About the OHSU Foundation

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At the OHSU Foundation, we advance OHSU’s mission by igniting the power of philanthropy.

The OHSU Foundation exists to secure private philanthropic support to advance OHSU’s vital missions, and to invest and manage gifts responsibly to honor donors’ wishes. Thousands of donors contribute millions of dollars in financial support to OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital every year.

This broad range of support places OHSU among Oregon’s top beneficiaries of private philanthropy. And it makes the OHSU Foundation, with more than $1.5 billion in assets, one of the largest public university foundations in the Northwest.

Our core values

Every relationship we cultivate, every gift we secure, every action we take advances OHSU’s mission for excellence in education, research and scholarship, clinical practice and community service. We are in service to a healthier future for all.

OHSU depends on you

As Oregon’s academic medical center, OHSU takes on the toughest challenges in medicine to transform human health. Philanthropic investment supports education, medical research and patient care to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians. Donors can make a difference across the spectrum of health goals and challenges, from heart disease to brain health to ending preventable blindness to improving health equity.

When the pandemic struck, our generous community quickly rallied with an outpouring of support for OHSU’s COVID-19 response, expanding access to care and testing, improving critical care abilities, and helping to keep front-line workers safe. Every year, philanthropy fuels OHSU’s work to make discoveries faster, save more lives and give hope to millions.

Kids in hospital gowns eat ice cream while nurse shows a movie on a projector, circa 1940

A history of the OHSU Foundation

The OHSU Foundation was founded in 1971, but fundraising for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital goes back to 1926.