UO librarians crush Duck coaches $6K to $0 in Charitable Fund Drive giving

Every fall Oregon runs a Charitable Fund Drive for state employees. Everyone on the state payroll gets a few emails asking them to donate to local and state charities. You know the drill. You can give lump sum or sign up for convenient monthly payroll deductions. (I reccomend lump-sum, given what Trump is about to do to the tax code.)

You pick which charities you want to give your money to, and you can opt out of receiving junk mail requests for more money. Sensible and efficient. UO employees usually give about $300K in total. Sign up here.

The librarians are usually big givers. I’m no expert on charitable giving, but I’m guessing this isn’t because of their high salaries. The B-School is also very generous.

As in years past, the Duck Athletic department is the outlier on the low side, despite the fact that the Ducks have many employees bringing in considerably more than the average UO librarian. So far Rob Mullens, Dana Altman, Willie Taggart, and the athletic department as a whole have given $0, or 0% of their pay and bonuses:

President Schill deluged by academic donations

Diane Dietz has the story in the RG:

… The nearly $202 million received in the past 12 months fell short of the $215 million received in 2014-15, but exceeds the amount raised in previous years.

In the year since Schill took the helm, the giving has shifted in favor of academics, with 80 percent of donations earmarked for learning and research vs. athletic giving — while the mix in the previous year was 62 percent academics and 38 percent athletics. …

Ducks crush Beavers on charitable fund drive, but jocks punt

The 2013 state CFD is now closed, final results are at https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_cfduniversities/. The CFD allows OUS employees to give by payroll deduction, and earmark the gifts to a wide variety of state and local causes. Consistent with preliminary data reported earlier, overall, UO giving was $220,855, down slightly from $228,970 in 2012. UO comes in far ahead of OSU, which gave just $82,099.00. The overall UO payroll is about ~200M, so we gave about 0.1% of income to the CFD.

The athletic department payroll is about $30M – including 5 or so with incomes over $500,000. While in general the income elasticity of charitable giving is well above 1, that rule doesn’t seem to apply to coaches. The Duck AD gave a total of $15,696, about 0.05% of income:

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On the other hand they did fly most of their department to San Antonio at UO expense, apparently to spend an hour packing boxes for the local food bank. Meanwhile, the Beaver’s athletics department doesn’t seem to have given a dime. Full UO results:

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UO and private money

12/3/2012: Dash Paulson has a well balanced article in the ODE. Meanwhile Rob Mullens still won’t produce the Robin Jaqua gift letter, which he claims allows the athletic side to keep all the proceeds from her $5 million gift for Jock Box tutoring. And check out this story on how the University of Central Arkansas was paying coaches out of their university’s tutoring budget. Small change compared to the $1.83 million in UO student tuition money Jim Bean gives the Ducks. And no story on UO giving is complete without this figure:

Duck giving reduces giving to UO academics

Presumably this includes the $5 million Robin Jaqua gift, which Rob Mullens swiped for the Jock Box back in January. Story today from Inside Oregon:

Overall, giving in fiscal 2012 totaled $51,737,551 in support of academics, mainly for current purposes and endowments. Athletics programs received $55,950,231, which included significant support for expansion of the Len Casanova Center. The university received 43,295 gifts and pledges from individuals, companies and foundations.

This is a continuation of a long trend in the increasing crowd-out of academic giving by sports, first documented at UO in 2004, by UO business school professor Dennis Howard:

Both alumni and non-alumni show an increasing preference toward directing their gifts to the intercollegiate athletics department-at the expense of the donations to academic programs. Sperber’s (2000) assertion that giving to athletics undermines academic giving is strongly supported.

This has if anything worsened over time at UO. (Link to data source here.) 8/23/2012.

effective giving

9/16/2011: From the RG. This is a very smart gift:

A University of Oregon graduate is donating $5 million to provide scholarships to a group that she says is often overlooked — the children of middle class families.

“I wanted to help Oregonians caught in the middle,” alumna and longtime donor Mary Corrigan Solari said in a written statement. “I have been acutely aware of the many middle class parents who have been struggling to finance their children’s education.”

The Mary Corrigan and Richard Solari Scholarships will be for $5,000 a year, renewable for a maximum of four years. UO undergraduate resident tuition and fees amount to $8,190 this year.

Why not give it to low income students? It’s very hard to give college money to low income students. More precisely, if you give them money the federal government reduces their Pell grants, pretty much dollar for dollar.

There are plenty of middle class kids who are not eligible for the maximum Pell, but who still need help paying for college – the threshold for maximum Pell was ~$40,000 family income, last I looked.

A $5 million endowment means about $200,000 a year, or about 80 of these $5,000 scholarships. (See comments.) Big money. More smart Oregon students will choose to come to UO.