It's Our Oregon

Faculty, staff show support for university with campaign gifts

Photo by Rick Rappaport

Three enthusiastic supporters of the university’s internal campaign: from left, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences Ewart Baldwin; custodian and fundraising volunteer Johnny Earl; and Annual Giving Director Carlyn Schreck.

Extraordinary—that’s how UO Annual Giving Director Carlyn Shreck described the results of the UO’s recent faculty-staff campaign. “We achieved 52.5 percent participation with 1,964 contributors, including more than 730 first-time donors. That’s more donors than the past four years combined and well over the 30 percent average among comparable universities nationwide. I’m proud to say the people who work at the university also give to the university.”

Meeting the initiative’s goal of 50 percent participation releases a $50,000 challenge gift from Schreck and Campaign Oregon Chair Randy Papé and his wife, Susie. The $50,000 will be divided among campus units that individually achieved at least 50 percent participation.

An important part of Campaign Oregon: Transforming Lives, the six-week faculty-staff initiative kicked off January 23.

“The faculty and staff do so much every day to make the university a special place,” said Papé. “The fact that so many UO employees also contribute financially is impressive to potential benefactors.”

Faculty and staff members have various reasons for giving. “I owe my professional life to the University of Oregon,” said Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences Ewart Baldwin, “and I am grateful. It’s been a great life in a great environment. They were good to me and I hope to be good to them.” Baldwin gives to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, School of Music and Dance, UO Libraries, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon Bach Festival, and President’s Fund.

“For me, it’s about one person making a difference,” said Johnny Earl, a custodian who was a fundraising
volunteer for his department. “While growing up in the mid-60s, I saw how one person could change the lives of others. I remember seeing and hearing Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights marches on television. I remember watching one man make a difference. I’m giving to the library because it is the cornerstone of the university, and it touches the most diverse group of students.”

Schreck, a 1995 UO business graduate, gives to student scholarships. “If I can help make it possible for others to have the same kind of experience I had, I want to do it,” she said.