What is President's Club?

President's Club was founded in 1963 to recognize individuals who provide the philanthropic support and volunteer leadership required for The Ohio State University to be one of the world's truly great universities. Each year approximately 3,000 donors are recognized for their leadership giving.

Who is recognized by President's Club?

President's Club recognizes personal contributions from individuals 18 years of age and older who support academics, health sciences, and the arts at The Ohio State University with cumulative annual giving of at least $3,000 each calendar year. Gifts from others may not qualify an individual for recognition. Certain restrictions and exceptions may apply. Please contact the President’s Club office for information on your particular situation. 

How can I become part of President's Club?

To become recognized by President’s Club, you may make your qualifying gift online.

To make your gift by mail, please print and fill out the President's Club giving form and mail it with your gift for academics, health sciences, or the arts to:

President’s Club
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the President’s Club Office at presidentsclub@osu.edu or call 614-292-9550.

How do I continue to be recognized by President's Club?

Eligible non-athletic contributions each subsequent calendar year will ensure continued recognition. 

Can I contribute with a monthly gift? 

Yes, monthly giving is encouraged for those who wish to continue recognition each year. Contact President’s Club for additional information. Currently, a minimum gift of $250 per month, January through December will ensure your continued recognition. If you begin your monthly gift after January the monthly amount will need to be adjusted or an additional gift may be contributed to reach the $3,000 minimum before December 31.

Do matching contributions from my employer count towards my recognition in President's Club?

Matching gifts are eligible for President's Club recognition, provided that such recognition and benefits are not prohibited by your company's policies.

A matching gift will be added to the contribution total of the calendar year in which the matching gift funds are received by the university. Donors are responsible for following company policies and meeting deadlines associated with processing the matching gift. The university is not responsible for gifts received after posted deadlines. We recommend checking on the company’s distribution policy and making gifts as early in the year as possible to ensure the match is received in the same calendar year as your gift. If the matching gift is received after the December 31 deadline the matching gift will be credited in the year it was received which could affect the President’s Club recognition eligibility for the year the original gift was made.

If football or game day parking benefits are being received, a personal gift of at least the benefit amount ($300-$375) must be made in addition to the matching gift.

Are gifts contributed from private foundations eligible for President's Club recognition?

The university accepts gifts from private foundations; however, these gifts are not eligible for President’s Club recognition based on IRS guidelines if football tickets and parking benefits are accepted. These contributions will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine eligibility. Contact your foundation to confirm eligibility.

Are gifts contributed from donor advised funds and public foundations eligible for President's Club recognition?

The sponsoring organization determines whether contributions from such funds are eligible for President’s Club recognition. If a sponsoring organization permits such recognition, the donor is required to provide a personal contribution to cover the value of any accepted football ticket or game day parking benefit. Contributions will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine eligibility. Gifts from entities such as Fidelity, Schwab and the like are not eligible.

Multiple donors may not receive recognition from the same fund. Spouses may determine which spouse receives recognition from a joint fund if separately recognized. If multiple family members contribute to and authorize distribution from one fund, no recognition will be provided to any family member.

Are IRA rollover distributions eligible for President's Club recognition?

IRA Rollover distributions made directly to The Ohio State University (Foundation) are not eligible for President’s Club recognition due to existing IRS policy. Please consult your financial representative as it relates to the receipt of benefits.

Are IRA distributions included in donor ticket points (for football tickets and seating)?

Contributions from IRA Rollover distributions are not included in donor ticket point calculations due to existing IRS policy.

Do gifts to the Buckeye Club or other funds in the Department of Athletics count toward my recognition in President's Club?

Gifts to the Department of Athletics, such as those to the Buckeye Club, will not count toward recognition in President's Club.

If you wish to participate in both the Buckeye Club and President's Club, you may do so by making an annual qualifying President’s Club contribution in addition to your annual Buckeye Club gift.

Can my organization or business join President's Club?

No. President's Club is a recognition society for individuals. Gifts from a solely owned business may be eligible to qualify the owner for individual recognition. These situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Gifts in kind, excluding those of service, may also be eligible. Please contact President’s Club if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Is there lifetime recognition in President’s Club?

In 2008, President's Club was restructured and lifetime recognition for new donors was discontinued. All President's Club donors who had reached lifetime status prior to the 2008 change are recognized permanently as legacy donors of President's Club. Legacy donors may also be recognized as annual donors in President's Club if their cumulative, non-athletic annual giving is $3,000 or above.

How will President's Club help me stay connected to The Ohio State University?

In honor of their generous support at The Ohio State University, President's Club donors can enjoy these exclusive opportunities:

  • The opportunity to apply to purchase home season football tickets and reserved game day parking
  • Invitations to events
  • A monthly e-mail newsletter exclusively for President’s Club donors
  • Opportunities for engagement with university leadership.
  • Use of the university's nationally recognized library system
  • The opportunity to purchase on-campus parking
  • Membership opportunities at the OSU Golf Club, the Faculty Club, and the university's recreational sport facilities (Fees apply.)

How do I receive football tickets and game day parking?

New donors will be sent information regarding the acceptance of benefits. To receive the opportunity to apply to purchase football tickets, game day or campus parking, the acceptance form must be returned and the value of the benefit assessed to your gift by any stated deadlines. Late acceptances may result in the loss of the ability to purchase football tickets based on deadlines established by the Athletics Ticket Office. Contact President’s Club should you have concerns for your particular situation. No exceptions may be made after March 10 of any given year. Renewing donors who purchase tickets each year will automatically be sent the renewal invoice for purchase.

What if I have additional questions?

For more information regarding President's Club, please contact the President's Club office at presidentsclub@osu.edu or call 614-292-9550.