The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation was established as an independent 501 (c) (3) Oklahoma non-profit organization in 1972 to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students and support for faculty, campus activities and vital programs at UCO.
In 1994, the Foundation Board of Trustees made the decision to become an active university fundraiser. Since then, the Foundation has more than doubled its assets, starting with more than $6 million in university donations, university pledges and university estate gifts to more than $20 million today, reflecting the university's continued growth in size, prominence and impact.
The UCO Development Office, which houses the Foundation, serves as the central university fundraising component. Comprised of a comprehensive staff working in the following areas: alumni, college fundraising, public relations/marketing, university major gifts and grants, university annual giving, and university donor compliance, this group of capable individuals is committed to raising private funds to support the mission and goals of the university which include college scholarship support for students and development of relationships with alumni, friends, donors and the campus community.
'Always Central' Campaign
Our time is now; our purpose is clear. Never before have we dreamed bigger - $40 million in scholarships, facilities, teaching, programs and the future. Visit www.alwayscentral.org to learn more about this historic campaign.
UCO Receives $2.5 Million from MidFirst Bank to Complete Boathouse on OK River
Construction on the CHK|Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River will move forward thanks to a $2.5 million gift from MidFirst Bank to the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation. The gift, $2 million of which will go directly to the boathouse, completes the university’s fundraising initiative for the project. The CHK|Central Boathouse will serve as home to the Central Women’s Rowing team, and will also include a live music venue, outdoor performance area and an art gallery, establishing it as a unique presence “where art meets the river” in the growing Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River. In recognition of their support, the live music venues, including indoor and outdoor performance areas, will be named for MidFirst Bank.
Gifts in Action
Your gifts to the university through the UCO Foundation make a difference in so many ways! Learn more about recent gifts and stories of inspiration here.
Tell us Your Story
Perhaps you are among the many students, faculty and staff that the UCO Foundation has been able to help thanks to the generosity of our donors. We want to hear your story. Your story may be featured on our website - inspiring others to make a difference! Learn more here.