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GO Kids

All Children in Oregon Deserve the Opportunity to Succeed

The GO Kids initiative aims to overcome Oregon’s opportunity gap – disparities experienced by children because of where they live, their race or family circumstance – by working with volunteers throughout Oregon.

Goals

  • Spotlight the toxic effects of the opportunity gap on children, families and the prosperity of our communities, state and country.
  • Trigger ideas for local solutions, and motivate and catalyze action.
  • Engage volunteers, partners and civic leaders in innovative and effective place-based efforts to close the opportunity gap.

Principles

  • All children in Oregon deserve the opportunity to succeed regardless of their economic status, race, region or other circumstances of birth.
  • Local people are best informed about needs, priorities and opportunities for the kids in their community. Local actions may be implemented more quickly and will complement national and state policy.
  • OCF research, grantmaking and engagement will provide building blocks to address the opportunity gap when combined with volunteer capacity and community leadership and innovation.
  • Local activities must be collaborative and display diverse community engagement in planning and implementation.
  • Raising local awareness of the opportunity gap with community leaders and members is the first step toward change.
  • This is a volunteer-powered effort. OCF will provide appropriate support for GO Kids volunteers while also administering the project.

Investment

OCF is investing $3 million from 2019 to 2022, mainly from the Fred Fields Fund. In addition to project management and administration, this investment includes:

  • Roughly $480,000 in small grants for research, education, convening and promotion.
  • Up to $2 million for larger competitive grants supporting local partnerships that engage diverse community voices and leverage resources.