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How to Give

Having an immediate influence on OHIO is as easy as making a gift – no matter the size. If you make a gift today, you will join more than 17,000 alumni, students, parents, friends, and organizations who also believe in the future of Ohio University. Explore the numerous ways to give to OHIO.

Give Online 

You're in the right place! The easiest way to make a one-time gift to Ohio University is through our secure, online giving form.

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Give by Phone

If you would prefer to make your gift by phone, or you have questions while you are trying to make your gift, you can call 800.592.3863.

The phone line is staffed during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. You may leave a voicemail and an Advancement staff member will return your call.  

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Give by Mail 

You can make a one-time gift by check, payable to The Ohio University Foundation. Please indicate the fund that you would like to designate your gift to on the memo line on the check. Mail your check to: 

The Ohio University Foundation
P.O. Box 869
Athens, OH 45701

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Amazon Smile

After just a simple setup process, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your future eligible purchases to the Ohio University Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Learn More About Giving Via Amazon Smile

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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. It offers the same products, same prices, and same Amazon Prime benefits. Just by shopping on a different URL, you can donate to an organization of your choice with each Amazon purchase. 

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under settings on your app). On your first visit, you will choose an organization to support. Select Ohio University Foundation to support OHIO. 

On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile. Amazon will only donate to OHIO if you specifically use AmazonSmile, rather than the standard Amazon URL or app. 


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Employer Match 

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. Your employer may double or even triple your impact by matching your gift to OHIO. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and spouses.

Learn More About Giving Through Employer Match

Ask about a matching policy at your company to see if this type of giving is an option for you. Or, use the below search function to see if your company is in the HEPdata database. 



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If your company will match your gift, the next step is the paperwork. Follow your company's procedure, and if you run into any problems, we'll be happy to assist. You may be able to access the relevant forms directly through the search above. If you are unable to access the forms directly through the search, please request a matching gift form from your employer directly.

Many matching gift companies require that participants provide the Federal Tax ID number of the recipient organization when applying for a match. The Tax ID for The Ohio University Foundation is 31-6402269.

Once you have completed and signed the proper forms, send them with your gift to the following address:

The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869



Planned Gifts

You may choose to plan a gift in relation to your overall finances or estate, like stocks, bonds, real estate, retirement assets, or insurance. 

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Payroll Deduction 

Ohio University employees can make a gift through payroll deduction. 

Learn More About Payroll Deduction 

To enroll in payroll deduction, please complete all sections of the payroll deduction form.

To find your Employee ID Number, login to My Personal Information and click on one of the options from the Main Menu. Your Employee ID Number will be listed on the top, right-hand corner.You can also find if you are paid biweekly or semi-monthly by logging into My Personal Information and clicking on your pay slip. You can find your payroll information in the righthand corner.

Return the form to the Ohio University Office of Annual Giving at giving@ohio.edu. The form can be submitted digitally without a signature if it is submitted as an email attachment from the employee’s OHIO email address. You can also submit the form via campus mail to the Office of Annual Giving, McGuffey Hall, Athens, OH 45701, if you prefer.

To make changes to your payroll deduction, submit another payroll deduction form. Submitting the payroll deduction form again will override all existing authorizations. For example, a donor currently has a $10 per pay period donation to the Fund for OHIO and $10 per pay period to WOUB, and would like to increase their Fund for OHIO contribution by $5. To do this, the donor should write $15 in the “Amount per pay period” box next to the Fund for OHIO designation, and in the next line include the details about the $10 per pay period WOUB designation to ensure it is not overridden.

Contact the Office of Annual Giving at giving@ohio.edu or 740-593-4500 for assistance or cancellations. 




Give your time and talent by assisting with recruitment, hosting an event, serving on a board, spreading OHIO's story, or serving in an Alumni Network. 




Become a Mentor

The Bobcat Network is a platform where alumni, students, faculty, and staff can engage in mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities. Alumni can give back by providing direct guidance and coaching to students in their professional development.