Oregon State University in Corvallis has announced an $8 million challenge gift from local philanthropist Hallie Ford, who finalized the donation shortly before she died on June 4 at the age of 102.
The gift will be used to build the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and create an endowment to recruit a nationally known director for the center, which will be part of OSU's College of Health and Human Sciences. The center, the only research facility of its kind in the state, will support research and outreach programs that help children thrive, addressing such issues as early childhood development, school readiness, childhood obesity, and child, youth, and family resiliency. The center will also focus on the needs of rural children and other vulnerable populations.
As a condition of the gift, OSU must raise an additional $2 million to support the center's research and outreach activities. University officials hope to meet the challenge in the next two years.
"Through her philanthropy, Hallie Ford has provided opportunity to thousands of children and families throughout Oregon and the nation," said OSU president Ed Ray. "We are honored to create a legacy in her name through this new research center, which will continue her life's work of service and caring for others."