The Ohio State University Alumni Association

When more than 760,000 members of The Ohio State University family set a goal of transforming aspirations into reality, the effect is exhilarating. The students assisted, faculty inspired, research enabled, patients healed and learning spaces created are immeasurable. And but for you, none of this would be possible.

“We are so excited to exceed our goal for the But for Ohio State Campaign, but really gratified at the incredible number of people who gave — from the smallest amount to the largest, the entire range,” President Michael V. Drake said. “We’re grateful for every one of those gifts. Because really, every one is a vote of confidence, and we take that very, very seriously.”

More than three-quarters of a million donors — a figure thought to be unparalleled in U.S. higher education — contributed more than $3 billion to the fundraising effort that concluded this fall. Their generosity is at work in the form of student scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, research and new and improved facilities.

Here you will meet some of the individuals whose lives have been enriched.


The total dollar amount designated for research.


That's how many students earned donor-funded scholarships over the course of the campaign, enough to fill
• Schottenstein Center
• St. John Arena
• Bill Davis Stadium
• McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
• French Field House
• Varsity Tennis Center


The sum raised to create modern learning environments across Ohio State campuses.


That's the amount raised to support faculty in various ways, including through the creation of 96 new endowed positions.


The amount raised for scholarships and other types of student support.


The number of donors who contributed to the campaign — enough to form Script Ohio 3,958 times. That's an average of 268 donors giving each day for the campaign's start on Jan. 1, 2009, to its conclusion on Sept. 30, 2016.


The number of research grants that received funding during the campaign, enough to plant all of the trees in Buckeye Grove 31 times over.