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Giving Societies

Ohio University’s giving societies reflect a tradition of private support that dates back to 1816 when Christopher and Daniel Herrold forgave the debt on the purchase of lumber used to build Cutler Hall. In the 1920s, Ohio University began its first campaign to generate private funding for the construction of Memorial Auditorium. A strong legacy of giving was established when more than 2,000 alumni responded with a gift during the 8-year campaign.

To honor and recognize donors for their continued support of Ohio University’s mission and vision, the University offers membership to four different giving societies. Membership is achieved through contributions of cash, real estate, appreciated securities, gifts-in-kind, or with planned gifts through wills, trusts, or life insurance policies.

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Cutler Herrold Society

The Cutler Herrold Society is OHIO’s premier lifetime giving society, designed to recognize those donors who have invested in the life of the University in transformational ways. The Cutler Herrold Society provides the absolute highest quality of recognition and service to our most generous donors.

Learn more about The Cutler Herrold Society

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1804 Society

The 1804 Society celebrates gracious donors who have either given or committed to a planned gift to The Ohio University Foundation. 

A planned gift is made through a legal instrument that is often deferred until a future date, such as a will, revocable trust, gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, or life insurance. An outright cash gift or pledge is not considered a “planned gift.”

Membership in the 1804 Society allows us to recognize you for the plans you have made and to inspire others with your generosity. Benefits of membership in the 1804 Society include an invitation to recognition events, inclusion on the membership roll, and a membership pin. The most important benefit, of course, is the satisfaction of knowing that you have meaningfully contributed to the continued excellence of Ohio University and have made an impact on the lives of our students.

Learn more about gift planning

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The President’s Circle

The President’s Circle celebrates those who have given to this unique fund that offers OHIO's President greater flexibility to effectively and efficiently support a variety of important needs and opportunities with quick, strategic investment.

The President’s Circle supports student supports initiatives from success and faculty research to new events and programming. Some examples of the types of initiatives this fund has supported in the past are The Ohio University Capital Internship Program, the Challenging Dialogues lecture series, and the student food pantry, Cats’ Cupboard.

President's Circle members receive courtesies including a lapel pin, annual impact report, invitations to special events, and periodic updates on the President’s strategic pathways.

Learn more about the Office of the President




Public Recognition of Donors

Ohio University is grateful for the support it receives from alumni, parents and friends. Public recognition of support is frequently expressed through honor rolls that may be in electronic or printed forms. If you prefer that your name not be listed in an honor roll or recognition vehicle, please contact Donor Engagement at 740.593.2486.