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Recognition Societies

Since its founding, Ohio Northern has held true to its values — student-centered, service-oriented and values-based — thanks to the passion and loyalty of our donors. Ohio Northern recognizes the generosity of individuals and corporations who have made significant financial commitments to further the University’s mission. Please click on a recognition society below to learn more.

The Henry Solomon Lehr Society

Established in 1974, the Henry Solomon Lehr Society is the premiere recognition society for leading donors who give $1,000 or greater during the fiscal year of June 1 - May 31. Members of the Lehr Society are the University's strongest supporters. Private support at this level provides the University an extra measure of strength and flexibility to further enhance the ONU experience. Lehr Society membership matters because this philanthropic example has a lasting impact on ONU for generations to come.

 As a token of appreciation, all Lehr Society members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Campus-wide parking pass
  • Athletic passes
  • Passes to select alumni events
  • Tickets to select Freed Center productions
  • Special recognition honoring all members at a private dinner

Join today! Be a part of this premier philanthropic group at ONU and support our students with the gift of higher education.

Lehr Society Giving Levels*

$1,000 - $2,499 Members
$2,500 - $4,999 President's Associate's Fellows
$5,000 - $9,999 President's Fellows
$10,000 - $24,999 President's Partners
$25,000 or more President's Circle
$100,000 or more Lifetime Member**

*Single or cumulative gifts of $1,000 or greater received in the June 1 - May 31 fiscal year qualify for membership.
**Lifetime Members are those individuals or couples who contribute $100,000 or more during their lifetime.


Gold Society

Established in 2008, the GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Society recognizes recent graduates who demonstrate exceptional generosity to Ohio Northern University.*

The impact of loyal, recurring annual support cannot be overstated. Through their loyal support, GOLD Society members make a profound impact in the lives of ONU students.

In recognition for their generosity, we welcome GOLD Society members back to campus with these special offers:

  • Exclusive ONU luggage tag
  • Two complimentary athletic passes
  • Two complimentary beverages at Northern on Main
  • 35 percent campus bookstore discount on all ONU logo merchandise


 "I give back because the support I received through the school nurtured my development as a human being. I am stronger because of my experiences at Northern, and I want to see the same opportunities for those students entering into the freshman class." -Curt See, BSBA '09

"If it weren't for the generosity of alumni, I would not have been able to afford the world-class education that Northern provided me. I could not be more grateful, and my annual support is part of being a responsible alumna." -Amanda Kalal, BS '05


$500 - graduates from six to 10 years ago
$250 - graduates from up to five years ago
Click here to make your gift — you can even set up monthly installments to fit within your budget!


*Alumni who graduated up to five years ago who make single or cumulative gifts of $250 or greater during the June 1-May 31 fiscal year qualify for GOLD Society membership. Alumni who graduated between six and 10 years ago who make single or cumulative gifts of $500 or greater during the June 1-May 31 fiscal year qualify for GOLD Society membership.

University Advancement

Shannon Spencer

Lehr Memorial Room: 302
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed