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    Charitable Gift Annuity

  • Continued Giving Builds Future Leaders
    Continued Giving Builds Future Leaders
    Philanthropy is ongoing in the lives of Dr. Wilfred and Ann Lee Konneker. They have been giving to the university over the course of 50 years.
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  • Gift Annuity Benefits All
    Gift Annuity Benefits All
    Dr. David Curl has always felt like he owed something to Ohio University because he got so much from it. Having grown up in Columbus, he attended Ohio State, then transferred to Ohio University.
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  • Establishing a Legacy Through Scholarships
    Establishing a Legacy Through Scholarships
    John and Jane Woodrow are long-time residents of Athens who see Ohio University as an integral part of a vibrant community. John grew up in Athens...
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  • Creating a Legacy Through a Charitable Gift Annuity
    Creating a Legacy Through a Charitable Gift Annuity
    Each year Ohio University is given the opportunity to bridge the gap of educational inequality. In a time of widespread economic uncertainties...
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  • The Gift of Education
    The Gift of Education
    Ohio University helped shape Patty Cordova as a person, and in turn, helped to shape the life she made for herself.
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  • IRA Rollover

  • Maintaining a Strong Legacy
    Maintaining a Strong Legacy
    Dr. T. Richard “Dick” Robe grew up in Athens, so Ohio University has always felt like home to him.
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  • Charitable Lead Trust

  • Attaining Goals Through a Charitable Lead Trust
    Attaining Goals Through a Charitable Lead Trust
    "I give to Ohio University because of the excellent education which laid the groundwork for a wonderfully successful professional career and led to a rich and rewarding personal life."
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  • Media Lovers Fund Symposium
    Media Lovers Fund Symposium
    R. Smith Schuneman and Patricia Schuneman are self-declared media lovers who have given generously to media studies at their alma mater.
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  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust

  • LEWIS Ohio Athletics Charitable Remainder Trust Benefits All
    LEWIS Ohio Athletics Charitable Remainder Trust Benefits All
    Wealth management combines areas of investment, tax, and estate planning into a holistic roadmap that serves to best suit you, your family, your estate, and your legacy...
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  • The Art of Athletics
    The Art of Athletics
    Time management can be a struggle for most college students. Having the freedom to decide what needs to be done when is not always easy.
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  • Miller's Testimonial
    Miller's Testimonial
    Barbara Miller earned her master's degree in Communication Sciences from the College of Health Science & Professions at Ohio University in 1973.
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  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

  • Lead Gift Promotes Higher Education and Public Health
    Lead Gift Promotes Higher Education and Public Health
    Charles Stuckey, Jr. understands the importance of education. Mr. Stuckey worked several jobs while attending the OU-Lancaster campus and, later, the Athens campus.
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  • Will Bequest

  • Building OHIO Athletic Legacy through Multi-Purpose Center
    Building OHIO Athletic Legacy through Multi-Purpose Center
    The impact of Bob Wolfinger's experience as a student at Ohio University continues to remain strong. He treasured his time on campus and has saw...
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  • Leaving a Legacy Through Education
    Leaving a Legacy Through Education
    David Abram recognizes the importance of education and wants to leave a legacy through Ohio University. Growing up in southeast Ohio, David felt a connection to the university.
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  • Alumna's Bequest Will Help Future Students
    Alumna's Bequest Will Help Future Students
    Dr. Bayless grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio and attended Ohio University. She graduated from OU in 1967 with a degree in mathematics, and she received a medical degree from Ohio State University.
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  • Alumna's Bequest Funds Theater Scholarship
    Alumna's Bequest Funds Theater Scholarship
    Lyndol Michael, an award-winning producer, theater artist, and alumna of Ohio University, is passionate about encouraging women playwrights to tell their stories.
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  • Major Planned Gift to Women in Philanthropy Endowment
    Major Planned Gift to Women in Philanthropy Endowment
    When Mary Frances Bryja's parents encouraged her to attend college as a first-generation student, they had no way of knowing...
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  • Using Creativity When Giving to Ohio University
    Using Creativity When Giving to Ohio University
    As a freshman in 1967, Jim was welcomed to Ohio University by the OHIO football coaches and upperclassmen while attending summer practices.
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  • Life Outside of an Ohio University Classroom
    Life Outside of an Ohio University Classroom
    Michael Day, like many other high school seniors, was unsure of what career path he wanted to follow once he entered college.
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  • Pat Connor Study Giving Story
    Pat Connor Study Giving Story
    Alumni play a vital role in the continuing success of Ohio University. When alumni choose to allocate their personal gifts to benefit the continuing...
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  • One OHIO alumnus' generosity extends to OHIO and his community
    One OHIO alumnus' generosity extends to OHIO and his community
    From spending Wednesday mornings running a food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul in Centerville, Ohio, to starting an Honor Flight Program for World War II veterans...
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  • Revocable Trust

  • Giving Back to What’s Important
    Giving Back to What’s Important
    Through the years, Lowell Rausch has kept Ohio University close to his heart. He has expressed this special connection by establishing a revocable trust in his estate plans.
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  • OHIO Alumnus' Fellowship Gift Boosts Control Systems Research
    OHIO Alumnus' Fellowship Gift Boosts Control Systems Research
    Robert H. Josselson established the Robert H. Josselson Fellowship for Electrical Engineering in the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
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  • Structuring the Future for Ohio University Architect Students
    Structuring the Future for Ohio University Architect Students
    An architect often takes analytical and artistic abilities to create a structure that will leave a print on a city...
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  • A Little Help Goes a Long Way
    A Little Help Goes a Long Way
    When it came to fulfilling a desire to give back, Dave and Cathy Levy didn’t have to think very long about why they wanted to support Ohio University.
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  • A Family Tradition of Giving Continues
    A Family Tradition of Giving Continues
    Have you ever wondered how you can keep your children engaged in the issues your family is passionate about? Mary Anne and Don Flournoy are sustaining a tradition of service...
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  • Giving Time and Talent
    Giving Time and Talent
    Philanthropy, it is often said, is an act of sharing one’s time, talent, or treasure. While fundraisers often focus on treasure, Frank Stevens understands that time and talent can be just as valuable.
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  • Brege Profile
    Brege Profile
    While the Honors Tutorial College has increased its enrollment and expanded its programs of study during its 40-year history, one hallmark has remained the same.
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  • Alumnus Establishes Prize in Philosophy Department to Honor Late OHIO Professor Emeritus
    Alumnus Establishes Prize in Philosophy Department to Honor Late OHIO Professor Emeritus
    The 1960’s was a turbulent time on college campuses all across the nation...
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  • Family Philanthropy
    Family Philanthropy
    Years ago, a man shared the belief with Larry A. Gates that "People by nature are not generous." Mr. Gates, a Chillicothe native, chose a different path...
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  • Renowned Artist Donates Painting to Ohio University
    Renowned Artist Donates Painting to Ohio University
    Betsy Ross Koller is an internationally acclaimed artist with close ties to Ohio University. She was raised in southeast Ohio and has warm childhood memories of the region.
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  • Stock Transfer Gives Life
    Stock Transfer Gives Life
    David Pidwell has a personal philosophy that guides his giving. He believes that life is broken down into three phases.
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  • Lasting Legacy for OHIO Men's Basketball
    Lasting Legacy for OHIO Men's Basketball
    If you hang out around the Convocation Center during Ohio University’s basketball season, the name Grover will not be strange to you.
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  • Alumna gives back to Ohio University for a half century
    Alumna gives back to Ohio University for a half century
    As an alumna with a passion for education, teaching and Ohio University Phyllis Relyea, formerly known as Phyllis Ihle, has given selflessly back to OHIO.
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  • OHIO through a Camera Lens
    OHIO through a Camera Lens
    In ninth grade Terry Shuchat fell in love with the photography industry when he began working for a camera store in his hometown of Palo Alto, California.
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  • Leading by Example
    Leading by Example
    As a student at Ohio University in the 1960s, Dr. Patricia Ackerman minored in education, but she has spent her entire professional career as an educator.
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Kelli Kotowski

Executive Director of Gift Planning
University Advancement

McGuffey Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Kotowskk@ohio.edu
740.597.1819 office
740.707.3100 cell
800.592.3863 toll free
740.593.1432 fax

Caty Allgood

Director of Gift Planning
University Advancement

McGuffey Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

allgood@ohio.edu
740.593.9968 office
440.258.6564 cell
800.592.3863 toll free
740.593.1432 fax