Alumni Foundation


In June of 1989, the State of Oklahoma officially recognized the newly formed Oral Roberts University Alumni Foundation as a separate, nonprofit corporation. The foundation qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts made to the foundation are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.


The purpose of the Alumni Foundation is to raise support from alumni and friends of the university. Funds are directed to the university as designated by the individual donor and by the foundation board.


The foundation is governed by a 11-member board consisting of: the chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer of the Alumni Association Board; the Director of Alumni Relations; the president of the ORU Faculty Senate; one person appointed by the Alumni Association Board; one person appointed by the ORU Board of Trustees;  chairman of the ORU Board of Trustees' Committee for Development/Alumni Relations (or equivalent Trustee member) and two appointed directors.


Review the Alumni Foundation's bylaws here.


An independent financial audit is conducted annually and is reviewed by the foundation board and presented to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. An annual report of giving and foundation activities is available upon request.

Types of Gifts

  • Annual Fund--These support the general expenses of the Alumni Foundation and Alumni Association.
  • Temporarily Restricted Gifts--These are received with donor restrictions to particular departments or programs within ORU. Funds are held in restricted accounts until authorized disbursement is requested.
  • Permanently Restricted Gifts--These are held indefinitely. Only the interest earned on these funds can be accessed with board approval.
  • Quest Whole Person-These are designed to generate substantial funds,  to finance the Quest Whole Person scholarship program.
  • Corporate Matching Gifts--These enable donors to double, triple, or further multiply their contribution to the ORU Alumni Foundation through their employer's participation in the matching gift program. (Note: Make sure that all checks are made out to the ORU Alumni Foundation, not Oral Roberts University.)

Forms of Donation

  • Cash
  • Personal Check
  • Money Order
  • Credit Card
  • Online gift (Click on Make A Gift.)
  • Pledge
  • Stock Certificates
  • Planned Gifts
  • Life Insurance {Contact Alumni Relations at or call 918.495.6610 for details.}

ORU Alumni Foundation
7777 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74171
Phone 918.495.6610
Fax 918.495.6650