In a powerful display of generosity and support from its alumni, friends and partners, the Max M. Fisher College of Business raised more than $136 million as part of The Ohio State University’s But for Ohio State Campaign.

The total, which exceeded the $125 million goal set at the beginning of the seven-year campaign, represents gifts made to the college by 19,488 donors.

“This incredible accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of so many of our alumni and closest friends,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher. “By giving to Fisher and Ohio State, our supporters have provided the college with the means necessary to provide our students with the very best curriculum, programming and professional development. As a college, we recognize the trust our supporters have placed in us and are eager to continue to advance and elevate our world-class students, programs and faculty.”

Support of the campaign, which began in January 2009 and concluded in September 2016, has been instrumental as Fisher continues on its path from excellence to eminence in student curriculum and faculty thought leadership. Gifts from donors have made immediate impacts in the lives of more than 25,000 Fisher students throughout the campaign and helped create:

  • 21 new academic programs and initiatives, including the Industry Clusters program, the Global Applied Projects (GAP) program and the Specialized Master in Finance degree.
  • 75 new scholarship funds, which are increasing access and affordability to business education for Fisher students.
  • Global opportunities for 4,570 students at Fisher to study, work or travel abroad.

In total, The Ohio State University raised more than $3 billion throughout the campaign, bringing together supporters whose passion for Ohio State has helped secure educational opportunities for future generations of students and helped the university community meet societal challenges.

    “Deans Alutto, Mangum, Poon and I have witnessed the transformative power of this philanthropic support throughout our college as Fisher continues on its path from excellence to eminence,” Makhija said. “On behalf of all Fisher students, faculty and staff, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to every person and organization that made giving to our college and university a priority. This support truly embodies the passion and dedication behind the idea of paying forward.”