Gifts to the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation support the education, scholarship, and leadership programming initiatives of OΔK. Our current fundraising priorities are outlined below.
Many individuals include Omicron Delta Kappa in their annual philanthropic plans. Most of these gifts are designated as unrestricted, although some donors do support a specific program or initiative with their yearly gifts. When you give an unrestricted gift to OΔK, we spend your money on the primary needs of the organization. The trustees of the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation determine their use, typically for general scholarships, leadership programs, and circle support. Unless donors indicate that a gift is restricted, all gifts to OΔK are considered unrestricted.
Currently, OΔK distributes more than $40,000 annually in scholarships to deserving students to continue their educations in graduate or professional school. Scholarship contributions for outright support of students are welcome as is the creation of endowed scholarships. Donations to provide stipends, as another form of scholarships, for students completing competitive internships are also accepted.
Omicron Delta Kappa is represented on more than 290 campuses across the country. Additional financial support for programs as the Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative Grant, regional drive-in workshops, and providing keynote speakers for individual Circle events is welcomed.
The historic train station which houses OΔK’s National Headquarters was built in 1883 by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for the branch line to Lexington. Va. Financial difficulties prevented the line continuing on to the original planned terminus in Roanoke/Salem. The building was designed by E. Francis Baldwin of Baltimore, who designed many such buildings as B&O’s principal architect. Baldwin’s designs incorporate characteristics of the Queen Anne and Gothic Revival styles, with such hallmarks as steep gabled roofs and towers, large wooden supported brackets, oriel windows and colored glass accents. Many of his passenger station designs had a similar floor plan but no two were exactly alike.
Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to own its headquarters building, but as with all structures of its age, it needs continual care in order to be well preserved for its and OΔK’s future. Contributions in support of the preservation endowment and the ongoing “More Than a Roof” campaign are encouraged.