Three generations of the Columbus-area Crane family have pledged a $13.5 million donation to Ohio State to establish the Jameson Crane Sports Institute, the largest and most comprehensive dedicated sports medicine facility in the country. The Crane gift also will support early childhood and foreign language education initiatives.
In January 2013, Monte Ahuja, Ohio State alumnus and founder of Transtar Industries in Cleveland, donated $3.5 million to Ohio State to support student success and create the Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean’s Chair, which will be used to move the College of Engineering toward eminence.
In 2012, Covelli Enterprises owner and CEO Sam Covelli committed $10 million to The Ohio State University to assist in funding the construction of a multi-sport arena, providing critical amenities for student-athletes in men’s and women’s volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, and wrestling. It is the single largest cash gift from an individual donor to the Department of Athletics.
Ohio State ranks 10th nationally among public universities for the amount of total private support raised, based on a three-year average, and is the top university in Ohio for fundraising, according to the national Council for Aid to Education.
Riders and donors in Pelotonia 12, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that generates money for cancer research at the OSUCCC–James, raised a record $16.8 million, a 28 percent increase over Pelotonia 11, bringing the four-year fundraising total for Pelotonia to more than $42 million.
In fiscal year 2011, Ohio State's two-and-a-half-year-long Students First, Students Now fundraising initiative concluded, having exceeded its goal of $100 million in new student support by $16 million.
Ohio State's first philanthropic gift was 361 acres of farmland from William and Hannah Neil, upon which the university was built. Hannah Neil is credited with starting organized charity in Columbus, while William was known as "the Old Stagecoach King."
A record 211,000 alumni and friends gave nearly $365 million to The Ohio State University through June 30, 2012, making the last two years of fundraising at Ohio State the most successful in the university's history.
The largest gift to Ohio State in the university's history is a $100 million commitment in 2011 from alumnus and former Board of Trustees chair Leslie H. Wexner, his wife, Abigail, and the Limited Brands Foundation.