We Are OWU

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Sarah Miller Watkins photoSarah Miller Watkins matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $200Just for Class of 2002

An Anonymous DonorBrad T Pulcini matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $250Just for Students

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $140Just for Class of 1997

Jonathan R. Sinclair photoJon R. Sinclair & Sara Sheets matched $50 for each donor, donating a total of $500

An Anonymous DonorHamburg Tang Jr matched $20 for each donor, donating a total of $800Just for Team OWU - Men's Track & Field

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $900Just for First Time Donors

Keith M. Rozanski photoKeith M. Rozanski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorJonathan T Woods matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $45Just for Class of 1985

An Anonymous DonorEllen Simpson matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $2,000Just for Class of 1977

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $2,500Just for Faculty/Staff

An Anonymous DonorJenny Keefe Anderson, Kevin Breen, Sheila Fagan Plecha, and Lisa Luckett matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $3,200Just for Class of 1984

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $250 for each donor, donating a total of $5,000Just for Class of 1999

An Anonymous DonorTwo 1979 Alumni matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $7,500Just for Class of 1979

An Anonymous DonorThomas '92 and Kelli McNairy Winston '93 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $10,000Just for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund

An Anonymous DonorJason Downey '02 & Elizabeth Long Downey '06 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $16,000Just for Alumni Couples

An Anonymous DonorEvan Corns matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $25,000Just for Fraternity & Sorority

An Anonymous DonorEvan Corns matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $40,000

An Anonymous DonorLiesel Graff Traister matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $50,000

An Anonymous DonorWilliam Sager & Sue Swink Sager matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $60,000
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Dr. Jennifer Magro  photoDr. Jennifer Magro gave $500 because 20 donors gaveJust for Fraternity & Sorority

Joni Brown photoJoni Brown & Peter Brown gave $1,842 because 20 donors gaveJust for Class of 1978 donors who gave to Ohio Wesleyan Fund - Area of Greatest Need

Julie MacMillan '88 photoJulie MacMillan gave $2,000 because 50 donors gaveJust for Class of 1988

An Anonymous DonorDavid Livingston gave $2,024 because 24 donors gaveJust for Students (2024)

An Anonymous DonorMatthew vandenBerg & Melissa vandenBerg gave $5,000 because 100 donors gave
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Generate 2 Gifts...and receive an OWU sticker! 🔴⚫

Generate 5 Gifts
Generate 5 Gifts...and guarantee a mini OWU felt pennant! 🚩

Generate 8 Gifts
Generate 8 Gifts...and receive a pair of limited-edition OWU socks! 🧦
What is We Are OWU?

Hey there, OWU champions! Get ready to spread some love and make history this Valentine's Day during Ohio Wesleyan’s 1,842-minute day of giving. We're aiming high – 1,000 donors – and we need YOU to be a part of this incredible journey! This day isn't just about donations; it's a celebration of our collective pride and the impact we can make together.

Our close-knit community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni comes together during this special event to support the values we cherish. Every contribution, no matter the size, matters in our mission to provide a well-rounded education that enriches lives and fosters critical thinking.

Join us on Valentine's Day, show your love for our Bishop community, and let's have some fun while making a real difference. Together, we'll make this campaign unforgettable and ensure our community's legacy continues to thrive. Let's do this!

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We Are OWU Results: Thank you, Bishops!

Just over two weeks ago, Bishops came together during Ohio Wesleyan’s fourth annual We Are OWU day of giving. The results are in, and we are thrilled to announce that you did it, Bishops! In just 1,842 minutes, 1,035 donors celebrated the OWU community to benefit current students, exceeding the 1,000-donor goal. Together, these alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends raised $469,526 for OWU. These funds will immediately be put to work to help ensure college remains affordable and accessible for every OWU student, sustain essential campus programs year after year, and provide OWU Connection opportunities to link academic learning to real-world experiences. Thank you!

We hope you continue to celebrate the Bishop community through one of our many upcoming events, including OWU Everywhere and the Presidential Inauguration of OWU’s 17th President, Matthew P. vandenBerg, on April 19. Together, We Are OWU!

Did you miss your chance to support OWU during our giving day? Don’t worry; every day is a great day to support a current student! Make your gift and make a difference at owu.edu/give.

52 days ago by Makenna Daniels
We 💗 OWU!

Photo of students with a sign that says thank you

With a 💗 FULL of gratitude… THANK YOU! We are overwhelmed by your support of OWU.

Be on the lookout for the official outcome in the coming weeks. TOGETHER, we made a difference. TOGETHER, We Are OWU!

68 days ago by Makenna Daniels
Students, "Swagon," and Bishop Spirit!

Photos of students with Bob the Bishop

We had a great couple of days on campus sharing the joy of philanthropy with OWU students! Your gifts change lives, Bishops. Just see what they've already made possible!

Students had fun with free giveaways, including socks and snacks! Thank you AVI Fresh for your sponsorship of We Are OWU once again this year! And if you haven't already seen our Swagon recap video, check it out below!

Special thanks to Allie Crawford '24 and Alumni Board Director and We Are OWU Crew Co-Captain Sean Harris '97!


68 days ago by Makenna Daniels
Ready, Set, Action! 🎥 Get your personal video from an OWU student!

Photos of 4 students making thank you videos

Did you know every We Are OWU donor gets a personalized thank you video 🎥 from a current Ohio Wesleyan student? Bishops are busy recording today and enjoying the chance to connect with their extended OWU alumni, family, and friends community. Hear for yourself how your gift supports them!

Make a gift before 6:42 p.m. EST tonight to get your video!

68 days ago by Makenna Daniels
New Match! Evan Corns '59 Raises the Bar

Evan Corns '59 with friends

With less than 7 hours remaining, Evan Corns ’59 is choosing to increase his match funds in honor of his 65th reunion! In addition to his Greek match, Evan is also matching all We Are OWU gifts $1 for $1, up to $40,000, to double your impact! That means, for today only, a $50 gift to the Ohio Wesleyan Fund will generate at least $100 of support for Ohio Wesleyan—and likely even more, with all the other matches and challenges ongoing! 

Will you claim this match with your gift today?

68 days ago by Makenna Daniels
You spread the word, OWU sends you swag. It's a win-win!

Earn Prizes for Your Advocacy with images of an OWU sticker, pennant, and socks

Did you know you can earn prizes for your advocacy during We Are OWU, including a pair of ever-popular OWU socks?!? When you use the We Are OWU sharing buttons and other advocacy tools, you can track your personal impact and earn fun prizes along the way:

  • Generate 2 gifts with your outreach and receive groovy OWU stickers! 🖤💖
  • Generate 5 gifts and guarantee an OWU pennant! 🚩
  • Generate 8 gifts and receive a pair of exclusive OWU socks! 🧦

Help connect our community through giving! #WeAreOWU

69 days ago by Makenna Daniels
400 Donors Reached: Kickoff Recap!

Thank you to Allie Crawford ’24 and Alumni Board of Directors and We Are OWU Crew Co-Captain Sean Harris ’97 for making the start of our giving day a blast! Students learned about the power of philanthropy, won prizes, and had fun!

There are just about 20 hours left to make a difference for OWU students. Join us!

69 days ago by Makenna Daniels
Give Your Way 🙌

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OWU is off to the races! Did you know there are many ways to make your We Are OWU gift? You can use your favorite mobile wallet or even Venmo on the giving form. Grants from Donor Advised Funds, IRA gifts, and more can be included in the giving day totals when you let Ohio Wesleyan know before the end of the campaign, February 15 at 6:42 p.m. EST. Email owfund@owu.edu or call (855)-OWU-1842 for assistance!

69 days ago by Makenna Daniels
Attention Seniors: Unlock Support!

Calling all Class of 2024 Bishops! 

You can impact the areas of campus that mean the most to you during We Are OWU, from student scholarships to your favorite team or academic department to the new DEI fund. If 24 seniors make a gift during We Are OWU, your class will unlock an additional $2,024 of support for OWU from David Livingston '94! Begin to build your legacy even before graduation with your gift today!

69 days ago by Makenna Daniels
Welcome to We Are OWU!

The word "philanthropy" is derived from two Greek words, philos and anthropos, that together mean "love of humanity." What better way is there to celebrate Valentine's Day and the Bishop community than by investing in its future? Each of can be a philanthropist when we choose to give to benefit current students—and tomorrow's leaders.

If this is your first We Are OWU: welcome! As a special bonus, all donors who make their first-ever gift during We Are OWU will have their gifts matched an additional $10 by anonymous young alums, up to $900!

Don't delay: The next 1,842 minutes will go quickly!

69 days ago by Makenna Daniels
We Are OWU 2024 is almost here!

71 days ago by Makenna Daniels
We 💗 OWU volunteers!

Thank you, We Are OWU Crew, for your support of the Bishop community! This team of volunteers has been busy spreading the word and preparing for We Are OWU. 

Crew Co-Captains Julie MacMillan '88 and Sean Harris '97 are leading the effort and share why they choose to support OWU. Reflecting on a road trip with 10 friends to the Grand Canyon his senior year, Sean shares, "It was a wonderful experience and wonderful trip, and those people are still my best friends today, more than twenty years later. I give back and stay involved to make that kind of experience possible for students today." Julie shares, "I can think of a ton of connections, relationships, moments, and memories that have stayed with me through adulthood. I really think college can expand your person and expand your world, and I think OWU does that."

Crew Members Include:

Joni Manos Brown '78
Kate Raulin Carney '12
Tim Carney '12
Melissa Chin '91
Elizabeth Dale '04
Andrew Diehl '14
Valencia Valentine Hamman P'24
Sean Harris '97
September Howat '00
Candy Caldwell Kennedy '79
Traci Kennedy-Brockfield '01
Sarah Kieta Kirwen '06
Julie MacMillan '88
Sandi Stevenson Maddock '78
Jenna Magro Algarotti '00
Erica Robinson Mitchell '78
Zibbi Palmer Wentz-Cunningham '99
Aaron Palmore '06
Anthony Peddle '14
Deanna Probst '06
Carrie Lippert Reinhardt '94
Keith Rozanski '99
Meggie Feran Sexton '06
Ellen Simpson '77
Jon Sinclair '90
Ken Temple '85
Jules Clemo Tutkovics '92
Sarah Miller Watkins '02

Want to join in the effort—and get yourself some OWU swag in the process? Click "Advocates" to start tracking your personal impact!

79 days ago by Makenna Daniels

Donor Maps
Class LeaderboardThe Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni and Students
Class YearDonorsRaised ($)
19896$2,489
200612$17,770
199919$14,229
200115$7,900
198413$16,521
197817$11,410
199414$4,259
202415$318
20202$45
19629$6,150
197419$15,223
200011$4,405
19916$12,275
197751$10,737
19330$0
19927$11,425
19935$14,568
19648$51,175
19909$3,925
20147$625
196913$2,290
200311$1,975
198826$5,805
19689$1,400
19553$60,050
197214$8,525
201211$895
20187$700
19586$4,975
19665$1,050
20280$0
19360$0
20300$0
19320$0
20310$0
20231$100
19450$0
19965$1,992
20234$130
20370$0
19756$4,559
19767$600
19430$0
197311$3,845
20117$400
20271$54
19617$2,953
20280$0
19715$11,550
19857$620
196511$4,069
20162$150
197924$16,933
20290$0
19420$0
19595$67,350
19987$1,575
19957$1,124
20046$1,250
19875$1,425
20228$130
20137$425
19541$200
19676$1,700
19390$0
199712$2,040
20027$21,635
19370$0
19805$4,049
20360$0
20097$425
19300$0
20320$0
20174$200
20330$0
19510$0
20058$1,620
20290$0
19400$0
20260$0
20210$0
19826$1,650
19836$1,100
20106$1,014
19440$0
19460$0
19290$0
19270$0
19310$0
20260$0
19491$25
19470$0
19533$675
20240$0
19340$0
20300$0
19812$2,250
20252$40
19862$2,234
19562$400
20250$0
19521$25
20072$150
19632$250
19380$0
19280$0
20340$0
19410$0
19350$0
20192$250
20350$0
19480$0
20320$0
20083$450
20155$983
19603$3,080
20270$0
19570$0
20310$0
19500$0
19703$350
Fraternity & Sorority Leaderboard
OrganizationDonorsRaised ($)
Chi Phi Fraternity17$4,762
Delta Gamma Sorority19$2,945
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority56$18,118
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity5$1,895
Pi Beta Phi Sorority6$1,609
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity3$450
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority0$0
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority21$2,600
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity7$25,950
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.3$10,500
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity6$7,550
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity2$750
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity14$3,993
Delta Delta Delta Sorority7$2,774
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity5$1,250
Sigma Chi Fraternity2$1,600
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity2$500
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity8$3,442
Beta Sigma Tau Fraternity0$0
Delta Zeta Sorority20$2,060
Kappa Sigma Fraternity0$0
Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority6$54,992
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority0$0
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority0$0
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity5$2,649
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority1$25
Alpha Xi Delta0$0
Kappa Phi Service Sorority0$0
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority2$375
Chi Omega Sorority3$2,125
Where is the OWU community making an impact?
Funds SupportedDonorsRaised ($)
Team OWU - Athletics16$2,480
Ohio Wesleyan Fund - Area of Greatest Need429$349,620
World Languages & Culture10$735
Fine Arts6$150
Ohio Wesleyan Fund - Emergency Needs8$1,050
Latin American Studies1$250
Team OWU - Women's Softball2$25
Team OWU - Women's Tennis0$0
Team OWU - Men's Cross Country2$375
Team OWU - Men's Lacrosse10$700
Team OWU - Women's Soccer0$0
Philosophy & Religion3$145
Ohio Wesleyan Fund - Campus Programming8$350
Environment & Sustainability5$1,449
Team OWU - Men's Basketball3$150
Team OWU - Women's Lacrosse6$770
History12$1,550
Team OWU - Women's Field Hockey5$400
Health & Human Kinetics8$675
Performing Arts10$950
Economics & Business13$5,704
Ohio Wesleyan Fund - Faculty Development5$3,950
Team OWU - Men's Baseball7$645
Politics & Government13$960
Team OWU - Men's Track & Field5$1,270
Education7$675
Biological Sciences13$1,100
English6$682
Team OWU - Men's Soccer10$1,753
Team OWU - Men's Golf1$5
Team OWU - Women's Golf0$0
Ohio Wesleyan Fund - OWU Connection8$530
Team OWU - Women's Track & Field5$675
Team OWU - Men's & Women's Swimming8$760
Journalism and Communication7$1,354
Team OWU - Women's Volleyball4$100
Pre-Optometry0$0
Team OWU - Women's Cross Country1$25
Africana, Gender & Identity Studies0$0
Physics & Astronomy2$325
Chemistry4$69
Film Studies0$0
Team OWU - Men's Wrestling0$0
Pre-Engineering0$0
Team OWU - Women's Athletics3$125
Team OWU - Men's Tennis0$0
Neuroscience0$0
Pre-Med/Pre-Dental1$75
Ohio Wesleyan Fund - Student Scholarships96$20,367
Public Health0$0
East Asian Studies1$50
Psychology2$250
Team OWU - Women's Basketball0$0
Mathematics & Computer Science2$125
Team OWU - Men's Football6$1,550
Data Analytics0$0
Sociology & Anthropology4$185
Pre-Veterinary0$0
Pre-Law0$0
International Studies3$2,524
Donor Affiliations
Friends icon12%Alumni Couples
Gradhat icon55%Alumni
Suitcase icon14%Faculty/Staff
Gradhat icon27%Fraternity & Sorority
Friends icon2%Friends
Parent icon7%Parents
Book icon3%Students
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Advocates

William Sager photo
William Sager
Heart icon matched a total of $60,000
Liesel Graff Traister photo
Liesel Graff Traister
Heart icon matched a total of $50,000
Evan Corns photo
Evan Corns
Heart icon matched a total of $40,000
Evan Corns photo
Evan Corns
Heart icon matched a total of $25,000
Jason Downey '02 photo
Jason Downey '02
Heart icon matched a total of $16,000
Thomas '92 and Kelli McNairy Winston '93 photo
Thomas '92 and Kelli McNairy Winston '93
Heart icon matched a total of $10,000
Two 1979 Alumni photo
Two 1979 Alumni
Heart icon matched a total of $7,500
Matthew vandenBerg photo
Matthew vandenBerg
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!
Anonymous photo
Anonymous
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000
Jenny Keefe Anderson, Kevin Breen, Sheila Fagan Plecha, and Lisa Luckett photo
Jenny Keefe Anderson, Kevin Breen, Sheila Fagan Plecha, and Lisa Luckett
Heart icon matched a total of $3,200

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