Nationwide Foundation Donates $7 Million to Support CFAES

Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory with the Nationwide building and the rest of the Downtown skyline.

Building on 50 years of partnership with Ohio State CFAES, Nationwide Foundation is contributing $7 million to support the college’s vision of a modern land-grant institution with a mission to sustain life.

“The Nationwide Foundation is proud to make this contribution to Ohio State and see our collaborative efforts around food production, security, and sustainability take a giant leap forward,” said Nationwide Foundation President Chad Jester. “Together, we share a long-term vision with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences that assures the land-grant mission of sustaining life remains strong for generations to come.”

The Nationwide Foundation gift supports initiatives in translating research and making it accessible, strategic collaboration, workforce development, and new facilities. This new gift brings total contributions to $11.8 million for the CFAES collaborative over the past several years.

“We are grateful for the Nationwide Foundation’s steadfast support of Ohio State and its land- grant mission,” President Michael V. Drake said. “This generous gift will enable our faculty and students to continue addressing critical challenges for years to come—benefiting communities across Ohio and around the world.”

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