Office of Advancement

OCU Advancement

Enter to Learn and Go Forth to Serve

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.

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

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.
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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.

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

The Great Commission

For the past 33 years at OCU, Spring is the time we kick off our annual OAK-A-THON. However, like so many things in the past year, this even has changed. Due to COVID-19, we will no longer organize student and staff volunteers into a confined phone room for safety and security reasons. By making this change we protect our volunteers, but the need for sharing their stories is no less greater. In fact, because of this situation, your support comes at a critical moment in time for many of our students and learning community.

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President's Golf Classic

Dr. Ron D. Dempsey, President, cordially invites your organization, business, church, and/or foursome to join us on Monday, June 7, 2021, 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.

2021 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.


stew.ard.ship noun: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care

It is our privilege to introduce one of Oakland City University’s value proposition: stewardship. Our goal is to be a resource and provide insights in the area of university philanthropy including planned giving. We hope these resources may lend ideas which work for your particular charitable giving desires. Ultimately, we pray that you give great consideration to including Oakland City University students as a beneficiary in your final plans.

The Rev. Billy Graham once stated: “The greatest legacy that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren is not money or material things accumulated in life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

Oakland City University’s administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have worked tirelessly on developing the strategic plan: Shaping Our Future. Through the leadership of Drs. Dempsey and Dunivan, several key areas are being addressed including a major focus on stewardship. As alumni and friends of OCU, it is our duty and privilege to provide stewardship to the next generation of Mighty Oaks.

Since 1885, individuals have believed in the importance of higher learning in Oakland City, Indiana. Stewardship is not a new idea at this institution. People like William Cockrum not only had a vision for a “college on the hill” but gave of their talents and treasure to see it come to fruition. Now, the beacon of stewardship carries forward to all of us who love and cherish Oakland City University.


We are thankful for the many generous supporters who make it possible for OCU to be a leading faith-based University that is preparing students for a life of Christian service.


Adolph and Jamae Lacy Endowment Scholarship Alumni Endowment Scholarship Arno Lessheim Endowment Scholarship
Arthur & Zell Baker Memorial Scholarship Barbara Horstmeyer Endowment Scholarship Benoni Stinson Endowment Scholarship
Bethesda General Baptist Endowment Scholarship Bryce & Opal Bottom Endowment Scholarship C. Kightly Trippet Endowment Scholarship
C.R. Richardson Endowment Scholarship Cane Run General Baptist Church Endowment Scholarship Carolyn Weng Endowment Scholarship
Cecil H. & Wanda Gladish Endowment Scholarship Charles & Isabel Hoskinson Endowment Scholarship Charles, Jane Ellen, and Michael Neuman Endowment Scholarship
Christy Park General Baptist Endowment Scholarship Claude L. Atkins Endowment Scholarship Coach Delbert Disler Endowment Scholarship
Cyrstal Jones Roland Endowment Scholarship Davis/Phillips Endowment Scholarship Donald K. & Mary Ann Wilder Endowment Scholarship
Dorothy Cockrum Heldt Endowment Scholarship Dr. Al J. Tieken Endowment Scholarship Dr. Carl and Joan Shepard Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Claudine and Adelaide Cutchin Endowment Scholarship Dr. Dale Porter Endowment Scholarship Dr. Darroll and Savanah Hargraves Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Gary Barrett Endowment Scholarship Dr. James and Eddie Marie (Evans) Julian Endowment Scholarship Dr. James Wilson Murray Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Jerry Phillips Endowment Scholarship Dr. Kenneth R. Kennedy Endowment Scholarship Dr. L.O. Roberts Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Olen & Inez Pumphrey Endowment Scholarship Dr. Olive Smith Endowment Scholarship Dr. Ollie and Jane Latch Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Presley Pendergrass Endowment Scholarship Dr. R.E. Simms Endowment Scholarship Dr. Vern P. & Bertha L. Whitten Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Virgil Hunt Endowment Scholarship Dr. Wayne Foust Endowment Scholarship Dr. William F. and Caroline Roberta Bromley Endowment Scholarship
Dr. William I. Painter Endowment Scholarship Edward Glenn Endowment Scholarship Ella Mayhall Bradbury Music Endowment Scholarship
Eloise Mack Peugeot Endowment Scholarship First G.B. Church of Chino Endowment Scholarship Frances Borders West Memorial Scholarship
Fred & Helen Rumble Endowment Scholarship Frieda Jordan & William T. Ellison Endowment Scholarship George Gomer Endowment Scholarship
H.C. or Dorothy Evans Memorial Endowment Scholarship Harold and Mary McCord Family Endowment Scholarship Heathman Family Scholarship
Hope, Swartz, Williams Endowment Scholarship Imel Pride Endowment Scholarship Ira M. & Lela Mae Wilder Endowment Scholarship
Iva Fritz Samson Endowment Scholarship Jamaica Youth Missions Endowment Scholarship James E. & Alice Morlock Endowment Scholarship
James Montgomery Gordon Endowment Scholarship Jeannette E. & Mildred Rauscher Endowment Scholarship Jennie M. Pride Endowment Scholarship
Jose & Delores Sablan Endowment Scholarship Joy Yeager Endowment Scholarship Lawrence Black Endowment Scholarship
Lennie Hunt Johnson Endowment Scholarship Lesta & Howard R. Miller Scholarship Fund Lillian K. Ehlbert Endowment Scholarship
Lois Tichenor Endowment Scholarship Lone Oak Endowment Scholarship Lonnie E. & Sara Elizabeth Fraser Endowment Scholarship
Louese Spradley Endowment Scholarship Lt. William Randall Crecelius Endowment Scholarship Lynden R. Pride, Nona, & Earther Fritz Endowment Scholarship
Mamie Dufford Endowment Scholarship Margery Settle Endowment Scholarship Marietta C. Hasselbrinck Endowment Scholarship
Marlin Kell Endowment Scholarship Maxine & Stephen E. Medlin Endowment Scholarship Michael Musgrave Endowment Scholarship
Michael R. Vire Endowment Scholarship Mildred Vaughn Endowment Scholarship Neva Barnard Endowment Scholarship
OCU Alumni Athletic Endowment Scholarship Opal Phillips Endowment Scholarship Orlan & Margery Phillips Endowment Scholarship
Orville Pratt Endowment Scholarship Paul B. Johnson Endowment Scholarship Paul Montgomery Endowment Scholarship
Paula Pendergrass Endowment Scholarship Professor Emma Anderson Endowment Scholarship Professor J.H. Oxford Endowment Scholarship
Professor William Jordan Endowment Scholarship R.B. Smith Endowment Scholarship Rae Reierson Murray Endowment Scholarship – Athletic Scholarship for Women
Rev. Otis and Ruby Allen Endowment Scholarship Rev. Tony Kevin Eskew Endowment Scholarship Richard & Charlotte Wasson Endowment Scholarship
Robert S. Kelley and Weldon X. Hall, Jr. Endowment Scholarship Roberta Doninger Endowment Scholarship Ron Malin Student Support Services Endowment Scholarship
Rosalia T. Torres Endowment Scholarship Roy and Patricia Meyerholtz Endowment Scholarship Ruby & Edgar Baum Endowment Scholarship
Suddath Endowment Scholarship T. Hammons Endowment Scholarship The Finch Endowment Scholarship
The Liberty Association Endowment Scholarship The Religious Studies Endowment Scholarship The Union Grove Association Endowment Scholarship
The Webb Foundation Endowment Scholarship Thomas H. & Beatrice Colvin Dunning Endowment Scholarship Townsend Endowment Scholarship
Virgil Whaley Endowment Scholarship W. Anthony & Sheri Huff Endowment Scholarship William Ledgerwood Endowment Scholarship
Willis B. Simpson Endowment Scholarship Winsett-Riggle Memorial Endowment Scholarship Wm. C. & Edythe Dearing Scholarship Fund
Wm. P. & May Cockrum Dearing Scholarship Fund Dr. Ray and Beth Barber Endowment Scholarship