Founders Day of Giving

430
Donors
86% of 500 Donor goal
$240,997
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This campaign ended on April 28, 2022, but you can still make a gift to Otterbein University by clicking here!

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Mitchell Snyder photoMitchell Snyder '17 matched $100



An Anonymous DonorDebra Burns Parts '75 matched $1,000

An Anonymous DonorPresident John & Rachel Comerford matched $1,750

An Anonymous DonorMary Logan So '02 matched $2,000

An Anonymous DonorKathryn Felsenthal '97 & Matthew '92 Stephens matched $2,500

An Anonymous DonorDr. Susan Palmer '70 & Dr. Chris Cordle '69 matched $2,500

An Anonymous DonorLisa Collins '88 & Dr. Michael '86 Huston P'16 P'21 matched $4,000

An Anonymous DonorHarvey Smith '55 matched $5,000

An Anonymous DonorStanton Ickes '53 matched $5,000

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous matched $10,000

An Anonymous DonorDonna Kerr (in memory of President Tom Kerr) matched $20,000
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An Anonymous DonorSheronda Whitner gave $100

An Anonymous DonorMargie Morgan Doone '72 gave $500

An Anonymous DonorA select group of trustees gave $17,500

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous gave $25,000
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About

On April 26, 2022, Otterbein University celebrates its 175th Anniversary on Founders Day! This milestone calls for more than just congratulations—in this moment, Otterbein commits to providing our remarkable students with even deeper support. 

As one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its model community of teachers and learners, Otterbein remains committed to standing as a college of opportunity and advancing the common good. 

Tackling the challenges and opportunities of today while celebrating our 175th anniversary and the future beyond, it is imperative we honor the generations of Cardinals who came before us and create an impressive future for those who come after us

Help continue the transformative power of an Otterbein education with your gift of $17.50, $175, or $1,750 during this 48-hour giving challenge in honor of Otterbein’s 175th Anniversary. These identified key areas for investment will allow us to advance our mission, implement innovative ideas to ensure Otterbein’s future, and support our students and faculty:  

  • Otterbein Fund 
  • Scholarships for Access and Affordability 
  • Campus Center Renovation 
  • Innovation Fund 
  • Every Student Will (career programming/immersive experiences) 
  • Social Mobility - Opportunity Scholarship, Nigel Chatman Student Emergency Fund, LGBTQIA+ Student Emergency Fund, Textbook Affordability, The Promise House


Make your gift in honor or memory of a professor, coach, staff member, or classmate who helped shape your Otterbein story!

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Updates
Cardinal Nation broke 2 records! 🏆

WOW! This Founders Day is one for the history books! 📚 

You broke two records for Otterbein – most dollars and most donors to an online giving campaign! 🥳 

Whether you supported the Otterbein Fund, Scholarships, the Campus Center Renovation, the Innovation Fund, Every Student Will, one of the Social Mobility funds, or another area of the University, your gift to Founders Day of Giving makes a difference for current and future students. Thank you! 

GO CARDS! 🎉 

217 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
🚨 NEW MATCH ALERT 🚨


⏰ Founders Day of Giving ends at 12 p.m. ET today! ⏰

There's still a challenge on the line for an additional $25,000 for #Otterbein.

PLUS, to inspire even more support, another anonymous donor will MATCH all gifts $1 for $1, up to $10,000 total!

Spread the word by using the sharing buttons at the top of the page to help encourage your Otterbein network to join you in giving to Founders Day of Giving! 

217 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Erin Sites '08 & Christopher '08 Ensign!

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Mary Logan So '02!

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Otterbein may be 175, but it doesn't look it!

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Kenzie '24 is so excited that 236 Cardinals have given so far!

Can we break the giving day record and reach 500 donors?!

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Happy 🎂 Birthday, Otterbein! 🥳

Happy Birthday, Otterbein! Yesterday we celebrated Founders Day with a birthday party on campus! Today, we continue to celebrate with Founders Day of Giving!  

Your gift will help us achieve the University's vision, shape our future, and impact generations of students to come. 

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Mitchell Snyder '17!

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
🚨 NEW CHALLENGE ALERT 🚨

An anonymous donor was so impressed by the response to Founders Day of Giving that they are setting a NEW CHALLENGE - they will give $25,000 when the campaign reaches the goal of 500 donors! 

Use the buttons at the top of the page to share with your Otterbein network and help us reach the 500 donor goal to unlock an additional $25,000 for Otterbein! 

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Kathryn Felsenthal '97 & Matthew '92 Stephens and Sonya Lowmiller Higginbotham '98 & Carl Higginbotham '98!


218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you for unlocking $17,500 for Otterbein!

218 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, President John & Rachel Comerford!

219 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Our Founders Day Toast video is LIVE!

Hear from our Alumni Council chair, our archivist, two of our brightest student leaders, and President Comerford. We hope you enjoy this short celebration as much as we enjoy sharing it with you, our Otterbein family. Watch the video now at https://www.otterbein.edu/alum...

219 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Dr. Michael '86 & Lisa Collins '88 Huston P'16 P'21!

219 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Margie Morgan Doone '72!

219 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Thank you, Stanton Ickes '53!

219 days ago by Raeceen Dukehart
Happy 175th Birthday, Otterbein!

Cardy is preparing for Otterbein's birthday party!

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Otterbein Class LeaderboardThe Otterbein Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
196911$4,540
20089$750
19718$1,900
19728$2,400
19928$3,935
19887$5,547
19686$1,068
19556$52,850
20106$228
19785$2,075
19905$893
19805$628
19675$678
19735$6,550
19634$7,450
19704$3,845
19974$3,900
19874$175
20184$3,500
19794$650
19984$695
20054$53
19964$201
19573$1,075
19643$600
19653$375
19663$400
20203$143
19993$385
20173$150
19583$3,450
20033$400
19623$450
20133$198
20212$93
20022$2,050
20072$193
20142$35
19762$1,175
20192$38
19942$175
19752$1,100
19912$225
19822$225
19832$200
19772$193
19511$500
19541$25
19861$4,000
20231$50
20111$18
20271$25
20041$100
19531$5,000
19931$175
20121$100
20151$30
19611$100
19521$100
19741$175
19951$175
19811$100
20061$100
19601$175
19891$210
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Advocates

Anonymous photo
Anonymous
Gave $25,000 during a Challenge!
Donna Kerr (in memory of President Tom Kerr) photo
Donna Kerr (in memory of President Tom Kerr)
matched a total of $20,000
A select group of trustees photo
A select group of trustees
Gave $17,500 during a Challenge!
Anonymous photo
Anonymous
matched a total of $10,000
Harvey Smith '55 photo
Harvey Smith '55
matched a total of $5,000
Stanton Ickes '53 photo
Stanton Ickes '53
matched a total of $5,000
Lisa Collins '88 photo
Lisa Collins '88
matched a total of $4,000
Dr. Susan Palmer '70 photo
Dr. Susan Palmer '70
matched a total of $2,500
Kathryn Felsenthal '97 photo
Kathryn Felsenthal '97
matched a total of $2,500
Mary Logan So '02 photo
Mary Logan So '02
matched a total of $2,000