Last month we launched Beavers Care, a university-wide initiative to provide critical emergency funding to students, faculty and staff facing new and overwhelming challenges. We participated in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, a global day of unity and giving related to COVID-19. And, I am pleased to report that more than $500,000 ($480,000 of which is in spendable cash) has been raised so far in support of Beavers Care from more than 1,000 donors, and we’re not done yet!
This week, we kicked off both a focused giving effort for faculty and staff, led by the OSU Loyal Committee, as well as a Trustee challenge led by Penny Atkins ’79 and five of her fellow OSU Foundation Trustees. The Trustees have committed $120,000 to the initiative and offer their gifts as a challenge to their fellow OSU-affiliated volunteers to join them in supporting this effort.
As a testament to our commitment to the Beavers Care initiative, the Foundation and Alumni Association staff are endeavoring to secure 100% participation from our own employees.
I’m grateful to my colleagues and to all of you who have participated by making a gift and sharing the initiative with your networks.
A special thank you to President Ray and our university vice presidents and other leaders for their remarkably generous commitments to Beavers Care and other auxiliary units; we are making a big difference for the OSU community when it is needed most. Thank you!