CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than 3,200 donors have given over $1.3 million to Beavers Care, a fundraising initiative serving members of the Oregon State University community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a combination of federal CARES Act funding, Beavers Care gifts and other sources, OSU has provided emergency support to more than 5,100 students, faculty and staff since the public health crisis began.
More than 700 employees were among the donors to Beavers Care. The effort saw 100% participation from faculty and staff who serve on the President’s Cabinet, the Council of Deans, the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team, and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Additionally, every staff member from the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association made a gift, and OSU Athletics staff and head coaches contributed to programs supporting student-athletes.
“It’s clear that Beavers care deeply for each other and that spirit is what makes OSU an extraordinary place and a resilient community,” said OSU President F. King Alexander. “I am grateful to members of Beaver Nation who have helped ensure that students can continue to stay on track toward earning their degrees during the disruption of COVID-19.”
A group of OSU Foundation trustees challenged other volunteer leaders to support the fundraising initiative. Current and former board members of the OSU Foundation, the OSU Alumni Association and the university’s board of trustees responded by contributing nearly $260,000 to Beavers Care.
“When the pandemic hit, Oregon State University supporters immediately began asking how they could help,” said Shawn L. Scoville, president of the OSU Foundation, which led Beavers Care. “We knew the need would be great and that we had to be ambitious. I am particularly grateful for the support from faculty and staff, university leaders and volunteers, which speaks volumes about OSU’s culture and inspired further giving from members of our community.”
Many OSU students lost employment as private sector businesses and university services closed, shrinking their income available to pay for tuition and living expenses. At the same time, they faced extra expenses, including unexpected travel and the need to acquire computers and Internet access to take classes remotely.
OSU students, faculty and staff are still experiencing financial challenges related to the pandemic and, more recently, the wildfires. Donors who give to Beavers Care continue to make a difference. OSU students who need access to resources can contact the Office of Financial Aid