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A Little Thing Called Donor Intent

Jul. 22, 2014 - 1:30PM

In an earlier post, I attempted to answer one of your top questions in the big, messy realm of funding priorities: “Where’s my passion project?” Today—spurred on by the very good thoughts of my friend and Director of Alumni ...

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No Spit and Polish Necessary

Jul. 10, 2014 - 5:15PM

Today at lunch I had the pleasure of meeting Rob Hale. Rob and his wife, Karen (Killebrew ’82), are good friends of the University and current OC parents. I wasn’t expecting to meet Rob—I was just on a rush lunch to Jimmy Johns&...

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It's Okay to Get Emotional...Really

Jul. 3, 2014 - 9:15AM

[Warning: this opening’s on the edgy side, but if you’ll stick with me to the punch line, I promise you’ll be encouraged.] Sometimes I get really frustrated with my alma mater. There are days that I grumpily stew on notions of slow,...

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Thrive Blog: Open for Comments

Jun. 26, 2014 - 12:45PM

As we go about this Thrive adventure together, I really want to take you behind the scenes on our campaign process—from our fundraising plan, to project progress, to marketing and communication decisions, and more. I want you to get a sense of ...

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About the Author

Will Blanchard 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' Eagles, Penny and Lincoln, live to play in Edmond. You can reach Will (and he'd consider it a pleasure) at or 405.425.5115.