Dear Alumni & Friends,
Each day, the promise of Ohio University gathers new strength. Like when a high school senior considers a list of America’s leading academic institutions and chooses Ohio University. And when current students discover their passion and take the initial steps on a lifelong journey of achievement. Our strength grows when ideas generated by alumni effect positive change in their industry, their community, and their world. And when faculty members captivate classrooms full of students, then find the time to discuss the topic one-on-one with students who need, or simply want, more of their time. Our strength shines when the impact of discoveries made on the campuses of Ohio University are felt around the globe.
In order to continue to make these discoveries shine and allow theses educational opportunities to grow, we need your support now more than ever. State funding traditionally has been the primary source of revenue for public universities across the nation. Simply put, as a percentage of the total Ohio University budget, aid from the state has declined dramatically over the past 10 years. It is no surprise with the growing demands on our government’s budget and the increased cost of basic needs that our nation’s states are unable to provide the necessary funding for our universities.
Ohio University is not immune to these challenges. Currently, the State of Ohio provides 24 percent of our total budget. Ten years ago, we received 34 percent. The remaining necessary funds must come from tuition, fees, research-generated revenue and private giving. Only tuition and fees have risen as a percentage, not philanthropy.
The Promise Lives Campaign for Ohio University will bridge the gap between state funds and tuition costs. In order to prevent the burden of dwindling state support from falling on our students’ shoulders, we must turn to philanthropy. So we turn to you.
The Promise Lives Campaign seeks to raise at least $450 million to support the following priorities:
Access and Opportunity - $175 million
Research and Creative Activity - $105 million
Academic and Student-Life Experience - $50 million
Campus Environment - $100 million
Outreach and Partnerships - $20 million
Achieving these priorities will require the collective means and hard work of many alumni and friends. The Campaign is for everyone, regardless of resources, who has faith in our students, our faculty, and our University.
Now, on this day, you can add your strength to the promise of Ohio University. Invest in a vision that began in 1804. Invest in the dedication that has brought us to this point in our history. Invest in our potential to achieve beyond the expected. Invest in one of America’s great universities. Invest in yourself, because the Promise Lives in You.
Roderick J. McDavis