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Foundation Board Spring 2018

Message from the President & CEO

Message from the President & CEO, Ohio University Foundation
Vice President, Division of University Advancement

Nico Karagosian Nico Karagosian
President and CEO, Ohio University Foundation
Vice President, University Advancement
104 McGuffey Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: 740.593.4764
Fax: 740.593.0217

Welcome! I’m so glad that you have an interest in The Ohio University Foundation.

The Foundation’s mission is simple, really: Philanthropy in Service to Education.

What these simple words from the Foundation’s charter mean to Ohio University is tremendous. Since its inception in 1945, The Foundation has been a partner in the University's mission of education, research, and service, and this partnership touches every part of the University today.

With your help, the Foundation serves OHIO’s students, faculty, staff, and programs. Today, generous alumni and friends contribute an average of $30 million to OHIO annually, and the endowments that support the University have grown to more than $536 million.

Consider all that this philanthropy has made possible over the past 70-plus years. All across OHIO’s campuses, your generosity makes learning and discovery possible. And, makes individual dreams of achieving a degree a reality. From scholarships, fellowships, and professorships to academic programs and facility upgrades, these gifts sustain OHIO’s people and help to secure its future.

While there are countless donors whose generosity is humbling, here are a few gifts that have transformed OHIO (click on the name for additional information):

Name Designation   Amount

Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Russ College of Engineering and Technology   $114 million

Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine   $105 million

Miss Violet L. Patton Patton College of Education   $28 million

Scripps Howard Foundation Scripps College of Communication   $15 million

Walter Family Foundation Intercollegiate Athletics   $10 million

Steve Schoonover Scripps College of Communication   $7.5 million

Our goal is to inspire philanthropy and to earn your meaningful investment in OHIO—building a mutually beneficial relationship with the power to transform lives. With your support, we can continue to fulfill our mission every day.

I hope you’ll explore our Foundation and University Advancement websites to learn more about how you can help OHIO offer the best student-centered learning experience in America. 

If you have any questions or concerns—or if I can help you make a difference for OHIO—please feel free to contact me at  nico@ohio.edu .

Nico Karagosian 
President and CEO 
The Ohio University Foundation