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DAM Proud Day 2024


On April 24, 2024, Beavers everywhere will rally together to support Oregon State University during its annual, Dam Proud Day! This 24-hour period is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of the Oregon State Beaver community, supporting all OSU students, programs, and stretching ourselves toward our goals. 

There's nothing quite like celebrating the spirit of Oregon State University with fellow Beavers. Join KidSpirit in giving every child the chance to thrive this Dam Proud Day! Remember, no gift is too small! Your donation will help us provide quality out-of-school care scholarships to all youth. Additionally your gifts help KidSpirit provide a unique professional working experience for students!



KidSpirit Scholarships


KidSpirit has TWO different “buckets” for donations:

  • The Geoff Tomlinson KidSpirit Scholarship Endowment Fund is a specialized investment account used exclusively for scholarships that provide families in need with the means to attend our camps. We can only access a portion of these funds at a time, as the rest of the money accrues interest. This allows your donations to help more people as time goes on. The funds donated to this endowment are exclusively used towards scholarships for youth at KidSpirit. 

    To give to this fund, please select "Geoff Tomlinson Kidspirit Scholarship Endowment Fund." in the drop down menu on this page.

  • The KidSpirit Program Fund is a general fund account we use at the discretion of our leadership team for important resources. The program fund may go towards equipment, staff development and training, wages, curriculum development, and occasionally backup scholarships when the endowment allowance isn’t enough. 

    To give to this fund, please select "Kidspirit Program Fund" in the drop down menu on this page.

Whichever fund you decide to donate to, we appreciate your support and all that your funds do for our programs! Thank you! 


Geoff "Ash" Tomlinson


Geoff “Ash” Tomlinson was an influential and inspiring KidSpirit staff member who passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2012. As The Gazette-Times eloquently wrote that year, he was “well regarded as a mentor, friend, trusted employee and someone that everyone could rely on.” Geoff was a remarkable leader, a patient mentor, and a dedicated problem solver. He loved having fun, making memories, and running for mental health and wellbeing. He was an OSU alumnus in the field of computer science and was well known for his intelligence as well as his care.

In the words of "Ms. Chipotle," a fellow KidSpirit staff member who worked with Ash, "I remember thinking to myself as soon as I got to know him, he had the best personality anyone can have as a supervisor. He was extremely helpful to me, and I will miss his presence. He taught and influenced so many people in his life!"

Geoff’s parents, Charlie and Maria Tomlinson believe in the power of youth empowerment and leadership and are committed to helping more kids access quality out-of-school care. Support KidSpirit every day and especially this Dam Proud Day. Join the Tomlinson family in making a difference in the lives of children, just like Geoff did during his time at KidSpirit. We honor his impact on our community with The Geoff Tomlinson KidSpirit Scholarship Endowment Fund  which allows children of all means to attend our programs and be inspired by heroes like him!

To truly see Geoff’s impact and lasting impression at KidSpirit please watch his tribute video at the bottom on this page.


The above pictures say "I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish, I'll be your fantasy," lyrics from the Savage Garden song “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” It also says "Forever in our hearts and never to be forgotten."




KidSpirit thanks all of its donors, sponsors, supporters for their donations and ongoing support!


  • Charlie and Maria Tomlinson, parents of Geoff Tomlinson
  • Pat and Amy Lampton, owners of the Inkwell Home Store
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • HomeSmart Realty Group 
  • Ed Ray, former OSU President Emeritus
  • Sara and Ian Guthrie
  • Lyn Larson
  • Jerry Lason
  • Bryan Reiman and family

*This list above only encompasses a small portion of donors at KidSpirit, with in the university, and community


KidSpirit's Tribute Video to Geoff