Our special community of faculty and staff donors

Our OSU Loyal community is made up of an incredible group of faculty and staff with a variety of interests and passions who come together philanthropically, determined to make a difference. Collectively, 1,315 OSU colleagues gave nearly $3.16 million in annual gifts to support their philanthropic passions at OSU last fiscal year.

The generosity of OSU professionals creates a meaningful impact on hundreds of different areas across the university:

  • Transforming the lives of OSU students
  • Bolstering OSU Extension and other community outreach programs
  • Propelling research that provides innovative solutions to difficult problems
  • Improving the quality of life for people and animals
  • Creating leadership opportunities for our student athletes

These accomplishments were made possible because OSU Loyal donors like you joined together to support future generations of OSU students, Oregonians and more.

Loyal membership includes

  • Candidacy for OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award
  • Access to impactful OSU Foundation events and opportunities
  • Invitation to OSU Loyal events and activities
  • Informing the future of OSU through philanthropic engagement



2022 OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award

As the Director of KidSpirit, Karen leads by example, embracing the philanthropic opportunities available to grow her program’s impact thoughtfully, both for now and the future. She embodies her strong conviction to inspire youth and staff to exemplify integrity, empathy, perseverance, and optimism. 

Karen is a steadfast donor and fundraiser, partnering in efforts to create at-once funding for the programs she serves. On top of that, while most units have utilized the OSU Foundation’s annual Dam Proud Day to raise funds for immediate use, Karen has taken a long view by focusing on growing an endowment to make KidSpirit more accessible to youth of all backgrounds, in perpetuity. 

In addition to her enthusiastic participation in Dam Proud Day, Karen has engaged with the OSU Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle – successfully applying for grants that helped KidSpirit launch the “Girls on the Run” program and created a “Positive Youth Development Coaching Certificate” for students interested in becoming youth coaches. 

Portrait of Karen Swanger



Special thanks to the 2023 - 2024 OSU Loyal Advisory Committee

Eric Beeler, Chair
Director of Operations, Student Experiences & Engagement

Amy Davila-Klautzsch
Director for TRIO Student Support Services

Larry Landis
Retired, Director of Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Valley Library

Kate Moses
Chief Assistant, Chancellor and Dean's Office, OSU-Cascades

Sara Smith
Assistant Director of Events, OSU Foundation

Andy Ungerer
Retired Faculty, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Dale Weber
Professor Emeritus, Animal and Rangeland Sciences

THANK YOU to the loyal OSU faculty and staff supporting their passions and changing the lives of OSU students, our communities, and beyond.

For more information on how to join the OSU Loyal Advisory Committee, contact OSU Loyal's staff liaison, Sara Dier.



It Pays to Have a Plan

The Office of Gift Planning helps donors and their professional advisors design a giving plan. Thoughtful, informed planning can yield significant benefits — for the donor and for Oregon State University. Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, gift annuities, and other gift vehicles. 


More Information

Faculty/Staff Giving
Contact Sara Dier, Director of Annual Giving Engagement & Stewardship, at 503-741-5424.

Gift Planning
Contact Jennifer Milburn, Senior Director of Development II, Gift Planning, at 541-737-6125.

Payroll Deductions
Contact Jamie Suter, Gift Administration Lead, at 541-737-1933.
Printable payroll deduction form. Download, print, and send via mail (PDF)

Other Ways to Give
Choose how to make your gift. Consider any of these convenient giving options.