Office of Student Life

Student Philanthropy

Get Involved

There are many ways to be a philanthropist at Ohio State. Our students define philanthropy as Time, Talent, and Treasure. That means that philanthropy includes service and volunteering, random acts of kindness, and making donations to charity. The many ways that Buckeyes give to strengthen their communities are all a part of the culture of philanthropy that we value and aim to cultivate in the Student Philanthropy department.

While you can be involved in philanthropy in almost any area of campus, the following programs are housed within the Student Philanthropy department in the Office of Student Life. 


BuckeyeThon at The Ohio State University

BuckeyeThon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of Ohio which raises funds and awareness for the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Every year, thousands of students participate in BuckeyeThon’s Dance Marathon, an annual celebration of the year’s fundraising efforts. There are many different ways to be involved in BuckeyeThon. Applications and registration will be open in the beginning of the fall semester. Learn more here.

BuckeyeThon Reveal 2020

First Year Leadership Initiative

The First Year Leadership Initiative (FYLI) is a cohort dedicated to helping Buckeyes flourish during their first year at Ohio State. Students will attend weekly meetings dedicated to personal, professional, and social development. The program is intended to familiarize first year students with the many opportunities to get involved and find community at Ohio State. Applications to join the 2020-2021 cohort of FYLI will open during the fall semseter. Learn more here.

Ropes Course Team Building

Student Philanthropy Council

The Student Philanthropy Council works to ensure that every student at The Ohio State University is educated and engaged in philanthropy and able to express gratitude for their collegiate opportunities. Ohio State is a place for any student to pursue the causes that they care about, and SPC aims to promote philanthropy of any kind. You can apply to be a member through our website. Learn more here.

SPC Members with Banner in the Homecoming Parade

Beanie Drake Student Leader Endowment Fund 

Established in 1950, the purpose of the Beanie Drake Scholarship is to provide funds to enable deserving students to participate in campus activities when need might otherwise make it difficult or impossible for them to do so. It is the only student administered scholarship at The Ohio State University and managed by the Student Board of Directors. Learn more here.

Beanie Drake