The Annual Fund




Learn More About the Otterbein FUND

  • What is The Otterbein FUND?

    The Otterbein FUND is an essential source of unrestricted, current-use support for the university. Throughout the year, the FUND enables Otterbein’s leaders to seize important opportunities and meet a variety of pressing needs. Gifts of all sizes bolster the collective strength of the FUND. Through your contribution, you can join other donors in increasing the power of The Otterbein FUND and making a significant and immediate difference for the Otterbein University community.

  • What is the impact of The Otterbein FUND on the University?

    Gifts to The Otterbein FUND provide the university with immediate, budget-relieving support that enables President Krendl and other campus leaders to invest resources in strategic priorities that are mission critical for Otterbein. Investing in The Otterbein FUND will…

    • Provide students with scholarships and financial aid.
    • Allow Otterbein to recruit and keep world-class faculty.
    • Maintain Otterbein’s world-class liberal arts based curriculum.
    • Recruit promising Cardinal scholars whose lives are being changed by the mission and values of an Otterbein education.
    • Enhance the student extracurricular experience.
    • Continue to provide opportunities for transformative experiences in and out of the classroom.
    • Support Otterbein Cardinal athletics, as well as intramurals.
    • Provide up-to-date technology both in and out of the classroom.
    • Support student and faculty collaborative research.
    • Fund internships and other career-building opportunities. 
    • Support students who serve and volunteer with nonprofits in the community.
    • Among other initiatives brought forward throughout each year. 

    Most importantly, your support of The Otterbein FUND will help lead Otterbein into the future while protecting the traditions and commitments this University holds most dear. Every gift matters. Every year matters. 

  • What makes The Otterbein FUND unique?

    Gifts to The Otterbein FUND provide for unrestricted support and are fully utilized each year. In addition to The Otterbein FUND specifically, all gifts to the university can be made on a yearly basis. However, there are different kinds of gifts serving different purposes. A restricted gift, for example, provides funding for a specific purpose chosen by the donor and cannot be used for anything else. Gifts to the endowment are another type of gift that is invested to benefit Otterbein in perpetuity-however, only a portion of endowment earnings can be spent each year.  

  • How important is my participation?

    Many organizations and students use the percentage of alumni who make a gift to Otterbein each year as a measure of alumni satisfaction with the University and the degree of alumni commitment to Otterbein.  A gift to The Otterbein FUND by an alumnus is a vote of support for Otterbein. Some examples of how these figures are used include:

    • Otterbein’s rank among other colleges in “percent participation” makes up an important part of Otterbein’s total ranking in U.S. News & World Report.
    • Corporations and foundations use the percentage of alumni participation as a benchmark when evaluating colleges for grants.
    • Prospective Otterbein students use the percentage of alumni participation in their college selection process to determine if alumni are satisfied with their choice to attend Otterbein.
  • Is my gift tax deductible?

    Gifts made via cash, check, or credit card will entitle you to claim a charitable income tax deduction. Otterbein University has an IRS 501(c)(3) classification as an organization exempt from Federal income tax, and is a publicly supported organization as described in section 509(a)(1) of the Code. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Learn about other ways of giving

  • What is the Joanne VanSant Society?

    Your gift of $1,000 and above welcomes you into a special giving society in honor of Joanne VanSant’s legacy of leadership.  Dean Van began her career at Otterbein in 1948, serving as an instructor in the women’s physical education department and later as chair of the department from 1950-62. She paved the way for women leaders on campus. She served as the Dean of Women (1952-60; 1962-64), the Dean of Students (1964-68), and 25 years as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students (1968-93) with an unwavering and unconditional commitment to students. In 2012 Otterbein established The Joanne VanSant Leadership Society in her memory. 

  • How is participation in The Otterbein FUND tracked?

    Otterbein tracks gifts on the Otterbein fiscal year calendar, July 1 to June 30.  Any gift made online or postmarked by June 30 counts for this year.  

  • What are matching gifts?

    More than 1,000 companies promote philanthropy by matching the gifts of employees and their families’ gifts. These programs allow you, the employee, to direct your organization's philanthropy to the benefit of Otterbein. If you or your spouse work for or have retired from a matching gift company, you might also be eligible to take advantage of this benefit and perhaps double or even triple your support to Otterbein University.

  • How does the Matching Gift program work?

    Each time you make a gift to Otterbein, remember to either include your company's matching gift form or call their 800 number. Your employer will then direct a donation to Otterbein as well. For example, if you give a $200 donation to the University, your employer may contribute a match ranging from 50% ($100) to 200% ($400) of your gift.  Unsure how your company runs its program? Contact your Human Resources Department. Completed forms can be sent to: Institutional Advancement – Howard House, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081

  • How can I give to The Otterbein FUND?

    Gifts can be made by:

    Mail – Checks made payable to Otterbein University, and mailed to:

    Otterbein University
    Office of Annual Giving
    1 South Grove Street
    Westerville, OH 43081

    Phone - Call toll-free, 1-888-614-2600, with your MasterCard, VISA, Discover or Amex account information.

    Website - Give Now, don’t forget to check with your employer to see if your gift can be matched to double or triple its impact!

    Payroll deduction – Otterbein University employees can set up payroll deduction online.

    Additionally, learn about other ways of giving.

  • Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

    Matthew R. D’Oyly `04, Director of Annual Giving and Constituent Communication, via phone: 614-823-1963, via e-mail or in person at the Howard House, 131 W. Park Street.
Contact Us

The Office of Annual Giving is located in Howard House at 131 W. Park St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Contact Annual Giving 
Katie Butt, Director
p/ 614.823.1400 or 1.888.614.2600