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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.