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Vision Society

What is the Vision Society?

Oakland University’s Vision Society recognizes individuals who have chosen to support the university’s mission through any type of “planned gift”. Planned gifts are formal plans to make a gift in the future. This can be accomplished many different ways including naming Oakland in your will or trust, by using a beneficiary form on a retirement account or life insurance policy or giving us a qualified life insurance policy. Special gifts that pay you income for life, such as charitable gift annuities, also make you eligible for membership in the Vision Society.

Whatever your gift, know that it is much more than a sum of money or other assets – it represents your values and priorities and a lifetime of hard work. These unique gifts can honor the memory of a loved one, or serve as a tribute to an influential mentor. And always, these gifts extend the university’s good work into future generations.

How can I become a member?

To become a member, simply let us know you have included Oakland University in your estate plans. We will work with you to make sure we understand your intention and can properly administer your gift in the future.

These gifts will provide lasting impact for the university and students, and could provide tax advantages for you and/or your family. You can be an anonymous member for recognition purposes if you so choose, and the specifics of your gift will be kept confidential unless you give permission to share your plans for OU with others.

Membership benefits

Benefits of the Vision Society include:
  • Certificate of membership
  • Oakland Always e-newsletter with information on upcoming events, university news and more
  • Invitations to exclusive Vision Society events
  • Invitations to OU programs that interest you
  • Opportunities to meet with students, faculty and administrators

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