Why donate to Bacone College?

We hope we can share with you how you can make a difference in the lives of our students, and we hope it will inspire you to participate by making a donation. As a private, not-for-profit college where economic, cultural, racial, and religious diversity is valued,  celebrated, and protected on our campus, your generous gift will directly support students’ experiences here every day.

Bacone College is asking for your generous support now as we continue to guide our students through the ongoing pandemic and strive to keep them safe as they learn and grow. I hope you will join me and make a tax-deductible gift today.

When using the donate button above, please use the note section during payment to designate which campaign, scholarship or program you are donating to. For general donations, you may leave the note section blank.

Please contact the Development Office at [email protected] if you have any questions and we will promptly assist you.

Special Challenges

Elizabeth Higgins, Trustee Emeritae: Challenges all Trustee Emeritus/ae to donate $5,000.

Rick West, Trustee: Challenges all current Trustees to donate $2,000.

Leroy Thompson, Faculty: Challenges all Faculty members to donate $1,500.

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This year Bacone has seen the most students enrolled since 2018. In fact, while other schools in the area have seen a significant decrease in enrollment, Bacone has seen a 21.7% enrollment increase. In order to serve the greater housing needs of our burgeoning student population, we must urgently renovate Walter-Starr Hall, Poloke-Bosen Hall, and the lower level of McCoy Hall for the upcoming semesters. We need to raise $270,000 to complete this effort.  Your gift of any amount will have a direct impact on our students.

School of Indian Art

The Bacone College School of Indian Art is a historic program that could use your financial support. The School of Indian Art was formed in 1935, and saw such students and directors as esteemed artists Woody Crumbo, Dick West, Johnnie Diacon, Ruthe Blalock Jones, and so many more. The School of Indian Art inspired the Bacone-Style of Art, a flat-style of painting that is historic and still followed by many Native American artists today. Today’s school is in need of major renovations in its historic art building, McCombs Hall. And it is need of equipment and materials to give art students the most well-rounded art experience and education possible. Consider donating to this historic degree program today.


Because of our increased enrollment, there is also a much greater need for student scholarships. Our Native American students make up 59.3% of Bacone’s student population and it is our goal to establish substantial scholarships for Native American students; whether that student identifies as a first-time freshman, a non-traditional college student, or is a student that has dreamed of attending our School of Indian Art and following in the footsteps of esteemed Native artists such as Woody Crumbo, Walter Richard “Dick” West, or Ruthe Blalock Jones. Your generous donation makes higher education possible for our Native American students.


For the health, safety, and well-being of our students during the pandemic, Bacone has made the difficult decision to move all classes online for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. Many of our students desperately need your financial help now more than ever in order to finish the semester successfully with all the technology necessary to move completely to remote learning. Bacone is asking for your generous support now as we continue to guide our students through this pandemic and strive to keep them safe as they learn and grow.