Alumni of the University of Otago in America Inc. was founded by alumni living in North America to support and promote the University of Otago, and to provide financial support to qualifying organizations for charitable, scientific, educational, and scholarship purposes as defined by section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Funding of University of Otago in America is achieved through the generous donations from alumni and friends living in North America, who can contribute US dollars and take advantage of the benefits of charitable giving under US tax law. In addition many US employees offer matching gift programs for qualified charitable organizations and the University of Otago in America is eligible for matching gifts through these programs.