The All University Fund Drive (AUFD) is an annual effort supported by the dedication of faculty, staff and retirees - Oakland University’s closest allies. Giving sets us apart as leaders striving to make a difference for our students and furthering the work we do.
Did you know:
- OU is a non-profit organization and relies on donor support to keep education within reach and offer the programs on which we pride ourselves.
- Many students receive scholarships that help ease the financial burden of a college education. Others participate in student organizations, research and other activities that benefit from donor support.
- Tuition alone only covers around 80% of the cost to educate a full-time student. Donors like you help fill that gap.
- You can give to your own department or area, to help your work go further.
- And all students benefit from the strong academic infrastructure that wouldn’t be here without the generous support of our closest friends and allies, the faculty and staff who have dedicated their careers to this campus and those students.
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 with a credit card 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 Susanne Aeillo...
Name: Susanne Aeillo
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Lake Orion, MI
Why did you choose OU? I chose OU because it was conveniently located for me to commute to campus. I also liked the education program that OU offered. I felt like it was comprehensive and well supported by the University.
What can’t you live without at OU? I really couldn’t live without the counselors for the Education Department! They have made the whole experience of transferring to OU and finishing my degree virtually painless.
What do you like best about your major or area of study? I love the field experiences that we are able to do each semester. It allows me to experience a variety of classroom ages and teaching styles.
How is your educational path different? I was attending Eastern Michigan University's Special Education program, but an illness forced me to leave school. After that, life just got in the way of returning. First I was too ill to come back. Then I had too many bills to afford school. I always planned on returning to school but the timing was never "right".
Eventually I got married and had children. As our family grew, my husband became ill and passed away. After raising my children, I actively began my return to school. Oakland offered the program that I wanted and was so close by. I knew an education was the only way to achieve my goal of becoming a teacher and the opportunities available at OU have made the return so much easier.
Why is the Women of Critical Difference scholarship award important to Oakland University? The award is important because it recognizes non-traditional students as valued members of the OU family. There are not many scholarships available for students who are older or on a different educational path. The Woman of Critical Difference award says to these students that they do want us to be a part of the OU experience - that they see us and value the contributions that we make to society.
How have scholarships empowered you? Scholarships have allowed me to continue my education. They have lessened the financial burden that all students face and given me the opportunity to worry less about paying for my education and focus more on the education itself.
If you could meet your scholarship donors, what would you tell them? I would tell them how grateful I am that they recognize the needs of strangers enough to donate towards their education. I want them to know that their acts of kindness really do mean the difference between a woman who is able to finish her education and one that may not be able to complete her degree. Just knowing that there is someone out there who believes in you enough to help support your education goals is a huge step up on the path to educational success.
Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship (Fund #35008):
The Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship supports single parents who are looking to go back to college after their college education was interrupted. Help these moms and dads go back to school to pursue their undergraduate degree with a gift to the Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship!
AUFD Spotlight on Tristen Buvoltz
Name: Tristen Buvoltz
Major: Studio Art and Painting
Hometown: Warren, PA
How have you benefited from the Veterans Affairs Office? Unlike traditional students, veterans have additional paperwork to navigate. The Veterans Support Services office offers support on applying for benefits. The office also serves as a social spot for fellow veterans to socialize and have a safe environment to speak about private issues.
Career Plans? Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a Masters in Painting and eventually hope to run my own art gallery.
What makes OU special? Oakland University is so special to me because it has given me so many amazing opportunities that help me grow as a person and because it is exceptionally veteran friendly!
What student organizations or sports are you involved in? I am the former president of Student Veterans of Oakland University. I served over 1 ½ years as president and I still act as an adviser for the current president. I also went to Panama for a medical trip with Global Brigades and am an active member in La Pittura, a student art and art history organization.
Do you work while attending school? While I do not work a regular schedule, I work as a contractor for a dental service management company which provides services to the military. I also temp for local dentists in the area.
What is your favorite building? My favorite building is Wilson Hall. I spend most of my time there in my art classes and working on projects.
What is the most memorable thing you have done on OU’s campus? The most memorable thing I have done on campus was the January 2013 tailgate, my first planned event with the veterans. We grossly overestimated the amount of food needed and so we donated the leftovers to a veterans shelter in Detroit. It was so great to see how such a small donation made so many people so happy. This also cascaded to inviting some of the veterans from the shelter to an OU basketball game and a clothing drive to benefit the shelter.
Veterans Affairs Gifts Fund (30276): Consider supporting the more than 300 veterans and active service members on campus.
The Veterans Support Services Office provides many vital services. It is the starting point for service members, dependents and veterans entering Oakland University and throughout their time here. They provide information on using military and veteran benefits, social and networking events for student veterans and host the Veteran Jump Start.
AUFD Spotlight on Myles Harper
Name: Myles Harper
Class year: Junior
Major: History, minor in Political Science
Home Town: Llanfairfechan, Wales, UK
Why did you choose OU? I had the choice to stay in the UK for college or move here with my family. It seemed like a great opportunity to get a unique international experience, and the folks in the International Students and Scholars Office made everything so easy. Given how welcoming and supportive the environment was at OU, it was the obvious choice.
What student organizations are you involved in? I am involved in the Student Philanthropy Committee (SPC), an organization that gets students involved directly in the philanthropy process. It's an opportunity to let OU's supporters know what kind of impact they make with the student body. I serve as the junior class representative on the Senior Class Gift Committee (part of the SPC), co-chairing with a current senior.
I am also a founding member of the Meadow Brook Hall Student Outreach Organization. The group is active in promoting the Hall on campus and informing students of how significant it is to OU's history.
What was the strangest/craziest thing that you’ve seen or done at OU? It's not quite crazy, but in the open space between the Dodge Hall of Engineering and the Science and Engineering Building I saw a girl feeding a deer from her hand in the middle of winter. It makes you remember that there's still so much wooded land for wildlife around campus.
What do you like best about your major or area of study? We cannot understand or evaluate today without looking at yesterday, so studying history is essential. Plus, the department is small and I like that my professors know me personally and support me.
What inspired you to start the Meadow Brook Hall Student Outreach Organization? It's surprising to see how many alumni come to the Hall and are shocked that they completely missed such a large building during the time they studied here. We want students to learn about the legacy that Matilda Wilson left for OU and help strengthen the ties between the Hall and the University, as it was when Mrs. Wilson lived there.
What’s the weirdest thing you have seen at MBH or learned about its history while you have worked as a docent? I found out something recently about the Breakfast Room. If you whisper into a corner of the wall, the room is designed to reverberate and amplify your voice to the exact opposite corner. If take a tour of Meadow Brook Hall, ask if you can try this trick!
Is the mansion haunted? It depends who you ask. I would say no because I haven't felt any kind of haunting. Even so, there are plenty of stories and some people insist that they have felt a presence in the Hall!
Meadow Brook Hall Gifts and Donation (35122): Meadow Brook Hall is one of OU's treasures. You can help the dedicated staff and volunteers who work to keep the home in pristine historical condition. They might not let you handle the rare antiques or repaint Matilda's parlor, but you can rest easy knowing that your gift will help preserve this piece of OU's history for years to come.
ISSO Award Gift Fund (30127): The International Students and Scholars Office is committed to to building an international campus through service, support and advocacy. For students like Myles, not only is this their first stop on their road to an OU education, the office provides continued support during their time on campus.
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!
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.
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. I also plan to join the Student Michigan Education Association.
Do you have other family members that have gone to OU? No, but I am proud to be the first.
What was the strangest/craziest thing that you’ve seen or done at OU? It was my junior year ASB had just participated in Grizzfest (student organization fair). We had created a giant 5’ x 5’ cardboard school bus as a way 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 and laughed. I loved watching everyone’s reaction.
Lowry Early Childhood Center Gift Fund (30090): If the excitement and energy of the preschool classrooms doesn't hook you, the cuteness factor is through the roof! Students like Shelby get valuable experience working with our youngest Grizzlies and Lowry staff provides a great early childhood education to the community.
Alternative Spring Break (CSA Gift fund #30106, make a note for your gift to go the Alternative Spring Break): Shelby can work with power tools like a pro, however, she gained so much more through leadership experience and service to others that can't be taught in classrooms. With service opportunities near and far, funds to the ASB can make you feel twice as good - doing good in your community and helping our students expand their world view.
Tareva A. Saunders
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.