Frequently Asked Questions
What is the WeCan! campaign?
The WeCan! campaign is an opportunity for you, as a college employee, to make a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation for OCCC to be used for the area you designate.
What kind of things can I support?
As the donor, you may direct your gift to the purpose that means something special to you. Many employees give to scholarships. These can be specific scholarships, such as the Faculty Association Scholarship or the Staff Association’s Chris Shelley Memorial Scholarship. You also may give to the general scholarship fund, which supports students in special categories like first-generation, single parents or international students. You also can support programs like SCMS or Cultural Programs. If you don’t see the fund you wish to support, simply choose “Other” and write in the fund name.
Can I split my gift to support two funds?
Yes, but you will need to use payroll deduction or write a check (our credit card system doesn't provide that option). You will need to give at least $10 per pay period for each of the two funds you want to support.
How does payroll deduction work?
The easiest way is to give is to use payroll deduction. Many employees like this option because it comes directly out of their paycheck each pay period and they say “I don’t even miss it”. To use payroll deduction, your gift must be at least $5 per pay period. Use the link in the navigation bar above to the left for the payroll deduction form. Payroll deductions are valid from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. Payroll deductions do not roll over year to year – you’ll need to complete a form even if you used payroll deduction before.
Can I use my credit card instead of payroll deduction?
Of course! Many employees choose to use their credit cards on the Foundation’s secure online giving portal. You can make a one-time gift or elect to make a monthly, recurring gift by using the link in the navigation bar on the upper left.
What about just writing a check?
You can do that, too. Make your check payable to the Foundation for OCCC and bring it to Room 101 in the Library.
What is the Foundation for OCCC?
The Foundation for OCCC is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization authorized to provide certain tax benefits to donors. The sole purpose of the Foundation is to support the people and programs at the college. Employees work for the college and much of the overhead is covered by the college, so if you designate a specific fund, all of your gift goes to that area. Foundation policies are guided by all applicable laws and a volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders. The Foundation is audited annually by an independent firm, and we are proud to state that the past three audits have yielded no adverse findings.
Will I get a tax receipt for my gift?
If you give through payroll deduction, the IRS stipulates that you use your last pay record of the year to document your giving. You’ll give a copy of it to whomever prepares your taxes. If you use your credit card or write a check, you will receive a tax receipt in the mail for your tax records.
For additional information, contact the Foundation for OCCC at 405-682-7591 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located in Room 101 of the Library.