Dear OCOM Community, 

Today, the OCOM Board of Trustees launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise supportive funds for its employees. The fundraiser will run May 28 to June 25 so that the community can support OCOM's faculty and staff during the closure.

All proceeds will support faculty and staff with retention bonuses, severance payments, or funding to purchase medical insurance – support that goes above and beyond benefits included in OCOM’s closure budget. Extra employee support is a powerful way to lift up the community at this difficult time.

Please considering inviting your friends, family, patients, neighbors to make a gift:

  • To support an acclaimed college with a 41-year history in Portland

  • To help neighbors losing their jobs and their professional community

  • To honor the healing tradition of acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Feel free to edit the sample email or social posts that are listed below to personalize them and make them your own.


Sample Email

Dear XXX,

Since 1983, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine has served as a beacon of health and hope in Portland, and across the country, as one of America’s best schools of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Due to financial challenges largely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deterioration of its Old Town neighborhood, the college is closing.

Please consider joining me in honoring this remarkable place – and its remarkable people. The college is raising funds to give staff and faculty extra financial help as the school prepares to shut down. Gifts will provide severance payments, retention bonuses, and funding for medical insurance – crucial support that will go above and beyond the college’s closure budget. Your gift will make a softer landing for the OCOM team as they transition into new professional roles.

OCOM alumni are leaders in their fields, helping people in all 50 states manage addiction, pain, injuries, and complications from cancer treatment. They’ve also improved the profession of acupuncture and Chinese medicine through advocacy, education, and research. Our alumni couldn’t have done it without the guidance of OCOM teachers and the support of OCOM staff.

Please consider a gift to this community of compassionate healers. You can access the campaign by clicking GoFundMe.


Sample Facebook post

Please consider a gift in support of the faculty and staff at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is closing after 41 years in Portland. Help the community who’ve made Portland a mecca for acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than a generation.

GoFundMe #LiftUpLegends #HonorOCOM


Sample Instagram post

Please give to the healers and helpers at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is closing in Portland after 41 years. Your donation will support the faculty and staff as they transition to new careers. 

GoFundMe #LiftUpLegends #Acupuncture #ChineseMedicine  #HonorOCOM


Sample LinkedIn post

For more than a generation, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine has served as America’s top school of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a leader in Portland’s healthcare community. Now, due to financial challenges largely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, OCOM is closing its doors in Old Town forever.

Please consider a gift to lift up this special community. Trustees invite the Portland community – or anyone who has benefitted from acupuncture and Chinese medicine – to provide extra support to faculty and staff. They’ve put severance payments and other forms of financial support into the college closure budget, but want to go above and beyond to soften the landing for this team as they search for new positions and start a new professional chapter.

A donation in any amount will help. GoFundMe Thank you in advance for rallying behind this circle of healers and helpers.

#HonorOCOM #Acupuncture #ChineseMedicine #LiftUpLegends


Sample X (Twitter) post

Please consider a gift in support of the faculty and staff at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is closing after 41 years in Portland. Help the healers who’ve made Portland a mecca for acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than a generation. GoFundMe