Giving to Wright State

About the Foundation

Our History

The Wright State University Foundation was incorporated on December 15, 1966. Our founders were leaders of business and industry from throughout the Dayton region. Robert S. Oelman from National Cash Register Company, James M. Cox, Jr. from the Dayton Daily News, Eugene W. Kettering from Winters National Bank, Richard O. Michael from Champion Papers, and C. William Verity from Armco Steel Corporation were among those serving on our first board of trustees.

Thanks to the support of individuals, corporations, and foundations from throughout our region, state, and nation, the Wright State University Foundation has distributed more than $48 million in scholarships and established 728 scholarship funds over the last five decades.

The Wright State University Foundation has also successfully spearheaded two comprehensive fundraising campaigns: Tomorrow Takes Flight and Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University.

The Tomorrow Takes Flight campaign concluded in late 2006 with a final total of $123.1 million, more than triple the original goal of $40 million. Two hundred new scholarships were created, along with five endowed chairs and professorships and two named colleges.

While Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University continues through June 30, 2017, more than $163 million has been raised for scholarships, attracting more top-flight faculty, and supporting construction of state-of-the-art facilities. Over 30,600 donors have supported the campaign, including more than 17,000 first-time donors to Wright State. Fifteen Wright State alumni have each donated $1 million or more to Rise. Shine.

Our Vision

The Wright State University Foundation’s vision is to be a best-in-class foundation, matching the resources, passion, and commitment of our donors with the needs of students and the strategic direction of the university.

Our Mission

The Wright State University Foundation’s mission is to partner with Wright State University in promoting and facilitating a culture of engagement and philanthropy by raising funds and managing and distributing the resources entrusted to us in support of the university’s mission and priorities.

Our Values

We are committed to:

  • The needs of students and the passion of our donors
  • Responsible stewardship of resources with accountability and transparency
  • Long-term relationships with the community and alumni
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Innovation and resourcefulness

Our Strategic Plan

Developed in 2016, the Wright State University Foundation’s strategic plan builds on the success of Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University and positions the foundation for an even greater impact on the future of Wright State University. Our strategic plan will help cement the foundation’s role as the preeminent fundraising arm for Wright State University.

Download the Strategic Plan (PDF).

Our Board of Trustees

Travis Greenwood (’84), Chair
Andrea Kunk (’04, ’07), Vice Chair
David Deptula (’80), Secretary
Jeffery Lightner (’96), Treasurer
John Lyman, M.D. (’80), Immediate Past Chair

Members

Martha Balyeat (’03)
Eric Bigler (’83, ’87)
Michael Bridges (’81)
Ronald Cloyd (’86)
Douglas A. Cook (’81, ’85)
Bill N. Diederich (’91)
Holly DiFlora
Debra Downing (’81)

Barbara Duncombe
Thomas Duncan (’81)
Joni Fedders
Julie Gentile, M.D. (’96)
Stephen Hightower
Brian Kohr (’94)
Eugene Leber (’86)
David McSemek (’82)

William W. Montgomery
Robert Reynolds (’88)
Danielle Rolfes (’97)
Brittany Snyder (’18)
Tom Sheehan
Pamela vonMatthiessen, D.V.M., M.D. (’98)
Rob Weisgarber (’77)

Ex-officio Members 

President Cheryl Schrader
Rebecca Cole