Buckeyes Helping Buckeyes
Lift up your fellow alumni during the times they need it most.

Extreme weather, accidents or other unanticipated financial hardships can disrupt our best-laid plans. It’s hard to ask for help, but sometimes we really need it.


Last year, as the Carolinas braced for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, Ohio State alumni began to do something extraordinary. They offered to take in other Buckeyes who might be affected. It wasn’t the first time Buckeyes had offered to help — whether through giving or volunteering, Ohio State alumni are a generous group — but it gave the alumni association an idea. “Watching our alums jump into action was truly inspiring. We were moved by their spirit to find other ways to pay forward for Buckeyes in need,” said alumni association president and CEO Jim Smith.


Buckeyes Helping Buckeyes is a new fund we created for alumni who fall on hard times. It gives us the ability to award grants to deserving alumni who find themselves set back by natural disasters, injuries and other unforeseen circumstances. Those who require assistance can apply, and those who want to help can give. “Everybody knows how passionate Buckeyes are for everything Ohio State,” Smith said. “They also happen to be some of the most compassionate people you will ever meet.”


Buckeyes share a special bond — and when we see a Buckeye in distress, we rush to help. Please give to lift up your fellow alumni during the times they need it most.


Buckeyes Helping Buckeyes


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Donor Heatmap
Rank State Donors
1 OH 26
2 TX 2
3 VA 1
Help your fellow alumni when they need it most.
Your gift can help alumni who fall on hard times due to natural disasters, injuries and other unforeseen circumstances. Make your gift to Buckeyes Helping Buckeyes and your gift will be matched up to a total of $2,000.
$2,000 MATCHED
Early Bird Match
Grab your coffee, it's time to kick off the Day of Giving with the Early Bird Match! A gift to the cause, college, or unit of your choice between 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET will be matched up to a total of $2,000.
$2,000 MATCHED
Lunchtime Challenge
All gifts made in the next hour (noon to 1 p.m. ET) will be doubled up to a total of $2,000! Make your gift now!
$2,000 MATCHED
Happy Hour Challenge
The work day is over, let's have some fun! The cause, college or unit that receives the most gifts today between 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET will receive an additional $1,000 towards their cause or effort.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $1,000 Animals 36
2 Community 21
3 Environment 14
4 Food Insecurity 12
5 Ensure Student Success 10
6 Alumni Clubs 10
7 Diversity & Inclusion 10
8 Arts 7
9 Global Initiatives 0
Home Stretch Match
We have 3 hours left until this year's Day of Giving ends. If you still haven't made a gift, now is the time! All gifts made between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET will be matched up to a total of $1,000. Don't wait to make your gift!
$1,000 MATCHED
Top Causes: By Gifts
Which area has the most gifts?
Rank Department Gifts
1 Community 209
2 Ensure Student Success 202
3 Animals 194
4 Environment 125
5 Food Insecurity 119
6 Arts 113
7 Global Initiatives 30
Top Causes: By Dollars
Which area has raised the most money so far?
Rank Department Raised
1 Ensure Student Success $89,503.11
2 Community $17,240.00
3 Animals $10,186.00
4 Arts $7,624.00
5 Environment $7,122.00
6 Food Insecurity $4,996.00
7 Global Initiatives $1,597.50
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