Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, and he is professor at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, altruism, open and relational theology, issues in science and religion, Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought, New Evangelical theology, and postmodernism. He is or has been president of several scholarly societies.
NOTE: The matching gifts began at $6680 GiveStorm and $250 NNU. Total $6930, not counting the pledge.
MATCHING GIFTS! Katie Royston Salisbury and I I just received a note (Wednesday, April 22 at 1:30 pm) from an anonymous benefactor who writes the following:
“Tom & Cheryl Oord have made numerous contributions over the years to the lives of students, faculty colleagues, staff, alumni, and the church. My wife and I have attended Nazarene colleges, sent our kids there, taught & worked for them, and now pastor a Nazarene church. We want to give in some meaningful way to show our support for the work Tom & Cheryl pour into the hearts and minds of the next generation of Nazarene leaders. To that end, we will match the next $1,000 of new contributions up to $1,000. Our hope and prayer is our small token of thanks for Tom & Cheryl’s life’s work will influence students at NNU for generations to come.”
Let’s get this over the $10,000 goal!
A reporting of all donations will be submitted to Northwest Nazarene University.
Below is my email that was sent in the morning of Wednesday April 22, to NNU’s Office of University Advancement. It answers a lot of the frequently asked questions about this effort.
Thank you for your talk and help on the phone. We all love NNU and simply want to make sure procedures are followed and the all communication is clear.
This email is to summarize our conversation.
NNU alumnus Katie Royston Salisbury is donating money to NNU for a Thomas Jay Oord endowed scholarship. To raise awareness and extra money, I helped Katie draft a Givestorm page.
It took off and as of this email around $6,000 has been donated. GiveStorm takes a 4.7% commission which needs to be factored into our goal amount.
We have removed the language from the GiveStorm site that said that anyone who donates will receive a receipt directly from NNU.
We have kept the language that says all donors and donations will be reported to NNU. I will update that site again shortly for further clarity. Just to clarify, the ability to create this report is dependent on the capabilities of GiveStorm and the information they capture when someone donates through their site. In other words, if NNU does not receive accurate or complete information, it inhibits their ability to respond to the donor.
We will continue to make clear on the Givestorm page and in other forums that money donated there goes directly to Katie, and then she will be responsible for donating and reporting that money to NNU. REMINDER: donations already processed through GiveStorm are not eligible for a tax deductible receipt from NNU as the donation was given directly to Katie (not NNU) through the conduit (GiveStorm). Katie will be responsible for any tax reporting or implications as these funds are designated to deposit to her directly.
We will also indicate in several forums that anyone who wishes to receive a receipt directly from NNU or any applicable IRS deductions for this initiative, should donate through the NNU portal www.nnu.edu/give and earmark it for the Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship.
After our goal of $10,000 or more is raised. Katie and other interested parties will continue to work with the Office of University Advancement to discuss administration of the Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship; within the confines of NNU endowment policy. There are also number of open questions what would need to be addressed in order to finalize the endowment.
The following links contain other dialogues about the scholarship from the Support Tom Oord and NNU group:
2) Katie Royston Salisbury – “Tonight as I was thinking about the progress of funding the Thomas J. Oord Graduate Theology Endowed Scholarship, I realized that most of you don’t know me or my story …” http://on.fb.me/1OIQTu5
3) Michael Strickland – “NOTE: The matching gifts began at $6680 GiveStorm and $250 directly to NNU. Total: $6930, not counting the pledge …” http://on.fb.me/1Hs4eYO
6) Katie Royston Salisbury – “All our dedication and hard work to establish a scholarship in Dr. Oord’s name is paying off, and we are in the home stretch for the initial endowment!” http://on.fb.me/1GczW6F