Ohio State is 10th in fundraising nationally

February 2, 2012

A new national survey of public and private universities ranks The Ohio State University 10th among public universities in the United States for total private support based on a three-year average, up from 11th last year. Ohio State was also named the top university in Ohio for fundraising.

The Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey is conducted annually by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), a national nonprofit organization that is the country’s sole source of empirical data on private giving to education. Overall, the VSE found that despite a challenging economic climate, charitable contributions to U.S. colleges and universities in 2011 grew by 8.2 percent, reaching $30.3 billion.

In fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30, philanthropy at Ohio State was marked by the following milestones:
  • A record 177,322 donors gave an unprecedented $259 million to Ohio State
  • Total fundraising, including pledges and bequests, topped out at a record $407.6 million
  • Ohio State alumnus and former Board of Trustees Chair Leslie H. Wexner and the Limited Brands Foundation committed $100 million to the university, the largest gift in its history
  • The two-and-a-half-year Students First, Students Now fundraising initiative for student support concluded June 30 having surpassed its $100 million goal by $14 million