Economic and Community Vitality

A strong economy with abundant jobs and wealth creation for more Oregonians is vital. OCF philanthropic investments build social capital and strengthen communities.

  • Early-Stage Investment Funds

    OCF has invested more than $10.4 million in venture capital funds that support Oregon-based startups since 2008. 

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  • Economic Vitality Grants

    Our economic vitality grantmaking focuses on three major priorities: fostering youth entrepreneurship and mentoring, scaling Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and building a natural resource economy to strengthen rural-urban economic and community development and our natural spaces.

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  • Impact Loans

    OCF makes impact investments to support nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies and funds with the intention of generating social impact as well as financial return. OCF's impact loans are made through the Oregon Impact Fund, a $20 million endowment established to provide low-interest debt financing for nonprofits and social ventures. To date, OCF has issued $12 million in economic vitality loans to organizations across our state.

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Ways to Give

Support OCF's economic and community vitality grantmaking by contributing to the Invest Oregon Fund of OCF. 

For more information on OCF’s commitment to economic vitality, please contact Melissa D. Freeman, director of strategic projects, mfreeman@oregoncf.org or (503) 227-6846.