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Annual Giving

Since the Ohio University Foundation was established in 1945, the Annual Giving program has been raising funds to support the promise of Ohio University.  Funds generated through OHIO's Annual Giving campaigns directly support teaching, learning and scholarship across OHIO's  5 campuses and 10 Colleges, helping them address critical needs and  meet unexpected challenges.

Ten years ago, state funding accounted for 34 percent of OHIO's operating budget. But times have changed. Today, only 24 percent of the budget is state-funded. In order to keep the burden of dwindling state support from falling on the shoulders of future Bobcats, we depend on annual gifts from you - our alumni, donors, and friends - to help bridge the gap and keep tuition costs down.

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 huge 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 University is as easy as making an annual gift – no matter the size. If you make a gift today, you will join more than 170,000 alumni, students, parents, friends, and organizations who also believe in the future of Ohio University. Gifts start at just $5 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, nearly 18,000 alumni and friends made gifts of less than $50, but collectively those gifts contributed more than $750,000 to OHIO's budget. And if just half of new alumni donated $20, 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 departments and colleges, 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