News from the director

Jesse VisserNow that students are settling into their studies and campus is awash with colorful leaves, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all you’re doing to strengthen the UO.

This is an amazing moment unlike anything in UO history. Shortly before we published this edition of eFocus online, we learned of Penny and Phil Knight’s unprecedented $500 million gift toward the UO’s $1 billion initiative to accelerate scientific impact.

Meanwhile, the UO’s endowment reached a record $775 million at close of books on June 30. We’ve built up these funds, which support scholarships, excellent teaching, promising research, and outstanding programs, through a combination of your gifts and a careful investment policy.

An endowment gift is a powerful vote of confidence for future generations of students.

One of the most satisfying things we do is help alumni and friends learn about gift options to achieve their personal, financial, and philanthropic goals.

Please call on us for information. We’re happy to help!

Jesse Visser
Senior Director, Gift Planning

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