Why does USAO solicit private donations? Does the university receive state funding?

State assistance is at a steady decline and currently makes up less than 35% of the university's annual operating budget. This includes hiring talented faculty, enhancing academic programs, providing student services, equipping top-quality labs and more. While we are extremely proud of the educational opportunities offered at USAO, the economic reality is that the cost of a higher education has outpaced conventional resources and state funding.

Private gifts help bridge this gap and ensure that the university can continue to provide a high-level of education while maintaining its accessibility to all students.

Why is giving a gift every year important? 

Giving to USAO annually gives you the power to make an immediate impact on students who choose to become a Drover. Even a modest commitment, combined with support from alumni around the world, helps us meet our annual participation goals. The alumni giving percentage rate is calculated from gifts made only in the current year.

What impact does the alumni giving participation rate have on the university, other than dollars received?

Corporations and foundations make their funding decisions based on the number of donations USAO receives, not the amount. Also, the more alumni who support USAO, the higher its national and state rankings will be, strengthening our reputation. 

Can I designate my gift to a specific area or program?

Yes! While The General Fund is the primary vehicle through which support is provided to the university, you may choose to designate your gift to a specific fund, scholarship or department. Both undesignated and designated gifts provide necessary and immediately available resources for the university.

Is my gift tax deductible?

In most cases your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law. The USAO Foundation advises you to consult your tax professional if you have concerns regarding the deductibility of your contribution.