Students talk inside Courtright Memorial Library

The Joanne Van Sant Leadership Giving Society

Joanne Van Sant, better known as “Dean Van”, served Otterbein for more than 50 years. Through her leadership and mentorship, she had a positive impact on countless students, graduates, faculty, staff, and community leaders. In that spirit of unwavering commitment, Otterbein proudly established the Joanne Van Sant Leadership Giving Society. This annual giving society recognizes donors whose annual giving is at or exceeds $1,000. Annual giving is based on the fiscal year, which runs from July 1st to June 30th.

The 1847 Society

The 1847 Society recognizes those alumni, parents, and friends of Otterbein  University who have documented their commitment by naming the University as a  beneficiary in their estate planning. Anyone who has included Otterbein and provided documentation, is eligible for membership.

Thoughtful planning now ensures that future generations will continue to benefit from the exceptional educational experience that Otterbein has provided since its founding in 1847. A planned gift provides a perfect opportunity to honor a loved  one, an inspiring professor, or a field of study that has made an impact on your life. You can create a legacy that takes into account your family needs, reflects  your values and gives back to future generations. 

Annual Donor Recognition Dinner

The Art & Science of Gratitude: 2017 Donor Recognition Celebration Recap
Our valued donors were recognized at a unique and interactive event on Friday, October 20, 2017 in the Science Center. The evening included hands-on activities, music and food celebrating Otterbein's arts and sciences.

Activities included exploring the greenhouses, equine research, making liquid nitrogen ice cream, art and chemistry as well as wildlife, nursing and physics sessions for the guests. It was an evening full of learning, exploring and gratitude to our donors for making these (and many more!) experiences possible for our Otterbein students.

Check out the online photo album and program from the event, to see why this year's event was truly one-of-a-kind!

Program from the 2017 Donor Recognition Event

Donor Recognition Event 2017
I loved my time at Otterbein. I wanted to perpetuate a place that did so much for me. I wanted to perpetuate a place that continues to develop and grow
David Cawley ’88, who through a trust provision will provide an endowment to support the Otterbein Christian Fellowship.
We know there is always a need for student assistance. Otterbein is such a good institution, and we believe in what it stands for. We have to support that.
Carolyn Boda Bridgman ’50 on her and her husband, Dick Bridgman ’49, supporting the Dr. Michael S. Bridgman Prize in Mathematics at Otterbein through their estate.

The Division of Institutional Advancement is located in Howard House at 131 W. Park St.

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

Contact Donor Recognition 
Cathy Carson, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship
p/ 614.823.1261