Below you will find answers to many common questions about Cowboys United 2023.
What is Cowboys United?
Cowboys United is OSU's newest fundraising campaign that seeks to address a singular, current need at Oklahoma State University each year. The event’s focus will change annually, starting with putting a spotlight on mental health.
What mental health services are currently available at OSU?
For more information about OSU's current mental health services and programs, please visit okla.st/osucares.
Why mental health?
Across the nation, the need for mental health services on college campuses has outpaced the available resources. Among college students nationally, in 2021 over 37.2% reported having been diagnosed with at least one mental illness.
This trend is apparent throughout the OSU Stillwater campus, where mental health is becoming an increasingly larger priority to students. In a 2019-2020 study, 42% of OSU students reported that they have received psychological or mental health services, and 76% reported that they would consider seeking help from a mental health professional.
Oklahoma State University Department of Wellness is proud of the available resources they offer students and their tiered approach to counseling services on campus. However, there's always room for improvement and OSU is committed to removing barriers to accessing care and expanding resources.
What will the funds raised from Cowboys United for Mental Health support at OSU?
Every dollar raised through the Cowboys United for Mental Health campaign will have a direct impact on the lives of students on all OSU campuses. These funds will be used across the OSU system to enhance existing mental health services as well as provide new and innovative resources, including graduate and doctoral assistantships, additional free counseling sessions, a mental health referral fund, student organization funding and more.
Will my 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 to you for tax purposes usually within the week we receive your gift.
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.