Office of Student Life

Student Philanthropy

Ohio State Day of Giving

Every year, #BuckeyesGive to the people and causes that mean the most to them. This Day of Giving is a day for our Ohio State community to champion the students, faculty, staff and researchers who are working tirelessly to solve complex problems.

Together as Buckeyes, we empower student success, protect our environment, address social injustices and so much more. Learn more about specific causes at


At Ohio State, we define philanthropy as giving time, talent and treasure. We believe it is important to maintain this holistic definition because throughout our lives, our capacity to give in each of these categories will change. There will be times when we are able to give financially, and there will be times when we can make a great impact through volunteering.

There are always opportunities to pay it forward and celebrate our university’s tradition of philanthropy. Here are some ideas for students who are looking for meaningful ways to give.

Acts of Kindness

Small moments of generosity can have huge ripple effects throughout our community. Acts of kindness can be beneficial to both the giver and receiver, boosting overall well-being and happiness while reducing stress and anxiety. Opportunities to give through kindness are limited only by your imagination. Writing a thoughtful note to a friend, grabbing an extra cookie or coffee for a study buddy, offering to take a small chore off someone’s plate when they are stressed – these are all inexpensive but impactful ways to give.

  • Send Kudos to a member of our Buckeye community.
  • Be Kind to yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup, so make sure that you prioritize care for your own physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


Change does not happen overnight. It takes weeks, months and years of organizing, educating, legislating and lobbying to establish incremental improvements. Ohio State’s motto, Education for Citizenship, invites each of us to take ownership of social change and to give to our community through our civic engagement, allyship and advocacy. Be an advocate for the causes that you care most about.


You do not have to be a graduating senior to have obtained helpful knowledge and resources that might empower another student as they navigate difficult or exclusive systems. You probably already have unique experiences and talents that could be valuable to others. There are formal and informal opportunities to become a mentor on campus. Explore these opportunities through Student Life and visit your college’s website to see if they host mentorship programs.