The 1804 Fund, which was designed to foster innovation and collaboration across disciplines, supports the University's core mission of "maintaining, strengthening, and enhancing a learning-centered community." Endowed in 1979 by a visionary gift from the estate of alumnus C. Paul Stocker, the 1804 Fund has supported the University’s pledge of providing the best student-centered learning experience in America by focusing on excellence in undergraduate education, faculty research and graduate studies. In 2010, the 1804 Fund celebrated its 30th anniversary, bringing the grand total of awards to approximately $15 million. Since awarding its first grants in 1980, the fund has supported more than 600 projects and programs.
At Ohio University, we work continually to enhance the educational experience for undergraduate students and enrich research and learning opportunities for our faculty and graduate students. But our success depends on the generous support of you – our alumni and friends. With your help, we can improve programming and make exciting and meaningful research possible for curious faculty and graduate students. You can influence the future by supporting Ohio University and the 1804 Fund. You can stand with OHIO as it strives to lead the nation and the world in teaching and research excellence.
We are embarking on an ambitious fundraising effort to grow the endowment for the 1804 Fund, which would allow us to support new, innovative projects that enhance the overall quality of Ohio University. We ask you to join us in our efforts to bring to light academic and scientific breakthroughs.
Your support has already helped shape our past. Since its founding, the Fund has helped launch the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, Residential Learning Communities and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. In 2009, the 1804 Fund provided seed money for a science outreach program called Science Cafés.
Science Cafés, co-sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, take place in the Front Room at Baker University Center and provide a venue for students to discuss the sciences in an informal way with faculty, staff and community presenters.
Sigma Xi’s national office hosts an annual international conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, where 300 students display their research posters. The 1804 Fund’s support of the Science Cafés helps to pay trip expenses for OHIO students to attend the conference, and, in November 2011, Harvey Ballard, professor in the department of environmental and plant biology, escorted three participating undergraduate science students to the conference. The benefits to the students and for him were unparalleled.
Your generosity enables us to offer these types of transformative experiences for our faculty and students. Your gift – no matter the amount – makes a huge difference.
To make an immediate gift to the 1804 Fund online using your credit or debit card, please visit www.ohio.edu/give. To mail a gift, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation. Please write “1804 Fund” in the memo line of the check.
The mailing address is:
The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869
If you prefer to make your gift over the phone, have questions about giving to the 1804 Fund, or would like to discuss other giving opportunities, please contact:
Executive Director of Development, Annual Giving
McGuffey Hall 305