There will be a Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship at Northwest Nazarene University!
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.
Thank you to all who have donated! God has provided in miraculous and tangible ways for Tom, for me, and for NNU students.
Today NNU received an envelope addressed to me. I asked them to open it, assuming it contained a check for the scholarship. Imagine my shock when I was told there were nine $100 bills in the envelope along with an anonymous note indicating that the money was to fulfill my $1000 pledge to the Tom Oord Scholarship!
SCHOLARSHIP TOTAL $10,120 Total given through GiveStorm: $7670 Total given through NNU: 2450 My sense of God’s voice was true, and one alumnus gave $1,000 to get us over the top. Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise him all people here below Praise him above ye heavenly host Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
“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! With the matching gift, our total now stands at $9020, just $980 short of full endowment in just three days! You Guys Are Amazing! #letsfinishthis
UPDATE: 9:26 a.m. 4/23/15 From the Idaho Press Tribune: Individuals aim to raise $10,000 for NNU professor scholarship … LINK: http://bit.ly/1FgT0Vg UPDATE: 8:07 p.m. 4/22/15 Donations: 74 – Raised: $7,025.00 – not counting offline donations, matching gifts and those sent directly to Northwest Nazarene University. UPDATE: 2:00 p.m 4/22/15 Matching Gifts, Posted on the Support Thomas Jay Oord Facebook Page. 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. LINK: https://givestorm.com/…/216-thomas-j-oord-endowed-scholarsh… 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. Sincerely, Michael Strickland
The following links contain other dialogues about the scholarship from the Support Tom Oord and NNU group:
1) Michael Strickland – “Will you help?” http://on.fb.me/1HXb0F3
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
4) Michael Strickland – Discussion of Idaho Press Tribune article about scholarship: http://on.fb.me/1FhhjT0
5) Katie Royston Salisbury – “SCHOLARSHIP and MATCHING GIFT update …” http://on.fb.me/1GbLUxm
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
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