Monday, October 20, 2014

Aiming high, University of Oregon announces $2 billion fundraising campaign

October 17th, 2014

The University of Oregon announced late Friday that it plans to raise $2 billion, double the record for fundraising by an Oregon university.
Interim University President Scott Coltrane made the announcement to hundreds of UO partisans gathered under a large tent at Hayward Field on the university's campus. Academic excellence, not athletics, will be the focus of the money-seeking, he and others said.
The ambitious goal is already one-third met, with $700 million raised in the four years of planning before Friday's public unveiling of the goal, Coltrane said.
More than 700 people attended the invitation-only event, an indication that the university intends to cast a wider net for philanthropy than just Phil and Penny Knight. The Knights, by far the most generous gift givers in the history of the university, did not attend the Hayward event, but were mentioned and thanked along with other donors.
The previous UO fundraising campaign, which raised $853 million from more than 90,000 donors, ended in early 2008.

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