Ways to Give

Three students walking in the Alutto Quad on Fisher's campus

Donors have opportunities to tailor their support of the Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Types of Gifts

  • Open/Close Cash Gifts

    Cash gifts have a significant impact on Fisher’s ability to do everything from addressing immediate needs to providing financial support for our students and maintaining quality programs. Recurring gifts provide continual cash flow for the college.

    Cash gifts can be made by credit card, personal check, cashier's check or money order made payable to The Ohio State University Foundation. Include Fisher College of Business in the memo portion. 

    Fill out Fisher's fillable giving form

    And mail to:

    Fisher College of Business
    Office of Advancement 
    101 Fisher Hall, 2100 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210

    You may also make your gift via phone at 614-688-3197 or: 

    Make your gift online using our secure portal today

  • Open/Close Pledges

    Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have otherwise been possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor.

  • Open/Close Matching Gifts

    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. 

    Check to see if your employer matches gifts to Ohio State

  • Open/Close Endowments

    Once established, an endowed fund is a dependable and perpetual source of support since the principal is invested and only a portion of the earnings is spent annually. A minimum gift of $50,000 is needed to establish an unrestricted endowment, while $100,000 is needed for a restricted endowment.

  • Open/Close Estate and Gift Planning

    In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial or tax-planning perspective to consider long-term gift planning as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and wills and bequests.

    Where to start:

    Explore giving options by giving amount, age or assets

    Here are some popular estate and gift planning opportunities:

    Will and Living Trusts

    Beneficiary Designations

    These types of gifts pay you or a loved one an income:

    Charitable Gift Annuities

    Charitable Reminder Trusts

    Here are some additional smart giving opportunities:

    IRA Charitable Rollover

    Memorial and Tribute Gifts

    Real Estate

    Endowed Gifts

    Donor Advised Funds

    Charitable Lead Trusts

    Next steps:

    If you’re interested in learning more about some of the ways to support Fisher through a gift planning opportunity, please contact the Office of Advancement at Fisher or have your professional advisor reach out to us directly via phone at 614-688-3197 or email at

    If Ohio State is already included in your estate plans, you can declare your intentions to us by filling out this online form. A member of the Advancement team will be in contact with you shortly to discuss the many ways your commitment can create a lasting impact on campus.

    Is Ohio State in your estate plan?

    Donor Recognition

    Planned gifts are recognized by The Ohio State University Neil Legacy Society.

  • Open/Close Gifts in Memoriam or in Honor of

    Honoring a family member, friend, colleague, classmate or faculty member with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute.

  • Open/Close Gifts in Kind

    Alternatives to monetary gifts such as equipment or books are always appreciated. At Fisher, many donors choose to support the college’s outreach and engagement efforts by hosting events with college leaders, current students, alumni and friends.

  • Open/Close Donor Advised Fund Gifts

    A donor advised fund is a charitable giving vehicle established at a public charity. It allows an individual to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and recommend grants to eligible charities over time. The Ohio State University Foundation Donor Advised Fund, in partnership with The Columbus Foundation, was created to offer our alumni and friends a simplified approach to creating their Ohio State legacy.

  • Open/Close Securities

    Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned directly to The Ohio State University Foundation or may be transferred through the donor's broker. The mean market value on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. Gifts of appreciated securities may be tax deductible (up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income). The deduction is based on the full fair market value, and capital gains tax is not due when the stock is transferred to the university.

Contact the Office of Advancement

How and where you choose to make your philanthropic impact is a very personal decision. Contact a team member in the Office of Advancement to explore giving opportunities that match your interests and passions at Fisher. 

Fisher College of Business
Office of Advancement
Fisher Hall
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210