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Annual Giving

Since John C. Baker established The Ohio University Foundation in 1945, annual giving programs have been raising funds to support OHIO's promise. Annual donors directly support teaching, learning and scholarship across OHIO's five campuses and 10 Colleges, helping address critical needs and meet unexpected challenges.

Ten years ago, state funding accounted for 34 percent of OHIO's operating budget. Today, 24 percent of the budget is state-funded. In order to keep the burden from falling on the shoulders of future Bobcats, we depend on annual gifts from you – our alumni and friends – to bridge the gap.

Your annual gift helps increase student financial aid, bolster research and creative activities, keep OHIO's equipment and technology up-to-date, and enhance the Bobcat student experience – everything you do makes a difference in the life of our University! 


Did you know that a $25,000 endowment generates $1,000 in spendable income annually? So, your $1,000 annual gift can have the same impact - your gift is that important!


Every gift counts

Having an immediate influence on OHIO is as easy as making an annual gift – no matter the size. If you make a gift today, you will join more than 17,000 alumni, students, parents, friends, and organizations who also believe in the future of Ohio University. Gifts start at just $25 and support a myriad of possibilities. For example, more than 1,200 privately funded scholarships are awarded annually to Ohio University students through annual gifts just like yours.

Last year, gifts of less than $100 collectively added up to more than $1 million. And, if just half of new graduates donated $20 each, the combined impact would be enough to fund three full-tuition scholarships. Why not give?


Support what matters to YOU

At OHIO, we believe that you should be able to support what matters most to YOU. You can designate your gift to any area of the University. From academic colleges and departments, to varsity sports and student activities, the choice is yours!


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Please contact the Office of Annual Giving
Phone: 740.597.1641
E-mail:  giving@ohio.edu