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First UO Giving Day a Success

Born out of the idea that University Day could expand beyond sprucing up campus, the first-ever UO Giving Day brought in 1,507 donations on May 19, 2016—not bad for an event with a goal of 519 gifts.

Those gifts tallied to approximately $1.8 million in donations, the vast majority received through a new online giving platform created just for the day.

Of that amount, the Lundquist College of Business raised nearly $93,000 from 163 gifts. As a result of surpassing our initial goal of 100 gifts, we received an a $50,000 challenge gift from a private donor to support faculty excellence and endowed scholarships.

Our friends and alumni were also inspired to give to #DocsDucks, an effort to honor the exceptional teaching and mentorship of Dennis “Doc" Howard. Generous donors Bob and Carol Warsaw matched gifts to #DocsDucks, allowing for an additional $20,000 donation to the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center Annual Fund.

Neil Young, MBA '10, now a senior account manager of content partnerships at Twitter Amplify posted, “Just made my first ever school donation to @UOWarsawCenter in honor of Doc. Proud to be part of #DocsDucks."

Erik Johannes "11, director of new business for Sportsdigita, offered, “Was happy to participate yesterday. Doc has been one of my biggest mentors in college and my career."

Thank you to all who helped make the inaugural UO Giving Day a tremendous success.

If you missed the challenge but still want to give, check out our many donation options at

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