Impact Report

Discover how your generosity has impacted Ashland University.

A Letter from the President

When Ashland College was established in 1878, it’s highly unlikely our founders could have imagined what our campus would be like 14 decades later. Our inaugural graduating class drove no cars, the first telephone lines had not yet come to the city of Ashland and, to graduate, all students had to pass rigorous Greek language exams.

Much has changed over the years at Ashland University, but the most important things remain the same. We still believe in the transformative power of education. We still believe that every student has purpose, that everyone deserves respect and dignity. We still believe that great citizens are formed through an education that challenges students to think more deeply, act more compassionately and serve selflessly in their local, national and global communities.

Our founders believed that an investment in Ashland was worth it and, today, hundreds of donors continue to express their belief in the value of an AU education by creating pathways here at Ashland University that ensure the students of today and tomorrow will be able to realize their educational aspirations. We thank you for your willingness to continue our traditions of philanthropy that pave the way for the next generation of Ashland University graduates to be agents of transformation wherever they are.

Dr. Carlos Campo
President of Ashland University

The Campaign for Every Individual

Total: $55,698,488

Fiscal YearS

June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2021
(Gifts & Pledges)

Four years ago, we started with a premise, a core gem of truth we believed with all of our hearts: At Ashland University, everything begins with the individual. One student. One moment. And the one thing that calls out to them, captures their attention and draws them forward toward the adventure that gives meaning and purpose to the whole of their life.

Out of this central belief grew The Campaign for Every Individual, the most ambitious—and wildly successful—fundraising effort Ashland University has ever undertaken.

The generosity throughout The Campaign for Every Individual has far surpassed what we believed was even possible. And these gifts give our current and future students access to even more opportunities, opening doors into incredible futures and paving the way for success in every area of life for every individual who passes through our halls.

Ashland is only as strong as the support it receives. And you have proven, once again, how strong we truly are together, and what that strength can accomplish as we continue to push, side by side, toward the completion of the campaign in Fall 2022.

Note: The Campaign gift amounts above include $2,855,000 in Secured Planned Gifts.

Note: The Campaign gift amounts above include $2,855,000 in Secured Planned Gifts.

University Advancement:
A 5-Year Overview

Fiscal Years

June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2021

While the number of existing donors has fluctuated over the last few years, we’ve seen a sharp increase in total dollars given. As this graphic shows, there are two main reasons for this uptick in giving: 1) more new donors are engaging and 2) our existing donors are increasing their support. This combination of factors offers both current and future generations of students even more access to the kind of opportunities that can only happen at Ashland.


Total: $61,371,343*

In the same way that annual giving offers opportunities to students now, our endowment—a self-sustaining source of funding that provides investment income—is the promise we make for our future. Seven years ago, we made a commitment to steward this fund conservatively, which means gifts to our endowment will impact students and our community for decades to come. In the last three years, our endowment has grown to $61,371,343 providing $3,561,550 in student scholarships.


Total: $23,874,875

Fiscal Year

June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021

Over the past year, the generosity of Ashland supporters was on full display, with total contributions nearly doubling those of the previous year. This increase from $12,862,491 in 2020 to $23,874,875 in 2021 gives our current and future students access to even more opportunities, opening doors into incredible futures and paving the way for success in every area of their lives. The largest increases occurred in Annual Giving, up more than 700% from the previous year, and in Restricted Giving’s growth from $2,581,616 in 2020 to $11,411,916 in 2021.

Annual Giving

Total: $8,562,913

Fiscal Year

June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021

Historically, Annual Giving at Ashland University has been synonymous with the Ashland Fund, which is used for areas of greatest need. In recent years, Annual Giving options have expanded to include areas supporting many aspects of the overall student experience. This allows the donor to designate their gifts to specific colleges, student organizations, or initiatives.

As a result, we’ve seen an influx of first-time donors and an increase in our current donors as they can now give to areas meaningful to them. Our students are continuously impacted in new and incredible ways through the annual support of every donor.

Why I Give

Imagine being a young adult away from home for the first time, and you learn a parent or grandparent has fallen ill and you need to get home. Or, imagine you have to work to help pay tuition and your car breaks down. These are just two examples of how the Student Emergency Fund helps students facing stressful circumstances.

We chose to give to the Student Emergency fund because we recognize the importance of supporting Ashland students in times of crisis. It is important to us for students to have this stability while they are away from home. We are fortunate to be able to give and sustain this fund that assists those in our Ashland family when needs arise.

Tyler Lecceadone, '93


Total: $10,158,235

Fiscal Year

June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021

Grant partnerships are the relationships we form within our community, federal and state agencies, foundations and other academic institutions to build a better future for both our students and our world. Our competitive grant applications allow Ashland to create opportunities to enrich the entire student experience and promote the excellence of our faculty, staff and partners year after year.

National partnerships allow undergraduate students to accomplish the research that is a vital component to the Ashland experience. The research our students undertake to solve problems today will equip them for collaborative enterprises in the years to come.

Private foundations, corporations, and state and federal agencies invest in scholarships each year to reduce the cost of education for our students. Ashland was fortunate to receive additional funding from Governor Mike DeWine that continued support of three University programs and Federal CARES Act funding, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, that assisted both the institution and our students facing hardships. Our scholarship funding and additional relief funding demonstrate an example of the extraordinary impact made on our entire Ashland community through grant partnerships.

Why I Give

Over the years I have served Ashland in various ways, but, for me, service includes my financial support. It is very gratifying to give to Ashland University. I know my contribution makes a difference in someone's life.

It is wonderful that funds have been established for students. It always puts a smile on my face when I get notifications from students sharing how a gift made a difference in their lives. I increase my support every year.

Doretha Pendleton, ‘85

Who Ashland University Serves

2020-2021 Academic Year

Our generous donors allow us to serve each individual at Ashland University, including students in three distinct categories: first generation, Pell eligible (low income) and those receiving an AU scholarship.

Financial Statement

For more information about Ashland University’s 2021 fiscal year, download the full pdf by clicking the link below.

The Impact of Giving at Ashland

At the close of the 2020-2021 academic year, we look back with celebration and appreciation. The Ashland University community has always been a generous group. But, the sheer outpouring of the generosity shown over the last year is, honestly, astounding.

When we launched The Campaign for Every Individual, no one could have anticipated that we’d find ourselves amid a global pandemic. Yet, the generosity of our alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends, even in the most uncertain times, continues to prove what we can accomplish together.

We are thrilled to announce that as of May 31, 2021, a total of $55,698,488 has been contributed to the campaign over the past four years.

I am inspired by the countless ways the Ashland community cares for one another and for the future of Ashland University. The Ashland community continues to extend world-class generosity, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

As we push forward with the Campaign for Every Individual, we continue to raise financial support for five priority areas: Annual Giving, Endowment, Faculty Support, Military & Veteran Resource Center, and Athletics. Through this engagement and fundraising initiative, we have collected hundreds of stories that tell the rich history of Ashland University across generations. With your help, we will continue to move toward our goal of collecting 1,000 Ashland stories.

The generosity of donors makes Ashland University a place where individuals launch bright new futures and become the best version of themselves.

Margaret Pomfret '97, '16 MBA