Ohio University’s endowment is an aggregation of assets invested by the University to support its educational mission, in perpetuity. An endowment allows donors to transfer their private dollars to public purposes with the assurance that their gifts will serve these purposes for as long as the institution continues to exist.
Endowments serve institutions and the public by providing stability over time – the principal of the gift is not spent, while endowments generate earnings year after year that can be spent. This spending allocation can enhance financial aid and scholarship packages; encourage research and creative activity; and inspire program innovation. Endowment gifts keep on giving.
As of the end of fiscal year 2016, the combined endowment for Ohio University and The Ohio University Foundation exceeded $480 million. Although this may appear to be adequate, this figure is low compared to other public institutions.
Ohio University's endowment is professionally managed and is invested primarily in marketable securities, including: international equities, real estate pools, investment trusts, and other similar investments. The overriding goal of the Investment Policy is to support OHIO's educational mission and to benefit mankind through commercial development of discoveries created through Ohio University related research.