Endowed Funds

Endowed funds are critically important to OHSU Doernbecher's goals of attracting and retaining the most talented people and supporting the types of programs that exemplify our mission. A large endowment is what sets apart the biggest academic powerhouses and gives them the foundation they need to do the best work. When you create an endowed professorship, scholarship or other endowed fund, your investment in Doernbecher will continue to support the hospital in perpetuity.

The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation is working to increase endowed support for the Department of Pediatrics. We need your help.

What is an endowed fund?

An endowed fund is a permanent fund established for a specific purpose by a donor. The assets of the fund are invested to provide earnings that are paid annually in perpetuity to benefit a Doernbecher program. Each year any remaining income, beyond the annual spending distribution to Doernbecher, is invested to preserve and grow the original gift to sustain a legacy for future generations. Learn more about how endowed funds are managed at OHSU.


Establishing an endowed fund

The OHSU and Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundations have designated the following guidelines for establishing endowment funds. These can be provided through current gifts or through planned gifts: 

Endowment fund types:

Minimum required:

Leadership position (physician-in-chief, etc.)$5 million
Chair$2.5 million
Professorship$1 million
Program Director $1 million
(depending on program size)

Early Career Professional


Graduate Scholar

To support a student working toward an advanced degree in any graduate field.



Used for equipment, research and general laboratory support. May be used at the discretion of the laboratory director.


Departmental/Division Opportunity Fund

Used to support new or developing initiatives at the departmental or division level.


Faculty Support Fund

Used to support OHSU faculty in research or clinical development.


Scholarships, Program Support, or Awards

Used to support OHSU students or programs.



For more information about establishing an endowment at Doernbecher, please contact:


Liz Arrington

Director of Development

503 552-0716