OAK CIRCLE

Undergraduates learning about the Foundation and beginning their lifelong journey of giving back to DU.

ABOUT THE OAK CIRCLE

Each year DU undergraduates are encouraged to give back through the Oak Circle – the Foundation’s undergraduate giving program. Hundreds of undergraduates join the Oak Circle each year with a gift of $18.34 to the Oak Circle endowment, and the dollars raised are given directly back to students through scholarships to our award-winning educational programs. Joining the Oak Circle is an annual experience and undergraduates who join receive an Oak Circle apparel item. The Oak Circle name was derived from the Oak that is located on the Convention Banneret. The Convention Banneret's principal charge is the oak tree whose trunk and branches show the relationship of DU Chapters to the larger General Fraternity. If you have questions about the Oak Circle, contact Director of Development Rayna Fordahl at fordahl@deltau.org

Oak Circle FAQ

Oak Circle Scholarships 

The DU Educational Foundation is proud to be using Oak Circle funds to provide scholarships to three upcoming programs hosted by the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV). Learn more about these opportunities and apply today! 

Building Team Culture Series

Th virtual Building Team Culture Series is designed to help new Executive Boards develop a strong culture of teamwork that will help them throughout the upcoming year. The program is presented by Galen Emanuele, an international speaker and president of Shift Yes, who has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies on developing team culture. Participants will work through a step-by-step process to establish a clearly defined intentional code of behaviors and mindsets that will positively impact the entire team in how they show up and work together. Participants will walk away with resources and tools to help them implement what they learn in their work within the chapter.

  • Session 1 will be available on demand in December 2021 – This can be a great tool to help your officer transition.
  • Session 2 will be a live session with Galen Emanuele from Shift Yes. There will be two times available to accommodate various schedules.

Building Team Culture Scholarship Application

AFLV Conference

The annual AFLV Conference is one of the premiere leadership development conferences available to fraternity and sorority members. Thousands of students from hundreds of campuses come together to share best practices, develop new networks, and sharpen skills that will help the succeed as leaders in their chapters. There are two different locations, Indianapolis and Anaheim. The program includes high profile keynote speakers, hundreds of breakout sessions on a wide array of relevant topics, and social opportunities to connect with fellow students.

  • AFLV Central – February 3-6, 2022, at the JW Marriot Hotel in Indianapolis, IN
  • AFLV West – February 24-27, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA

Note: The scholarship will cover the cost of registration. Participants will be responsible for travel, hotel and meal costs.

AFLV Conference Scholarship Application 

UIFI

The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) is an intensive four-day leadership development experience for students who are looking to make an impact in their chapters and their communities. The program brings students from across the county together to work with experts in the fraternity and sorority world. Participants will learn from each other in large and small groups with space for individual reflection and introspection. Our goal is for all participants to have a new perspective about their own fraternity/sorority experience as a result of their time at UIFI. Participants will sign up for one of 6 sessions throughout the summer.

2022 Session Dates:

  • Session 1: May 12-15
  • Session 2: May 15-18
  • Session 3: May 22-25
  • Session 4: June 2-5
  • Session 5: July 28-31
  • Session 6: July 31-Aug. 3

Note: The scholarship will cover the cost of registration. Participants are responsible for their own travel. Click here for more information.

UIFI Scholarship Application

ANNUAL IMPACT

Given the vast array of educational programming offered by the DUEF each year, joining the Oak Circle is a great way for undergraduates to make their own impact on the next generation of DU leaders. Since the inception of the Oak Circle in 2001, more than 100 undergraduates have received Oak Circle scholarships for educational programming, and thousands of undergraduates have given to the Oak Circle endowment fund with a gift of $18.34 or more. The Oak Circle endowment has grown to more than $230,000, and the Foundation grants annual Oak Circle scholarships from annual interest earned. Undergraduate gifts to the Oak Circle not only provide educational programming scholarships right away, but the Oak Circle endowment ensures each gift made will make an impact forever on future generations.

OAK CIRCLE BENEFITS AND RECOGNITION

Every undergraduate who joins the Oak Circle Undergraduate Giving Club by May 1 annually will receive the membership apparel item for that year (unveiled at the Presidents Academy in January). The 2021 apparel item is a plaid necktie!

Membership apparel items will be given immediately to anyone who joins on-site at the Presidents Academy or Regional Leadership Academy, but all others who join will have their apparel items shipped to their respective mailing address. Along with publishing the names of all donors in the Foundation's Annual Report, the DUEF will also annually recognize chapters (based on the dollars raised and percentage of members in the Oak Circle) at the Leadership Institute in the summer.

Give to the DUEF Today

Will you join us in Building Better Men for a global society? Your support of the DUEF will help provide educational programming, chapter initiatives and scholarships to young men who will soon lead our world.