How To Give To Otterbein

Your gift to Otterbein University is an investment in our students, faculty, and our community. Explore how to support Otterbein in ways that align with your passions, from scholarships to funding for a department or program, and anything in between. Please contact us to learn more about how you can invest in Otterbein.

Otterbein University is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Consult your tax adviser to determine the tax advantages of your gift. For information or to inquire about your giving record, or to mail your annual gift, please contact:

Otterbein University
Institutional Advancement
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-823-1290

Give Online, By Phone, Or By Mail

Give Online

Make a one-time or recurring gift online through our Secure Website Now!

Give By Phone

Call the Annual Giving Office at 614-823-1400 to make a gift over the phone.

Give by Mail

To make a gift by check, please mail it and make it payable to:

Otterbein University
Institutional Advancement
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Monthly Gifts

Make your gift to Otterbein easier! Monthly sustaining gifts are put to work at Otterbein right away, which means your gifts immediately impact Otterbein students. Establish your monthly sustaining gift with a credit card or through an electronic funds transfer (EFT) in the amount and duration of your choice. Monthly sustaining donors are recognized in Otterbein’s Cardinal Loyalty Society.

Click here to establish a monthly sustaining gift.
*Please note: Make sure to select the sustaining box under amount.

For more information about these programs, contact 614-823-1290 or email

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, the impact of your gift to Otterbein University may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. 

Please use our search tool to see if you or your spouse’s employer will match your gift to Otterbein University and to access the forms, guidelines, and instructions you need to submit a matching gift.

To arrange for a matching gift, submit the request via your employer’s online matching gift portal, or complete a hard copy form and mail it to the address below.

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Our Mailing Address:
Otterbein University
Institutional Advancement
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Contact Information:
Tracy Rush, Executive Director of Advancement Services
Phone: 614-823-1290

Faculty and Staff Payroll Deduction

Gifts of Stock, Mutual Funds, and/or Securities

Gifts of highly appreciated stock can hold significant financial benefits for you, while fulfilling your philanthropic goals.

Eliminate Federal Tax
Giving stock eliminates the capital gains tax that would otherwise be due had the stock been sold. Additionally, you are eligible for a charitable income tax deduction of the full fair market value of the stock, rather than the purchase price.

For more information about a stock gift, contact Tracy Rush, Executive Director of Advancement Services, at 614-823-1290 or

Gifts in Kind

Real estate, artwork, equipment, and other types of personal property provide valuable help to Otterbein by supporting faculty and students.

To make your gift-in-kind or discuss your options with our development team, call 614-823-2707 or email

Donor Advised Funds or Family Foundations

Making a philanthropic grant to Otterbein University from your Donor Advised Fund or Family Foundation is a great way to support Otterbein.

To learn more, contact the organization where your Donor Advised Fund is held, or contact us at 613-823-2707 or email us at

Planned Giving: Options to Consider

Giving to Otterbein University can be done either directly or through a gift model that can provide tax benefits and even income! Below are some of the gift options associated with planned giving:

  • Bequests: Consider including Otterbein University in your will.
  • Charitable IRA Rollover: Contribute directly from your IRA and claim full tax deduction for your gift.
  • Beneficiary Designation Gifts: You can designate us as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment, or life insurance policy.
  • Charitable Gift Annuity: You can transfer your cash or appreciated property to our organization in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed payments (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.

Please visit our Planned Giving Website to learn more about giving options. To speak to a Development Officer about the best plan that’s right for you, please visit our Find Your Development Officer page. Contact us at 614-823-2707 or

Partner With Us

With the potential to enrich the campus, Otterbein seeks to develop new relationships with organizations, corporations, foundations, and government entities. The overall goal is to advance the mission of Otterbein University through the creation and coordination of mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations that support our priorities.

To learn more, please visit our Grants & Sponsored Programs Page. If you are interested in partnering with us, please call 614-823-2707 or email

Give Your Time

We are fortunate to have alumni and friends who want to volunteer their time and talent to support Otterbein’s mission and values. A variety of opportunities allow you to customize your experience and impact our community.

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