Annual Giving Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give to the University of Oregon?

People give to the University of Oregon for different reasons. Some give out of fondness for the university or their department. Others know the value of an Oregon degree and want our university to remain one of the best in the nation. And others give because they realize that their education was supported by private donors, and they feel a duty and desire to support current students.

But I thought the university was a state school. Don’t my tax dollars already support the university?

Yes, your tax dollars are important to the university, but less than 6 percent of the university’s budget comes from state support. Funding from the State of Oregon has been steadily declining for decades. Furthermore, tuition does not entirely cover the remaining costs to operate the university. The financial support of Oregon's alumni, parents, and friends are essential to make up for this shortfall.

The University of Oregon already has lots of money. Why give more?

The university is financially stable because generations of Ducks have given back to their alma mater. The university is able to continue its tradition of excellence and to provide more opportunities, not only because of past gifts, but because of new ones. Duck graduates make contributions in business, music, education, and the arts, just to name a few. A gift to the university supports the people and programs that enrich our communities and our world.

How much should I give to the University of Oregon?

Any gift, regardless of the size, makes a difference in the lives of Oregon students. For example, a gift of $9,918 covers a full year's tuition and fees for an in-state student, while $1,000 enables a graduate student to present his/her research at a conference and $100 can help a student purchase required text books. For your convenience, we accept one-time gifts and recurring credit card gifts. If you have more questions, please contact us.

Is my gift to the University of Oregon tax deductible?

Yes, gifts to the University of Oregon are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. You will receive a printed receipt for your records. Please contact your tax professional for further details.

I understand that many companies will match my gift to the University of Oregon. How can I find out if my employer will match my gift, and how do I go about it?

More than 7,500 companies nationwide (including, in many cases, those of retirees or spouses) will match employees’ gifts to the University of Oregon. To find out if your employer will match your gift, contact your human resources department.Once you have the matching gift form from your company, please mail it with your gift to the university. We’ll handle the rest!