The naysayers are already informing Oregonians that we don’t have the financial capacity or commitment to match Phil Knight’s $500 million gift to cure cancer. Others suggest each of us should contribute $10 each, or that OHSU should seek millions of dollars from a wealthy individuals living outside our state. Oregonians expect the best from ourselves and outhers, therefore I expect we will match Knight’s generous gift within a few months, not years.
To achieve this goal, I propose each of us contribute $100 for every person living in our household. This will get us close to $400 million in matching funds.
Those of you who have relatives, friends, or neighbors who might be financially challenged to gift $100 could increase your own gift to cover one or more of those folks. This gift will no doubt be difficult for some of us, but anything that is as significant as this is expected to be difficult.
However, by using a credit card to fund our gift we can meet the challenge right now, today. Knight’s Challenge to match his gift is not a Portland thing or a wealthy people’s thing; rather it’s an opportunity to solve a major health issue. The added benefits of funding $1 billion for research will be more high paying jobs, a renewed emphasis on learning and research, and a significant increase in the stature of OHSU and Oregon. I also challenge the Blazer’s owner, Paul Allen to match the amount Oregonians contribute, up to the $500 million the Knight’s have pledged.
To make your gift go online to www..OHSU.EDU/xd/about/foundation/ and click on “give now” located within the “$1 billion cancer challenge” story, or phone in your gift at 503-228-1730 or 800-462-6608. After gifting let others know you accepted the Knight’s Challenge by tweeting about it.