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- Job Opportunities | UO Foundation
Job Opportunities Thank you for considering career opportunities with the University of Oregon Foundation. We invite you to learn more about us and to find out if our mission and values are in line with yours. We are a diverse group of individuals with shared values in common: trust, respect, integrity, and commitment. Our mission and passion are to partner with the University of Oregon; we are devoted entirely to receiving, investing, and administering gifts for the benefit of the university. If this resonates with you, we invite you to explore the possibilities of becoming part of the Foundation team. Current Job Opportunities The Foundation is currently hiring for the following full time positions, offering a generous benefits package and competitive pay. Accountant I The Accountant provides accounting expertise to the Financial Services Department, serving as point-person to address customer requests for research and reporting, in collaboration with the Financial Services team. The person in this role must possess strong GAAP accounting skills, sharp analytical skills and clear communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to internal and external customer needs. Application Portal Gifts and Records Analyst The Gifts and Records Analyst is responsible for the accurate processing, accounting, recording, receipting and reconciliation of gift and membership revenue. The position ensures accuracy and integrity of data in the donor database. The Gifts and Records Analyst collaborates with the Financial Services department, providing excellent customer service to all stakeholders. Application Portal Information on the Foundation The University of Oregon Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with EOE. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of any attribute protected by federal or state laws. Please contact our office if you need reasonable accommodation in the application process. We participate in E-Verify, and are committed to non-discrimination. For more information see Right to Work and E-Verify Participation . Falsification of any information in the application process will be deemed grounds to reject a candidate or to terminate employment if already hired. The employment relationship is strictly voluntary and at-will on both sides and may be terminated by either the individual employee or the Foundation at any time, with or without cause or prior notice, except as prohibited by law. For more information on the Foundation's Core Values and Relationship Between the University, Donors, and the Foundation , visit our about page.
- Our Team | UO Foundation
Our Team Executive Team Paul Weinhold President & CEO Mindi Pardy Executive Assistant & Board Liaison Financial Services Amy Loper Accountant Colby Sticka AP Accounting Specialist Karen Schmidt-MacKenzie Gifts & Grants Admin. Coordinator Lisa Thalhamer Deferred & Complex Gifts Administrator Sally Miles Accounting Specialist Trish Morgan Gifts & Records Analyst Carlee Haugen Controller Donna Vanderpool Accounts Payable Specialist Kelly Bosch Chief Financial Officer MaryAnn Swanson Senior Gift Accountant & Analyst Shanna Bennett Senior Accountant Vickie Bradstreet Gifts & Records Specialist Cindy Rogers Gifts & Records Specialist Janice Lutz Accounts Payable Specialist Liliya Benz Gifts & Records Manager Ryann Grove Gifts & Records Analyst Suzanne Wagner Accounts Payable Specialist Technology Services Brian Ikei VP of Technology Services Gerald Deas Data Analyst John Callahan Director of Technology Rob Fightmaster Data Engineer Clint McNutt Data Engineer Jeff Wilson Applications Developer John Dencklau IT Support Specialist David Pritchard Systems Administrator Joel McCall Data Analyst Orion Wesson Applications Developer People Services Cheri Minick VP of People Services Katy Shaw Senior Project Manager Sandra Anderson Director of Operations Drew Haugen Corporate Support Specialist I Kiva Loughrey Corporate Support Specialist II Skyler Arruda Communications Specialist Katie Lively Business Analyst I Michelle Schaffer Customer Service Associate Innovation Services Charla Triplett Managing Director, Launch Oregon Nate Costa Director of Business Development, Launch Oregon
- Give Online | UO Foundation
Mission The University of Oregon Foundation supports the mission of the University of Oregon by receiving, investing, and disbursing private gifts given to the university. As a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, the UO Foundation maximizes private gifts for the university’s benefit in accordance with donor intent. Make a Gift Ways to Give About FAQ What We Do Receive, Manage and Distribute Funds The Foundation’s primary role is to receive, manage and distribute funds. When donors give to the university, the gift is collected by the Foundation, where it is prudently managed until requested by the university for purposes that align with donors’ intent. Learn more about the relationship between the university, donors and the Foundation . Collaboration with University Partners The Foundation collaborates with various departments across campus in a variety of ways, including creation of gift agreements, management of deferred and complex gifts, and stewardship of donor funds for appropriate spending, among others. Trustee Excellence Fund Created in May 2015, the Trustee Excellence Fund is overseen by the Foundation Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee to support emerging and impactful opportunities at the University of Oregon. The Trustee Excellence Fund promotes academic excellence by issuing awards to university students, staff, faculty and programs based upon evaluation of proposals submitted to the committee. To date, the Trustee Excellence Fund has awarded $528,300 to campus partners in support of academic excellence at the University of Oregon. Make a Gift 2022 Campus Distributions Gifts made to the UO Foundation have a direct impact on the university that is felt across campus. In fiscal year 2022, the Foundation distributed a total of $35.86 million to the University of Oregon. $13.2 million Student Scholarships $11.86 million Faculty & Research $5.85 million Student Academic & Operational Support $4.95 million Other University Support Celebrating 100 Years A statement from our President & CEO, Paul Weinhold Milestone anniversaries will always draw attention. One hundred years deserves so much more. When I imagine where the Foundation started in 1922, I am struck by the magnitude and importance of the Foundation today. With assets exceeding $3 billion, the University of Oregon Foundation is a meaningful contributor to the financial health and wellbeing of the university, its faculty, students and staff. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this organization and witness firsthand the impact it has on the University of Oregon. Stewardship is an important theme for our staff. We recognize that each one of us play a vital role and that our roles are temporary in comparison to the longevity of the Foundation. While today we are celebrating one hundred years of service, we are proud that the Foundation will be here for hundreds of years to come, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we leave the organization in a better place for those who will come after us. Leading with our values of Trust, Integrity, Commitment and Respect in every action and interaction has been integral in remaining good stewards of the assets we manage on behalf of donors and the university. The Foundation is legally separate from the University of Oregon, but we exist to serve the university and its donors. The partnership we share with our colleagues at the university is strong and we are aligned. The financial success and growth of the endowment is due in large part to this incredible partnership, the generosity of our donors and a commitment to helping the university continue on the path of excellence. The Trustees of the Foundation are and have been the organization’s guiding lights. In the years I have been here, the generosity and commitment of Foundation Trustees has been inspiring and we are all grateful for their guidance, passion and support. Like the staff at the Foundation, our Trustees are devoted to doing what is right and making the organization better. I can say with confidence that the ethos present in the Trustees who are currently serving is consistent with those who have served over the last one hundred years. The Foundation is healthy and strong at 100 and the future is very bright for decades to come. I am proud to share this remarkable milestone with you. Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation and the University of Oregon. Paul Weinhold President/CEO
- Accountability | UO Foundation
Accountability The University of Oregon Foundation is proud to be a leader in good corporate governance for the nonprofit sector. Integrity and good governance are critical to The Foundation's work as fiduciary for donors to the university. Numerous checks and balances exist to ensure the integrity of our business and financial decisions, polices, and procedures. Board of Trustees The Foundation Board of Trustees consists of up to 30 members who are selected for their professional expertise and consistent support of the university. The Board's main responsibilities include overseeing the management and administration of the Foundation and its assets. The Board has adopted the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, A Guide for Charities and Foundations released by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, modified to reflect the specific governance model and needs of the Foundation. The principles address legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, strong financial oversight, and fiduciary responsibilities. External Audits and Internal Controls An independent external auditor annually audits the Foundation, and provides a review of internal controls and an opinion on whether the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Foundation in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Additionally, the Foundation has implemented COSO-2013, an integrated framework for internal control that facilitates the design, implementation, and assessment of effective controls to meet operations, reporting, and compliance objectives. The Foundation's audited financial statements are available online. Partnership with the University There is an open line of communication between the Foundation Board of Trustees, Foundation leadership, the UO Board of Trustees, the UO President, and the Vice President for University Advancement that ensures Foundation decisions are made solely to promote the best interests of the donors, the university and the Foundation. Gift Administration We regulate the use of gifts through numerous internal and external controls. Each request from the university to spend donor monies must be approved by a university administrator and is individually reviewed by the Foundation to ensure the requested use is consistent with the donor purpose of the fund. In addition, university-authorized signers receive regular financial statements documenting spending activity for each gift fund.
- Investment Management | UO Foundation
Investment Management The UO Foundation is committed to careful stewardship of private gifts in support of the University of Oregon. The Foundation's Board of Trustees has fiduciary responsibility for the investment of the Foundation's assets, including the allocation of funds to various asset classes and the engagement of professional investment managers. Currently, the Foundation's Investment Committee oversees the investment program in accordance with established guidelines approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees. The overall investment objective of the Foundation is to (i) provide an annual distribution for endowments to support designated university activities as determined by the Board of Trustees, and (ii) to achieve a long-term growth rate that maintains the purchasing power of the assets, as measured by the consumer price index. Effective July 1, 2021, the Foundation moved to an outsourced investment management model in an effort to boost risk adjusted returns and create additional fiduciary safeguards. The relationship with Jasper Ridge Partners is managed by members of our leadership team and our Investment Committee, which consists of Foundation Trustees with strong financial and investment management skills. Jasper Ridge Partners manages approximately $30 billion in assets for select families, endowments, foundations, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds. They have a team of over 100 investment and operations professionals managing multiclass asset and diversified portfolios, as well as tailored, asset-class specific mandates. The UO Foundation currently manages over $2.7 billion of assets, including gifts made to endowed funds, expendable funds and deferred gifts. Expendable Funds : Gifts to expendable funds are immediately available for spending at the request of the UO; therefore, the investment approach emphasizes preservation of capital—highest possible return with low risk. Deferred Gifts: Deferred gifts are managed individually, rather than pooled, because each is unique in terms of payout rate and investment horizon. This strategy allows a variety of asset allocation options to be utilized to best satisfy donor needs. Endowed Funds The Foundation's endowment portfolio consists of donor funds invested to support the educational mission of the University of Oregon in perpetuity. These funds are invested to support students, faculty, research, academic programming and facilities as follows: Endowment Funds by Purpose Faculty and Research Support 47% Student Scholarships 29% Other Student, Academic, and Operational Support 23% Facilities and Equipment Support 1% As of June 30, 2022, the endowment reached a market value of $1.4 billion. Gifts to the endowment are pooled together in a fund of one investment vehicle structure and referred to as the Villard Investment Pool (VIP). The strategy of the VIP asset portfolio focuses on varied traditional and nontraditional investment opportunities. The VIP is also diversified across underlying management sectors, risk factors, and liquidity characteristics. The diversification minimizes risk for any given level of expected return and earns incremental expected return by committing prudently to illiquid assets. Endowment Asset Allocation (as of June 30, 2022 ) Private Equity/Venture Capital 31.5% Hedge Funds 17.6% Public Equity 17.5% Fixed Income 12.3% Real Assets 8.9% Cash & Other Assets 12.1% The VIP's investments are subject to various risk factors including market, credit, and industry risk. Market risk represents the potential loss in value of financial instruments caused by movements in market variables, such as interest rates. Other risks affecting these investments include, but are not limited to, increasing competition, rapid changes in technology, and changes in economic conditions. While portfolio diversification can reduce idiosyncratic risk, overall market risk cannot be eliminated. The audited financial statements include more details about the Foundation’s endowment portfolio and other investments. Through endowed funds, the ongoing generosity of donors multiplies and sustains opportunities for countless generations to come. The Foundation is proud to be a trusted partner in connecting and supporting donors and the University of Oregon. Endowment Investment Performance — Villard Investment Pool The endowment's performance is designed to be consistent, stable, and less dependent on any one type of investment or any one particular economic environment. Greater focus is placed on generating consistent returns measured over longer periods of time. The ultimate objective is to first protect, then perform, and finally, as a result, provide to the university. Endowment Returns (as of June 30, 2022 ) 14.6% -0.7% 14.6% 8.8% 10.2% 3.7% 9.1% 7.9% 4.9% -0.7% -13.4% -13.2% -13.4% -13.2% 7.7% 6.1% VIP CPI+5% 60/40 Global Portfolio 8.8% Since JRP (6/30/2021) Trailing 1 Year Trailing 10 Years Trailing 3 Years Trailing 5 Years VIP VIP represents the endowment portfolio, formerly known as Willamette Investment Pool (WIP) through 6/30/2021, until investment management was outsourced. It is now called the Villard Investment Pool (VIP). 60/40 The 60/40 benchmark consists of the the weighted average of iShares MSCI ACWI ETF at 60% and iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF at 40%, geometrically linked monthly. Global Portfolio The Global Portfolio initially consisted of 70% equity (iShares MSCI ACWI ETF), 25% fixed income (iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF) and 5% cash, geometrically linked monthly and with portfolio weights set as of June 30, 2021 (the inception date). The Global Porfoltio is a floating allocation structure and consequently the weights do not rebalance but instead change with the market prices of the underlying securities. As of June 30, 2022, the weights of the Global Portfolio were: 68.4% equities, 25.9% fixed income and 5.7% cash. Spending Policy The amount of university support provided by endowed funds each year is determined according to the Board approved spending policy, currently ~4%. The Foundation's spending policy is at the heart of our prudent management of private gifts. It strikes a balance between the conflicting goals of providing substantial support for current operations and preserving long-term purchasing power. Environmental Climate change Greenhouse gas emissions Natural resource management Energy management Waste management Air and water quality Biodiversity Social Diversity, equity, and inclusion Civil and human rights Health and safety Fair wages and benefits Labor standards Community relations Governance Business ethics and compliance Accounting and tax practices Transparency Board composition and practices Data privacy and security Political activity Shareholder relations Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors Jasper Ridge Partners (JRP), the Foundation's investment managers, employ a comprehensive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy throughout the lifespan of each investment decision. This strategy is embedded within the Foundation's Investment Policy, which is approved by our Board of Trustees' Investment Committee annually and governs the Foundation's investment portfolio. The information below is comprised of excerpts from Jasper Ridge Partners' ESG policy. In 2014, the Foundation was the first Pac-12 institution to establish a policy specific to fossil fuel extraction, and we have committed to making no new direct investments in fossil fuel extraction. Currently, less than 5% of the Foundation’s direct holdings are invested in fossil fuel extraction and all remaining direct investments will expire by 2027. ESG at Jasper Ridge Principles A core part of the JRP ethos is a commitment to acting in the long-term interests of our stakeholders. We believe that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors affect investment and business risks and opportunities. Considerations ESG considerations relevant to our business and investments are wide-ranging. Examples of factors that we may consider include: Strategy & Approach Jasper Ridge aspires to apply their ESG framework both internally, in the way the company is managed, and externally, in the investments made. Through a commitment to responsible business management and investing, they hold the belief that incorporating ESG factors can help to mitigate risk and enhance outcomes. ESG considerations can affect the performance of investment portfolios to varying degrees across companies, sectors, religions, asset classes, and through time. Jasper Ridge aims to incorporate ESG considerations throughout an investment's lifespan, from decision-making to post-investment monitoring. Beginning in 2022, every new investment presented to our Investment Committee is scored on multiple dimensions, including two ESG-related criteria: Investment Impact: How the investment affects environmental, social, and governance factors; this addresses the positive and negative impact of the investment. ESG Vulnerability: How environmental, social, and governance factors affect the investment; this addresses business risks and financial returns.
- Statement From President & CEO - mobile | UO Foundation
Back to Home Page Celebrating 100 Years A statement from our President & CEO, Paul Weinhold Milestone anniversaries will always draw attention. One hundred years deserves so much more. When I imagine where the Foundation started in 1922, I am struck by the magnitude and importance of the Foundation today. With assets exceeding $3 billion, the University of Oregon Foundation is a meaningful contributor to the financial health and wellbeing of the university, its faculty, students and staff. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this organization and witness firsthand the impact it has on the University of Oregon. Stewardship is an important theme for our staff. We recognize that each one of us play a vital role and that our roles are temporary in comparison to the longevity of the Foundation. While today we are celebrating one hundred years of service, we are proud that the Foundation will be here for hundreds of years to come, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we leave the organization in a better place for those who will come after us. Leading with our values of Trust, Integrity, Commitment and Respect in every action and interaction has been integral in remaining good stewards of the assets we manage on behalf of donors and the university. The Foundation is legally separate from the University of Oregon, but we exist to serve the university and its donors. The partnership we share with our colleagues at the university is strong and we are aligned. The financial success and growth of the endowment is due in large part to this incredible partnership, the generosity of our donors and a commitment to helping the university continue on the path of excellence. The Trustees of the Foundation are and have been the organization’s guiding lights. In the years I have been here, the generosity and commitment of Foundation Trustees has been inspiring and we are all grateful for their guidance, passion and support. Like the staff at the Foundation, our Trustees are devoted to doing what is right and making the organization better. I can say with confidence that the ethos present in the Trustees who are currently serving is consistent with those who have served over the last one hundred years. The Foundation is healthy and strong at 100 and the future is very bright for decades to come. I am proud to share this remarkable milestone with you. Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation and the University of Oregon. Paul Weinhold President/CEO
- Contact Us | UO Foundation
Contact Phone: 541.302.0300 Fax: 541.344.8079 Toll Free: 1.888.448.1544 Email: email@example.com University of Oregon Foundation 1720 E 13th Avenue, Suite 410 Eugene, OR 97403-2253 Message Us First Name Last Name Email Department Select the department you wish to contact. arrow&v Message Submit Thank You for Contacting Us!
- Gifts of Securities | UO Foundation
Gifts of Securities Gifts of appreciated marketable stocks have been considered the ‘best value’ in charitable giving. When you contribute appreciated securities that you have held for longer than one year, in addition to a charitable contribution tax deduction, you are generally able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in value of the assets. We liquidate gifts of stock as quickly as possible to preserve value. The proceeds, minus any broker fees/commissions, are allocated according to donor direction. To make your gift, and to ensure that you receive proper acknowledgement and documentation, please refer to our detailed instructions on transferring the following types of assets: Securities held by broker — electronic transfer Stock certificates you hold — physical transfer We recommend that you consult your tax adviser for more information regarding the gift tax and income tax results of such gifts as they apply to your specific situation. The Foundation does not provide donors with individual tax advice. If you would like to discuss the potential use of your gift of securities, please contact the university development staff member in your area of interest, email University Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541.346.2113 . To make a gift via stock, please complete the Stock Transfer Form and provide your broker with the following information: Charles Schwab & Company, Inc. Operations: (877) 594-2578 DTC #: 0164 Account Name: University of Oregon Foundation Account Number: 8992-3607 If you have questions about transferring securities, or need more information on gifts of mutual funds, bonds or closely-held stock, please contact our Stock Gift team at email@example.com or call Administrative Services at 541.302.0300 . Online Stock Transfer Form
- About the Foundation | UO Foundation
About the Foundation Supporting the University of Oregon The University of Oregon Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization responsible for administering private gifts made to further the University of Oregon's mission. Although the Foundation is a separate entity from the university, the Foundation's sole reason for existence is to partner with the university and serve in our donors' best interest. We are committed to the highest standards of service and ethical conduct when it comes to managing donor gifts for the benefit of the university. Donors entrust the Foundation with fiduciary oversight of their charitable gifts and, in turn, we hold in confidence the details of that giving and other related information. Since 1922, the Foundation has received, invested, and distributed private gifts, funding student scholarships, faculty support, academic programs, and building improvements. The Board-approved investment strategy and distribution rate are designed to provide stable financial support for the university while preserving the purchasing power of the endowment and trust funds in the future. The Foundation ensures that all university spending of donor money is consistent with the donor's intention. Ensuring the management of donor gifts is a tremendous responsibility that every Board member and staff person take very seriously. This factors into every major decision the Foundation and its Board make, and whether that decision will affect the university today or not for many years to come. Core Values The Foundation applies important core values to our everyday interactions with colleagues, trustees, and donors. We base our business decisions and communications on the priorities of: Trust – Tell the Truth Respect – Be Nice Integrity – Do the Right Thing Commitment – Follow Through Read more about our core values. Responsibilities Foundation responsibilities include: Receipting and acknowledging donor gifts; Directing gifts to separately identifiable funds based on the purpose from the donor; Handling donor information with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law; Making regular reports to donors; Responding to donor questions with prompt, truthful, and forthright answers; Ensuring spending is consistent with the terms of the donor's designation; Managing unrestricted funds to provide the greatest benefit for the university; Acting as custodian for endowed gifts; Serving in legal capacities for planned giving arrangements. Relationship Between the University, Donors, and the Foundation University of Oregon University Development staff cultivate relationships with prospective and current donors and solicit gifts for the University. The University encourages gifts for purposes such as student scholarships, faculty support, academic programs, research, athletics, and building improvements. Charitable Giving Donors make gifts to the University of Oregon through the Foundation. Gifts are typically cash, securities, property, or deferred gifts. Donors may also choose to make a pledge to the University to be paid over time by any of the above means. Donors typically designate their gift to benefit a particular program, department or scholarship, either for current spending or as an endowment that will have limited spending but exist in perpetuity. University of Oregon Foundation The Foundation is a separate legal entity from the University, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Foundation receives, records, receipts, and invests the gifts to the University. Gifts are held in separate equities based upon donor-designated purpose. The Foundation manages the funds until the University requests a distribution. The Foundation also maintains confidential donor information. Authorized university staff may receive data for use in fundraising. University of Oregon The University requests distributions from a specific equity based upon matching the current campus needs with the designated purpose. Questions? If you have questions about the University of Oregon Foundation, please feel welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541.302.0300 .
- Financial Overview | UO Foundation
Financial Overview The UO Foundation manages gifts of all types and sizes, with a financial focus on managing major gift endowments. Endowments are invested both to provide an annual distribution to support current university activities and to achieve a long-term growth rate that preserves the purchasing power of the endowments. In this way, endowments benefit both current and future generations. We are committed to following the highest standards of service and ethical conduct when managing private gifts for the benefit of the university. 2021-2022 Performance Highlights As of June 30, 2022 Total Assets $2.7 billion Endowment Value (Villard Investment Pool) $1.4 billion (returns, plus cash gifts, minus distributions) Distributions Made Available for Spending $36 million from true endowments (based on December 31, 2020 market value) Total University Support $202 million Total Gifts $477 million Gifts by Type Expendable Gifts 70% Endowed Gifts 30% Endowment Funds by Purpose Academic Support 23% Facilities 1% Student Scholarships 29% Other UO Support 47% Gifts by Donor Type Friends 48% Foundations & Corporations 16% Alumni 34% Parents 2% University Support by Purpose Facilities & Equipment 55% Faculty 22% Student Scholarships 10% University Advancement 5% Other Student, Program, & Operations Support 8%
- Statement of Ethical Values | UO Foundation
Back to About Statement of Ethical Values The Foundation is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards. We are trusted by the University and its donors to carry out our mission, to be good stewards of their resources, and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct. The Foundation must earn this trust every day and in every possible way. We acknowledge that in order to merit and preserve this trust we must maintain a shared commitment to our values of trust, respect, integrity, and commitment, and an expectation of ethical and professional conduct in all of our activities. This Statement of Ethical Values and our Standards of Ethical Conduct articulate our core values and ethical standards to provide guidance for the application of these principles in our daily activities. Trust – Tell the Truth Every encounter amongst ourselves and other customers will enhance the trust placed in us. This customer trust results from our confidence in every employee’s capabilities and intentions. Respect – Be Nice We treat every individual with dignity and respect, recognizing accomplishments and encouraging a healthy work environment. Integrity – Do the Right Thing Our commitment to integrity means that our proactive pursuit of excellence is conducted with honesty and discipline. Commitment – Follow Through Commitment is exhibited through innovation and dedication, allowing us to operate with a vision for long-term success in our mission.