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Office of Advancement

Office of Advancement

As a distinctively Christian institution of higher education since 1885, OCU is dedicated to ensuring students receive academic, professional, spiritual, and financial support.  Your stewardship ensures that students from all walks of life are adequately prepared to Enter to Learn and Go Forth to Serve.  Ultimately, your giving allows our students to fulfill the Great Commission given to believers in Acts 1:8.

Because of your generosity, we are able to make big things happen in the lives of students.  If you would like to make a difference and help change lives, then please click on the link below. On behalf of our community, thank you for enabling Oakland City University to become a model for the Christian university in the 21st Century.

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Office of Advancement Mission Statement

The Office of Advancement is dedicated to building relationships which provide institutional support and equip students with the resources to go forth to serve.

    Office of Advancement Role

    Office of Advancement Roll

    The Office of Advancement plans and implements fundraising opportunities to secure and prioritize resources to support Oakland City University in its mission to enhance the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development for positive leadership.

    The role of the Office of Advancement is to foster relationships that provide necessary resources to the institution and its students.  Functions of the Office of Advancement include:

    • Coordinate and plan fundraising activities with the Administration and the Board of Trustees to support the university;
    • Collaborate with multiple offices, e.g. Financial Aid, to identify the financial needs of students.  This effort is accomplished through providing and distributing general scholarships, Scholarship for Oaks, endowed scholarships, private gift grants, and other available funds;
    • Engage philanthropic support to the university by working extensively with various constituents* including: students, alumni, individuals, corporations, foundations, and churches.

    Office of Advancement Goals

    The goals that the Office of Advancement have established include:

    • Cultivate meaningful relationships with constituents who share our vision and values engaging them deeper in relationship to the cause;
    • Secure resources to sustain the current level of operational needs and meet future levels of projected growth;
    • Promote and encourage a culture of generosity among all constituents.
    Advancement Goals

    Tax Credit for Indiana Residents

    The State of Indiana will give individuals, through a tax credit, 50¢ on each dollar given to Oakland City University, not to exceed $200. This means that a $400 gift to OCU yields a $200 tax credit; a $200 gift yields a $100 credit; a $100 gift yields a $50 credit, and so on. In other words, you will be reimbursed half your gift by the state of Indiana up to $200 if filing jointly and up to $100 if filing single. The tax credit is applied directly against the “bottom line” of your state tax return, either reducing the amount of taxes owed or providing a refund on taxes paid.

    Additionally, the corporation’s credit is equal to 50 percent of the total amount given during the tax year. However, the credit may not exceed the lesser of: a) 10 percent of the corporation’s adjusted gross income tax liability, or b) $1,000.

    To take advantage of this opportunity, you must use the Indiana Department of Revenue Schedule CC-40 when filing your state income tax return. After clicking on the link, you will need to go to the last section on the page under “Other Individual Forms/Schedules” and choose the first option: CC-40 Indiana College Credit.  As we always advise, please consult a tax professional as to your personal circumstances.

    1885 Legacy Society

    Oakland City University is grateful for our faithful partners who make sacrificial gifts of eternal investment. As people of Christian faith, our donors not only make annual contributions, but they also create lasting gifts equipping students to Go Forth To Serve.

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    Life income and other planned gifts can provide benefits to you or your loved ones, all the while benefiting current and future OCU students. Bequests, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts, Life Insurance, Real Estate, Retained Life Estates, and more planned giving options allow you to create a legacy and do more than you might imagine to advance OCU’s mission.

    The Office of Advancement is available to help explore the best options for you.  The Oakland City University 1885 Legacy Society recognizes those who have invested in the University’s future through a bequest in their will or other planned giving instruments. You are vital part of the OCU family and the ongoing health of our institution. We sincerely thank those who desire to leave an enduring legacy in OCU students. Your generous and strategic gift planning makes an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God. A Bequest of any amount qualifies you for 1885 Legacy Society membership. If you have made a provision for Oakland City University in your estate planning, or you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 812-749-1228 or


    This year, Oakland City University celebrates the 34th anniversary of OAK-A-THON, formerly known as Phonathon. The reason for the name change is quite simple: times are changing as to how we communicate in this technological driven society. Through various mediums, we appreciate all of our donors who continue advancing OCU’s mission of Christian higher education.

    OAK-A-THON will begin on March 2nd and end on March 19th with three major components:

    1. Give – Online; Text any amount to 812-359-1440; Phone by either calling 812-749-1228 or waiting until a friendly student caller reaches you; Mail pledges to:
      Office of Advancement
      Oakland City University
      138 N. Lucretia St.
      Oakland City, IN 47660

      All pledges and gifts received before March 1st will be removed from the phone calling list.
    2. Volunteer - OCU welcomes callers during our weekday call nights from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).
    3. Pray – Send prayer requests and praise reports to Oakland City University. Pray for OCU students.

    We invite you to be part of OAK-A-THON and see just how much OCU still cares for you.

    President's Golf Classic

    Dr. Ron D. Dempsey, President, cordially invites your organization, business, church, and/or foursome to join us on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the beautiful Oak Meadow Country Club, located on Evansville’s north side. It will be a great afternoon of food, fellowship, and golf.  Oak Meadow features a championship 18 hole golf course and modern clubhouse. Oak Meadow Country Club is a traditionally designed par 72 golf course with tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers and fast, undulating and tilted greens. The many lakes at Oak Meadow come into play on 10 of the 18 holes. From the championship tees, the golf course is 6,827 yards with 4 additional sets of tees for men, seniors, women and junior golfers that allow players of all skill levels to enjoy the wonderful game of golf.

    Oakland City University, founded in 1885, has steadily served Gibson County, Southwest Indiana, and the tri-state region through its academic programs and economic stimulus. Our graduates are serving vital roles as business entrepreneurs, state and national leaders, superintendents, teachers, pastors and missionaries around the world.  At the regional level (Gibson and surrounding counties), OCU generated $51.3 million to the area with an impact of $35.6 million on the local economy.

    Please take time to review this information and join us for the day. Meet members of the Oakland City University Board of Trustees and Administration. Take this opportunity to become acquainted with faculty, staff members, and students. Come and join us at Oak Meadow Country Club for a great afternoon of food, fellowship, and great golf!

    The Oakland City University “President’s Golf Classic” has quickly become one of the most successful events in the tri-state, generating over $243,000 is Scholarships for students. These funds have benefited numerous Oakland City University students in the area of education, business, criminal justice, Christian studies, and much more. Without the “President’s Golf Classic”, funding for these scholarships would not have been possible.

    President’s Golf Classic Agenda Best Ball Scramble

    Best Ball Scramble – Each team consists of four players. On every hole, each team member drives and the best drive is selected. Each team member then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lays, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.

    Time                                       Event

    11:00 am                                 Registration/Lunch

    12:00 noon                              Shotgun Start

    5:00 pm                                   Dinner & Awards

    2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

    Diamond Sponsor - $10,000

    This level includes individuals and businesses who contribute $10,000 or more to the “President’s Golf Classic.” Sponsorship includes 4 golfers, prominent signage at the Clubhouse and on course program listing, 4 hole sponsorships, 4 cart sponsorships, 1 business table sponsorship, recognition during awards, 4 sponsor gifts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.

    Platinum Sponsor - $5,000

    This level includes individuals and businesses who contribute $5,000 -$9,999 to the “President’s Golf Classic.” Sponsorship includes 4 golfers, prominent signage at the Clubhouse and on course program listing, 2 hole sponsorships, 2 cart sponsorships, recognition during awards, 4 sponsor gifts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.

    Gold Sponsor - $2,500

    This level includes individuals and businesses who contribute $2,500-$4,999 to the “President’s Golf Classic.” Sponsorship includes 4 golfers, prominent signage at the Clubhouse and on course program listing, 1 hole sponsorships, 1 cart sponsorships, recognition during awards, 4 sponsor gifts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.

    Team Sponsor - $1,000

    Sponsorship includes 4 golfers, 4 sponsor gifts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, and recognition during awards.

    Business Table Sponsor - $500

    Directly promote your business! Setup a table at your desired hole location and give you’re your company’s materials and promotional items!

    Hole Sponsor - $100

    Market your business! Per hole signage. Limited availability.

    Cart Sponsor - $50

    Market your business! Logo/name on a cart all day. Limited availability.