About PhilanthroPete

PhilanthroPete is Oklahoma State University's interactive crowdfunding platform. On PhilanthroPete, you can join Cowboys and Cowgirls to participate in the power of collective giving. PhilanthroPete projects support campus programs, faculty research, new ideas or sustaining time-tested plans for the university. The very definition of PhilanthroPete is the Cowboy family coming together for the love of OSU.

OSU Foundation FAQ

Who can donate through PhilanthroPete?

We welcome students, friends, family, and alumni of Oklahoma State University to take part in PhilanthroPete. Follow the projects, discover your orange passion, and give to a campaign you love!

Who is eligible to apply to launch a project?

Oklahoma State University academic departments, campus units, and student organizations registered or recognized with the Department of Campus Life are eligible to apply to launch a project through PhilanthroPete. These projects should be led by students, faculty, or staff members and benefit Oklahoma State University.

How are projects approved?

All submitted projects are reviewed by a committee comprised of OSU Foundation staff and Student Foundation leadership. The goal of this committee is to review submitted applications for readiness to launch, compile strategic feedback for applicants, and provide a recommendation for the Annual Giving team.

What type of projects are most successful?

The most successful projects have three components. First, a team committed to reaching a goal. Fundraising teams have broader personal networks, divide project tasks, and can support each other throughout the campaign. Second, a sense of urgency created by a deadline that encourages contributions within the timeframe of the campaign. Third, a compelling case for support that inspires alumni, friends, and students of Oklahoma State University to support the project.

How long do campaigns last?

Typically, campaigns are live between 20-40 days.

What is a typical fundraising goal?

There’s nothing typical on PhilanthroPete as goals are specific to each team’s need. The most successful projects on PhilanthroPete have established goals between $1,500 and $10,000.

How do the projects use funds raised?

Campaign teams receive all gifts raised through their PhilanthroPete project whether or not they reach their goal. The OSU Foundation will work with each team to disperse funds for project related expense.

Who can I contact with questions about a project?

If you have questions about a project through PhilanthroPete, please contact Riley Carlow at rcarlow@osugiving.com or (405) 385-5163. 

Will my PhilanthroPete gift be tax-deductible?

Yes. Each gift will receive a receipt for your contribution. If you selected a perk with an associated benefit, the fair-market value will be deducted from your gift when applicable. We generate a gift receipt and send it you for tax purposes usually within the week we receive your gift.

How can I double my donation?

Many companies match gifts to higher education, which can double or triple your gift. To find out if your employer (or your spouse's employer) has a matching gift program, please visit https://osugiving.com/your-gift/employer-matching.

Is it safe to make my gift online?

Yes! We use a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information that is sent to the server using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. This prevents your personal or financial information from falling into the wrong hands.

Who can I contact with questions about my gift?

If you have questions about making your gift, please contact the OSU Foundation at 800.622.4678.

Will you notify the honoree of my tribute gift?

 At this time we will not notify every honoree of tribute gifts. However, you are always welcome to share a link to the donor wall where your tribute will be published with the honoree directly.

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