UO surpasses $100 million in gifts for fifth year running

University of Oregon supporters contributed nearly $107.7 million in private gifts during the year that ended June 30, topping the benchmark of $100 million for the fifth straight year.

Newly appointed UO President Michael Gottfredson expressed appreciation to the university’s donors for maintaining steadfast support.

“At a difficult time in our national economy and at a time of transition for the university, I am heartened to see such a strong demonstration of loyalty,” Gottfredson said. “On behalf of our students and faculty, my sincere thanks to all who support this university.”

Jon Anderson, chair of the UO Foundation Board of Trustees, said the five-year trend of gifts surpassing $100 million annually affirms that donors are maintaining the momentum of the university’s most recent capital campaign.

“Thanks to our alumni and friends, the University of Oregon is thriving despite declining federal and state support,” Anderson said. “A big part of our identity as Ducks is our proud tradition of taking responsibility for improving the opportunities available to young Oregonians.”

Several donor-supported construction projects currently underway will benefit student learning and research. One of the largest, the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building, is scheduled for grand opening on Oct. 26. The $65 million facility will further research discoveries related to the human brain, molecular biology, nanotechnology and solar energy.

Overall, giving in fiscal 2012 totaled $51,737,551 in support of academics, mainly for current purposes and endowments. Athletics programs received $55,950,231, which included significant support for expansion of the Len Casanova Center. The university received 43,295 gifts and pledges from individuals, companies and foundations.

“From Paris to Prineville and from Portland to Singapore, this wonderful outpouring of generosity toward the University of Oregon has a great impact on our local community and the state as a whole,” said Michael Andreasen, the UO's vice president for university development. “We need to do even more to support the university’s core mission.”