Giving Options

Thank you for supporting Oakland Community College. Every gift matters.

The OCC Foundation helps shape OCC today and tomorrow by providing critical funds used to meet the most pressing needs of the College and our students. Your support helps OCC respond to unexpected needs and ensures the College is guiding students to success that fulfills community needs.


All gifts to OCC are tax-deductible. You may choose to support one or more programs with a single gift or make multiple payments.

Annual Gifts

These are gifts made on a regular basis, form the backbone of all private support for the College and may be designated for specific programs or services.

Beneficiary Designations

You can help the Foundation by leaving a bequest through wills, insurance policies, a charitable gift annuity, IRAs, 401ks, cars and stocks. A gift by bequest can be simple and incorporated into a will. The OCC Foundation recommends you share the suggested bequest language with your professional advisor. The Foundation would be happy to work with you to set up a bequest.

Employee Giving Appeal

OCC employees, current and retired are the most loyal donors to the OCC Foundation.  You understand the importance and see the impact that your giving has on students. 

As a leader of student success, you champion the needs of students, which led to the creation of the Student Success Fund (SSF). The SSF, is an immediate response to an emergency need, removing barriers to student success. 

Continue leading students to success by contributing to the Student Success Fund. 

Endowed Gifts

Endowing a fund provides perpetual, lasting support for scholarships, books, academic program, buildings and equipment. Contact us for information about how you can build an endowment fund.   

Matching Gifts

Your gift could be doubled or tripled if your employer supports your philanthropy.

Scholarship Options

With a gift of $1,000 or more, you can create a named one-year scholarship, establish selection criteria and determine what it will pay for (such as tuition and books).

For $10,000 or more, you can set up an endowed scholarship that will continue in perpetuity.   These awards will be made each academic year based on the investment income earned in the previous calendar year.  


The Student Success Fund provides immediate financial assistance to help currently enrolled students, attending one of the five OCC campuses, through emergency situations which are impeding their ability to continue their education.  Emergency situations involve circumstances which are beyond the student's control, such as an accident, loss of income, illness, or unanticipated educational expenses.  Students must have exhausted all other sources of funding before applying for this program.

Funds are primarily used for the following emergency financial needs, but are flexible enough to cover other situations:

  • Food, rent or utilities
  • Emergency transportation and vehicle repair
  • Child care expenses
  • Medical/dental expenses
  • Educational expenses,  including tuition, fees, books

Tributes and Memorials

Honoring a loved one, friend, colleague, company or organization by making a gift to OCC Foundation is meaningful to the honoree as well as our students.

You can also honor a loved one by purchasing a brick that will be displayed at our CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training) site located at our Auburn Hills Campus.         

recognition Levels

All gifts to the OCC Foundation are acknowledged with a written statement or letter for tax purposes.

Donors who make gifts of $100 or more become members of one of the Foundation’s Gift Clubs and are recognized as such in the Foundation’s Annual Recognition: 

TAXES: All gifts to the OCC Foundation are tax-deductible. No matter how many tribute and memorials, different funds or scholarships you support in a year, every gift is tax-deductible.

Foundation Doner

"I became a donor in 2000 because I ....."   Mrs. Smith - Commerce Twp, MI

Legacy Society  Legacy Society

Bequests or planned gifts

Founder's Society Founder’s Society

$10,000 or more

Chancellor's Club Chancellor’s Club

$5,000 -$9,999

Dean's Club Dean's Club

$2,500 - $4,999

Platinum Circle Platinum Circle

$1,000 - $2,499

Gold Circle Gold Circle

$500 - $999

Silver Circle Silver Circle

$250 - $499

Century Circle Century Circle

$100 - $249