University of Oregon Raises Record $853 Million in Campaign Oregon
“Our entire state is benefitting from the University of Oregon’s record-setting fundraising effort,” said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. “The generosity of UO donors exceeded anyone’s wildest hopes. The new student scholarships, increased faculty and program support, and new buildings will improve Oregon’s economic outlook and quality of life for generations.”
Starting an ambitious fundraising campaign in 2001 required a leap of faith by university administrators and volunteers. Frohnmayer credited the volunteer leaders of the campaign — Tim Boyle, vice chair of the Campaign Leadership Committee, the late Randy Papé of Eugene, who chaired the effort, and members of the committee — for having the courage to move forward.
“Randy and Tim, both highly successful Oregon business leaders, gave credibility to the notion of raising an unprecedented amount of money for the University of Oregon in the wake of the dot-com bust and the 9-11 tragedy,” Frohnmayer said.
“Campaign Oregon embodies what all Oregonians — and many people outside of Oregon who contributed to the campaign — feel about the university, its mission and its effectiveness as a true leadership organization within the state,” said Tim Boyle, the campaign’s vice chair, who is president and CEO of Columbia Sportswear in Portland.
The most significant achievements of Campaign Oregon include:
• Student support: During the campaign, private gifts have more than doubled funds available for UO scholarships; as endowments grow, these gifts will create thousands more scholarships for UO students.
• Faculty support: Campaign gifts funded 35 new endowed chairs and professorships, providing substantial additional funding for recruiting and retaining top faculty members. Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards, carrying annual salary supplements of $3,000 to $16,000 a year, have been awarded to 52 faculty members to date.
• The sciences: About $55 million, part of a larger gift from philanthropist Lorry I. Lokey, dramatically transformed science teaching and research at the UO. The gift includes $30 million for faculty support, $10 million for graduate student support and $10 million for program support. Gifts from Lokey and others also funded several major new facilities for the sciences.