Make a Gift of Funds

Financial Gifts

The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum welcomes financial contributions which are used to support our mission to develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources. We rely on the generous donations of our supporters:

  • To help us acquire, catalog and preserve cartoon-related materials including books, periodicals, original art and manuscript collections
  • To support our educational programming including exhibitions, presentations, workshops, and online resources for teachers and researchers
  • To assist us in making our collection accessible to researchers and scholars around the world

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is a non-profit, educational institution and financial donations are tax-deductible.

Give a gift of funds online:
Make a Gift to the Cartoon Library and Museum Support Fund | Fund Number 308558

Make a Gift to the Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award  | Fund Number 483036

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation has issued a challenge that would generate $70,000 for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM) and University Libraries. If the Libraries can raise $35,000, the Foundation will match that amount and establish an endowment that will generate funds for the Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award.

The endowment will provide funding for scholars to travel to Columbus and use the BICLM collections for research and publishing. A committee will be appointed by the BICLM curator to review applications and select award recipients. The Foundation will also contribute a stipend for the award each year until the BICLM can raise the matching funds to establish the endowment. Learn more about the endowment and award.

Give a gift of funds by check*:
Make the check out to The Ohio State University Foundation and mail to:

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
The Ohio State University
110 Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

*Be sure to indicate the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Support Fund
Fund Number: 308558 or the Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award Fund Number: 483036 on the check


Establishing an Endowment

An endowment is truly a gift that “keeps on giving” as it yields – every year – the interest from the endowment principal. These endowments will go on in perpetuity providing the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum with valuable resources for its collections, its faculty, its facilities and its programs.

What is an Endowment?

Endowment gifts are invested in perpetuity, and distribution from the invested contributions is used to fund important programs and activities. The principal of an endowment gift is preserved in perpetuity and 4.25 percent of the average market value per share during the past seven years – is spent annually. All endowed fund gifts at Ohio State are pooled together with other long-term university assets to form the Long-Term Investment Pool. Within this pool are well-diversified U.S. and International investments that include equities, fixed income, real estate/natural resources, private equity, and absolute return/hedge funds.

How is a Fund Established?

New named funds are established by the Board of Trustees upon receipt of a gift of $25,000 or more for an unrestricted endowed fund and $50,000 for a restricted endowed fund. Library endowments may support faculty and/or student initiatives, new technologies, collection growth, facilities, preservation, and instruction. Unrestricted endowments are of great benefit to the Libraries and provide resources for the Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum along with the Director of the Libraries to meet emerging priorities at their discretion.

Endowments are named by the donor. Often they carry the name of the donor or the donor’s family, or they honor or memorialize someone loved or respected. Restricted endowments provide support to students, faculty, or programs as specifically determined by the donor. An endowment description is prepared which identifies how funds shall be used and ensures donors’ wishes are met.

Gifts are held in a pending endowment fund until the principal balance reaches the minimum funding level. Interest earned during this time becomes available for use or reinvestment once the university’s Board of Trustees approves the fund.

Types of Gifts

For more information about other ways to give, visit the Ohio State University’s Types of Gifts. For information about the Friends of the Libraries at the Ohio State University, visit their website to learn how to give or become a member.

If you have questions about making a gift of funds to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, please email