November 8, 2012

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College welcomes back development officer

John Meyer

John Meyer

 

It’s a special homecoming for John Meyer, the new senior director of development for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Helping the College’s graduates understand the importance of giving back is something he has worked on since the 1980s.

“The perception is that we get all of our funding somehow from the state or tuition. Alumni sometimes mistakenly believe they really don’t need to give that much to the law school, if any, and that their money is then better used for other nonprofit organizations,” Meyer said.

He continued, “We’re constantly battling to make sure people understand that Mortiz’s ranking and moving forward on our agenda really depends on their support. The more support we get from them, the more we can do.”

While Meyer knows many Moritz alumni, it’s worthwhile to recap his 29-year career at Ohio State. He started with the law school and the Fisher College of Business in the 1980s. After two years, he was offered a chance to work exclusively with the law school – an opportunity, Meyer seized. “It’s a decision that took about five seconds,” he said. “My experience working with the law school alumni over those first two years was more positive, more fulfilling. So it was an easy choice.”

Later, he moved to the central development office at the University, heading up fundraising efforts and assisting major donors in their quest to give back to Ohio State. Witnessing those gifts being made across colleges and programs on campus gave him the experience of working with alumni to achieve incredible goals. He helped the University raise $1.23 billion for the “Affirm Thy Friendship” campaign in 2000.

Now back at Moritz, Meyer explained that one of his top priorities is to work closely with volunteers and campaign committees to help raise $25 million for the “But for Ohio State” campaign. To date, the campaign has raised $17 million. “The priorities of the campaign are scholarships, faculty support in terms of chairs, professorships and research money. We’ve completed the Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons, which was the one physical facility projects that mattered for current students,” he added.

Not all gifts need to be large in order to have lasting impact, Meyer said. The College benefits greatly from gifts ranging as little as $5 to $10,000 a year through the Annual Fund drive. The fund acts like a “living endowment,” he explained. It supports curricular innovation, scholarships, faculty research, and the law library. “It would be hard to replace those thousands of gifts,” Meyer said. “They’re very, very important.”

Often, alumni have a personal reason for wanting to give back to their alma mater.
“Many of our major donors are setting up memorial funds for their parents, or their mentor, or a professor they had in law school or a classmate. It helps them remember, keep people in their life who made it possible for them to have a financial capacity to give a gift like that.”

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