Donors Give $2 Billion to Benefit the Health and Well-Being of Oregonians

Seven years ago, OHSU was inspired by Phil and Penny Knight’s historic call to action, and donors rushed to show their support. By June 2015, more than 10,000 donors like you met the Knight Cancer Challenge to raise $1 billion for cancer research and care.

But the journey didn’t end there. We thought bigger and continued onward. We set an ambitious goal: Raise an additional $1 billion, across all of OHSU’s missions, by Dec. 31, 2020. This was the ONWARD campaign.

Thanks to you, we have met that goal, and your support has expanded the frontiers of human health. You have brought unprecedented generosity and hope.

“Human health, equitable access to health care, education and medical research have never been more important to our communities than they are right now,” says OHSU President Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone across the state and country who stepped up to invest in OHSU’s future. Every dollar will help strengthen our ability to positively impact the health and well-being of those we serve.”

Your Generosity in Action

Thanks to more than 50,000 donors like you, lives have been changed for the better. A family from rural Oregon has a place to stay while their child receives specialized cancer treatment, thanks to donors who contributed to the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion.

OHSU’s neuroscience experts can make new discoveries and pursue promising therapies, fueled by gifts from donors whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and ADHD.

Families who have experienced cancer can find hope knowing OHSU’s cancer researchers are collaborating better than ever before in pursuit of immunotherapies, personalized cancer treatment and early detection. The OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building creates new capacity for nearly 700 scientists and staff members as new recruits join the Knight Cancer Institute.

Patients struggling to retain their eyesight can turn to the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at the Casey Eye Institute. The new clinic expanded the original pediatric clinic’s space by nearly one-third. The facility also provides state-of-the-art eye care for issues ranging from macular degeneration to inherited conditions that can cause blindness.

When a child’s life is turned upside down by a devastating illness or injury, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is there with patient-centered care and access to new therapies not available anywhere else in the community. The hospital has developed innovative programs such as NICH, or Novel Interventions in Child Healthcare, to improve outcomes for children, and their families, whose medical needs are compounded by social, personal or financial challenges.

A Groundswell of Giving

“This is a testament to the generosity of our philanthropic supporters joining together to make a difference across our state,” says Matt McNair, OHSU Foundation president.

Nearly 80% of campaign gifts came from donors in Oregon and southwest Washington, and more than half of those who contributed to ONWARD are first-time OHSU donors.

Moreover, the OHSU endowment grew by 115% throughout the campaign. This allowed the university to establish 213 new endowed funds, including 11 new endowed chairs and 34 new endowed professorships, helping to recruit and retain the best and brightest.

“Gifts of every size were necessary to achieve this ambitious goal,” says McNair. “Each and every contribution helps to improve the health of our communities.”