Message from the President & CEO, Ohio University Foundation; Vice President, Division of Advancement
J. Bryan Benchoff
President and CEO, Ohio University Foundation
Vice President, University Advancement
104 McGuffey Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Welcome and thank you for your interest in The Ohio University Foundation.
Our mission is simple: inspire meaningful investment in Ohio University by building relationships that transform lives. With unwavering support from alumni and friends, we continue to fulfill that mission every day. From scholarships, fellowships, and professorships to academic program support and facility upgrades, your gifts help secure the promise of OHIO.
Since its inception in 1945, The Ohio University Foundation has been an active partner in the University's mission of education, research, and service. The vital partnership between private philanthropy and public funding touches every part of the University today, helping us to achieve a margin of excellence for which tuition fees and public funding simply do not provide.
Ranked fourth in the nation for research return on investment by Forbes magazine, Ohio University offers unique opportunities for public and private partnerships. And with the governance of an independent Foundation Board of Trustees, I can assure you that your investment will be in good hands.
In 2016, the University secured $30 million in private gifts to ensure the strength of Ohio University's mission and values. In April 2014, we surpassed The Promise Lives Campaign's $450 million goal, 14 months ahead of the June 30, 2015 deadline. By the close of the Campaign, the University secured $500 million in support students, faculty, programs, outreach and select facilities. While there are many donors whose generosity is humbling, I want to highlight a few transformational gifts (click on the name for additional information):