A gift to boost entrepreneurship and innovation

Peggy and Dan Neal Photo Credit: Nic Walcott

Peggy and Dan Neal
Photo Credit: Nic Walcott

Open doors—that is exactly what Peggy and Dan Neal hope their estate gift will do for students in the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business.

Dan is a Eugene trial lawyer who also owns a Eugene-based real estate investment, development, and management firm—one that he started building soon after graduating from the UO law school in 1977. His bachelor’s degree, also from the UO, is in political science.

A fifth-generation Oregonian, he and Peggy, an adopted Duck, have raised two UO graduates while giving generously to athletics, renovation of the Erb Memorial Union, and the law school among other areas.

As they discussed their estate plan, the couple began dreaming of making a bold gift that reflected their values and aspirations. Entrepreneurship fit the bill. They decided to endow a fund that will give the business dean flexibility to respond to change and take advantage of new opportunities—nimbleness that is crucial for fostering innovation.

“We couldn’t make a gift of this scale without having a deferred component,” Dan says. “We wanted to move the gift toward the outer edge of what we might be able to afford.”

He says they view this gift as a way to advance the university, improve the world, and help launch successful UO graduates.

“It seems like a very self-sustaining method that will lead to a lot of good right here in Eugene, throughout the Northwest, and beyond,” he says. “I feel a lot of gratitude to the university for providing what I consider to be a very high-class educational experience—and life experiences.”

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