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About the Foundation

Established in 1945 by President John C. Baker, The Ohio University Foundation serves as the fund raising arm of Ohio University. The Foundation is an institutionally-related, nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to Ohio University through annual giving programs, capital and special campaigns, and planned or deferred gifts such as bequests and trusts. Contributions to The Ohio University Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Private philanthropy has had a rich and dramatic impact on Ohio University from as early as 1816 when Christopher and Daniel Herrold forgave the debt for the lumber used to build Cutler Hall, to several, more recent capital campaigns. Gifts from generous donors have provided for scholarships and financial aid packages, research and faculty development, capital expansion and renovations, technology upgrades and lab equipment, library acquisitions, and vital unrestricted support that has allowed Ohio University to meet unexpected challenges.

Contributions can be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation and mailed to: P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio 45701.
If you wish to designate your gift to a certain area, please write that in the memo line of the check.

Major capital campaigns at Ohio University

The Promise Lives Campaign $452.1 million (current)
Bicentennial Campaign $221 million (completed in 2004)
The Third Century Campaign $132 million (completed in 1994)
The 1804 Campaign $22.6 million (completed in 1981)


Gift Commitments and Donor Report


Fiscal years 2008-2011 YTD

(The numbers below reflect total gift commitments)

Fiscal Year Revenues Donors
2011 $130.5 million 22,468
2010 $53.4 million 24,183
2009 $46.7 million 24,273
2008 $88.6 million 25,735

Click here to view the 2012 Ohio University Foundation Report.

Questions? Contact:


Benchoff  J. Bryan Benchoff
  President and CEO, Ohio University Foundation
  Vice President, University Advancement
  104 McGuffey Hall
  Athens, OH 45701
  Tel: 740.593.0061
  Fax: 740.593.1432