Larry and Sheila McHale

Sheila and Larry McHale attend an alumni event in Ft. Myers, Fla. earlier this year.

Photographer: Jennifer Bowie

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Stalwart OHIO supporters give challenge gift to 1804 Fund

Matching gift compliments the launch of The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign


Longtime supporters of Ohio University Larry and Sheila McHale are helping to launch the The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign by committing $25,000 in matching funds to encourage gifts to the 1804 Fund by faculty, staff and any donor. The McHales have pledged to match each gift to the 1804 Fund up to $2,500.  For example, if a donor gives $100, the McHales will contribute an equal amount to the Fund.

Sheila McHale said the gift was timed to compliment the launch of this portion of The Promise Lives Campaign to not only highlight the impact the 1804 Fund has had on faculty and staff but also to encourage a culture of philanthropy at OHIO.  

“The 1804 Fund is a great resource for nurturing the creativity of our faculty. We hope this gift will encourage new gifts to the Fund from faculty and staff,” she said.

Sheila McHale graduated in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree. She serves on the Campaign Steering Committee, is an emerita trustee of The Ohio University Foundation, past president of the Ohio University Women’s Club of Cleveland, and is a founding member of Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University.  

Endowed in 1979 by a visionary gift from the estate of alumnus C. Paul Stocker, the 1804 Fund fosters innovative research and collaboration across disciplines. The Fund has supported research projects and launched programs at the University like the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA), Residential Learning Communities, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and a science outreach program called Science Café.

Sheila McHale said she appreciates the impact the Fund has had on OHIO faculty over time. 

“I like how the 1804 Fund benefits everyone,” she said.  “When I was researching its grant award history, I learned that the first award was given in 1980 and that over 600 OHIO faculty members have been impacted by this resource since then. That was amazing to me.” 

The 1804 Fund is credited with helping to launch Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. (DHI), a market leader in the development and distribution of cellular and molecular diagnostic kits (DHI was purchased by Quidel Corporation in 2010). The Fund also has supported projects such as Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gerardine Botte’s hydrogen fuel cell project and the development of Goll-Ohio Professor of Molecular Biology John Kopchick’s growth hormone, called Somavert. Grant awards have touched every academic unit since the first award was made in 1980, Sheila McHale said.

“The Fund serves as seed money for research from which new businesses are born,” said Larry McHale, who serves on the Campaign Steering Committee, the Foundation Board, and as the co-chair of the College of Business’s Campaign Committee. “By making this gift, Sheila and I are helping to plant the seed of academic success and the success of future businesses. This is fitting since the 1804 Fund fosters this kind of innovation,” he said. 

The McHales’ gift is part of OHIO’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which will raise $450 million by June, 2015 to support students, faculty, research and creative activity, community outreach and select facilities. To date, the Campaign has raised $419 million in support of these priorities. To make a gift to the 1804 Fund online using your credit or debit card, please visit .www.ohio.edu/give

To mail a gift, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation. Please write “1804 Fund” in the memo line of the check and mail it to:
 
The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869.