The University of Oklahoma President’s Associates program connects alumni and friends of the University who share a collective passion for OU. In an ever-changing environment, their annual leadership donations support the mission of the University in promoting efforts to help students achieve their educational goals.
Since its beginning in 1979, the President’s Associates program has provided unrestricted funding that allows OU’s president to deal with critical issues and pursue initiatives that enrich OU’s academic mission. Because donors can designate half of their gift to a favorite college or program, Associates funds provide the same kind of opportunities to OU deans and program directors. Matching corporate gifts may be included as part of an Associate's annual contribution by including a matching gift form with your gift. Donations are tax-deductible.
Membership is based on annual donations to the program; payments may be made in monthly payments or a lump sum. Click here to learn more about membership levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are President's Associates funds utilized?
A portion of each membership gift (12%) is allocated to the President’s Associates program operating fund, which is used strategically to address urgent issues, invest in technology and other infrastructure, strengthen communications and fundraising efforts, and meet other operational needs.
I want to support the University, but I also would like to support my college. Can I do both through the President’s Associates Program?
Yes. Regents’ policy allows half of the contribution to be designated for a college or academic program, so you can belong to the President’s Associates and give to your college at the same time. You may also choose to give 100 percent of your gift to support the President’s highest priorities.
What options do I have when making my contribution?
Signing a pledge card begins your membership as an Associate. Your tax-deductible gift can be made at that time or at a later date either by check, debit card, credit card (Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover), or stock transfer. Participation is on an annual basis. You will be invited to renew your membership one year from the date of your initial gift.
My company has a matching gift program. How do I use this plan?
Matching funds are accepted for this program. All you have to do is fill out the matching gift form (available from your Human Resources department), send it to OU with your gift, and the OU Foundation will take care of processing the funds with your company.
Where on campus may I park with my Associates parking permit?
Associates parking permits allow our guests access to all gated lots. Click here to see a map of all approved parking lots for members of the program during home football games, highlighted in red. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Parking on the Parrington Oval (North Oval) or in metered spots is not permitted.