When Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees collectively donate more than $1 million each year through Bucks for Charity, they are supporting our families, friends, students and colleagues, like David Wisely and Brittany Poast who benefit from the programs and services of a local organization, Bridgeway Academy.
One of these organizations, Bridgeway Academy, is a nonprofit education and therapy center serving students with autism and developmental disabilities from nine counties in central Ohio.
Their mission, “to inspire the potential and celebrate the ability of every child,” is championed by volunteers and donors like employees who give through Bucks for Charity.
Brittany Poast, an Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences Molecular Genetics Department manager, has a daughter entering her fifth year at Bridgeway Academy. Brittany and her husband donate to the academy, and Brittany’s husband is part of a community band that volunteers to perform for the students and at donor events.
“I give to the Bridgeway Academy through Ohio State’s Bucks for Charity because Bridgeway Academy has completely changed the lives of my daughter and our family,” Brittany said.
From Left: David Wiseley, Chief Financial Officer for Student Life, daughter Nicole, and wife Sandy.
Additionally, David Wiseley, chief financial officer for Student Life, has a daughter enrolled at Bridgeway Academy. He and his wife became members of the Heroes Donor Society through contributions they made through Bucks for Charity in 2018.
“As parents of an autistic child, we simply want the very best for our daughter,” David said. “We have found this at Bridgeway Academy.”
There are more than 250 central Ohio nonprofit organizations that donors can choose to donate to through Bucks for Charity.