Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students


I. Establishment

        The University of Washington (“the University”) and Anthony Geist (“the donor”) hereby agree to establish
the ABE OSHEROFF AND GUNNEL CLARK ENDOWED HUMAN RIGHTS FUND FOR STUDENTS per the terms
of this Agreement, to become effective on such date as the minimum required funding has been received and
accepted by the University.



II. Purpose

        The purpose of this endowment shall be to provide support for undergraduate and graduate students at
the University of Washington to participate in activist projects in the United States or abroad that advance
human rights through direct engagement.  It is the donor’s intent that distributions from the endowment be used
at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the holder of the Helen H.
Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights, to support a student or students directly involved in human rights
projects by covering expenses incurred by student recipients for materials, books, travel, and other related
expenses needed to develop and actualize the projects’ goals of implementing solutions. It is also the donor’s
intent that awards from this endowment go to support students’ active participation in human rights projects that
promote social change through direct action. Specifically, students will partake in projects through direct
engagement in areas that are consistent with the legacy of Abe Osheroff, a lifetime human rights activist,
including but not limited to economic justice, environmental justice, labor rights, women’s rights, and or
minority/indigenous rights.  High priority will be given to projects that focus on the adverse consequences of the
policies or actions of our government, or our institutions and corporations, on disadvantaged people in our
country or abroad.

Abe dedicated his life to fighting oppression at home and abroad by fighting to defeat fascism in the Spanish
Civil War, to unionize American workers, to advance Civil Rights in the American South, and to oppose U.S.
intervention in Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Iraq.  Abe pursued his goals through grassroots organizing
and direct action.

Please see Exhibit A for a full biography of Abe Osheroff.

III. Funding

        This endowment will be funded with the following:

1.      Gifts totaling $10,000 from Anthony Geist, to be received by December 31, 2008.

2.      Matching funds, totaling $10,000, to be provided by the University through the Faculty Staff Retiree
Campaign for Students (FSR), upon the endowment’s initial investment.

3.      Any other gifts or bequests that Anthony Geist or other persons may designate for this purpose.

       

IV. Investment

        All contributions to this endowment may, for investment purposes, be merged with any of the investment
assets of the University of Washington, but these gifts shall be entered in the University’s books and records as
the ABE OSHEROFF AND GUNNEL CLARK Endowed HUMAN RIGHTS Fund FOR STUDENTS.  Distributions
shall be made from the endowment in the manner and amount provided for in the policies established for such
endowment funds by the Board of Regents and shall be used for the purposes authorized by this Agreement.  
As authorized by the Board of Regents, the investment, management, and expenditure practices applied to the
principal and earnings of this endowment, and the management and advancement fees assessed against the
endowment, shall be done in accordance with University policies and procedures.



V. Selection

            Selection of recipients for awards from this fund shall be made by the Dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences or by his or her designee, in consultation with the holder of the Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in
Human Rights. Selection shall be based on the strength of a student’s proposal. It is the donor’s intent that
awards from this endowment go to support students’ active participation in human rights projects that promote
social change through direct action. Specifically, students will partake in projects through direct engagement in
areas that are consistent with the legacy of Abe Osheroff, a lifetime human rights activist, including but not
limited to economic justice, environmental justice, labor rights, women’s rights, and or minority/indigenous rights.  
High priority will be given to projects that focus on adverse consequences of the policies or actions of our
government, or our institutions and corporations on disadvantaged people in our country and abroad.

If, at some future date, a Center or Institute for Human Rights is established at the University of Washington,
then selection of recipients for awards from this fund shall be made by the Director of such a center or institute,
or by his or her designee, using the aforementioned criteria.



VI. Authorized Expenditures

        Expenditures of distributions from this endowment shall be at the discretion of the Dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, or his or her designee, in consultation with the holder of the Helen H. Jackson Endowed
Chair in Human Rights in accordance with Section II. Purpose.

If, at some future date, a Center or Institute for Human Rights is established at the University of Washington,
then expenditure of distributions from this endowment shall be at the discretion of the Director of such a center
or institute, or by his or her designee. It is the donor’s intent that distributions be used primarily to support
student activities directly associated with human rights projects by covering expenses incurred by student
recipients for materials, books, travel, and other related expenses needed to develop and actualize the projects’
goals of implementing solutions.  In any year in which there are no qualified expenditures, the criteria, as stated
in Section II. Purpose, may be expanded, so long as the endowment continues to directly support students and
that such criteria shall adhere as closely as possible to the donor’s original intent.



VII. Administration

        The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, or his or her designee, shall be the administrator of this
endowment.  Expenditures relating to it shall be subject to University of Washington accounting procedures and
guidelines.



VIII. Amendment

This Agreement may be amended by the mutual consent of the University of Washington and Anthony Geist
during his lifetime. If after the donor’s death, this Agreement may be amended by the mutual consent of the
University of Washington and Dov Osheroff during his lifetime.

        If changed circumstances should at some future time cause the continuation of student activities and
projects directly associated with human rights to be inappropriate or impractical, or any of the restrictions on the
use of or the investment of the endowment fund imposed by this Agreement to become obsolete, inappropriate
or impracticable as determined by the Board of Regents, and the donor or Dov Osheroff are no longer living or
are not able to consent to an amendment of this Agreement, then the University may redesignate the purpose of
the endowment, and the distributions therefrom, or release such restriction, provided that the endowment shall
continue to bear the name of Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark, and that the amended use shall adhere as closely
as possible to the donor’s original intent.

          

Integration Clause

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties, and supersedes all prior oral or written
agreements, commitments, or understandings concerning the matters provided for herein.



Exhibit A of the

Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students

An article by Gregory Roberts that first appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer on Tuesday, January 13, 2004.