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Forward Impact Report 2021-22  > Giving Index

Giving Index

Thank you for your support! This index is provided to help you navigate the many ways you can support the College of Engineering. Contact any advancement staff member to learn more. You can also view your giving history online.

Annual Giving

Gifts made to continually sustain a program, department, scholarship or research agenda. 

Buckeye Funder

An online platform that allows Ohio State student organizations and programs to share their philanthropic needs and crowdfund gifts from alumni, family and friends.


A campaign is a common way to organize fundraising efforts when a university is looking to achieve significant change and defines a goal, time frame and priorities. Time and Change: The Ohio State Campaign publicly launched in October 2019, with an overall university goal of $4.5 billion. The College of Engineering has a goal of $450 million, which was achieved in July 2022. The college’s campaign priorities are cancer engineering, smart mobility and the workforce of tomorrow. All gifts to the college between now and October 2024 will continue to add to the college’s campaign total.


Current Use Fund

A fund where all or most of the gift amount is intended to be spent right away. Compared to an endowment fund, this type of fund has a larger immediate impact. Current use funds do not last in perpetuity and must be replenished regularly for continued impact. Read about the impact of a current use gift in Nurturing diverse biomedical engineering talent.


Discretionary Fund

A flexible fund that allows a college leader to use it for any priority at their department or research center. These include college and department priority funds.


Donor Advised Fund

A fund established at a community foundation or brokerage when a donor gives money to the fund and usually receives an immediate tax deduction. The donor can then recommend grants from the fund over time to The Ohio State University or other charities.


Endowment Fund

Gifts in an endowment fund are invested by the university and allow the impact to continue in perpetuity by only spending the investment income. New endowment funds are typically established with $100,000 or more. Learn more about the ways endowments can impact the college in Using drones to advance wildfire science.

Endowed Scholarship

A scholarship that is funded with the annual interest distribution from an endowed fund and is awarded in perpetuity. See the enduring impact of endowed support for graduate students in Generosity empowers graduate students to build bright futures.




The donation of an asset or service with monetary value other than cash, real estate or a security. Some examples include access to proprietary software, machines, tools or artwork. See more of the impact gifts-in-kind can make in Hurco gift is a gamechanger in experiential education.

IRA Charitable Rollover

The gifting of a required distribution from an Individual Retirement Account. This can often have positive benefits for an individual’s tax liability.



Matching Gift

A gift from a corporation or other employer that matches a gift made by an employee of that organization. This is a common way to increase the impact of your philanthropy at Ohio State as many employers will match gifts. 

Planned Giving

Any giving related to an individual’s estate planning, including bequests, charitable remainder trusts and annuities. Many supporters utilize planned giving to make a larger gift than is possible during their lifetimes. Learn more about estate and gift planning at Ohio State.



Stock Transfer

The direct gifting of a security, which is then sold by the university to generate income. This can often have positive benefits for an individual’s tax liability.





Buckeye Club

The fundraising umbrella of Ohio State Athletics, the Buckeye Club supports athletic and educational opportunities to over 1,000 student-athletes in 36 varsity intercollegiate sports. Giving to the Buckeye Club is required to purchase football season tickets in most sections of Ohio Stadium.


Neil Legacy Society

The Neil Legacy Society recognizes alumni and other friends who have named the university as a beneficiary of a planned gift.

Oval Society

The Oval Society honors the leadership philanthropy of Ohio State’s most generous supporters who empower the university to fulfill its land-grant mission.

Parents Advancement Council

A community of dedicated parents who are actively engaged in their students’ college experience. They understand the vital need for a successful ongoing program of parent giving and lead by example through annual contributions to the Parents Support Fund of $5,000 or more.


President’s Club

The President's Club recognizes loyal and generous supporters, 18 years of age and older, whose personal, nonathletic cumulative annual giving is at least $3,000 each calendar year. 



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