Businesses and Organizations Step Up to Help Oregonians in the Wake of COVID-19
Businesses and organizations are rising to the occasion to support those in their communities impacted by COVID-19. We are so grateful that even in these trying times, they’re stepping up to help OCF fulfill its most vital role: mobilizing and deploying resources where they are needed most.
Columbia Sportswear is launching a new community relief program in its 136 newly reopened stores in the U.S. The “Tough Mother Funder” campaign pays homage to Columbia’s founder Gert Boyle, and is in partnership with OCF. Customers can make point of sale contributions to the campaign at each of the Columbia stores across the country that were closed due to the coronavirus. Columbia Sportswear will be matching all donations made to the program, with a maximum donation of $50,000.
This fund is managed by Oregon Community Foundation, working in partnership with more than 90 local community foundations across the country to ensure that each state’s donations meet the needs of local communities. Through these contributions, Oregon Community Foundation will rapidly deploy resources to community foundation COVID-19 relief funds supporting organizations on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak providing emergency services and basic needs.
Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon, which due to COVID-19 had to cancel their annual event for the first time since World War II, teamed up with Oregon Community Foundation to establish the Let ‘Er Buck Cares Fund. It was created to support and benefit community nonprofit organizations and support the local economy in the wake of the cancellation of the Round-Up. The fund is open to donations from all, and is being supported by community members, event sponsors and ticket-holders, who have the option of contributing their ticket refunds to the Fund.
Mt. Bachelor, a year-round POWDR mountain resort which has long been at the heart of the outdoor culture of Bend, Oregon, created the Play It Forward Fund at Oregon Community Foundation. The fund will serve as an employee and community-centric philanthropic platform to support the local community during COVID-19 and beyond. The Play It Forward Fund’s first step is focused on helping to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 by supporting local organizations. The fund is open to contributions from all.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight and wife Penny Knight, Executive Chairman Mark Parker and wife Kathy and CEO John Donahoe and wife Eileen personally gave $2 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund. The Nike Foundation contributed an additional $1 million. Nike Inc. is generously supporting a two-to-one employee giving match for any donations to support coronavirus response.
Intel, Oregon’s largest private employer, with over 21,000 employees, launched the Global Coronavirus Relief Matching Campaign for Intel employees and retirees. The Intel Foundation is matching donations made by every full-time and part-time employee and U.S. retiree, up to $2 million. With employee and U.S. retiree contributions, they can donate to charitable organizations that will care for the communities where we live and work during this global pandemic. OCF is one of three Oregon charities that benefit from employee matching.
Other businesses and organizations have contributed to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund and the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund, including: A to Z Wineworks, Amazon, Avangrid Foundation, Avista Foundation, Bank of America, Cambia Health Foundation, Columbia Bank, Comcast OR and SW Washington, The Ford Family Foundation, Genentech, Inc., Hoffman Construction, Intel, Johnson Charitable Trust, Johnson Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, KeyBank, Lemelson Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, NW Natural, Pacific Power Foundation, PGE, Portland Timbers, Portland Trail Blazers, The Robinson Foundation, Roundhouse Foundation, The Standard Charitable Foundation, Stanley Black and Decker, Tillamook, U.S. Bank, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo and The Yarg Foundation. Funding for the Small Business Stabilization Fund is provided in part by the Oregon State Lottery and administered by the Oregon Growth Board.
Many Oregon-based businesses have directed gifts to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund:
- Foot Traffic: sales of Run On! T-shirt
- Photographer Sean Bagshaw: 25% of video and TK panel sales
- RFPIO Inc. has already raised $2,698 through GoFundMe and is matching $2,000
- Trew Gear face masks, 50% of sales
- 10 Barrel Brewing partnership with Cairn: limited run product sales
- Hipster Wannabe: sales of Oregon Vibes T-shirts and hoodies
- Moonstruck Chocolate Co.: portion of sales
- The Oregon Brewery Series: a portion of The Oregon Virtual Distance Challenge race proceeds