Giving Options


In its fifth year, our $75 million Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence has strengthened the support of faculty and given student success a huge boost. The broad positive impact of ACCE -- which stands at nearly $55 million at the close of the close of the 2016 fiscal year June 30 -- is touching all segments of the university in ways that will continue to unfold.

ACCE is designed to enhance our core liberal arts offerings and professional programs. So far, gifts have been designated toward faculty support with very generous named chairs; student scholarships that provide very distinctive learning opportunities; and new funds to support faculty and staff development.

Capital Projects

Capital gifts provide support for the university's infrastructure. These investments in Heidelberg, known as "bricks and mortar" gifts, provide facilities which are commensurate to the excellent liberal arts education for which we are known. These projects are fundamental for the long-term sustainability of the university as a top-tier liberal arts school, both in enrollment and retention. In the past decade, Heidelberg has completed an impressive number of capital projects: Adams Hall, Media Communication Center, Talmage Residence Hall, The University Commons, Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, Beeghly Library (renovation), Bryenton Honors Center (renovation), Hoernemann Stadium and The Fox Den Alumni Center and Frann’s Field (softball facility).

Ongoing Capital Projects

A major restoration and renovation is being planned for the historic France Residence Hall. The project calls for integration of living, learning and leadership opportunities for female students and faculty. Other ideas on the table include, space for campus women’s leadership, office space for community outreach programs and space for women’s Greek groups.

A Student & Community Welcome Center for the Office of Admission that also would include a “town & gown” bookstore and space for student leadership initiatives. This project will tie the campus more closely to a surging revitalization effort in downtown Tiffin.

Support our growing marching band through the Strike up the Bands campaign. More students means more uniforms and more instruments are needed. 

Endowed Scholarships

What better way to honor a loved one than to pass along their legacy by assisting current Heidelberg students. Donors can create a scholarship in honor of a favorite professor or a family member, or as a memorial tribute to a special person who has passed away. Scholarships are awarded for a variety of purposes, or donors may elect to create their own unique fund to support a cause of special importance to themselves or their family. The minimum amount needed to name an endowed scholarship fund at Heidelberg is $25,000.

“H” Association

The Alumni Varsity “H” Association, which is open to all athletes who have earned a varsity letter at Heidelberg University, has more than 1,700 members. A number of friends of Heidelberg's athletic program have been made honorary "H" members in recognition of their contributions to the program.

The Alumni Varsity “H” Association, more commonly referred to as “H” Association, was established for the purpose of improving the quality of Heidelberg athletics by involving the many athletes and friends of the college in the athletic program. The “H” Association has been able to make substantial contributions to Heidelberg athletics through the funding of the Heidelberg University Athletic Hall of Fame, recognition banquets and awards for student-athletes and coaches, as well as special honors for championship teams.

An annual fundraiser put together by the "H" Association is its Back the Berg Golf Outing. The outing has been held at the Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio and the Mohawk Country Club in Tiffin.

Planned Giving

There are many ways to support Heidelberg besides writing a check. With a little planning, you can include a gift to us within your overall estate or financial plans that preserves our educational mission and provides you with tax benefits in return. Visit our planned giving site for much more information or connect with Jim Minehart, executive director of Advancement and Major Gifts, at or 419-448-2060.

Reunion Giving

A coordinated effort in 50th Anniversary Reunion class Giving has produced some outstanding gifts for Heidelberg. A shift in philosophy -- a focus on participation and following an individual’s philanthropic passion and away from a designated campus project -- has been huge. Over the past five years, under a the new approach and some incredibly effective alumni volunteers, Reunion Class Giving has surpassed $13 million, primarily in support of the Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence (ACCE).

The culmination of Reunion Class Giving comes at Alumni Weekend, when reunion gift committee members present a “big check” to Heidelberg, representing their cumulative giving in honor of the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Feel free to contact Jim Minehart if you are interested in serving on your class’s reunion gift committee or for more info about reunion giving. You can reach him at or 419-448-2060.

Student Emergency Support Fund

For students, unforeseen expenses can be a make-or-break factor in determining whether they’re able to stay in school. The Student Emergency Support Fund was established to help students who are faced with unanticipated financial obstacles.

The Center for Teaching Excellence

Heidelberg University is focused on student success. In every classroom, every lab, every study table, every office, that’s our top priority, and it’s fundamental to our core student mission. Launched in the fall of 2018, The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) promotes student-centered success across the entire curriculum by developing and deploying best practices in faculty teaching and student learning. The Center supports faculty through mentoring, faculty learning communities and faculty development programming. These programs and accompanying tools and resources build a foundation to support faculty as they implement best practices and student-centered teaching in their classes.

The Heidelberg Fund

The Heidelberg Fund is an organized effort to obtain gifts on a yearly basis to support the general operations of the university.  Donors who choose to contribute to The Heidelberg Fund may designate their gift to the highest priority or need of the university, academic programs and the library, student scholarships and financial aid or athletics.

During the academic year, you may receive a phone call from one of our trained student representatives. You can use this conversation to make a pledge or gift or to find out more about giving options. You can donate anytime online!

Double the Impact

Many alumni and friends work for companies that match employee contributions. Some companies may match your gift dollar-for-dollar, while others will contribute $2 for every $1 given. Your gift to The Heidelberg Fund may be significantly increased when a company matching gift form is included. Gifts from spouses or retired employees also may be matched. To make a match, please include a form from your company's human resources office with your gift. 

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