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OSU campus in the winter

Dear university colleague:

Thank you for your partnership as we advanced Oregon State University’s mission together this year. Before we move into 2024, I want to pause and celebrate our many successes in 2023, including the recent launch of the university’s strategic plan and the OSU Foundation & Alumni Association’s strategic plan, which was developed in full alignment with the university to best support its goals.

In an effort to keep you, our university leaders, apprised of the Foundation’s activities, I’m pleased to share the snapshot below of just a few of the remarkable things we’ve achieved together in recent months, as well as a look ahead to a couple activities this winter.

Gaulke family

A $20 million gift by alumni Judy and Mike Gaulke will create the Gaulke Center for Marine Innovation and Technology to lead and support innovative research and development of technology that helps society better understand, protect and utilize the ocean and its environment. Read the press release.

OSUF’s mission by the numbers

Inspire investment

As of November 30, donors had given $50.21 million toward our baseline fundraising goal of $142 million. We are very focused on working with donors to take advantage of the calendar year-end as well as the recent success of the stock market.

In addition to celebrating the Gaulkes’ $20 million commitment, we’re delighted to report our donors stepped forward to help us meet a $25 million challenge to raise critically important current-use funds for people, programs and equipment for the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. While OSU formally broke ground for the complex this month, we plan to have a ceremony to celebrate the construction launch in the spring. Stay tuned.

Engage our community

We’ve hosted several meaningful engagement opportunities over the last several months. The OSU Loyal Reception for faculty and staff donors and OSU President’s Dinner are detailed below. Others included donor dinners prior to the Cal and Arizona games and creative new tailgates coinciding with OSU football games – including the Beavs, Brews and BBQ tailgate, which honored veterans; the multicultural tailgate during Homecoming; and a tailgate to celebrate Oregon agriculture.

We’re grateful to Beavers around the world who joined, renewed, upgraded and/or gave more than 730 OSU Alumni Association memberships during the Beavers United OSUAA Membership Challenge this fall. Together, Beavers helped us reach our stretch goal, which unlocked $4,000 for scholarships and programs. Learn more about the challenge.

Steward resources

The endowment market value at the end of fiscal year 2023 was $827.44 million. We are grateful for the proactive management provided by our partners at Agility and guided by policies established by the Foundation Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee. This quarter, we distributed the 2023 Endowment Impact Report to 1,700 donors. The report – through storytelling, data and beautiful photos – demonstrates how endowed funds support the future of the university; read the brochure online.

OSU campus

We are excited to partner with the university on advancing the goals outlined in its strategic plan. Watch a video about the plan.

Turning our strategic plans into action

I was honored to represent our university this month as a speaker at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)’s Leadership in Development Conference in New Orleans. My session on strategic planning focused on the power of developing OSU’s and the OSU Foundation & Alumni Association’s strategic plans in tandem. I am grateful for and proud of our culture of planning and collaboration; we set ambitious goals and then are intentional in our efforts to achieve them. There is urgency in achieving our goals as our students, our state and the world are counting on us.

With that, I am pleased to share a few of the many ways the OSU Foundation is supporting the university’s goals outlined in Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan:

1. Oregon State will be a university focused on big discoveries that drive big solutions.

We have partnered with the Office of the Provost on a fourth Provost’s Faculty Match program. This match will help advance the university’s research in climate science, clean energy technology, robotics and integrated health and biotechnology (areas of research where we believe we have an asymmetric advantage) and support the university in its goal to double research expenditures.

The match is designed to incentivize the creation of endowed faculty positions that help the university recruit and retain talented faculty. We are grateful for the provost’s partnership in this effort. We know this strategy works: The last three Provost’s Faculty Match programs collectively resulted in 56 new endowed faculty position funds, bringing our total to 182. Please contact Marlys Amundson, senior director of development, for more information.

2. Oregon State will be a university where every student graduates.

In support of President Jayathi Murthy’s aspirational goal for all OSU students to graduate in four years, without debt and with a job, we have increased our student success goal in the $1.75 billion Believe It campaign to $500 million. This effort will include a new initiative called Finish in Four, which is specifically designed to help Oregon students with high financial need graduate in four years. This is the university’s number one priority for philanthropy for scholarships and student support.

3. Oregon State will be a university that fuels a thriving world in every dimension.

We are working closely with partners across the university to further develop our economic development and industry relations (EDIR) strategy that includes preparing students to meet the workforce needs of employers in our region and conducting research that can be applied by partners to fuel prosperity and solve problems. Additionally, you can help us leverage OSU’s global networks and partnerships by promoting OSU Connections to employers, students, alumni and more.

The OSU Foundation & Alumni Association’s strategic plan is built on a framework with three overarching goals: secure philanthropic support, deepen and build new relationships and help position the university for global distinction. The plan is based on a number of underlying assumptions, which include the importance of engaging new donors and volunteers and the imperative that we invest in technology so we may personalize our work at scale. We will advance the plan through six big ideas:


1. Raise $500 million for student success as part of the Believe It campaign.
2. Discovery Program: Proactively meet 10,000 new potential major gift donors.


3. Double the number of volunteers engaged in formal committees or volunteer work.
4. Engage Ecampus alumni, who will one day comprise 50% of our graduates.


5. Three states matter most (Oregon, California and Washington): Hyper-focus on our most important West Coast markets — including through events that showcase OSU’s strategic priorities.
6. Compete at the highest level: Leverage the visibility of and engagement opportunities provided by OSU Athletics like never before.

GIF of President's Dinner

With this year’s Harris Society inductees, OSU now has more than 500 donors who have each cumulatively given more than $1 million to the university.

2023 President’s Dinner

We are delighted that more than 325 guests joined us at the Portland Art Museum in November for the 2023 President’s Dinner. Inspired by the unprecedented generosity of our donor community, this year’s gathering began a new tradition: In addition to welcoming new members of the Harris Society, who have given cumulative gifts of $1 million or more, in a private reception before the dinner, donors were celebrated for reaching the $5 million and $10 million milestones since the last dinner two years ago and for giving $25 million to $49.9 million and $50 million-plus to the university.

Watch the video about the impact that OSU’s most generous donors have made on the university and the communities we serve.

View the list of honorees
Ed Ray at OSU Loyal

OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award winners, who are chosen by the OSU Loyal Advisory Committee, receive $5,000 to designate to the fund/s of their choice at the OSU Foundation; this year’s winner, President Emeritus Ed Ray, selected the Basic Needs Center Fund, which also supports the food pantry at OSU-Cascades.

OSU Loyal reception and Philanthropic Partner Award

On Giving Tuesday, a global day of philanthropy on November 28, our OSU Loyal reception gathered a crowd of 140+ faculty and staff donors at Peavy Forest Science Center. Last year was a record for faculty and staff giving and included 100% participation in giving from the University Cabinet, the Provost’s Council of Deans and the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team. I want to reiterate how grateful I am to each of our faculty and staff donors for your gifts to the university throughout the year. Your unwavering support and dedicated service in this first full public year of the Believe It campaign is exceptional – something to be proud of – and it has been instrumental in our accomplishments.

End of year giving opportunities and deadlines

If you or a donor you know wishes to make a gift before the end of the calendar year, please consider these university priorities:

  • Ensuring low-income students have the support they need to graduate in four years by helping to cover the gap between the cost of attendance and students’ existing resources through the Finish in Four Initiative, a priority of President Murthy;
  • Helping the approximately one in four OSU students who face food insecurity with a gift to the Beavers Fight Hunger Fund;
  • Demonstrating your commitment to the success of our student-athletes and the importance of athletics at OSU with a gift to the Oregon State Athletics Fund for Excellence.

Gifts to any fund can be made by check, phone or online. Check our website for information on year-end giving deadlines.

Stater magazine with a shark on the cover

Read about shark research at OSU and the last time our athletic conference almost dissolved in the Winter 2024 Oregon Stater.


Big Benny

This will be the Beavs’ third appearance in the Sun Bowl in 20 years, and we’ve won both games we've played there before. (Pictured here, OSUAA Tailgate Town from last year’s bowl in Las Vegas.)

Bowling into the New Year

Thank you for all the ways you strengthen Oregon State University. I hope to see many of you in El Paso as we close out the calendar year at the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, the second oldest bowl game in college football history, where the Beavs will take on Notre Dame at noon on Friday, December 29. The OSU Foundation will host a donor welcome reception, a dinner for our most generous donors and leading volunteers and our most anticipated OSUAA Tailgate Town of the year. If you can’t make it to the bowl this year, be sure to wear Beaver gear, put out your Beaver flag and, most importantly, watch the game on CBS!

You have my very best wishes for the holidays and the year ahead. And, by all means, Go Beavs!


Shawn L. Scoville
President & CEO

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