Ways to Give

Friends of The Ohio State University who wish to make a contribution are encouraged to consider the following donor options:


Cash is often the most convenient form of giving. Cash gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes, provided that you itemize your deductions. You can write a personal check or use a credit card either in person or online. 


Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have been otherwise possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor.


Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned directly to The Ohio State University Foundation or may be transferred through the donor's broker. The mean market value on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. It is best to consult with a Development Officer before a transaction is made. For general questions on securities, call (614) 292-2141 or send e-mail to gifts@osu.edu.

Gifts of appreciated securities may be tax deductible, up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. The deduction is based on the full fair market value, and capital gains tax is not due when the stock is transferred to the university.

Planned Gifts

In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial and tax planning perspective to consider long-term planned giving as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests.

President's Club

President's Club recognizes individuals who support academics, health sciences, and the arts at The Ohio State University with cumulative annual giving of at least $3,000 each calendar year. For more information on President’s Club and associated benefits, including the ability to apply to purchase home season football tickets, visit their website or call (614) 292-9550.

Other areas of giving

Interested in supporting a particular specialty or service that took great care of your pet? You can create and name a special fund with donations starting at $25,000. You can make that commitment and pay the amount over a period of several years. We are happy to work with you to direct your donation. 

Click here for more information on naming opportunities 

Additional Questions? Please email ford.566@osu.edu or call 614-688-8433.

Your impact in 2019