Other Types of Gifts

Other Types of Gifts

Learn about the many ways to support ODI beyond cash gifts.


Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have otherwise been possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.

Check to see if your company matches gifts

Once established, an endowed fund is a dependable and perpetual source of support, since the principal is invested and only a portion of the earnings is spent annually. A minimum gift of $50,000 is needed to establish an unrestricted endowment, while $100,000 is needed for a restricted endowment.

Estate and Gift Planning

In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial, and tax planning perspective to consider long-term gift planning as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and wills or trusts.

Learn more at Estate and Gift Planning
Gifts in Memoriam/Gifts in Honor of

Honoring a family member, friend, colleague, classmate, or faculty member with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to that loved one. Please contact us to make arrangements for setting up a fund or contributing to an area or program of interest to the person being remembered or honored.

Gifts in Kind

Alternatives to monetary gifts such as equipment or books are always appreciated. Contact us to learn more.

Donor Advised Funds

With a Donor Advised Fund, you decide which Ohio State programs and other eligible charities to support according to your own interests and timetable as well as having the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted.

Learn more about Donor Advised Funds

Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned directly to The Ohio State University Foundation or may be transferred through the donor's broker. The mean market value on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. It is best to consult with our Director of Development, Jera Oliver, before a transaction is made. Fill out Ohio State's online stock form prior to transfer to submit information regarding your gift. For general questions on securities, call 614-292-2141 or send an e-mail to gifts@osu.edu.

Gifts of appreciated securities may be tax deductible, up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. The deduction is based on the full fair market value, and capital gains tax is not due when the stock is transferred to the university. Please contact John Woods at woods.175@osu.edu with questions.

Need more information?

Not sure which of the above options are best-suited for your gift to support ODI? Contact Jera Oliver, Director of Development at oliver.170@osu.edu or 614-688-2488.