Roles and Responsibilities

Incorporated in 1985, The Ohio State University Foundation is the primary gift-receiving organization for Ohio State and its many academic units. The foundation tracks and reports to the Ohio State Board of Trustees all gifts made to the university. It is governed by a board of directors and led by the Senior Vice President for Development, who reports to the President of the University. Members of the board of directors have a unique and important role to further the fundraising efforts of the university by:

      • Identifying, cultivating and aiding in the solicitation of qualified major gift prospects.
      • Becoming an active fundraising volunteer in at least one college or constituency as well as assisting with regional fundraising efforts.
      • Providing generous personal support to the university for in keeping with the philanthropic expectations of Foundation Board Directors.
      • Hosting or sponsoring prospect events and activities on campus and in different geographic areas for the university.
      • Reviewing university fundraising plans with regard to their policies and procedures.
      • Assisting in the assessment and feasibility of priority fundraising projects established by university administration.
      • Participating in at least one Foundation Board committee to further fundraising activities.
      • Attending meetings of the Foundation Board held on campus twice per year.
      • Formally accepting gifts to the university given through the foundation.

For more information about
The Ohio State University
Foundation Board of Directors,
contact Cristine Dennis at
614-292-6439 or


The But for Ohio State campaign is a $2.5 billion fundraising endeavor that invites those who believe in Ohio State to invest in our students, our faculty, and our potential.

*Gifts through October 31, 2014


—Patty Tambling Lutz ’69