Faculty, Staff and Retiree Giving: The All University Fund Drive
Miranda Divozzo is one of the many students impacted by the AUFD.
She addressed donors at the celebration of the completion of a successful campaign in 2013.
Faculty, staff and retires are among our closest friends at OU. Many choose to support the programs and students that they work with every day or a special project on campus. Giving sets you apart as a leader in the Oakland University community, supports our mission and allows you to make a difference to OU students.
- NEW this year, Annual Named Scholarships, starting at $1,000, allow you to directly impact the life of a student.
- President Hynd's office will provide a $0.50 on the dollar match for your AUFD gift, up to a $2,500 match for a $5,000 gift.
- Your gift may qualify you for recognition societies, special event invitations and more. Many employees are members of our Black & Gold Society, which honors donors at all levels who make a gift for three or more consecutive years.
- Participation is easy! One-time or ongoing payroll deductions are are an easy way to make a big impact. Or, give online, print a gift form, or learn more about planned giving options.
- Gifts to OU receive a tax-receipt.
Thank you for making a difference!
Ways to Give
You may direct your gift to the program(s) of your choice - see the gift funds page complete list. For more information, contact us.
Giving online is quick, easy, and secure. Make a one-time gift to the fund of your choice, or set up a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly pledge payment.
AUFD Online Payroll Deduction is one of the fastest, easiest and most convenient ways to make your gift. With the Online Payroll Deduction form, you are able to:
- Establish the total amount of your payroll deduction
- Pick pay period to begin your donation
- Donate to multiple funds
- Select the ongoing payroll deduct option - you can “set it and forget it”, and there are no annual forms to fill out. Cancel or modify your deduction at any time.
Prefer to send in your donation? Download and complete this form to send with your donation to:
All-University Fund Drive
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309
Looking to leave a legacy at OU? Download and complete an AUFD Planned Giving Form. Planned gifts include bequests, IRA rollovers, and charitable gift annuities. Contact us for more information.
The All-University Fund Drive is supported by a network of volunteers across campus. Team captains and leaders tell own stories about why they support OU, educate their team mates about the AUFD and answering questions about the philanthropy process and its importance on campus.
To find your team captain and leader, please select your school or unit below. While most areas are represented by a team leader, some still need volunteers! Contact the Office of Annual Giving at (248) 370-4504 if you are interested in volunteering as a team leader.
AUFD Spotlight on Tareva Saunders
Name: Tareva A. Saunders
Major: Occupational Safety and Health
Graduation: April 2015
Hometown: Flint, Michigan
Why did you pick OU? It felt like home. It wasn't so big that I felt like I would be just another number. Everyone I encountered was so helpful and friendly.
Do you live on campus? I have lived on campus in Hamlin, Fitzgerald, and the University Student Apartments. I currently commute from Flint.
Do you work while going to school? If so, tell us about that work. Yes, I currently work for the Valley Area Agency on Aging as a Case Assistant for their Care Transitions program. My main responsibilities are data entry and quality control.
What is your favorite OU tradition? It’s a tie between the basketball trip to IPFW (Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne) and the Meadow Brook Ball.
How are you funding your education? Scholarships and paying out of pocket.
How have scholarships impacted you? At times, I have worked two or three jobs to fund my education. Scholarships have made it easier to focus on my classes since I don't have to work as much.
What is the best thing about OU? The best thing about OU is the support system. Staff, faculty, and students are very helpful. I have collected a lot of mentors along the way.
What student organizations and/or sports are you involved in? I am involved with the Grizz Gang, Student to Professional Conference, and the American Society for Safety Engineers.
Is there any other thing that you can tell us about your experience at OU and how donors have impacted your education or experience? Donors have made a huge impact on my OU experience. I think donor contributions have a key impact on helping OU stay current in providing the best facilities, technology, and education so students like me can have a competitive edge in the workforce.
Annual Named Scholarships: Annual Named Scholarships give donors the opportunity to impact a student like Tareva through a scholarship of $1,000 or more. Choose the name and whether it will be a need-based scholarship or merit-based scholarship within a chosen school of college. Donations can be broken up over a 12-month period through credit card pledge or payroll deduct. For more information, contact email@example.com or (248) 370-4504.
AUFD Student Spotlight on Shelby Toft
Name: Shelby Toft
Major: Elementary Education; Endorsements in Language Arts and Early Childhood
Year: Graduating Winter 2017
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Career plans: I plan to teach at an elementary school. Ideally, I would like to teach first grade.
What is your involvement with the Lowry Center? I just started working at Lowry for my practicum (like student teaching) this semester. By working at Lowry I am hoping to acquire more knowledge on early childhood education, more specifically how to observe children, which can often be helpful in identifying learning disabilities. Overall, I hope to gain practical experience for my Early Childhood endorsement.
What is the best thing about OU? Alternative Spring Break (ASB)! This organization has allowed me to make new friends and network with a variety of OU students and staff members. Being a member of the ASB executive board has taught me important lessons in professionalism, collaboration, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, and decision making.
What do you love most about your major? I love working with kids! Every semester that I am in the elementary education program, I have a field placement that provides hands-on classroom experience. So far, I have worked in 5th grade and 2nd grade classrooms where I was able to take on the responsibilities of a teacher.
Do you have a secret talent? Putting roofs on houses – complements of my ASB experiences!
Do you work while going to school? Yes, I work at a daycare near my home. I work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer. I also love to babysit my cousins and neighbors.
What student organizations are you involved in? I have been a part of Alternative Spring Break for the past three years. I started as a Site Leader and am now Vice President of the organization. I am also a Student Philanthropy Ambassador and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and plan to join the Student Michigan Education Association.
Why did you pick OU? I like that OU has a small school feel with all the opportunities of a large school. OU has a wonderful Elementary Education program that I know will give me the knowledge and experience I need to be a great teacher one day.
What was the strangest/craziest thing that you’ve seen or done at OU? It was my junior year and the student organization I am a part of had just participated in Grizzfest. We had created a giant 5’ x 5’ cardboard school bus to promote our organization. When Grizzfest was over, I had to take the bus home, but my car was on the other side of campus. I walked all over campus carrying the bus as people stared - I loved watching everyone’s reaction!
Favorite campus study spot? The Recreation Center because no one ever thinks to study there.
Lowry Early Childhood Center Gift Fund (30090): Students like Shelby get valuable experience working with our youngest Grizzlies and Lowry staff provide a great early childhood education to the community.
Alternative Spring Break (30106 - make a note for Alternative Spring Break): With service opportunities near and far, funds to the ASB can make you feel twice as good for doing good in your community and helping our students expand their world view.