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The Cohesion Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and strengthening the current student-athlete community by fostering opportunities through education and charity.
Together, we make a difference:
- Cohesion connects current student-athletes to charities to provide charities with free marketing regarding their mission, purposes and events. Athletes will be paid by Cohesion for these services.
- Cohesion will educate current student-athletes regarding the importance of giving back to the community, both currently, and in the communities in which they will eventually live and work.
- Cohesion relies on the private charitable support of individuals, businesses and its strategic partners. Cohesion makes grants to further its charitable purposes and further support the community, including by creating giving circles for the current student-athletes to learn about and participate in the giving process.
No. Cohesion Foundation is not owned or operated by The Ohio State University and Ohio State is not responsible for its actions.
No. Cohesion Foundation acts as an external organization and is afforded only the same rights, access, and privileges as similarly situated sponsors of Ohio State Athletics.
Yes. Cohesion Foundation has complete independence in organizational strategic planning, decision-making, staffing, operations, consulting, and personnel support.
Cohesion Foundation will apply for tax-exempt status under Code Section 501(c)(3) and for classification as a public charity under Code Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). While Cohesion Foundation believes that it is operating consistently with Code Section 501(c)(3), there is no assurance of classification until receipt of a favorable determination letter from the IRS. Upon receipt of the determination letter, Cohesion Foundation’s tax-exemption will relate back to its date of incorporation on March 23, 2022.
Financial accountability and transparency are of the utmost importance to the Cohesion Foundation. Cohesion serves as a fundraising vehicle to serve current student-athlete and philanthropic communities. All funds are used appropriately and in line with the organization’s values and mission statement. As a current applicant for not for profit status under Ohio law and exemption from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code as 501c3, program expenses include limited overhead spending: accounting, legal, sponsorship, marketing and communications.
No. This is a non-compensated term position as defined by the Bylaws of the Cohesion Foundation.