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​Bucks for Charity campaign supports local community

Bucks for Charity, The Ohio State University’s annual community fundraiser, provides an opportunity for faculty, staff and retirees to support central Ohio charities and nonprofit organizations.

Ohio State President Michael V. Drake kicked off the campaign with a call to action connected to the university’s role in the broader community.

“Our raison d'être, the reason that we were founded, is to make a difference in people’s lives,” Drake said. “To elevate the quality of life for those in our community.”

In September, Drake spoke to faculty and staff coordinating the 2017 effort at the volunteer event held at COSI, one of nearly 250 organizations that can be supported through Bucks for Charity.

COSI President Frederic Bertley noted the support from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the annual Farm Days event, as well as many other Ohio State collaborative partners.

“Any day you come here, you will see graduate students and undergraduate students working with our education staff,” Bertley said.

The partnerships the university maintains with many local organizations run deep.

Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees can donate to one or more local nonprofit organizations through the fundraising campaign. Up to 10 organizations can be selected, including those that support food security, health services, animal welfare, education, advocacy programs, the environment and other important community needs.

“Our 2017 goal is to raise $1.2 million for these impactful organizations that support our families, friends, neighbors, colleagues and students,” said Marti Taylor, MSN, RN, executive director of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and 2017 Bucks for Charity chair. “We can make a difference by not only increasing the money we raise, but also by encouraging greater involvement from the Buckeye community.”

Faculty, staff and retirees can make a pledge by November 30, 2017. Visit bucksforcharity.osu.edu to learn about the participating agencies in the central Ohio community that benefit from our contributions.