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Ways to Give

How will you give to Otterbein?

Just as the purpose and the motivation to give is personal and unique—so are the ways you can choose to make your gift. Explore which methods best meet your goals while you help advance the power and reach of the Otterbein experience.

Gifts of Cash

Contribute to the Otterbein University Annual Fund online or by sending a check to Otterbein University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081. Your gift is tax deductible if you itemize deductions on your federal income tax form. For more information on IRS regulations regarding a gift's deductibility please consult your financial advisor or IRS Publication 526 (pdf).

Gifts of Stock

A gift of securities offers a number of advantages to the donor. Transferring stock to Otterbein allows donors to contribute to the future success of the University while enjoying different benefits. Donations to Otterbein qualify as a charitable deduction to your income tax. There is no capital gains tax on the appreciated securities or mutual fund shares that you donate. Stock transfer procedure (pdf).

Annual Fund

Who will you help this year? The Annual Fund supplements the difference between tuition revenue and the true cost of an Otterbein education. Learn more.

Planned Gifts

Otterbein welcomes the opportunity to work with you to remember the University in your future plans. A planned gift is one you arrange during your lifetime with the benefit to Otterbein deferred to a future date. Learn more.

Scholarships and Other Endowments

Endowments are permanent funds that benefit students in perpetuity. The earnings are disbursed annually for the purpose designated by the donor. Learn more.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts honor and remember a loved one, while also furthering the work of Otterbein University. Gifts to Otterbein University are a thoughtful way to remember loved ones.

For families who have chosen to request donations to the college in the name of their loved one, wording in the obituary such as this can suggest the option: "In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Otterbein University. Checks should be mailed to Otterbein University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081."

Reunion Gifts

Many alumni choose to make special gifts to Otterbein during their Legacy years, the five years leading up to, and including, their 50th Reunion. All contributions given to Otterbein University in the five years leading up to your 50th reunion will be counted collectively toward your Class Legacy gift. You may donate online with a credit card, or you may want to speak with us about setting up a different type of gift.

Student Gifts

Gifts of any amount from students make a difference—whether in renovating buildings, supporting campus activities or providing a great educational experience for all students. Consider that if every student gave $5 it could provide over $14,000 for student scholarships. Learn more.

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The Office of Development is located at 131 W. Park St.

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614.823.1400 or


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