This website is maintained by the OU Office of University Advancement. Advancement works in close partnership with the The University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc., which receives, administers, invests, and distributes private gifts to OU.
The Seed Sower on our University’s seal is more than an homage to our first president, David Ross Boyd. The figure of the Sower is symbolic of what our University stands for and why we exist. As sowers of change, we look beyond the horizon, we see things not as they are but how they could be. We believe the future will be greater than anything we could ever imagine because we believe in the power of the giver.
OU’s unique heritage is reflected every day in the tenacious efforts of our students and faculty to shape our world for the better. They are empowered by the philanthropic optimism of our donors – the givers and true sowers of a future they may never see but can courageously imagine. It is the givers who ensure our students are able to pursue their dreams, faculty are able to extend the frontiers of knowledge through cutting-edge research and creative activity, and the OU community is made stronger because of philanthropic support.
University Advancement inspires philanthropy by promoting OU’s sacred mission, differentiating OU from other universities and nonprofits, building a sense of community, connecting philanthropic opportunities with donors’ values, broadening perspectives and reminding our alumni where they came from and the true meaning and power of an education.