OHSU Foundation Names New Vice President for Major Gifts

11/26/03    Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Health & Science University Foundation has named Christopher Brentlinger vice president for major gifts. In this position, Brentlinger heads the foundation's development team that is responsible for raising major gifts to support OHSU's multiple missions of teaching, healing, discovery and outreach.

The OHSU Foundation is in the midst of a $300 million private campaign supporting OHSU priorities - with a primary emphasis on the OHSU Cancer Institute, two new buildings (the patient care building and the biomedical research building), expansion of Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the OHSU Center for Women's Health, the Casey Eye Institute and neuroscience programs. The campaign is part of a public/private effort that also includes a $200 million public bond measure approved by Oregon voters that targets investments in biomedical research.

Brentlinger has spent the last 14 years as a fund raiser, most recently as development director for the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. He previously worked as a development officer for Legacy Health System, Tualatin Valley Mental Health Center and medical non-profit organizations in California.

"We are very fortunate to have Chris join our executive team and to work with our partners at OHSU and in the community," said OHSU Foundation President Jonathan M. Ulsh. "With Chris's leadership, we will continue to seek major gifts that will fund the buildings and programs at OHSU that are so important to all Oregonians."

OHSU sanctions two closely affiliated not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) foundations to encourage private support - Oregon Health & Science University Foundation and Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. Each year tens of thousands of donors contribute millions of dollars in financial support to OHSU through these organizations. The foundations also oversee the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who participate in community-based fund-raising programs and events each year.