Campus Campaign FAQs

Discover how your charitable donation could change lives. Learn more about Campus Campaign from this helpful FAQ.

Faculty and staff giving FAQs

Discover how your charitable donation could change lives. Learn more about Campus Campaign from this helpful FAQ.

Why is employee giving so important to Ohio State?
Gifts from employees provide funding for important initiatives on all of Ohio State’s campuses. They are an endorsement of the university, announcing to alumni, friends, corporations and foundations that Ohio State is an institution worthy of support and that support starts at “home”.

Government funding covers only a fraction of the costs associated with running such a large university and providing services to the thousands of students and patients we work with on a daily basis.

Not everyone can afford to make a large contribution. What difference could a small gift make?
Every gift is important. Whatever the amount, your gift shows that you believe in the cause you have chosen to support. There are many causes that receive a larger number of “small” gifts.

While all it takes to participate is $1, we encourage you to consider giving by payroll deduction. A gift of $5 per pay to the cause of your choice shows your commitment to the success of the program, research, patient care initiative, or scholarship you choose to support.

How much of my gift will actually go to the fund(s) I select?

What is Campus Campaign?
Campus Campaign is the dedicated time period each spring during which employees are asked to make a gift to the Ohio State causes that mean something to them. Since 1985, thousands have given back to Ohio State through this effort and the total funds raised have surpassed the $192M mark.

I noticed that I’m asked to give at other times during the year as well. What’s up with that?
There are many opportunities throughout the year for you to participate by making a gift to what you believe in at Ohio State – Pelotonia, BuckeyeThon, WOSU, and Campus Campaign are among the many opportunities. Whenever you choose to support an Ohio State cause throughout the year it will count toward participation.

May I designate my gifts to a particular area of the university?
YES! You may choose from among more than 9,000 funds/causes. These may be funds within your own unit or funds related to scholarships, patient care, regional campuses, libraries, WOSU, diversity programs, research, childcare, wetlands, athletics or so much more.

How do I search for funds?
Current employees can search by logging into the faculty and staff giving site here.

How do I make my gift?
I am a current employee:

  • Payroll deduction: sign up today online or using a printed gift form (minimum of $1/pay per fund). Deductions are ongoing gifts through per pay installments and continue until the University is notified otherwise (12 times per year for those paid monthly and 26 times per year for those paid biweekly).
  • One-time gift: make your gift online or via cash* or check.

*Cash – if possible, drop off in person at 1480 West Lane Avenue. Please do not send cash through the mail.

What do I need to know about payroll deduction?
One-time payroll deductions cannot be processed. Changes made to payroll deductions will take effect the next possible pay period. Payroll deductions are set up as continuous until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact Gift and Biographic Records at or 614-292-2141 for assistance.

If I am not making any changes to my existing deduction or making an additional gift at this time, do I need to send in a printed gift form or go online?
NO. If you are continuing existing deductions as they are and making no other gifts/pledges at this time, you DO NOT need to do anything, your deduction will automatically roll over for the next fiscal year.

How can I find out what I gave to last year?
Information on personal giving history is available by visiting My Account or by contacting the Gift and Biographic Records team at or by calling 614-292-2141.

What do I do if I want to search for funds but am not ready to make a gift?
Visit the employee giving site and search all funds using the “Search” feature or the “Select an area:” menu. Search* the database of more than 9,000 funds and click “Add payroll” or “Add one-time” when you find the fund(s) you wish to support.

*OSU Physicians, Inc. employees can search for funds at

How do I get a gift form?
We encourage you to make your gift online.
If you prefer a paper form, you may print a blank gift form off the faculty and staff giving website or contact your unit Ambassador for assistance.

How do I submit my gift form?
If you choose not to submit your gift online, you may send a signed printed form to the following addressing using campus mail or USPS:
Attn: Gift & Biographic Records
1480 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

GIFT FORM: Be sure to sign your gift form to confirm your gift intent – new gifts/deductions, change in amount or designation, or cancellation.

Do Pelotonia gifts count toward Campus Campaign participation?
YES! To support Pelotonia, visit For questions about Team Buckeye, contact Karl Koon at 614-293-9523.

How is Campus Campaign different from Bucks for Charity?
Campus Campaign contributions are used internally for Ohio State’s individual programs, projects and endowments. Campus Campaign donors choose where they want their gifts to be used according to their interest areas within the university. One hundred percent of each gift goes to the chosen fund(s). There are thousands of funds within Ohio State ranging from patient assistance to employee education, research, scholarships and program support. Gifts to Pelotonia also count toward participation in Campus Campaign.

Bucks for Charity, Ohio State’s participation in the United Way’s Charitable Drive, and other fundraising efforts focus externally on community organizations and charities in the city and surrounding counties. A percentage of these gifts goes toward administration of the funds. These initiatives are not related to the annual Campus Campaign and do NOT count toward participation in that effort.

Questions about your Bucks for Charity contributions? Contact Michele Bondurant.

Will my gift through Campus Campaign qualify me for President’s Club?
President’s Club is The Ohio State University’s largest and most prestigious leadership annual giving recognition program. Since 1963, President’s Club has recognized the most loyal and generous donors to the university. These donors offer their philanthropic and leadership support and share a continuing commitment to this great institution.

Annual recognition is extended to individuals who make non-athletic qualifying gifts of $3,000 or more during the calendar year. For gifts of payroll deduction, recognition is achieved with a monthly contribution of $250 for 12 months (January-December for renewing donors or July-June for new donors). A combination of payroll gifts and cash may also be contributed.

For more information about President’s Club and the associated benefits, visit or contact President’s Club at 614-292-9550.

What is the Corporate Matching Gift Program?
Employees whose spouses work for companies that offer a matching gift program have an opportunity to double or even triple their gifts. The Corporate Matching Gift Program is a service provided by nearly 1,000 companies that will match contributions from their employees to institutions of higher education. A list of participating companies is available through the The Ohio State University Foundation’s online database.

The online database contains forms for some of the participating companies. In some circumstances, the donor’s spouse will need to contact the human resources department of his or her employer to obtain the appropriate matching gift form. The matching gift form should then be completed and sent to:
The Ohio State University Foundation
1480 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

I have other questions, whom should I contact?
Please contact the Faculty and Staff giving office or Gift Processing at 614-292-2141 for assistance

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