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2024 Black and Gold Giving Day
Help Shine a Light on OU!

This day unites the OU community in a single mission: to rally behind the OU projects and initiatives you love most. 


We know that each of our donors has unique reasons to give to Oakland University. With hundreds of worthy funds to support, there's an opportunity for everyone to get involved. Your generosity inspires, elevates and transforms students, research, the OU community, and more. Special thanks to the lead matching gift sponsor Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU).


Black and Gold Giving Day plays an important role in OU's success and accelerates our mission in education by highlighting student success, academic teaching, research and discovery, community collaboration, campus expansion, and innovative programs.


With your help, we know we can SHINE A LIGHT ON OU! 


Black & Gold Giving Day Events include:

 March 5th - 9:00 p.m.: The Big Pajama Party for Students in the OC

 March 6th - 6:00 a.m.: OUCU $75,0000 match release online!

                    7:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Mimosas at Meadow Brook (Everyone welcome, Meadow Brook Hall) - Free to attend but registration encouraged.

                    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Hands Only CPR Classes (Rec Center) - Free but registration required.

                    12:00 p.m.: Shine a Light on OU: Giving Day Celebration (Everyone welcome, OU Rec Center) - Free to attend but registration encouraged

                                       Special thanks to event sponsor TIAA.

                     6:00 p.m.: Painting with the Grizz (Shelby Township) - Paid registration required.


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$75,000 Oakland University Credit Union Match
The Oakland University Credit Union has generously provided $75,000 in matching funds for Black & Gold Giving Day! That means all gifts to all funds will be matched up to $1,000 starting at 6:00am until funds run out. Thanks, OUCU! $75,000 match complete!
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12:00-5:00 A.M. Redeye Challenge
Congratulations to our winners Russell Bauer and Darrell Whitney!
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10:00 A.M. - Social Media Stars
Congratulations to winner Patrece Hamblin!
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12:00-1:00 P.M. Giving Day Celebration Challenge
Congratulations to winner Lynn Fisher!
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3:00 P.M. - All about OU Students
Congratulations to winner Raenece Johnson!
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Leaderboard
7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. - POWER HOUR
The fund that receives the most gifts between 7-8pm will earn an additional $750 in matching funds. The fund that receives the second most gifts between 7-8pm will earn an additional $250 in matching funds.
Rank Prize Top Fund Donors
1 $750 Pete Hovland Natatorium Endowment (DPHNE-OU) 19
2 $250 Men's Swimming Gifts (30190) 6
3 Maxwell D. Schein Scholarship Endowment (61676-OU) 4
4 OU Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) (30382) 3
5 Men's Basketball Gifts (30186) 2
6 Patrick Missodey Memorial Scholarship (MPMMS-OU) 2
7 LORACS Greenhouse (30405) 2
8 Helander Social Impact Scholarship (DHSIS) 2
9 Addison Brink, Jr. Athletic Scholarship (65137) 1
10 Mezwa OUWB Recruitment Scholarship (DMORS-OU) 1
11 Michael and Alexis Iveson Endowed Scholarship (61114) 1
12 School of Engineering and Computer Science Gift Fund (35993) 1
13 Volleyball Gifts (30192) 1
14 SBA ACHIEVE Gift Fund (30168) 1
15 Library Gifts-Unrestricted (32498) 1
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10:00 P.M. - OUCU Deserves Credit
Congratulations to winner Kelly Connell!
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Management and Marketing Gift Fund Match
Thanks to generous gifts from TIAA, gifts to the Management and Marketing Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500 total.
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LORACS Greenhouse Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Bill Hamilton, gifts to the LORACS (Laboratory for Outdoor Research, Agriculture, Conservation and Sustainability) will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
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OU Student Food Pantry/Golden Grizzlies Pantry Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Kroger Co., gifts to the OU Student Food Pantry/Golden Grizzlies Pantry will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 total.
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Washington DC Study Away Program Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Mr. Nihal Goonewardene, former student staffer in the OU Athletics Department and 1972 OU graduate, gifts will be matched up to $5,000 total.
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CAS SMTD Student Opportunity Fund Match
Thanks to generous gifts from James & Doris August and Daniel & Miriam Medow, gifts to the CAS SMTD Student Opportunity Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000 total.
$2,000 MATCHED
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Veterans Affairs Gift Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Steve Mackey, gifts to the Veterans Affairs Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 total.
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G & T Gamboa Behavior & Ecology Student Research Endowment Match
Thanks to a generous gift from George and Teresa Gamboa, gifts to the G & T Gamboa Behavior & Ecology Student Research Endowment will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000 total.
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Rec Well Safety Training Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from TMP Architecture, gifts to the Rec Well Safety Training Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Dr. Karl Gregory Endowed Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from OU Black Alumni Chapter, gifts to the Dr. Karl Gregory Endowed Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $623.50 total.
$623 MATCHED
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Student Emergency Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from the Oakland University Alumni Association, gifts to the Student Emergency Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,155 total.
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CAS Michele & Karl Plattenberger Japan Study Abroad Endowment Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Michele Plattenberger, gifts to the CAS Michele & Karl Plattenberger Japan Study Abroad Endowment will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Anna and Keith Tack Finish with Honor Endowed Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from the Keith and Anna Tack, gifts to the Anna and Keith Tack Finish with Honor Endowed Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500 total.
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OU Center for Autism Outreach (OUCARES) Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Inspire Autism, gifts to the OU Center for Autism Outreach (OUCARES) will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 total.
$500 MATCHED
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OUWBSM Auschwitz Exchange Program Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Gerald Weintraub, gifts to the OUWBSM Auschwitz Exchange Program will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Michael Alan Gerus Memorial Scholarship Endowment Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Annette Gerus, gifts to the Michael Alan Gerus Memorial Scholarship Endowment will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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M & K Plattenberger Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Endowment Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Karl Plattenberger, gifts to the Michele and Karl Plattenberger Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Endowment will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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SBA ACHIEVE Gift Fund Match
Thanks to generous gifts from the SBA Advisory Board, gifts to the SBA ACHIEVE Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1050 total.
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Josephine & Giuseppe Scibilia Language Scholarship Endowment Education Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Jo Scibilia, gifts to the Josephine & Giuseppe Scibilia Language Scholarship Endowment Education will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000 total.
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Oncology Rehab PT Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Deb Doherty, gifts to the Oncology Rehab PT Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,400 total.
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Native American Advisory Committee Gift Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Clinton River Watershed Council, gifts to the Native American Advisory Committee Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 total.
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Black & Gold Photo Competition
Congratulations to winner Abbie Morang!
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1957 Challenge
Congratulations to winner Mark Guthrie!
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12:00 P.M. - OU Faculty, Staff, and Retirees
Congratulations to winner Dawn Aubry!
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2:00 P.M. - We LOVE our Ambassadors
Congratulations to winner Amy Garrett!
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5:00 P.M. - Calling all OU Young Alumni
Congratulations to winner Aaron Helander!
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9:00 P.M.- Alums Show Grizzly Pride
Congratulations to winner Xerrien White!
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Leaderboard
11:59 P.M. - End of the Day
The fund that receives the most gifts from unique donors by the end of Giving Day will earn an additional $1000 in matching funds.
Rank Prize Top Fund Donors
1 $1,000 MBH Garden Club Gift Fund (30230) 66
2 Meadow Brook Hall Gifts and Donations (35122) 61
3 Pete Hovland Natatorium Endowment (DPHNE-OU) 57
4 Volleyball Gifts (30192) 44
5 Men's Swimming Gifts (30190) 42
6 OU Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) (30382) 35
7 OU Student Food Pantry/Golden Grizzlies Pantry (31081) 27
8 Men's Basketball Gifts (30186) 25
9 Women's Swimming Gifts (30184) 24
10 Maxwell D. Schein Scholarship Endowment (61676-OU) 21
11 Women's Soccer Gifts (30183) 19
12 LORACS Greenhouse (30405) 15
13 Women's Basketball Gifts (30180) 14
14 OU Student Emergency Fund (30388) 14
15 Men's Cross Country Gifts (30187) 12
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Pete Hovland Natatorium Endowment Match
Thanks to a generous gift from OLY Swimming, gifts to the Pete Hovland Natatorium Endowment Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000 total.
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Softball Gift Fund Match
Thanks to generous gifts from Zimpleman's Excavating, Lisa Byrnes, Al DiPrima, Suzanne DiPrima, Marc Herrington, James Johnston, Lucienne Krizka, Richard Marcucci, Michael Murphy, Joseph Newton, Heather Plitz, Diane Ruhlman, Barb Campbell Younglas and Tom Younglas, gifts to the Softball Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $11,701 total.
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University Recreation & Well-Being Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Fitness Things, gifts to the University Recreation & Well-Being Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Patrick Missodey Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Dana Parke, gifts to the Patrick Missodey Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
$1,000 MATCHED
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Gender & Sexuality Center Gift Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from David Coulter, gifts to the Gender & Sexuality Center Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Organic Farm Gift Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Kelly Brault, all gifts to the Organic Farm Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500!
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Cayla Rose Carr Memorial Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from David Carr, gifts to the Cayla Rose Carr Memorial Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
$1,000 MATCHED
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Michael Gillespie Theatre Student Travel & Enrichment Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Michael Gillespie, gifts to the Michael Gillespie Theatre Student Travel & Enrichment Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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CMI Student Retention Fund Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from the OU Black Alumni Chapter, gifts to the CMI Student Retention Fund Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $549.50 total.
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Mark Murphy Endowed Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Brian Murphy, gifts to the Mark Murphy Endowed Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Graduate School Finish Line Endowed Scholarship Match
Thanks to generous gifts from the Grad School Advisory Board, gifts to the Graduate School Finish Line Endowed Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,700 total.
$1,700 MATCHED
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Meadow Brook Hall Gifts & Donations Match
Thanks to generous gifts from Patrick Brown, Frank Cassise, Art Griggs, Story John, William John, Susan Martin, Teckla Rhoads and Mary Beth Snyder, gifts to the Meadow Brook Hall Gifts & Donations Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $8,500 total.
$8,500 MATCHED
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Library Gifts - Books & OnLine Resources Match
Thanks to a generous gift from the Kresge Library Board, gifts to the Library Gifts - Books & OnLine Resources will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,400 total.
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Nurse Anesthesia Scholarship Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from a generous donor, gifts to the Nurse Anesthesia Scholarship Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 total.
$500 MATCHED
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Michael Alan Gerus Memorial Scholarship Spending Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Steve Gerus, gifts to the Michael Alan Gerus Memorial Scholarship Spending Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Helander Social Impact Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Aaron Helander, gifts to the Helander Social Impact Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
$1,000 MATCHED
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Future Educators Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Cheryl McGinnis, gifts to the Future Educators Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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Tapestry Scholarship for Org Leadership and HR Development Students Match
Thanks to a generous gift from David Strubler, gifts to the Tapestry Scholarship for Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development Students will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 total.
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SBA Gift Fund Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Kenneth and Kimberly Janke, gifts to the School of Business Administration Gift Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 total.
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Orientation Group Leader Spirit Award Match
Thanks to generous gifts from the OU Young Alumni Chapter, gifts to the Orientation Group Leader Spirit Award will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 total.
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