OHIO Giving Day 2019
Frequently Asked Questions


What is OHIO Giving Day?

OHIO Giving Day is a 24-hour campaign to inspire alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to support the part of OHIO they care about most! In 2019, OHIO Giving Day will be celebrated on April 18 – that’s 1804 backwards, a very notable year for Bobcats!


How do I make a gift?

On April 18, visit OHIOGivingDay.com to make your gift online.


When can I make my gift to OHIO Giving Day?

The OHIO Giving Day platform will be active to transact online gifts between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.


What if my preferred gift designation does not appear on the Giving Day website?

If you don’t see your preferred designation or fund from among those featured on OHIOGivingDay.com, you can visit ohio.edu/give to transact a gift on April 18 to any Ohio University fund. All gifts on April 18 will be counted towards OHIO Giving Day!


Is it safe to make my gift online?

Yes. Ohio University uses online gift transaction software that is Level 1 PCI Compliant. Donor information collected during OHIO Giving Day will be used by Ohio University and it will not be sold or shared with any third-party organizations.


Is there a minimum gift amount?

Gifts of at least $5 are able to be transacted online at OHIOGivingDay.com and ohio.edu/give.


I can’t see my cart on the homepage. Where did it go?

You will be able to view your cart from any of the top navigation bars on all of the cause pages above the video, but not the OHIO Giving Day homepage. Any gifts previously added to your cart will appear when you begin the checkout process.


Will my OHIO Giving Day gift be tax deductible?

Yes. Your gift is tax-deductible, and you will receive an email confirmation as your receipt for tax purposes.


What gifts count towards OHIO Giving Day?

All gifts transacted online between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 will count towards OHIO Giving Day. In addition, gifts made by check through the mail that indicate “OHIO Giving Day” on the memo line and are postmarked by April 19 will count towards the Giving Day total.

Mail checks to:

The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869


Where do gifts go?

100% of your gift will go to the fund or area you designate during the checkout process.


What are match gifts?

Several generous donors have pledged matching gifts for select funds on OHIO Giving Day. This means that gifts to those funds will be matched, usually dollar-for-dollar, to double the impact. Click here for a complete list of match gifts.


What are challenge gifts?

Several generous donors have pledged challenge gifts for select funds on OHIO Giving Day. This means that once those funds reach a specific dollar total or donor count, the challenge gift will be unlocked and added to that fund’s total! Click here for a complete list of challenge gifts.


What is a Power Hour?

During a Power Hour, a donor has agreed to match all gifts up to a certain amount to any fund during that hour. A Power Hour allows anyone to double their impact with a gift to any fund on Giving Day – but remember to give early in the hour to make sure your gift is matched!


How can I encourage others to make a gift?

Help spread the word about OHIO Giving Day and encourage others to make a gift by posting on social media using #OHIOGivingDay and sharing what cause or area you chose to support on April 18. Reach out to fellow Bobcats via email, direct message, text or phone call. Use OHIO Giving Day as a chance to reconnect with old friends, classmates, and roommates! Download the toolkit from www.OHIOGivingDay.com, which includes social media graphics, sample posts and other ideas for personal outreach.


When will gifts from OHIO Giving Day be transferred and totals announced?

The gift tally that appears on www.OHIOGivingDay.com will not include final totals until approximately two to three weeks after the campaign. Gifts will have come from multiple sources throughout the day, so it will take some time to finish entering all gifts. Once processing is finalized, gifts will be transferred to the appropriate Ohio University Foundation account, and final totals will be announced.


Where can I see updates on OHIO Giving Day?

On April 18, make sure to follow the OHIO Alumni Association on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on OHIO Giving Day, including a few surprises from some special guests!


How can I contact Ohio University with a giving-related question?

Contact OHIO’s Office of Annual Giving by email at giving@ohio.edu or call 800.592.3863.