You're in the right place! The easiest way to make a gift to Ohio University is through our secure, online giving form. Choose a fund and fill out a quick form to complete the process.
How to Give
No matter how you do it, you can join more than 17,000 alumni, students, parents, friends, and organizations who also believe in the future of Ohio University.
Keep it Simple
Gifts made by credit card or check are simple, but that doesn't take away from their impact.
Give By Mail
Mail a check payable to The Ohio University Foundation to The Ohio University Foundation, P.O. Box 869, Athens, OH 45701. Indicate the fund to which you would like to designate your one-time gift on the memo line. Or mail in a credit card payment.
Not Sure Where to Give?
Ohio University donors choose where to designate gifts, so that you can give where you care the most.
Give to a General Fund
A gift to "The Fund for OHIO" goes to Ohio University's current area of greatest need. General doesn't mean unremarkable. This general fund gives Ohio University the power and flexibility to move forever forward, no matter what comes next.
Give to a Fund of Your Choice
OHIO offers hundreds of unique funds. You have many options to support a certain cause, university area, academic college, or regional campus that is close to your heart. Search and filter through our fund database to get ideas or contact us for help.
You may not have thought of these ways to give before.
Avoid steep taxes on appreciated crypto by donating the gains (and converting to dollars all at once). Bitcoin, Ethereum, and even Dogecoin can now fund Ohio University's mission.
Wire or ACH Funds Transfer
Gifts can be wired directly to the Ohio University Foundation or through ACH Fund Transfers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request these instructions.
Give Appreciated Assets
Many donors prefer to make gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds or exchange-traded funds because it allows them to support the areas they care about most, while maximizing potential tax benefits by avoiding capital gains tax.
Match Through Your Employer
Many employers sponsor programs to match charitable donations made by their employees—some employers even triple charitable contributions. Give more without actually giving more.
Make a Payroll Deduction
Ohio University employees can give through payroll deduction. Give directly and automatically through your paycheck over as many pay periods as you choose.
Crowdfund a Project
Crowdfunding leverages small gifts from a large number of people—sometimes known as a crowd— in order to accelerate fundraising over several weeks and boost funding for meaningful projects.
Volunteer Time and Talent
Time and talent are valuable gifts. Volunteers assist with recruitment, events, board service, acting as ambassadors, networking, and mentoring other Bobcats.
Go Big for Your Home
If you're ready to make more of a commitment, consider these giving options.
Create a Scholarship or Endowment
Creating an endowment allows your scholarship or fund to keep on giving, year after year. The interest earned from the principal investment is the only portion that is ever spent.
Establish a Donor-Advised Fund
A Donor-Advised Fund is your own charitable fund, named after you and administered by us. You can use it to support Ohio University and your other favorite charitable causes.
Form a Corporate Partnership
Meet your corporate social responsibility goals with a partnership that includes gifts-in-kind, matching programs, gifts to any of our funds, and more.
Name a University Asset
Leave your signature on a scholarship, award, college, academic program, or facility. There are multiple options for putting your name in print on an OHIO campus.
Gift Planning Options
Gift planning can take your legacy to a whole new level.
Bequeath a Gift in Your Will
You can designate Ohio University as a beneficiary in your will for real estate, personal property, business interests, and cash.
Designate OHIO a Beneficiary
You can designate Ohio University as a beneficiary of stocks, bonds, retirement assets, insurance policies, and bank accounts by filing paperwork with relevant entities.
Initiate an IRA Charitable Rollover
Use your individual retirement account (IRA) to make a gift while also enjoying tax savings this year.
Charitable Gift Annuity
Transfer your cash or appreciated securities to The Ohio University Foundation in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed payments (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.
Charitable Remainder Trust
Transfer your cash or appreciated property to fund a charitable remainder unitrust. The trust sells your property tax free and provides you with income for life or a term of years.
Charitable Lead Trust
Fund a trust that makes gifts to The Ohio University Foundation for a number of years. Your family receives the trust remainder at substantial tax savings.
Can't Find It?
If you don't see your preferred method of giving listed here, contact us to see if it's an option at Ohio University.