For more than 50 years, the Oriental Institute’s volunteers have contributed to the growth of the OI’s research and educational programs with their time, talents, and philanthropic support. During this period of unprecedented challenges on so many levels, the ongoing and strengthened commitment from you and your fellow volunteers is more important than ever. Please consider extending your service and generosity to the OI with a financial contribution to help the OI maintain and even expand its scholarly activities and learning opportunities in the year ahead.

Right now, you can double the impact of your giving to the OI. In memory and honor of the late Margaret Foorman and her decades of leadership and service as an OI volunteer and docent, Jim Foorman will match dollar-for-dollar any new gift or pledge made by our volunteers and docents before the end of 2020 for a total of up to $50,000! The Foorman Challenge will enable your contribution today to make an even greater difference for the OI and the learning community we serve together. Click the button below to make a secure gift online, and please indicate "OI Volunteers Campaign" in the special instruction box at the bottom of the web page to ensure your gift will be properly allocated.

Make a Gift Online

Your new or renewed giving commitment before December 31 will provide essential resources to the OI and can help take us over the top of the Foorman Challenge!


As an added incentive, all docents and volunteers who give at any level will be listed on signage to be displayed in the volunteer and education office and will be recognized in a featured edition of Volunteer Voice at the conclusion of this special fundraising effort.

Interested in making a pledge? Download the form here and email the completed document to the OI development office at oi-development@uchicago.eduPLEASE NOTE that credit card information should NOT be shared via email for security reasons. See the form or contact the development office for additional instructions on making credit card gift payments.

If you would like additional information on making a gift or pledge to this special appeal, please contact Wally Verdooren at 773-702-5062 or

Thanks for all the ways you contribute to the OI!