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Onward

The toughest challenges in medicine don’t hit pause. So at OHSU, neither do we.

The OHSU Foundation launched the second phase of the ONWARD campaign in October 2015, following the successful conclusion to the Knight Cancer Challenge which began in July 2013. The campaign will raise more than $2 billion for OHSU by 2020 to transform human health. We’re already more than halfway to our goal thanks to the $1 billion raised during the Challenge, and the completed fundraising of the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion, which will provide out-of-town families in crisis a place to stay while receiving specialized care at OHSU.

Philanthropic investment will support medical research and such visions as defeating cancer and ending preventable blindness. It will support patient care, like the exceptional care that Doernbecher Children’s Hospital provides to all families. And it will fund emerging opportunities, such as expanding OHSU's rural and global presence.

Learn more at OnwardOHSU.org.

OHSU depends on you.

OHSU has designated two independent nonprofit foundations — the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. The foundations exist to secure private philanthropic support to advance OHSU's vital missions, and to invest and manage gifts responsibly to honor donors’ wishes. 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 supporting OHSU.

This broad range of support places OHSU among Oregon’s top beneficiaries of private philanthropy. And it makes the OHSU Foundation, with more than $1.5 billion in assets, one of the largest public university foundations in the Northwest.

The OHSU Foundation also administers a separate grant-making program, the Medical Research Foundation grants and awards, supporting biomedical research statewide in Oregon. On average, 10 grants of up to $40,000 each are awarded quarterly with one annual grant of $75,000. Three additional awards honor outstanding biomedical research mentors and investigators.

Both the OHSU Foundation and Doernbecher Foundation are governed by boards of trustees made up of business, civic and philanthropic leaders. Trustees are responsible for formulating long-range goals and policies while a full-time staff manage day-to-day operations.