The Ohio University Foundation

Athens, OH   |  https://give.ohio.edu

Mission

The Ohio University Foundation was established in 1945 by supporters of Ohio University including and encouraged by then-President John C. Baker. The Foundation is an institutionally-related, nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to Ohio University. Private philanthropy has had a rich and dramatic impact on Ohio University from as early as 1816 when Christopher and Daniel Herrold forgave the debt for the lumber used to build Cutler Hall, the the oldest building on campus and the oldest in the original Northwest Territories of the United States. Today the foundation, and nearly 100 university advancement staff members, manage an endowment of more than $647M and support an engaged and diverse alumni base of more than 255,000 individuals.

Ruling year info

1955

President & CEO

Nico Karagosian

Main address

PO Box 869

Athens, OH 45701 USA

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EIN

31-6402269

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Excellence

Ohio University Bobcats are some of the nation’s best and brightest. Scholarships and support for academic programs are an important way that OHIO attracts and retains a diverse student body while delivering a valuable return on investment for students.

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What does it mean to be a Bobcat? We know the traditions, places and history that make our university Ohio’s first and finest. These are the things that make us Stand Up and Cheer.

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From summer arts programs and music education to film, theater and the Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University has a rich tradition of fostering creativity and artistic expression and bringing it onto the local, regional and national stage.

Population(s) Served

Ohio University is a positive catalyst for change in its region and across the state, engaging with the community outside the institution in meaningful, innovative ways. This outreach encompasses arts and education, public health, media and economic development and entrepreneurship – a symbiotic relationship that provides enriching opportunities for students and community members alike.

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Global opportunities at OHIO seek to connect students, faculty and partners across the world. Ohio University’s Office of Global Affairs and International Studies leads these efforts that facilitate global education and research, student and faculty mobility, international students and scholars, and global partnerships.

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Led by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, OHIO’s inclusive campus efforts welcome and uplift all members of the campus community. University-wide initiatives promote inclusive institutional policies, practices and cultures through intersectional programs, as well as strategic communications and advocacy.

Population(s) Served

From outreach programs that bring care to rural communities to research on the front lines of regional and global health crises, OHIO’s students, faculty and staff are contributing to programs, initiatives, and knowledge that have real-world impact and provide hands-on learning to future generations of health care professionals and advocates.

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Ohio University advances excellence in the search of new knowledge, understanding and creative endeavors, for the benefit of society. With more than 2,000 undergraduates involved in research and creative activity, research at OHIO fosters innovation and entrepreneurship while providing cutting-edge educational opportunities and programming for students.

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Ohio University’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is underscored by its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan – and that commitment comes to life through projects that create sustainable paint from acid mine drainage, facilitate green building practices through a LEED Lab, and the largest in-vessel composting system at any university in the nation.

Population(s) Served

On OHIO’s campuses, in its residence halls and academic buildings, in between classes and student organization meetings, a web of offices, programs and staff members exists as a support system for students. Whether it’s guidance for a first-generation student, a meal from the Cats’ Cupboard for a student experiencing food insecurity, or help finding a suit and tie for a first internship interview, these resources are an important part of how OHIO shows that Bobcats help Bobcats.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CASE Gold award for Alumni Relations Pivot - Senior Postcard Project 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of alumni (regardless of last date of enrollment) who submit updated contact information to the alumni office within the most recent academic year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Bobcat Spirit

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

From 2019 to 2020, OUAA’s meaningful communication with alumni went from 7,000 to 12,000. Experiential engagement increased from 5,000 to 18,000.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most recent IPEDS reporting (based on the 2019-20 school year) reflects an average institutional grant or scholarship award to full time first time freshman.

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Ohio University Foundation

Board of directors
as of 4/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Perry Sook

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Board co-chair

Sandy Anderson

Retired

Dave Abram

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Tom Anderson, DO

OhioHealth

Mark Arnold

Retired

Melissa Arnold

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Karen Bailey

Georgia Pacific

Erv Ball

Retired

Tim Busch

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Cynthia Calhoun

NASA

Casey Christopher

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Chuck Ciuni

Deloitte

Cary Cooper

Marshall Mellhorn

Joe Becherer

University of Notre Dame

Ned Dewire

Retired

Dick Dickerson

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Scott Durcanin

Charles Schwab

Jim Edwards

Retired

Paul Gydosh

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Donny Harrison

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Ann Hill

Retired

Gregory Hill, DO

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Bill Hilyard

Cleveland Institute of Music

Bev Jones

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Janis Jones

Ohio State University

Phyllis Kohler

Retired

Tom Kostohryz

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Dave Levy

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Jeff Loewy

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Dennis Minichello

Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C.

Steve Muck

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Susan Mulgrew

Eric Peterson

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Jackie Reau

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Bob Rudy

Robin Smith

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Daryl Sybert, DO

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Tom Weihe

Retired

Bob Wolfinger

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Dave Wolfort

Olympia Steel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.