College of Arts & Science


National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant

In 2015, the Miami University Humanities Center won a prestigious $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. To receive this valuable funding, Miami University must raise $1.5 million over the next five years. The result will be a new $2 million endowment to sustain the Center’s existing work and launch three new programs: a Humanities Teaching Lab, a Faculty Research Collective, and a Research Apprenticeship Program.  The NEH Challenge Grant recognizes Miami's innovative approach to faculty-student collaboration, its emphasis on pressing social challenges, and its commitments to public engagement and research excellence. 

Start-up funds and elbow grease have allowed the Center to make great strides, but the Center needs your help to realize its vision for the liberal arts and humanities in the twenty-first century.  Our new endowment will challenge faculty to collaborate on urgent questions, greatly enhance one-on-one learning for ambitious students, and train a new generation of scholar-leaders at Miami University and beyond. Please join the generous alumni and friends who have invested in the future of the humanities. 

Support the Humanities Center

Fulfilling the Center's commitment to students, faculty, and the public would not be possible without the participation of friends and donors. The gift provided by John W. Altman created the Center and its highly successful Altman Fellows Program.  Now, additional contributions are needed to sustain the Center’s other programs and new initiatives. 

There are many ways to give, and not all are immediate.  You might consider writing the Humanities Center into your estate plans, making a pledge, transferring stock, or donating an honorarium. In this economic climate, every dollar makes a difference!

Make a Gift Online

Visit Miami's secure, encrypted online giving form. Under Designations, enter the dollar amount of your contribution in the Other Fund box.Type in Humanities Center in the Other (please specify other fund for contribution) box. 

Make a Gift by Check

Please make your check payable to the Miami University Foundation and designate Humanities Center on the memo line. Send to: 

The Miami University Humanities Center

c/o Miami University Foundation

725 E. Chestnut Street

Oxford, OH 45056

Give Stock or Other Investments

Donors may transfer donate assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, or real estate as gift commitments. The benefits of transferring appreciated assets may include tax deductions and the avoidance of capital gains tax.  Please contact Evan Lichtenstein in the Miami University Division of University Advancement at (513) 529-1263 or for further information.

Give an Estate or Deferred Gift

An estate or deferred gift to the Miami University Foundation designated for the Humanities Center, can allow you or your advisors to incorporate future support for Miami University into your individual financial planning strategies. Please contact Evan Lichtenstein in the Miami University Division of University Advancement at (513) 529-1263 or for further information.

Make a Pledge

A pledge is a statement of your intention to make a gift to the Center.  A pledge helps to stage payments over time so that the giving schedule fits your needs.

Matching Gifts

Employers often match their employees’ charitable donations.  Ask if your employer matches your charitable gifts, and ask them for a matching to send in with your donation.  

Targeted Contributions

Endow a Program

The Center welcomes both unrestricted gifts and support for specific programs. 

Our top priorities are targeted contributions to:  

For more information on giving, please contact Evan Lichtenstein in University Advancement.  For more information about the Humanities Center's programs, please contanct Tim Melley, Director and Professor of English.
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