June 30, 2009


The Year in Review

The 2009 fiscal year was the second best fundraising year in OSU’s history (FY08, when we publicly launched the campaign, was our #1 year). A number of datapoints show how campaign momentum continues, despite the economic downturn:

  • $513M has been raised toward our campaign goal of $625M, including $82M in FY09. Learn more about campaign progress.
  • 91 gifts of $1M+ have been made to the campaign, including 16 in FY09.
  • 7 college/units exceeded their 2009 fiscal year goals.
  • 5 college/units have now exceeded their overall campaign goals and another 2 are at 90% of goal.

Also of note this year is the tremendous loyalty of alumni and friends even as the economy forced tough decisions about how to allocate their philanthropic dollars.

  • While the average size of annual gifts declined, the number of donors in annual giving remained remarkably stable, dropping only 3%.
  • Over 49,000 households have made campaign commitments.
  • 1 in every 5 OSU alumni has made a gift to the campaign.

The internal OSU family continued to show unprecedented support for the campaign.

  • FY09 saw an 11% increase in annual giving from OSU faculty and staff.
  • Current and former OSU Foundation Trustees have committed $78M to the campaign (15% of the campaign-to-date total).
  • Members of the OSU Provost’s Council and President’s Cabinet have together committed over $450,000 to the campaign.

This first full year of the public phase brought the campaign to life for the campus community, with the generosity of OSU donors making a very real impact on students, the state, and the world.

  • 93% of the campaign’s Facility and Equipment goal has been raised, bringing teaching and research to new levels with leading-edge facilities such as the recently-opened Kearney Hall.
  • $15M was raised in FY09 for Scholarships and Fellowships, bringing the campaign total for this thematic area to $82M toward the goal of $100M.
  • Over 350 new scholarship and fellowship funds have been created at OSU since the start of the campaign, representing an increase of 30%.
  • In addition to other faculty support funds, 28 endowed positions have been created through campaign commitments, increasing by almost 40% the total number of endowed positions at OSU.

Much of our fundraising success for FY09 came from areas of emerging strength – corporate and foundation grants and planned gifts.

  • Corporate and foundation giving accounted for 37% of the FY09 fundraising total.
  • Planned gifts (trusts, bequests, annuities, etc.) accounted for 34% of FY09 giving, compared to 20% in FY08.


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