Ways To Donate

Support the Oklahoma Arts Institute

As a national model for excellence in public/private partnerships, the Oklahoma Arts Institute is grateful for its strong and long­lasting relationship with the State of Oklahoma. Nevertheless, private donations from corporations, foundations, individuals, and arts and civic organizations remain the lifeblood of the organization’s funding. Each dollar invested by the State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Arts Council must be matched by private dollars raised by OAI. The Oklahoma Arts Institute is committed to raising scholarships for every student and public educator attending the summer and fall programs. The Oklahoma Arts Institute will work with you to find the most efficient, personally satisfying, and financially advantageous way to make a contribution. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. 

All donation amounts are appreciated, but donors of $250 or more qualify as OAI Members and are invited to attend various events throughout the year, including Visitors’ Day at Quartz Mountain during the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in June. Donors may choose to contribute at the following membership levels:

Underwriters ($25,000 and up)
Benefactors ($10,000 – $24,999)
Patrons ($5,000 – $9,999)
Sustainers ($1,000 – $4,999)
Stakeholders ($250 – $999)

Online Giving

Credit and debit card donations are processed through Blackbaud Merchant Services, offering secure credit card processing. Please click the button below to make a one-time contribution or to set up automatic recurring donations.

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Cash Gifts

A gift of cash is the simplest method of supporting the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Many corporations match the gifts their employees make to the Institute, thereby doubling the value of the gift. Donors should consult their employers to determine if such programs are offered. Checks should be made payable to “Oklahoma Arts Institute” and mailed to: 111 NW 9th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Named Endowment Funds

The Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation oversees an endowment fund with the sole purpose of supporting the programs of the Oklahoma Arts Institute in perpetuity. Donors may give to an existing endowment fund or establish a named endowment fund to honor a loved one, friend, or mentor. Many donors choose to establish scholarship funds for students to attend the Summer Arts Institute or for educators to attend the Fall Arts Institute. Donors often continue to increase their named endowment funds with annual contributions. Only the interest generated by the investment of principal is used to support programs. Contributions to the endowment should be made payable to “Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation” and mailed to: 111 NW 9th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Contact Shana Gibelyou about establishing a new endowed fund.

Vehicle Donation Program

Looking to get rid of an old vehicle? The Oklahoma Arts Institute has partnered with V-DAC (Vehicle Donations to Any Charity) to provide an easy, tax-deductible way for you to turn your old car, truck, boat, or RV into a cash donation benefiting the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Whether the vehicle is running or not, V-DAC will pick up your vehicle from anywhere in the country and take care of the details at no cost to you or the Arts Institute.

Go to www.v-dac.com to learn more or click here to begin the donation process! 

Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

Stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and other securities may be donated via transfer to the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Gifts of securities are especially advantageous for you as the donor, as you receive a charitable deduction based on the value of the securities at the time of transfer and are also relieved of paying taxes on any gain in the value of the securities. The policy of the Institute’s Board of Directors is to immediately liquidate securities upon receipt.

To make a gift of securities, please contact our Director of Finance, Shana Gibelyou, at 405.605.7500, ext. 0, or you may notify our relationship manager at BOK Financial, Sandra Rochell at 405.272.2140. 

If the securities are in your possession, BOK Financial will research the physical certificate and advise you on how to proceed.

If the shares are held at a securities firm or other brokerage account, you may instruct your firm or brokerage to transfer the shares to The Oklahoma Arts Institute’s account using the appropriate downloadable form below.

Type Transfer Method Form
Stocks DTC Download PDF
Bonds FED or DTC Download PDF
Mutual Funds Electronically at Mutual Fund Company Download PDF


If you have further questions, call Shana at the number above.

Gifts of Property

Donors may choose to contribute commercial or residential property to the Oklahoma Arts Institute. All gifts of property are subject to the approval of the Institute’s Board of Directors.

Deferred or Planned Giving

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is often named a beneficiary in the wills or living trusts of Institute alumni and friends. The donor may elect to leave all or part of an estate to benefit the Institute. In addition, an increasingly popular method of giving is the charitable remainder trust, of which there are two varieties: the charitable remainder unitrust and the charitable remainder annuity trust. Both can be funded through a gift during a donor’s lifetime or through a testamentary disposition. Both provide life income for the donor and/or designated beneficiaries. Life Insurance can become a gift of much greater value than the actual money expended when the policy is given to the Institute, which is named the beneficiary. The donor may choose to pay up the entire policy or make annual contributions to the Institute for the cost of the premiums. 

How to Give

The Institute’s Development Department is happy to provide you with specific information or assistance in making a gift. For further information regarding donations, please contact:

Shana Gibelyou, Director of Finance
Phone 405.605.7500 , ext. 0