors can designate half of their gift to the College of Arts and Sciences or one of our programs, Associates funds provide the same kind of opportunities to Dean Damphousse and department chairs in Arts and Sciences.

President's Associates are invited to Presidential events and dinners; receive guest parking permits for the Norman campus; and numerous other benefits. Six participation levels are available.

How to Give

If you would like to give to Arts and Sciences online, please click here and select the program/department in which you would like to make the gift.

For any other questions about any of these areas of giving and how you can contribute to the success of the College of Arts and Sciences, please contact Eric Melton at (405) 325-3724.

Annual Giving

Does Your Contribution Through Annual Giving Really Make a Difference?
Yes! Almost 20,000 alumni made a gift to OU in FY '07-'08 through Annual Giving, totaling $5.5 million. Annual Giving’s impact on the quality of teaching and learning is huge. In fact, OU receives more than 70 percent of all alumni gifts through Annual Giving phone and mail programs.

How Will Your Gift Be Used?
Annual donations help in countless ways – providing scholarships that allow students to focus more on studying than working to pay the bills; paying for teaching resources that enable faculty to purchase much-needed classroom equipment or software; and boosting smaller programs, such as support to send a student to a national conference.

How Does My Gift Make an Impact?
Rankings in such publications as U.S. News & World Report are based partly on the percentage of alumni giving. Top students are more apt to attend higher ranked universities, so your gift helps OU recruit top students! And, our current alumni giving percentage of 22 percent places us in the top half of any major conference in the country.

Thank you for your contribution through Annual Giving!

Gifts from corporations benefit both the College of Arts and Sciences and the company. Corporate support is critical to the life of the college and provides the company with a strong identity with our students and faculty. We are grateful to the following corporations for their support of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information on how your company can build a presence in the College of Arts and Sciences and recruit students, contact Adrienne Jablonski at (405) 325-9122 or ajablonski@ou.edu

Endowment funds are the foundation that has allowed OU to move into the top tier of American public universities. As of October 31, 2012, the OU Foundation's total endowment was just over $700 million, while the College of Arts and Sciences endowment grew to just over $47 million.

An endowment leaves the principal donation intact, with only the earnings from the investment spent for the purpose designated by the donor. Arts and Sciences donors can create endowments to support a wide range of programs and areas.

Currently, the majority of our endowed funds support named scholarships and faculty positions.

Endowed Scholarships

Students are the heart of everything we do at the University of Oklahoma. The opportunity to attend OU has changed thousands of lives since the University was founded. Endowed scholarship support in the College of Arts and Sciences will improve the lives of deserving young people for generations to come, with only the earnings expended each year, leaving the principal intact.

Scholarship endowments can be created with at least $10,000, which will support one $500 award each year. They can be restricted to a favorite department or school or be left unrestricted to be used where they are needed most.

Leadership Scholars scholarship endowments of at least $30,000 allow the College of Arts and Sciences to recognize top students with awards of $1,500 per year. The Leadership Scholars Program recognizes undergraduate students in the College who have a meritorious record of academic achievement and university or community leadership or service. Leadership Scholars interact with accomplished mentors and attend monthly meetings to discuss leadership and other issues with special guest speakers. The Leadership Scholars also serve as the College’s ambassadors during special events such as meetings with alumni and other invited guests.

Endowed Faculty Positions

The quality of our faculty is the foundation upon which academic excellence is built. Private gifts to establish endowed faculty chairs are key to recruiting, retaining, and rewarding outstanding faculty.

Endowed faculty and chair positions allow OU to recruit and retain highly regarded teachers and researchers – the kind of individuals who can take existing programs to a new level. In many cases, these faculty members are catalysts to draw other outstanding faculty, additional research dollars, top graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Endowed Professorships can be established with a gift of $500,000 while Endowed Chairs are $1,000,000.  Additionally, donors can endow a Presidential Professorship in their names or as designated with a gift of at least $200,000.

For any questions about any of these areas of giving, please contact Eric Melton at (405) 325-3724.

Through a planned or deferred gift, donors can reach across the generations to touch the future of OU and its students. A donor may make his or her gift unrestricted so that it can be used in an area where it is needed most, or may designate the gift to benefit a favorite department or school within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Planned gifts are as unique as each individual who makes one and may be tailored in a way that best serves the donor's needs, objectives, and wishes, as well as those of the College.

These important gifts can offer significant tax- and estate-planning benefits for donors.

Our development staff will work with donors and their representatives on a variety of planned options to support the College of Arts and Sciences, including bequests, charitable remainder trusts, real estate, and life insurance.

OU has established a special organization, the George Lynn Cross Heritage Society (link to Development page on GLC Society), to honor donors who have made planned gifts to the University. The Heritage Society is named for Dr. Cross, OU's beloved seventh president, whose many contributions to OU included the establishment of the University of Oklahoma Foundation to serve as the guardian of private gifts.

For more information on planned giving, please contact Eric Melton at (405) 325-3724.