09.May.2012 Repost: Why Does Oregon State Lack Large Donors?
Note: Database error caused me to lose this post. BeavGirl found it in Google's cache. Reposting for posterity and because there were a lot of good comments lost, and I'm hoping people rewrite 'em.
Oregon State alumni base consists of:
The founder U-Haul
Co-founder of E-trade
Co-founder of Classmates.com
Co-founder of Nvidia
Inventor of Leatherman tools
Former president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Here’s a more complete list: click me
And here’s a list of notable athletes: click me
There are many small, successful (i.e. multi-millionaire) businessmen who aren’t on the Wikipedia list, so it is far from definitive.
We’re stuck with Riley forever because “nobody wants to cut a check”, and OSU doesn’t have basketball (practice) facility because nobody will pony up (twittering Gary Payton??).
I know some higher end BASF members read this site. I freely admit I don’t understand or relate to the opulent lifestyle, but if I had that kind of cash I’d donate generously to the athletic department. So, my question is this: why does OSU seem to lack large donors (more so than other universities of this size)? Is it that the donors aren’t interested in athletics? Is it that the AD has rubbed people the wrong way? It is a combination of things? Is it something else entirely? Or perhaps I’m wrong all together and the amount in donations OSU receives falls within the realm of normal. But it seems like we’re always broke, never hear of large donations (since Al Reser’s passing), and the university is out of touch with past alums. And speaking of Al Reser–who received his estate, and are they still actively involved/donating to OSU?