For the Love of Otterbein, The Time is Now.

The caring on this campus is palpable.

And when the pressure has come, we have risen to it together as a campus community.

We are here to ask you for your help.

We believe that Otterbein can and should emerge from this stronger, not weaker.

John Comerford, President

  • Our students and families are navigating challenging and sometimes painful financial hardships.
  • Our faculty is working with tireless commitment to adapt their teaching and classes to every possible scenario while keeping learning and discovery meaningful.
  • Our staff is working with great care to ensure safe options for keeping our community together.

Our entire Otterbein campus community is motivated by one thing — helping our students succeed.

These are challenging times and the realities of this pandemic are difficult enough. Our students’ education and their dreams shouldn’t have to be derailed, too. The key to each chapter of Otterbein’s history is that we come together to serve our students.

We believe in protecting opportunity and we know investing in all students isn’t only the smart thing to do — it’s the right thing to do.

If ever there were a time to support the most vulnerable, the most promising, the best, the brightest and those most deserving of an Otterbein education — the time is now.

If ever there were a time to help with unexpected, unprecedented costs like outdoor-tented classrooms, COVID-19 testing, extreme cleaning regimens, increased technology demands — the time is now.

If ever there were a time to invest in the future of an institution that has always worked to innovate and anticipate the needs of tomorrow — the time is now.

To learn more, we invite you to watch President Comerford’s video message below, or read our initiative overview.

If you have additional questions and want to learn more about how you can make an impact, please contact the Division of Institutional Advancement at 614-823-1305 or e-mail Rebecca May at rmay@otterbein.edu. You may also send donations to:

Otterbein University Institutional Advancement
Attn: For the Love of Otterbein Initiative
1 S. Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081

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Your Support is Needed for These Areas:

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Meeting Urgent Needs to Support Students

Otterbein Fund

Your gift provides resources for Otterbein’s greatest needs and emerging opportunities. This is the most helpful way to support YOUR University!

COVID-19 Relief and Expenses

COVID-19 support will provide immediate relief for Otterbein to offset unexpected and unprecedented expenses, including additional cleaning protocols and materials, technology for virtual teaching and special programming for students impacted by the pandemic.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund helps provide immediate and future relief for students with emergency needs such as food, toiletries, books, utilities, car repairs, and more.

Learning Tools and Resources

Support for learning tools and resources will help Otterbein provide the necessary technology, software and academic support programs so that all students needing assistance in these areas have the tools they need to succeed.

Supporting our Community through Social Justice, Inclusion and the Promise House

Otterbein has a history of diversity, inclusion, and equity through educational, social, and service initiatives. We aspire to foster a diverse and inclusive community while promoting the values of respect, open-mindedness, and personal and civic responsibility. We believe that supporting our students in these ways will only help our community become stronger. In addition, the Promise House — a student-led community resource center and food pantry for Otterbein students — builds community to break down socioeconomic barriers to student success. Support of these areas will impact students firsthand.

Scholarships for Access and Affordability

Your support of annually-funded scholarships, including our Opportunity Scholarship, will make a substantial difference in the life of a student. The financial aid available from the University is often the deciding factor in determining whether a student chooses to attend Otterbein. Your gift provides funding for deserving, talented, and qualified students and keeps Otterbein affordable.

Promoting Student Health and Well-being

We are committed to the physical and mental health of our students, especially during this unprecedented time in our world. Otterbein has seen a marked uptick in requests for support services over the past few years. Your support for this area will benefit our ability to provide health-related resources like flu shots for students as well as mental health services from our Counseling Center.

Tomorrows Otterbein

Ensuring Progress for Educational Innovation

Enhanced Hands-On and Experiential Learning

An education at Otterbein is distinguished by its commitment to applied learning - a liberal arts degree for the real world. Outside of the classroom, students use their knowledge for research, internships, volunteering, leadership, and study abroad experiences. We will continue to invest in these opportunities so that every student will have a chance to apply their coursework to develop important skills. Your donation will expand support for these vital hands-on experiences.

Endowed Scholarships and Funds

Otterbein has a long history of supportive alumni and friends who have created permanent scholarships to benefit future generations of Cardinals. An endowment is a crucial source of funding for research, scholarships, and departmental programs in perpituity. If you are interested in leaving a legacy that endures at Otterbein, consider starting an endowed fund in your name or to honor a loved one. Know that your gift will persevere and grow for decades to come, making an impact for students every single year.

President’s Fund for Strategic Initiatives

The President’s Fund for Strategic Initiatives provides annual and long-term support for projects that help Otterbein advance key priorities. The fund also gives the president the capacity to launch special initiatives and capitalize on timely opportunities that will benefit Otterbein and its students.

Refreshed Facilities and Modernized Campus Center

Dynamic and well-equipped facilities foster learning, collaboration, and a strong sense of community. Supporting campus facilities is more than funding construction and providing a facelift for spaces. It is building a foundation for Otterbein’s future. Ensuring our campus facilities are meeting the needs of students today is key.

From the time it was built in the late 1960s, the Campus Center has served as the heart of the University community for thousands of Otterbein students, faculty, alumni, and friends. A modernized Campus Center will allow for necessary updates to the building infrastructure and much-needed technology and accessibility upgrades, so all students and visitors can continue building community for years to come.

New Academic Programs

Higher education is always evolving to meet the needs and interests of students today and tomorrow. When there is a need within the marketplace or society, we want to deliver that educational experience for our students. Providing funding for new academic programs will help Otterbein educate our students on key skills needed within the workforce for in-demand professions.

“If ever there were a time to support the university you love, the time is now.”

President John Comerford, Ph.D.