Ohio University Foundation

The Ohio University Foundation was established in 1945 by supporters of Ohio University including and encouraged by then-President John C. Baker. The Foundation is an institutionally-related, nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to Ohio University through annual giving programs, capital and special campaigns, and planned or deferred gifts such as bequests and trusts. Contributions to The Ohio University Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Private philanthropy has had a rich and dramatic impact on Ohio University from as early as 1816 when Christopher and Daniel Herrold forgave the debt for the lumber used to build Cutler Hall, to several, more recent capital campaigns. Gifts from generous donors have provided for scholarships and financial aid packages, research and faculty development, capital expansion and renovations, technology upgrades and lab equipment, library acquisitions, and vital unrestricted support that has allowed Ohio University to meet unexpected challenges.

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Gift Commitments

The numbers below reflect total gift commitments for fiscal years 2008-2023. 

Fiscal Year

Gifts & Commitments


2023$44.106 million15,667
2022$44.153 million15,804
2021$40.861 million14,128
2020$49.881 million13,726
2019$29.599 million14,414
2018$27.869 million18,169
2017$30.416 million17,773
2016$30.471 million19,996
2015$35.538 million19,826
2014$36.681 million19,859
2013$25.852 million21,511
2012$55.525 million22,783
2011$130.5 million22,468
2010$53.4 million24,183
2009$46.7 million24,273
2008$88.6 million25,735

Upcoming Meetings


Save the date for these upcoming Foundation Board meetings:

  March 7-8, 2024 - Athens, OH
  June 6-7, 2024 - Dublin, OH
  Nov. 7-8, 2024 - Athens, OH


Non-Profit Status

The Ohio University Foundation, then known as The Ohio University Fund, was incorporated in October 1945 and was granted 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service in 1955. Contributions to The Ohio University Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

The Ohio University Foundation’s EIN: 31-6402269

Ohio University Foundation Tax Exempt Letter

Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency

The Ohio University Foundation has earned the 2024 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest designation possible. The seal indicates that we share clear and important information with the public about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements and progress indicators. This is the fourth consecutive year we have earned the platinum seal from Candid (formerly Guidestar).  

View our Strategy, Metrics and Achievement

Give with Confidence

The Ohio University Foundation is proud to share that our strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency has earned a Four-Star Rating (94/100 score) from Charity Navigator. This rating designates The Foundation as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators, referred to as beacons. Currently, nonprofits can earn scores for the Impact & Results, Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, and Leadership & Adaptability beacons.

View our Charity Navigator Rating

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