Frequently Asked Questions
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:
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the President’s Club Office at email@example.com or call (614) 292-9550.
How will President's Club help me stay connected to The Ohio State University?
In honor of their generous support of academics, health sciences, and the arts at The Ohio State University, President's Club donors currently enjoy these exclusive opportunities:
- Invitations to campus and regional President's Club events
- A monthly e-mail newsletter with campus news and special features
- Opportunities for engagement with university leadership
- Use of the university's nationally recognized library system
- The opportunity to apply to purchase home season football tickets
- The opportunity to apply to purchase football game day parking in reserved areas.
- The opportunity to purchase on-campus parking
- Membership opportunities at the Faculty Club and the university's recreational sports facilities, and the opportunity to play courses at the OSU Golf Club. (Fees apply.)
How do I continue to be recognized by President's Club?
President's Club recognition is the result of annual leadership gifts of $3,000 or more over the course of each calendar year to areas across the university representing academics, health sciences, and the arts. Contributions must meet or exceed this total by December 31 in order for President's Club recognition and benefits to continue in the subsequent calendar year. For example, donors who have contributed their minimum $3,000 (cumulative during 2016) by December 31, 2016, will continue to be recognized in 2017.
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.
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. Typically gifts from entities such as Fidelity, Schwab and the like are NOT eligible. 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 of a donor advised fund determines whether contributions from such funds are eligible for President’s Club recognition. If a sponsoring organization permits such recognition, the donor still is required to provide a personal contribution to cover the value of any accepted football tickets benefit, which is currently $300. Multiple donors may not receive recognition from the same donor advised fund (for example: if two siblings contribute to the university from a parent’s donor advised fund, only one sibling will receive President’s Club recognition). These contributions will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine eligibility.
Are IRA distributions eligible for President's Club recognition?
IRA distributions made directly to The Ohio State University (Foundation) are not eligible for President’s Club recognition due to existing IRS policy.
Are IRA distributions included in donor ticket points (for football tickets and seating)?
Contributions from IRA distributions are not included in donor ticket point calculations.
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 donor for individual recognition. These situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 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 the President's Club. Legacy donors may also be recognized as annual donors in President's Club if their cumulative annual giving is $3,000 or above.
WHAT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
For more information regarding President's Club, please contact the President's Club office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (614) 292-9550.