Oregon State’s annual giving day was never just about announcing a big number. (Although, thanks to our spirited and generous community, we did that, too.) It is an opportunity to showcase many, many amazing programs and initiatives and what can be accomplished through creativity — putting the “fun” in fundraising. It also instills Beaver pride and inspires the participation of many.

On Dam Proud Day 2023, OSU community members made more than 7,700 gifts totaling $2.1 million for 100+ funds university-wide, creating a philanthropic impact that will carry through generations.

None of this record-breaking success would have been possible without our outstanding collaborators. We’re grateful and proud to celebrate everyone who played a role in the success of Dam Proud Day 2023, including those awarded “Dammys” — the awards presented each year to celebrate a few of the best partners for Dam Proud Day.



Best collaborators: Ann Marie Murphy (Division of Extension & Engagement) and Adam Drey (Division of Student Affairs)

Best communication strategy: College of Education

Best social strategy: Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

Best challenge gift strategy: Our Beaver Nation Advisory Board

The Dam Proud Day Spirit Award, our highest honor: Lauren Sinacola, Women’s Soccer Head Coach



Donor participation challenge: Women’s Rowing

Alumni participation challenge: Men’s Rowing

Most dollars raised: Dean of Students’ Emergency Fund

New donors challenge: Women’s Soccer

Most improved in donors: Dean’s Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, College of Pharmacy

Most improved dollars raised since last Dam Proud Day: Teacher Licensure Support Fund, College of Education

Academic unit with the most dollars raised: Student Affairs, awarded to Family Resource Center

Academic unit with the most gifts: Division of Extension & Engagement, awarded to KidSpirit

Special thanks to OSU Foundation Chair Eric Schoenstein and his wife Kelly Douglas; Chair Elect Penny Atkins and her husband Gary; Immediate Past Chair John Stirek and his wife Kate; and Past Chair Ruth Beyer, for inspiring participation in Dam Proud Day through the OSU Foundation Trustee Challenge.



OSU Loyal Faculty Staff Giving Award: College of Education, with 19% participation. (Of note, the impossible to beat Honors College, with 48% of their 25 faculty and staff members making gifts, deserves our congrats as well!)

Dean’s Cup for college with most dollars raised: College of Agricultural Sciences

View the photos from the event!