Office of Gift Planning


We are celebrating the transformational gift of $425 million from Connie and Steve Ballmer for the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health at the University of Oregon. The institute will be the first of its kind undertaken by a US university, creating a new model of care for children’s behavioral and mental health. It will be based in Portland and partner with K-12 schools across Oregon, beginning with Portland Public Schools. Visit to learn more.

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The anniversary is being celebrated by UO athletics throughout 2022, including a fundraising effort through the department’s Women in Flight program called “Go Do Anything. Visit for details.

We can help

Our office is here to help you plan your gifts to the UO. We focus on the advantages of charitable giving and ways that you can use different types of assets to benefit the university while meeting your own financial and charitable goals. 

There are three key questions to consider when making a charitable gift.

1. What is most important to you? 

☐ Helping students pay for college
☐ Attracting strong faculty members
☐ Advancing research
☐ Supporting a particular program
☐ Other _____________________ 

2. Do you want to help fund current needs, or would you like to provide an enduring source of financial support by creating an endowment?

3. Would you take more joy in seeing your gift at work during your lifetime, or would you prefer for your gift to come to the university through your estate? If you like, we can help you structure your gift to do both. 

Please reach out to us at or call 800-289-2354 if you are thinking about making a gift to the UO. You may discover it is possible to have an even greater impact than you imagine, without sacrificing your other important philanthropic and financial goals.

Sharon Heth
Senior Director of Development
Gift Planning

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