Running the Ross Mathematics Program is expensive.

For many years, major funding for the Ross Program was provided by the National Science Foundation and later by the Clay Math Institute. Since 2015 we received no major funding from outside OSU, and in 2018 the Ross Program separated from Ohio State University. Ross funds are now processed by the new Ross Mathematics Foundation. Most of the Program’s support will come from student fees, gifts from generous donors, and income from the Program’s Endowment Funds. Please consider joining our effort to build the Ross Endowment Funds.
  With your support the Ross Program will continue to thrive.

A wonderful start was made by the Jacob Lurie’s gift of $100,000. Lurie was a student in the Ross Program in 1993, and is currently a Harvard math professor, recognized for his world-class mathematical research with both a Breakthrough Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship.

We ask you to follow Jacob Lurie’s lead by helping to build the Ross Endowment Fund administered by the Ohio State University Foundation. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt corporation with federal tax ID number of 31-1145986. Your contribution is important, and will be greatly appreciated.

In 2019 we will create a new endowment fund, administered by the Ross Mathematics Foundation. Since that Foundation does not yet have federal tax-exempt status, the OSU Endowment Fund might be more attractive for Ross donors.

How to Contribute

By check

Please make out the check to “the Ohio State University Foundation” with “Ross Endowment Fund” in the memo, and mail it to:

Ross Mathematics Program
The Ohio State University Foundation
1480 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

OSU Foundation’s email and phone number: 614-292-2141.


Credit card contributions can be made via Ohio State Giving at Search for the “Ross Mathematics Program Endowment Fund” (fund number 646206) and follow the directions on how to make a gift.

For either method of contributing, please send us a short email to make sure that we know about your donation. You should receive a emailed tax receipt from the OSU Foundation.

Corporate matching gifts

Many companies have giving plans that match their employees’ charitable contributions. Your employer’s Human Resources department can tell you whether such plans are in place.

Alternative forms of support

We can work with you to accommodate contributions of various kinds, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or publicly traded securities. Many donors prefer to contribute appreciated securities in order to take advantage of federal income tax deductions. A tax accountant or financial planner can provide advice on which options are best for you. Please contact us at to discuss possibilities.

Private and corporate donors

Do you know of a foundation or corporation that might support the educational mission of the Ross Program? If so, please send us your suggestions.

To contribute directly to the new Ross Foundation

Please make out the check to “Ross Mathematics Foundation”, and mail it to:

Ross Mathematics Foundation
1644 Andover Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212

Thank you

Thanks for your support. Your generosity is appreciated.