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Giving to the College of Optometry

Help make a positive and lasting impact upon countless lives, and keep The Ohio State University College of Optometry on the leading edge.

Learn more about how you can support the college.

Give a Gift

Gift giving can be at any level. Every gift to the College of Optometry helps. Partnerships like yours provide critical assistance to the support of our students, faculty, academic programs and the communities that we serve. One hundred percent of your gift designated to The Ohio State University College of Optometry benefits the college in immeasurable ways. Your gift may go toward any one of our many special projects, for example: children’s vision, student financial aid, the dean’s discretionary fund, clinic support, or outreach. When you send a gift, please designate to what project or fund you would like to contribute.


Cash is often the most convenient form of giving. Cash gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes, provided deductions are itemized.


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 been otherwise possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor.


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. It is best to consult with the College’s Director of Development before a transaction is made. For general questions on securities, call (614) 292-4705.

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.

Planned Gifts

In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial and tax planning perspective to consider long-term planned giving as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as charitable remaindertrusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests. For more information on planned giving, contact Shawn Gilbert at the address below.

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For further information regarding Giving to the College of Optometry, contact:

Shawn Gilbert
338 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1280
Phone: 614-247-6426
Fax: 614-292-4705
Email: gilbert.351@osu.edu