The Oak Circle is the primary medium for undergraduate giving for the Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation. Through continued gifts from undergraduate members and their families to Delta Upsilon's annual fund. The Oak Circle was developed in 2001 by Brother Aaron Clevenger, Central Florida '97 while he was serving as the Foundation's Director of Development. He envisioned a program that would educate DU undergraduates of the importance of financial giving to the Fraternity and to create a pattern of giving that extends as they become an alumnus, which remains the program's purpose to this day.
The Oak Circle name was derived from the Oak that is located on the Convention Banneret. The Convention Banneret's principle charge is the oak tree whose trunk and branches show the relationship of the chapters to the General Fraternity. Since its inception, the Oak Circle has grown each year, producing scholarships for our undergraduate brothers.
What does the program support?
The money raised through the program is directed towards the Oak Circle Scholarship endowment for individual Oak Circle Scholarships. An endowment virtually means "permanent funds". The money raised goes into and remains in a permanent and specific set-aside "account". The annual interest that is gained is what produces the scholarships that are awarded annually. As the endowment increases, the number of scholarships that will be awarded increase.
The Oak Circle Scholarship recipient receives a scholarship to attend UIFI and a recognition certificate.
Oak Circle Recognition
The Oak Circle utilizes both individual and Chapter wide recognition as motivation for participation in the program.
Donors are recognized at any amount. All Oak Circle Donors are listed separately (and individually by chapter) in the Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation Annual Report, which is contained in the Delta Upsilon Quarterly every Fall.
All Oak Circle Donors receive a special recognition ribbon to affix to their nametags at the annual Delta Upsilon conferences.
Each year, an "Undergraduate Donor of the Year" is selected for the David McKeag Undergraduate Donor Award. The recipient is recognized annually at the Leadership Institute to the chapter or individual undergraduate member who has had the most significant impact on the Oak Circle Program in the previous fiscal year. Recipients receive a recognition certificate, and their name engraved on a permanent plaque at the Fraternity Headquarters.
Sapphire Blue Donors
Any donor who gifts $100 or more in a fiscal year will become a "Sapphire Blue" Donor.
- Any donor who gifts $50 or more in a fiscal year will become a "Loyalty Club" Donor.
The top-donating chapter is recognized at the annual Awards Banquet at the Leadership Institute and in the Quarterly.
Each year the "Top Ten Chapters" list is complied to recognize the chapters who have given the most money, and those that had the most number of donors in a fiscal year.