Methods of Giving

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 02, 2016

Annual Gifts

Donations made by cash or check are always acceptable. All checks should be made payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation. Gifts made to the OU Foundation are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

In most cases, the IRS has determined that donations made to the Sooner Club are 80 percent tax deductible because the donor receives some benefit (in the form of priority seating opportunities) in exchange for the donation. You may, however, request that you receive no benefit in exchange for your donation and therefore your donation would be 100 percent tax deductible.

For your convenience, the Sooner Club also accepts donations made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) and/or through a monthly payment plan (monthly billing or credit card payments).

IMPORTANT NOTE: All annual Sooner Club donations for priority seating privileges must be received no later than March 31.

If you choose to utilize the monthly payment plan, complete and return your Sooner Club membership renewal form, along with one-quarter of your donation amount by December 31. The remaining balance of your donation will be billed in equal parts in January, February and March. Or, you may elect to have your credit card charged monthly through the end of March.

PRIORITY POINT REMINDER: Current gifts are awarded three (3) priority points for every $100 received. All past gifts are awarded one (1) point for every $100.


Matching Gifts

Many companies and corporations provide matching gift programs for employee contributions. Ask your personnel office about your employer’s matching gift policy and see how you can make your gift work two or three times harder for the Sooners. Enclose the matching gift form provided by your company with your contribution to increase your gift and benefits level.

If you plan on using your company’s corporate matching gift toward your minimum required donation for priority seating, the matching gift must be received by the March 31 deadline. Many matching gifts require a significant period of time for processing, so please plan the timing of your gift accordingly.

PRIORITY POINT REMINDER: Matching gifts are awarded priority points just like regular annual gifts -- three (3) points for every $100 current year gift and one (1) point for every $100 of past gifts. In order to receive proper priority point credit, all matching gifts must be received by March 31.


Capital Gifts

Every sport sponsored by the University of Oklahoma has recently seen major improvements in facilities and equipment. By every measure, OU is the flagship for excellence -- especially when it comes to facilities. 

Still, when it comes to maintaining our competitive advantage in this important area, there is always a need for capital gifts. Top-notch facilities are not just important for recruiting the nation’s best and brightest student-athletes. We’ve made a commitment to all of our student-athletes to equip them with the best tools to pursue their scholastic and athletic goals. For information about donating toward a current or planned capital project, please contact the Sooner Club.


Scholarship Endowments

The primary purpose of privately funding the athletics program at the University of Oklahoma is to provide the necessary funds to send our student-athletes to school. While most of the scholarship funding comes from annual Sooner Club giving, more and more scholarships are being fully endowed, thus ensuring that this funding will be available for generations to come.

There are many different programs available through the OU Athletics Scholarship Endowment Program, up to and including a fully-endowed $350,000 Foundation Scholarship that would bear your name and associate the donor with a former letterwinner and current student-athlete. 

For more information about this important program, please contact the Sooner Club.

PRIORITY POINT REMINDER: All capital gifts (including signed pledges) and scholarship endowments are awarded one (1) priority point for every $100 pledged. Unlike points for annual donations


Sooner Schooner Program

More than 30 automobile dealers support OU Athletics through their participation in the Sooner Schooner Program, which guarantees reliable transportation for OU coaches and administrators. Car dealers who participate in the program receive Sooner Club benefits and priority points based on the number of vehicles provided for athletics department use.

Sooner Schooner Participating Dealers


Gifts-In-Kind

A donation of goods and/or services in lieu of cash can also be made to the Sooner Club. All gifts-in-kind must receive prior approval from the Sooner Club.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Gift-in-kind donations cannot count toward your minimum donation required for priority seating.

Gifts made through the gift-in-kind program are awarded one (1) priority point for every $200 worth of goods and/or services donated.


Other Methods of Giving

Gifts to the Sooner Club may also take other forms. Some examples might include real estate, stocks or personal property, as well as planned gifts like endowments, life insurance, bequests, trusts, annuities and gifts of securities. If you are interested in making such a gift, please contact the Sooner Club.


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