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Annual Giving

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 has the same impact - your gifts are that important!


How to Give?


Our secure, online giving form is the easiest way to make your gift. To make an immediate gift using your credit or debit card, please visit   www.ohio.edu/give


By Mail or Phone

If you prefer to make your gift over the phone or if you have questions while trying to make your gift, please contact us by phone 800.592.3863,   email   or by using our   web form

To mail a gift, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation. If you wish to designate your gift to a certain area, please write that in the memo line of the check. 

The mailing address is: 
The Ohio University Foundation 
PO Box 869 
Athens, OH 45701-0869


Matching Gifts

Your employer may help you double or even triple your impact by matching your gift to Ohio University. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.


If your company will match your gift, you may be able to access the forms directly through the search.If you are unable to access the forms directly through the search, please request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift to the following address: 

The Ohio University Foundation 
PO Box 869 
Athens, OH 45701-0869


Payroll Deductions

Please check with your company to see if they have a payroll deduction program. For OU employees, please use the following documents to initiate payroll deductions: 

Payroll deduction form -   OU employees  

Payroll deduction instructions and frequently asked questions -   OU employees


Stock Transfer

Gifts of appreciated securities are a great way to transmit assets to OHIO as charitable contributions. These  transfer instructions   will help you make your gift.


Gift Planning

A planned gift is made through a separate legal instrument that is often deferred until a future date, such as a will, revocable trust, gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust or life insurance. An outright cash gift or pledge is not considered a "planned gift."

Ohio University's­­   Office of Gift Planning  ­ can assist you in making a planned gift. There are a number of donors who are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities and other plans that provide favorable tax benefits.


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: 800.592.3863
E-mail:  giving@ohio.edu
Or, fill out our web form .