This year, more than $1.29 million was raised to benefit local nonprofit organizations through Bucks for Charity.
Bucks for Charity is Ohio State’s annual community fundraising campaign in which faculty, staff and retirees donate to help pay it forward by building a better community for our families, neighbors, colleagues, students and friends.
“It’s an honor to see the Buckeye community come together in such a meaningful way,” said Vice Provost and Dean, University Libraries, and 2019 Bucks for Charity Chair Damon Jaggars. “I am proud of our culture of giving at Ohio State that drives us to support each other and our community. I am grateful to everyone who contributed to the campaign to help make central Ohio an even better place to live and work.”
Campaign donors chose from over 250 participating central Ohio organizations that support causes such as food security, health services, animal welfare, education, advocacy programs or the environment. Here are a few organizations that benefited from Ohio State employee donations this year:
Brittany Poast’s daughter at the Bridgeway Academy.
Bridgeway Academy is a nonprofit education and therapy center serving students with autism and developmental disabilities from nine counties in central Ohio. Brittany Poast, an Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences Molecular Genetics Department manager gives to the academy to support families and students at Bridgeway, including her daughter who is entering her fifth year at the academy.
Down Syndrome Association (DSACO) supports families who have children with Down syndrome. Ohio State Assistant Director of Housing Services Gabrielle Bockelman’s daughter Ava was born with Down syndrome, her family donates to DSACO and support other families.
Nathan Harris teaching to local students.
UNCF provides scholarships and financial support to students of color and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the importance of minority education and community engagement. Nathan Harris, Ohio State engineering education student, received the UNCF Capstone scholarship which supported him in furthering his education through a graduate program.
Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio (CPCO) provides medication, health screenings and other health care needs at no cost for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals. Robert Weber, Wexner Medical Center pharmacy administrator, donates because nearly 17% of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s patients are cared for by CPCO and depend on them for medications after they are discharged.