University Advancement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 370-4504
Fax: (248) 370-3182
giving@oakland.edu

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Loyalty

Loyalty to Oakland University is pervasive in our campus and community. Our people are our power, and together, we make the impossible possible at OU. Become part of one of our leadership groups so that you can help support the amazing work of Oakland University.

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Women and Philanthropy

Women have never had such power and possibility. Globally, we are gaining more opportunities, and women’s capacity to impact philanthropy is unprecedented. Women and Philanthropy provides opportunities for women to collectively share their time and resources to positively affect the future of Oakland University.  By providing opportunities for engagement, Women and Philanthropy members discover their passions and interests, and connect with other women who are committed to the success of OU.

Membership is on an annual basis and begins with a minimum gift of $1,000 (one-time gift or split into multiple gifts). To encourage emerging philanthropists, women under the age of 40 can join for $250. Become a member now.

The Pillars of Women and Philanthropy

  • Philanthropy: Our Purpose 
    Women and Philanthropy consists of women who each make annual commitments to a collective fund. Every year, members vote on how the funds will be allocated among OU top programs, initiatives and scholarships.

  • Education: Showcasing OU 
    Women and Philanthropy members are invited to engage with some of the best and brightest faculty, staff and students. These programs connect members with the top programs at OU.

  • Networking: Connecting Philanthropists 
    Women and Philanthropy connects women with many interests together to join forces to make a difference at OU.

  • Volunteering: Making a Difference 
    Women and Philanthropy provides new and highlights existing volunteer opportunities that provide a way for members to put their passions to work to assist with programs and help students.

History of Women & Philanthropy
Women & Philanthropy was established in 2018 to provide gifts to Oakland University projects and programs by pooling its members' resources and making monetary awards in the form of grants. Grants are not restricted to women or women’s initiatives. They will be made in varying amounts from $5000 - $10,000. Applicants must be Oakland University faculty, staff or University-registered student organizations and funding may be allocated only for projects or programs that directly support the Oakland University community. Funds will be granted only to OU accounts.

Some past initiatives that we have funded include
• Inspiring careers in medicine
• Faculty research via musical performance
• Expanding the organic farm's hoop house
• Nursing palliative care training for students
• Scholarships for students with a break in their studies due to family obligations
• Expanding diversity for future medical professionals
• Peer-to-peer program for students on the autism spectrum

Our timeline
Late January: Complete grant application and open for submissions
Late March: Submissions due
Mid-April: Grants committee reviews, selects top applicants
May: Presentation by top finalists (5-8 submissions) to full Women and Philanthropy group
Fall: Presentations on impact from past grantees

There are multiple ways to join
• You can make an online gift here
• Monthly payments are available online too
• IRA gifts are a great way to give for those who qualify

To learn more about applying for a grant or becoming a member of the Oakland University Women and Philanthropy, contact us at giving@oakland.edu

Kelly Brault
Director of Annual Giving
brault@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4921

Oakland Circle

Every year, the Oakland Circle grows larger, thanks to the generosity of our donors. The Oakland Circle consists of individuals who have given at the $1,000 level and higher annually. Make your commitment to OU and join the Oakland Circle.

Black and Gold Loyalty Society

Loyalty is leadership. That’s why we honor our loyal donors through the Black and Gold Loyalty Society. Anyone and everyone who gives to OU for three straight years is a member of this prestigious and respected group. Learn more about the Black and Gold Loyalty Society today.

Celebration of Scholarships

One of the most exciting and important nights of the year at Oakland University, the Celebration of Scholarships is a springtime event for invited donors who make educational opportunities possible for students. It is a night of laughter, tears, and tributes to the kindness and generosity of OU donors.