In other news, Nike refuses to release information on its political contributions. In the Oregonian.
Given the comments so far, here’s my opinion, fwiw:
I am an expert on charitable giving, and I think that Knight’s OHSU pledge is great. It’s large, generous, and the matching requirement is a common and effective fundraising technique that goes back at least as far as Andrew Carnegie and his local library gifts. I’m no cancer researcher, but I can’t see any reason to think that OHSU won’t spend the money effectively.
On the other hand, the second story, about Nike’s refusal to report most political donations, ought raise many red flags about secret political influence. This is true especially in light of all the SB 270 lobbying and the weakening of faculty representation, and the special tax breaks the legislature gave Nike earlier this year.