About the Foundation

The OSU Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1947 dedicated to enhancing the mission of Oregon State University. The Foundation is governed by a 42-person Board of Trustees.

To help the university reach its goals, the OSU Foundation aspires to develop into one of the premier public university fundraising programs by capitalizing on past successes, an engaged alumni community, and the experience of existing and new professionals.

On December 31, 2014, the Foundation concluded The Campaign for OSU, the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, in which more than 106,000 donors made gifts exceeding $1.1 billion to advance university priorities. The powerful momentum generated by their support has fueled Oregon State's rise as an internationally recognized public research university. Fundraising efforts are now focused on targeted special initiatives that advance the OSU's Strategic Plan for creating transformative student learning experiences and building on its greatest strengths and areas of greatest potential impact, such as marine studies.

The Foundation works with university partners to:

  • Raise funds in excess of $100 million per year that support the university's priorities
  • Cultivate and steward a culture of philanthropy for the Oregon State community
  • Manage an endowment of more than $510 million
  • Engage alumni in service to the university


OSU Foundation Vision

The Oregon State University Foundation is a trusted and highly effective partner in advancing OSU's land grant mission of learning, discovery, and engagement through efficient and strategic use of the Foundation's relationships, expertise, and resources.



The Oregon State University Foundation strengthens the University's capacity to broaden access to high-quality higher education, push the frontiers of knowledge, contribute to Oregon's prosperity, and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the state and the nation. It does so through advocacy, fundraising, investment management, and stewardship and as the IRS 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation charged with receiving and administering private gifts for the University.


Affiliates and Associates

The OSU Foundation maintains a close partnership with several associated and affiliated organizations that also support the mission of Oregon State University. While associated organizations are separately incorporated, the financial activity of both associates and affiliates flows through the OSU Foundation financial system.


  • Oregon 4-H Foundation
  • Trysting Tree Golf Club


  • Our Beaver Nation
  • Construction Education Foundation
  • E.R. Jackman Board

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