Otterbein’s Top Fundraising Priorities

Each year, University leaders identify the key programs and initiatives for which we seek philanthropic support from our Cardinal community. This year, these include:

Otterbein Fund
Benefits all areas of campus via unrestricted funds that can be used for our greatest needs. Giving options include annual donations, as well as our Otterbein Fund Scholarship, which allows you to spread an impactful pledge over four years that directly benefits a student each year.

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Campus Center Renovation – Phase Two
With phase one complete, we are ready to continue the transformation of this beloved space for our students and community. Plans for phase two include renovation of the dining hall (Nest) and kitchen from a 1960s style “hot line” into a modern food court, allowing for greater customization including special dietary needs. The decorative stairs on the north side of the building will be removed, allowing seating up to the windows and the first floor to become more flexible. A new stairwell will be added to the northwest corner, offering a glass-enclosed modern look to the building.

Endowed Scholarships
Endowed and annual scholarships help to make an Otterbein education affordable. Named endowed funds begin at $25,000 and provide impact in perpetuity and can be pledged over five years. Annual support for scholarships help today’s students and provide immediate assistance.

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Innovation Fund
This fund is a catalyst for developing new and dynamic academic and extra-curricular programs. Supporting the Innovation Fund helps Otterbein drive our strategic priorities and mission, vision, and values while giving the University the flexibility to explore new and exciting paths.

Otterbein READY
Support for this innovative new Otterbein program helps fund career and professional preparation programs that guide our students through a four-year plan with advisors and mentors along the way. All students will graduate with at least one immersive, experiential learning experience.

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Interested in supporting our top fundraising priorities? You can support online now at or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 614-823-1400.

Grants, Corporate, and Foundation Support

Grants help to provide essential funding for new programs, research, and other areas that directly impact our students at Otterbein. Our faculty and staff have recently been awarded grants from several organizations, including those listed below.

Henry Luce Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

PROGRAM: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

AMOUNT: $50,000 (Planning Grant)

The University Archives has been awarded a NEH grant to facilitate the development of a compact shelving installation plan. Schorr Architects and preservation consultants LYRASIS will be instrumental in preparing the detailed plan needed to install compact shelving, which would drastically increase the amount of usable storage space and increase the preservation of collections.

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Ohio Arts Council

PROGRAM: Sustainability

AMOUNT: $35,104 (Year One)

The Department of Music has been awarded a four-year OAC Sustainability grant. Funds will support public programming, including a visiting artist, public performances, and external community engagement events.

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