How to give money to SAIL, the University of Oregon, & state & local causes

12/20/2017 update: 

In response to my note the UO Development Office has now added SAIL to the list of “other” funds. Just go to the secure UO giving page at, click the “I want to view additional options” box, and you’ll get this pop-up:

Click Summer Academy to Inspire Learning, then you’ll be asked how much, contact, info, ccard info. Thank you!

12/19/2017 update: 

With only 12 days left before President Grinch’s tax “reform” increases the after-tax cost of giving – drastically for most of us – now is the time to give on the cheap. Even the Duck coaches, or at least one person working for athletics, have now got into the act with a pledge to the State Employee’s Charitable Fund Drive:

If you give this way and don’t have a lot of deductions (i.e. a big mortgage) you should consider switching from a monthly payroll donation to making a one-time gift before Jan 1. The phone number is on their website here. You can pick which of a list social welfare and other charities you want to send the money too. Very easy.

That’s for UO employees giving to state and local causes. As Honest Uncle Bernie reports, giving to UO is a bit harder. I like the Duckfunder website: It has a few active campaigns at the moment, but it’s not very good crowdfunding because it doesn’t connect donors with related causes or vice versa. Meanwhile the main UO giving site, is not even secure:

Which sort of puts you off leaving a ccard number. However, if your browser lets you get past this, you’ll eventually find the UO Foundation’s secure giving webpage at

If you click on “other” you get a poorly formatted list of other funds. If you want to give to, say, SAIL, sorry, it’s not on the list. So go back and type it in yourself. The UO Foundation will mail you a nice letter on O letterhead suitable for showing to the IRS, or what’s left of it now that Trump is in charge, confirming your money will indeed go to SAIL.

12/3/2017: UO librarians crush Duck coaches $6K to $0 in Charitable Fund Drive giving

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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 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.