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Our secure, online form is the easiest way to give. To give using your credit or debit card, please click here.

By Mail
To mail a gift, please make your check payable to Ohio University Foundation. If you wish to designate your gift to a certain endowment or fund, please write “Alden Library–[name of fund]” in the memo line of the check.

Please mail your check to:

Ellen Fultz
Executive Director of Development Scholarships & Special Projects
Ohio University Libraries
McGuffey Hall 309 (740)597-2145

Or give us a call:
If you prefer to make your gift over the phone or if you have questions while trying to make your gift, please contact Ellen Fultz at (740) 597-2145 or by email at

Types of Gifts

Annual Gifts

Through yearly donations, you can continue to support Ohio University Libraries as the Libraries continue to grow to accommodate the expanding University. Donate a recurring gift online

Gift of Cash

A gift of cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift. You will receive a charitable tax deduction that will provide you with savings on this year’s tax return, and you will make an immediate impact on Ohio University Libraries’ mission. Did you know that you can deduct up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income in the year you make a gift to Ohio University Libraries, and, if necessary, carry forward the balance of the deduction for up to five years?

To make an immediate gift using your credit or debit card, please visit the Division of University Advancement.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

If you have a friend or family member who has been positively impacted by OHIO University Libraries, you are welcome to make a gift in honor of that individual. Gifts of any type may be made in honor of, or in memory of, a specific person. This type of gift is a thoughtful and meaningful way to recognize the accomplishments or memory of a colleague, professor, friend or relative.

The Office of Donor Relations notifies the honoree or relative regarding all gifts made in this way.

Planned Gifts

Ohio University’s Office of Gift Planning can assist you in making a planned gift (such as an estate, bequest or trust). There are a number of donors who are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities and other plans that provide favorable tax benefits.

Giving Retirement Assets

A gift of your retirement assets [401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax deferred plan] is an excellent way to make a gift. Did you know that 50%-60% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death? By designating The Ohio University Foundation as the beneficiary of all or part of your tax deferred plan (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction. Learn more about giving retirement assets.

Giving Stocks, Securities, or Bonds

Gifts of appreciated securities, including stocks and bonds, are a great and easy way to transmit assets to Ohio University Libraries as charitable contributions. By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets. Learn more about giving stocks, securities, and bonds. Make an immediate gift following the Stock Transfer Instructions.

Payroll Deductions

Please check with your company to see if they have a payroll deduction program. For university faculty/staff, please use the Payroll Deduction Form to initiate payroll deductions.

Matching Gifts

Your employer may help you double or even triple your impact by matching your gift to Ohio University Libraries. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer’s name below.

If your company will match your gift, you may be able to access the forms directly through the search. If you are unable to access the forms directly through the search, please request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift to the following address:

The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869

Gifts In-Kind

The University Libraries selectively accepts donations of books and other library materials for the circulating collections. Please contact Lisa MacKinder, Head of Acquisitions & Resource Sharing, at (740) 593-2707 or for more information prior to donating.

If you are interested in donating books, manuscripts, or other rare materials to the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, please contact Sara Harrington, Head of Arts and Archives, at (740) 593-0219 or to discuss your donation.

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