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A cash gift is the easiest and most popular way to give to Cincinnati State, and can be used as a full deduction by those who itemize on their federal income tax return. A cash gift will have an immediate, positive impact on the people and programs at Cincinnati State, giving the College the flexibility to meet its most pressing needs.


Make your check payable to “Cincinnati State Foundation”, noting the purpose on the “For” line and send to:

Cincinnati State Foundation
Attn: Elliott Ruther, ATLC 352
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Matching Gift

Double your Donation! Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours as well. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift.

Find out if your company will match gifts to the Cincinnati State Foundation.

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Payroll Deduction

This option is only available to current Cincinnati State faculty and staff. Contact the Office of Development to request a payroll deduction form.


Donating stock, bonds, or mutual funds that have gone up in value can be one of the most advantageous ways for you to support the Cincinnati State Foundation. Donors receive a federal income tax deduction for the full market value of the securities as long as they have owned them for at least one year, and donors avoid capital gains taxes that would be owed if the securities were sold. 

Personal Property

Gifts of tangible personal property may contribute to the mission of Cincinnati State. If the College can use the gift in an educational program, the donation is deductible at the full fair market value. The fair market value is determined by a professional appraisal obtained by the donor.

Career Closet

The Career Closet is a Cincinnati State resource for economically disadvantaged students who seek to gain and retain employment. Through the Career Closet, students receive free clothing for interviews, work appropriate attire, and may take advantage of personal and professional development resources to help empower them to achieve their goals.

There are several ways to help support the Career Closet:

  • Donate new or gently used business attire for men and women. 
  • Cash donations are also welcome, to allow our staff and faculty volunteers to purchase clothing if the appropriate size is not currently available for a particular student.
  • Volunteers are also welcome to help check in donations, pick up donations, assist students with clothing selections, and coordinate church, office, or community clothing donation drives. 
Event Sponsorship

A variety of events are held across Cincinnati State’s campuses and throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. These events draw large numbers of residents to enjoy educational, community, and arts programming and generate revenues that benefit the Cincinnati State Foundation.

Events include the Honors Scholarship Golf Classic, 1 Night 12 Kitchens, and the Scholarship Recognition Event. For more information about our events and related sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Cincinnati State Foundation at (513) 569-4222 or

Contact Information

Elliott V. Ruther
Chief of Institutional Advancement & Cincinnati State Foundation Executive Director
(513) 569-1451

Kim Taylor
Alumni and Development Affairs Manager
(513) 569-1236

Brian O’Keeffe
Operations Director Institutional Advancement & Foundation
(513) 569-1517

Sharon Timon
Assistant to the Chief of Institutional Advancement
Cincinnati State Foundation Board Liaison
(513) 569-4774

Ted Kindle
Advancement Coordinator
Institutional Advancement & Foundation
(513) 569-5811

Richard Curtis
Interim Media/Communications Coordinator

Click here to see Foundation Board of Directors members