University of Portland has successfully completed its RISE Campaign, raising nearly $182 million and exceeding its goal by almost $7 million, making it one of the largest funding campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.
The campaign, which began in 2007 and was publicly launched in 2010 with a goal of raising $175 million, had more than 19,300 donors and raised money for such essentials as annual and endowed scholarships, faculty grants and development, construction of buildings and major renovations.
Campaign highlights include raising $48.6 million to establish more than 200 new annual and endowed scholarships and provide financial assistance for 5,595 students. Another $74.5 million was raised to construct or renovate 12 buildings on campus. Schools and programs received $24.7 million in campaign support, faculty grants and development $8.6 million, athletics $2 million, and a total of $22.6 million was received as unrestricted funds.
“The most successful campaign in the 113-year history of the University concluded last Monday, June 30 and we started redoubling our efforts on Tuesday, July 1,” said University president, Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., who became the University’s 20th president on July 1, 2014. “We want to make the University of Portland accessible to any and every bright creative student who deserves and desires a UP education. We believe that the success of the RISE Campaign is a springboard for our future.Its effects will continue to benefit the University in untold ways for years and years to come.”
Co-chairs of the RISE Campaign were University regent Nancy K. Bryant, a community leader and volunteer in the Portland area, and alumnus Patrick Becker, Jr., ’88, president of Portland-based Becker Capital Management, Inc.
“It was an honor to be a part of the campaign and all that is going on here,” Bryant said. “It’s been such a positive experience.Our work throughout the campaign has made a difference to so many lives.It’s been very gratifying.”
Becker added, “This work has been worthwhile because the campaign made scholarships more readily available for deserving students.This has helped reduce the stresses on these deserving students and their families.We’ve also been able to make so many physical improvements to the campus.This is a tremendous community and we’re so grateful.”
A key component of the campaign was the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering, which began its rise when the late Donald Shiley, a 1951 University graduate, and his wife, University regent Darlene, made a lead gift of $12 million in 2007 to renovate the building. Their support, along with that of hundreds of other generous alumni and friends notably engineer, entrepreneur and inventor Ed Sweo, a 1956 graduate and University regent, and his wife, Sharon allowed Shiley Hall to open in 2009 with 28,000 additional square feet for labs, classrooms and offices.
Darlene Shiley later pledged an additional $8 million gift, bringing the Shileys’ total giving to the University to more than $20 million, the largest gift in the UP’s history. The landmark $8 million gift was made to fund engineering student scholarships, as well as faculty research and development.
Other capital projects included Bauccio Commons, a new and renovated student dining facility; a new campus bell tower; a renovated Science Hall, which was renamed Don V. Romanaggi, M.D. Hall; Clark Library; and the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. The construction of Schoenfeldt and Fields Halls, two new student residence halls, has enabled 310 more students to live on campus. Funds were raised to upgrade athletic facilities, including the Chiles Center and Joe Etzel Field, and support performing and fine arts and student activities programs. The University also purchased 35 acres of Willamette River-front property adjacent to campus to provide for future expansion of facilities.
One of the final capital projects is currently under construction and named for Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., who served as UP’s president from 2003-2014: the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center. This project was made possible by lead gifts from University regent Mary Boyle and her husband Tim, and also through the Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust. Fundraising for the center received a boost from alumnus Rich Baek ’93 M.E., ’02 MBA, a member of the University’s board of regents. Baek made a challenge gift to young alumni that eventually led to gifts by more than 750 recent graduates.
Another campaign highlight was a $4 million gift from regent Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold, ’63, to establish the Dundon-Berchtold Fund for Moral Development and Applied Ethics. The fund, created to deepen the school’s focus on developing ethical leaders, was spearheaded by Fr. Poorman, who plans to continue teaching his popular class, the “Character Project.”
“My vision is that we are unabashedly and unapologetically about character formation, in every sense,” said Fr. Mark in a recent interview for Portland Magazine. “I am not talking merely applied ethics, although we need to do more of that here as well. I am talking every aspect of life, about real moral education and development.”
Also, as a result of the continued support and estate plan of John ’42 and Patricia Beckman, the University started the Humor Project, a multi-disciplinary effort to study and promote humor as a “spiritual and revolutionary energy in every field of endeavor, from business to politics to the arts and beyond.”
The University’s faculty received support with the addition of nine professorships. Other gifts were received for scholars-in-residence, faculty research, science and technology, student learning, language and culture, and study abroad.
The Campaign helped strengthen the University’s Honors Program, Learning Resource Center, the Salzburg study-abroad program, the Entrepreneur Scholars Program, and the Trading Room, where students are introduced to real-time analysis and historical research of business and financial securities.
Other campaign support was received for the University’s Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, Campus Ministry, immersion programs and the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) program.
Beyond the dollar amount raised, another key measure of the campaign’s success is a 63 percent increase in annual donors, from 4,175 in fiscal year 2006 to 6,800 in 2014. Additionally, over the course of the campaign, undergraduate student enrollment has increased 31% from 2,753 in 2007 to 3,612 (expected) in 2014.