University of Oregon launches the Oregon150 Initiative to raise half a billion by 2026

EUGENE, Ore. — June 24, 2024 — The University of Oregon is launching the Oregon150 Initiative to raise half a billion dollars by the end of 2026 for student success and capital projects.

The initiative was announced by UO President Karl Scholz at his investiture May 30.

“The Oregon150 fundraising initiative will expand access to education and support students to ensure they not only succeed - but thrive during their academic journey,” Scholz said. “This initiative represents our unwavering commitment to preparing the next generation of big thinkers, problem-solvers, creative innovators and engaged citizens. Our students will contribute to the world and lead good lives.”

Oregon150 continues the momentum of the UO’s previous $3.2 billion campaign, builds on the success of its signature PathwayOregon scholarship program, and is inspired by a visionary gift from donors Connie and Steve Ballmer in 2022 to establish the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health and fund scholarships. Over the next two years, Oregon150 will focus fundraising efforts on four areas related to student success: access, student services, academic programs and research, and career preparation and networking.

Under Oregon150, the UO also will raise funds for two capital projects: the new UO residential campus in Portland and Building 2 of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. 

Capital projects on the Portland campus will include renovations and expansion of existing buildings and the construction of a new building that will be the future home of the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health and the Prevention Science Institute. 

With the addition of new spaces, like the Innovation Building and Campus Center, the new UO Portland campus represents a leap forward for the UO in Portland, offering students more spaces and resources for learning activities and, for the first time, a residential experience. To learn more about the UO Portland Campus visit the Oregon150/Portland website. 

“Being able to offer our Portland students an immersive, residential experience, along with the creation of a new profession by the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health, is significant for the UO,” said Jane Gordon, vice president for Portland. “There is palpable energy, interest and enthusiasm from alumni and donors about increased connection to the Portland business and professional community and all the opportunity that brings.” 

The Oregon150 Initiative already has raised more than $360 million, including $1.4 million brought in during Ducks Give, the UO’s annual day of giving event on May 16, which centered on student success programs.

“Oregon150 is our bridge to the future,” says Joseph Buck, vice president for University Advancement. “We’ll be fundraising for areas foundational to our mission and growth as an institution, but we’ll also be deepening our ties with the alumni, donors, and friends of the UO whose engagement will be crucial as we chart a course for the next 150 years.” 

Information about the Oregon150 Initiative may be found at the Oregon150 website. The site features FAQs, in-depth information about each fundraising area, initiative progress reports, and impact stories.

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Molly Blancett
University Communications  

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