Your Gift Matters

Unwavering commitment to students remains our top priority, and the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health seeks your help to continue producing the next generation of healthcare professionals and leaders. Scholarships remain a top priority for the College of Public Health. As education costs continue to rise, the need to support students through both merit and need-based awards becomes increasingly important. Scholarships allow the college to continue to attract top students and young scholars to the college where they will train to be the public health professionals and leaders of tomorrow. 

“By contributing to an established scholarship, or starting one of your own, you’re making a lasting investment in the future of public health in this state, this nation and the world,” said Kyndall Wahkinney, director of Alumni Affairs and Development at the college. 

Department giving helps further the research and educational goals of individual departments within the college. Each department relies on gifts that assure excellence within their programs. Your donation may be used to support student assistantships, invite speakers with special significance to student and faculty members, upgrade and purchase classroom or laboratory equipment, or meet other needs that arise. 

“All gifts, large or small, work together to support the OU College of Public Health and are needed and greatly valued, ”Wahkinney said.  

She added some of the ways to give to the college include gifts of cash and/or securities, corporate matching gifts, memorial or tribute gifts and planned gifts. “Planned giving is a wonderful way to show your support for the mission of the College of Public Health. It is also a way to accommodate your own personal, financial, estate-planning and philanthropic goals. Planned giving allows you to give to the college, while still meeting your current income needs and also taking advantage of current tax incentives,” Wahkinney said. There are many ways to give, and knowing exactly which the best fit is for you can sometimes can be challenging, but help is always just a phone call or email away.  “We are here to answer your questions, provide guidance and help you maneuver the process more smoothly,” she said.

Ways to Give

GIFTS OF CASH

Make a gift online, or if you would prefer to send via mail, make checks payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., and send to:
OU College of Public Health

ATTN: Kyndall Wahkinney
801 N.E. 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

GIFTS OF SECURITIES

Gifts of appreciated securities can provide special tax advantages, including avoiding capital gains and deduction at the current fair market value. The simplest way to make a gift of stock is to contact the Development Office at 405-271-8001 ext. 43414.

CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS

Contributors are able to increase the value of each gift through an employer’s matching gift program. The value of each contribution may be increased once, twice or even three times. The corporate personnel office usually provides information. Often gifts of retirees and spouses are also eligible to match. The proper form for realizing the match should be enclosed with each gift.

MEMORIAL OR TRIBUTE GIFTS

Gifts may be directed to the College of Allied Health in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend. In the instance a gift is received in memoriam, the next of kin is notified by the OU Foundation.

To direct a gift in memory of someone, please mail your gift to: 

The OU College of Allied Health
Attn: Kyndall Wahkinney, Development Director
801 N.E. 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

If you have additional questions regarding your gift, please call 405-271-8001 ext. 43414.

PLANNED GIFTS

Through a planned or deferred gift, donors can reach across the generations to touch the future of OU College of Public Health 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 College of Public Health scholarships, a department or academic program or other vital areas benefiting faculty and students.

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 also offer significant tax and estate-planning benefits for donors. Tax saving helps minimize the out-of-pocket cost of the gift, and may include a charitable deduction at the current fair market value and/or savings of all or part of the associated capital gains tax. Other benefits may include reduced estate taxes and/or a new source of cash for the contributor and spouse.

Planned Giving options include: 


  • Many donors choose to make a planned gift through a will or living trust, which enables a donor to retain his or her assets during your lifetime, while helping OU in the future. Bequests can be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or the balance of your estate after providing for your family or other loved ones. 
    A bequest removes those assets from your estate and reduces estate tax liability. For more information about bequests, visit http://www.gftpln.org/Home.do?orgId=6665.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
    The charitable remainder uni-trust and the charitable remainder annuity trust are two life-income planned gift options that allow you to make a gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., and receive income back annually from that gift for you or a designee for the rest of your life, or for a set number of years while also receiving a current income tax deduction for the gift. 

A charitable remainder trust is established when the donor irrevocably transfers cash, securities, or real estate to fund the trust. With the transfer of appreciated securities or real estate, the donor not only receives the charitable gift deduction but also avoids capital gains tax. Upon the termination of the trust, the remaining principal in the trust is directed to OU.

  • Real Estate
    Gifts of real property to benefit the university can be made through the OU Foundation.

A gift of your home or farm can be made without giving up the use of your property during your lifetime. You may also provide for your spouse or other loved one to live there upon your death. You can obtain a charitable income tax deduction based on the values of the property and your age. Property taxes and insurance remain the donor's responsibility. Other types of real estate are also accepted. The Foundation's Gift Acceptance Committee requires the following in order to review a gift of real property:

  • A preliminary title report clear of unacceptable encumbrances, performed by a reputable title insurance company.
  • An appraisal by a qualified MAI appraiser.
  • A Phase 1 environmental audit indicating that ownership will not expose the Foundation to environmental liabilities.
  • Donors must initiate the transfer of property ownership to the Foundation. Special donor concerns or requests to hold assets for a period of time will be considered.
  • Also, donors need to complete IRS Form 8283 obtainable from the IRS. If the Foundation sells the property within two years, it reports the sale to the IRS using Form 8282 and provides a copy to donor.
  • Title and other legal documents are typically prepared by a donor's lawyer at donor's expense.
  • Life Insurance
    A gift of life insurance can be a very affordable and flexible planned giving method to make a significant gift. By purchasing a life insurance policy naming the OU Foundation as the owner and beneficiary, you can receive a charitable gift deduction for each premium payment.

A paid-up life insurance policy that may no longer be needed can also be contributed, allowing a donor to receive a charitable gift deduction approximately equal to the cash surrender value of the policy.

Areas of Giving

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships remain a top priority for the College of Public Health. As tuition continues to rise, the College must increase its support of students for both merit and need based awards. Scholarships allow us to attract the best and brightest students at all levels of our programs. By contributing to an established scholarship, or starting one of your own, you’re making a lasting investment in future Public Health Professionals.

DEPARTMENT GIVING

Each department relies on gifts that assure excellence within their programs. Your donation may be used to support student assistantships, invite speakers with special significance to student and faculty members, upgrade and purchase classroom/laboratory equipment, or meet other needs that arise. Gifts may be designated to departments as follows: 

Public Health Development 50230

Health Administration Development 50356

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Development 50456

Occupational and Environmental Health  50495

Health Promotion Sciences 50660

DEAN’S LEADERSHIP CIRCLE LEVEL

The Dean's Leadership Circle is a select group of friends and passionate alumni whose participation makes a tremendous difference in the success of our college. To join, participants must pledge an annual donation of $1,000 or more. Members of the Dean’s Leadership Circle will receive invitations to special events at the College, recognition on our website, a membership certificate from Dean Raskob, and updates from College leaders.

Giving Opportunites

PRESIDENT’S ASSOCIATES

Year after year, faithful President's Associates make a critical difference at the University, from providing scholarships to learning facilities to faculty enrichment. President's Associates make a $1,000 annual gift ($500 annually for Young Associates, age 39 and younger), half of which can be restricted to the program or department of your choice.
Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations to dinners hosted by President and Mrs. Boren featuring national and international dignitaries
  • Participation in regional special events
  • Discounts for Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course memberships
  • Guest parking permits for the Norman campus
  • Invitations to pre-game football activities, featuring the special OU-TX game brunch and escorted bus ride to the Cotton Bowl.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Privately funded scholarships can make a profound difference in the lives of our students.  Scholarships can help students stay at OU and graduate with a minimum of student loan debt.  Alumni and friends can designate scholarship gifts for students in a particular school or college, or they may ask that the scholarship is awarded where it is needed most.

Funding levels for scholarships can vary widely and include:

Annual Scholarships:  Donors can fund a named annual scholarship by making gifts as low as $1,000 each year. 

Endowed Scholarships:  Donors can create a lasting, named scholarship endowment with a gift of $20,000 or greater.  Only endowment earnings are spent, ensuring that the principal remains intact.  The current spending policy for the OU Foundation provides a five percent payout, so a fund of $20,000 will generate $1,000 a year.

Graduate Fellowships

High-caliber graduate programs and a deep, talented pool of graduate students enhance our overall educational environment.  Graduate students impact undergraduate education through meaningful mentoring and by supporting our faculty in both laboratories and classrooms.  While the quality of graduate programs is certainly a key factor in recruiting top graduate students, it is the availability of competitive stipends that, to a large degree, determines the graduate program’s success. 

Privately funded graduate fellowships provide OU with resources to recruit and retain the type of outstanding graduate students who strengthen our teaching and research activities.  Every College Department could be significantly strengthened by these fellowships, which can be funded with annual gifts of at least $5,000 or endowment gifts of at least $100,000.

FACULTY SUPPORT

When President Boren came to the University of Oklahoma in 1994, faculty excellence was a priority concern.  How could we retain our best and brightest professors?  How could we attract the quality of faculty who would be great educators and researchers? One answer was through faculty support.  This program has made a real difference in faculty morale and compensation because it truly rewards merit.  A gift of any size will make a significant difference and help us retain and recruit the best faculty available.  Gifts can be made over five years and also be program specific.

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.

 Additionally, donors can endow a Presidential Professorship in their names or as designated with a gift of at least $200,000. The Presidential Professorship Program is one of President Boren’s cornerstone initiatives to recognize and reward top faculty members. Four-year stipends of $5,000 are awarded to assistant and associate professors, and $10,000 for full professors. Nominees are chosen in a highly competitive process. 

GENERAL SUPPORT

Building enhancements and instructional technology for classrooms, laboratories, and other study areas.  Distance Education is extremely important as the College continues to grow in Tulsa.  Students on both campuses must have a means for communication with each other.  The cost of the technology is extremely expensive; however being able to teach more students is priceless.

Making the building a comfortable place where students can learn and study is important to making this structure a meaningful investment.

Each and every gift combines to make a big impact on what the College can provide in the building.  It does not take many gifts to provide another learning station.

The Dean’s Excellence Fund supports the area of greatest need at the College and is the best way to make an impact where it is needed most. Gifts go to work almost immediately, so you can know that students are reaping the benefits of your support.

Research Fellowships allow the College to support exceptional research opportunities. When students gain hands-on experience while in college, they are more competitive for jobs after graduation. Hands-on experience prepares to students embark upon their professional careers.