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Alumni and Gifts

"The gift you give students in supporting the financial side of education goes far beyond merely money.  It gives us acknowledgment for our passion, inspiration to continue, and reminder that our contribution to society is bigger than ourselves, that we are accountable to a greater whole.  Thank you for continuing to support SSW students."   - Sara Dryden, MSW '09 (Stoll Scholar)


At some point in our lives, social workers have probably helped or will help all of us. At PSU School of Social Work, we are Changing Lives, Changing Communities.  

 Your gift allows us to do what we do best – outstanding community engaged research, thoughtful academic programs, and the full spectrum of social work education in the State of Oregon.  We’re making sure social workers are there when you need them.


Mail Your Gift


Make your check out to PSU Foundation and mail it to:

PSU School of Social Work

Attn: DEV

P.O. Box 751

Portland, OR 97207


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Giving Options:

  • Deans Fund for Excellence

    Your donation helps the school leverage the participation of many more people like you by investing in school priorities which include academic excellence, engagement, and research. This includes efforts of the Dean, the faculty and the Advisory Council to enable the SSW to attract and retain the most talented faculty, students and researchers and to lead the region in responding to critical social needs and enhancing the quality of life for us all.

  • Deans Circle

    Join the School of Social Work Dean’s Circle with your annual gift of $500 or more, there are many giving options including student support, Deans Fund for Excellence, and other initiatives and programs.  

  • Student Scholarships

    More than ever before, scholarships help defray the cost of education for students who face tremendous student debt and financial responsibilities upon graduation. For more information about scholarship opportunities visit the SSW Scholarship & Awards Directory.

  • Give a Matching Gift

    Did you know that some companies will match employee gifts, and you can double  your gift simply by letting us know you work with a matching employer.  Maximize your commitment.


  • Give Stocks and Bonds

    In most cases, the out-of-pocket cost of your gift is reduced substantially due to the "double" tax benefit you realize when you contribute appreciated securities. Learn more about stocks and bonds gifts.

  • Give a Planned Gift

    Bequests, gift annuities and trusts all assure the future of the SBA, and may offer you or your heirs financial benefits. To find out more visit PSU's planned giving web page.

For more information about how to make a gift to the School of Social Work please contact the Office of the Dean at (503) 725-3997