Jun. 1, 2016 - 2:30PM
Fundraising is Hard.
I’m not going to win a Pulitzer for that revelation, but I think it’s worth saying. Grinding away at a campaign like Thrive is difficult, exhausting business.
Imagine waking up every morning knowing you need millions ...
Feb. 3, 2016 - 4:30PM
in Common Grounds Coffee Shop
Yesterday was one of those days that just felt good. On the other end of a hard-fought victory—that was ultimately won by many people other than me—I got the privilege of sharing the awesome news: we’re getting a new cafeteria and ...
Feb. 2, 2016 - 4:45PM
in Campus Cafe Reboot
My family likes to quote movies. And one of our oft-quoted favorites from the eighties is a little gem called Three Amigos.
Surely you’ve seen it. You’re good people, after all.
In it, three washed up silent film stars—Ned, Dusty, ...
Jun. 18, 2015 - 3:15PM
in Homeward 2015 (Goal: 2300 Grad Givers)
Prior to 2012, none of us had ever heard of a little program called Homeward. In fact, the very idea of an alumni participation brand seemed crazy. Why would you invest time and money in a sphere of philanthropy that had seen two decades of ...
Apr. 17, 2015 - 4:30PM
I have no right to author these words. To attempt to articulate the storm of emotion our campus is weathering today and will strain beneath for weeks, months, and years to come. Or to tearfully grasp at the depth of pain and disorientation that can ...
Apr. 14, 2015 - 5:00PM
About eight months ago I wrote to you about donor intent—the idea that when a donor [let’s call him Jim] gives money [say $5,000] to OC with specific intent [Jim wants to build an outdoor garden for the biology department], the University...
About the Author
Will Blanchard ('07) serves as OC's Director of Advancement Operations and assists President John deSteiguer and Vice President Kent Allen as manager of the Thrive Campaign. Passionate about the Kingdom, the Eagles, and "living life to eleven," Will serves as a manager and copywriter on many Advancement efforts, including the OC Callout and Homeward. He and his wife, Amy ('09), and their lil' Eagle, Penny, live to play in Edmond. You can reach Will (and he'd consider it a pleasure) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.425.5115.