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Announcement

Year-End Giving Opportunities and How OCF Can Help

October 15, 2020

Nurturing Resilience and Hope in Trying Times: A Conversation with Joe McFerrin II, President & CEO of POIC + RAHS

Education,
Economic and Community Vitality
October 19, 2020

State of the State: Where Do We Stand and Where Are We Headed?

Presented by John Tapogna, president and CEO of ECONorthwest,at the 2020 OCF Leaders Gathering on Oct.19, 2020.

Health and Well-being,
Economic and Community Vitality
OCF in the News
August 14, 2020

A Way to Help Provide Safe, Healthy Housing

Source: Statesman Journal

To truly recover from the pandemic, every Oregonian needs safe, healthy housing. With Project Turnkey, we can turn the tide.

Homelessness and Housing,
Emergency Response
Announcement
July 08, 2020

Stabilizing Oregon’s Vulnerable Arts and Culture Sector

By: Jerry Tischleder
Program Officer, Arts & Culture

In April, OCF and partner funders announced the Oregon Arts & Culture Recovery Program.

Arts & Culture,
Emergency Response
Announcement
June 05, 2020

Oregon Black Student Success Community Network Addresses Educational Inequity

By: S. Renee Mitchell
• Creative Revolutionist, 2019 Spirit of Portland Award winner

In an era of uncertainty, fear and economic disparity because of COVID-19, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is spearheading a groundbreaking initiative focused on raising hope and possibilities for Black students.

Education
Announcement
June 05, 2020

New Grants Work for Equity in Latino Education

By: Mirna Loreli Cibrian
Program Officer, Latino Partnership Program

In 2020, OCF’ identified six organizations across the state to apply for funding through the Latino Student Community Engagement Grants program. Awarded organizations have strong track records in engaging Latino parents and families and they demonstrate t

Education
Announcement
June 08, 2020

Mt. Bachelor Strengthens Support of Local Community with Launch of Play it Forward Fund

Play It Forward Expands Resort’s Play Forever Corporate Responsibility Commitment, Immediate Focus is COVID-19 Pandemic Relief

Emergency Response
Announcement
June 01, 2020

Standing Against Racism and Supporting Change

We are grieving with our communities over the senseless death of George Floyd and so many other black and brown people who have experienced similar racially-motivated injustices. 

Community Engagement
Announcement
May 15, 2020

Community Grant Program Responds and Adapts to COVID

By: Niyati Desai
Director of Community Engagement

For fall 2020, resources that had previously supported our long-standing Community Grant Program will be redirected to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund.

Emergency Response
Opinion
May 14, 2020

Oregon’s COVID-19 Community Response: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Headed

By: Max Williams
President and CEO

During any moment of significant change, it’s important to reflect on what we’ve learned and simultaneously assess and prepare for the long-term.

Emergency Response

Organizations Working on Racial Justice Issues

Consider supporting these organizations in Oregon working on restorative justice, law enforcement reform and anti-racist initiatives

Announcement
May 05, 2020

Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative Announces Its First Projects to Conserve Essential Lands

Announced at a time when more people are exploring nature as they practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the projects will enable permanent protection and enjoyment of more than 20,000 acres of natural lands across Oregon, Washington and

Land and Nature
Announcement
May 05, 2020

Oregon Community Foundation Announces Accelerate Northwest Fund

Accelerate Northwest Fund pledges $1 million to support Pacific Northwest communities.

Economic and Community Vitality
Announcement
April 24, 2020

OCF PSA Begins Airing Statewide

Thanks to a generous donation of air time from Comcast, viewers across Oregon will see this new TV spot narrated by OCF President and CEO Max Williams, celebrating the community spirit of Oregon in this challenging time. 

Announcement
April 20, 2020

Grantmakers Announce New Relief Fund for Oregon Arts Organizations

Now, a collaborative group of funders is ramping up an ambitious effort to help organizations and artists in need. To date, $1.3 million in pooled resources is dedicated to the Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program

Arts & Culture
Announcement
April 16, 2020

OCF Hosts Town Hall to Share COVID Support for Small Businesses

To help businesses weather this storm, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) established the Small Business Stabilization Fund.

Economic and Community Vitality
Announcement
April 06, 2020

See Where COVID Funds Are Already Going to Work

Here’s a look at seven Oregon nonprofit organizations responding to community needs with recent OCF grants – just a sampling of the important work happening around our state.

Announcement
March 26, 2020

Philanthropy Acts Fast to Support Oregon Nonprofits and Small Businesses

First round of grants from Oregon Community Recovery Fund: $2M statewide to community action organizations on front lines of COVID-19.

Health and Well-being,
Economic and Community Vitality
Announcement
March 19, 2020

Town Hall With OCF Volunteers Sheds Insights on Local Needs

Leadership council members, board members and committee members—all OCF volunteers—participated in a virtual town hall meeting and provided input about their community needs in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Announcement
March 18, 2020

Nike Founders, Executives and Nike Foundation Contribute $3 Million to Oregon Community Foundation Recovery Fund

Nike co-founder Phil Knight and wife Penny Knight, Executive Chairman Mark Parker and wife Kathy and CEO John Donahoe and wife Eileen will personally give $2 million to the Oregon Community Foundation Recovery Fund.

Announcement
March 17, 2020

Announcing the Oregon Community Recovery Fund

Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

Announcement
March 13, 2020

Update from the Community Impact Department

We recognize that Oregon nonprofits face pressing questions about financial sustainability during these uncertain times. We at OCF are activating a plan to direct flexible funding to where it’s needed most. Check this page daily for updates.

Announcement
March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

We remain in close collaboration with our regional funding partners, our statewide network of community leaders and nonprofit partners to ensure we’re ready and available to mobilize resources, support and communications where and when they are most neede

Announcement
March 13, 2020

Taking Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

As community supporters, we believe our primary role and responsibility is to ensure community members are cared for during this time of uncertainty. We are taking steps to limit the spread of disease in our physical spaces and directing support to nonpro

Announcement
March 01, 2020

Scholarships Bring Dreams to Life

By: Megan McElroy
Associate Program Officer, Scholarships
Education
Opinion
February 28, 2020

A Look at Oregonians ‘Walking the Tightrope’

Homelessness and Housing
Announcement
February 14, 2020

Rallying to Support Communities Impacted by Flooding

While residents assess the damage, Oregon Community Foundation is deploying $100,000 in grants to support the communities most impacted by flooding, and you can help, too.

Announcement
February 01, 2020

Taking Our Dental Health Message to the Capitol

By: Melissa Freeman, MPH
Director, Strategic Projects

OCF formed a coalition and drafted a bill to make sure oral health is a priority for healthcare and education leaders statewide

Health and Well-being
Announcement
February 03, 2020

OCF Evolves to Serve You

By: Kirsten Kilchenstein
Chief Philanthropy Officer

In the interest in making your giving effective, easy, and enjoyable, OCF recently combined our Development and Donor Relations branches to form the new Philanthropic Services Department.

Announcement
January 16, 2020

Let’s Talk Gender Inclusiveness and Pronouns!

By: Mariann Hyland
Vice President of People and Culture

OCF’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion includes fostering a gender inclusive workplace and using language that individuals and communities use to describe themselves, including gender inclusive pronouns.

Opinion
January 02, 2020

A Look Ahead to 2020

By: Sonia Worcel
Chief Community Impact Officer

We’re looking under the surface to learn more about what’s really going on in communities.

Education,
Health and Well-being,
Economic and Community Vitality,
Homelessness and Housing
Announcement
December 31, 2019

Reflections and Gratitude: Leaders Depart OCF

This year we say a fond farewell to two extraordinary OCF leaders, Kathleen Cornett and Johanna Theoresz.

Announcement
November 21, 2019

Oregon Community Foundation Announces $10 Million in Statewide Grants and $11.5M in Scholarship Awards

The foundation’s Fall grant cycle includes funds directed toward helping Oregonians struggling with housing and homelessness

Education,
Health and Well-being,
Arts & Culture,
Economic and Community Vitality,
Community Engagement,
Homelessness and Housing,
Land and Nature
Announcement
November 26, 2019

Oregon Sees Gains in Charitable Giving, With Growing Support for Housing, Environmental Quality

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) today released its Giving in Oregon 2019 report, showing an 8% increase in charitable giving across all income levels in 2017

Education,
Homelessness and Housing,
Land and Nature
Announcement
September 30, 2019

Oregon Community Foundation Will Receive $75M from Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust

Assets transferred to the foundation will support work addressing barriers to education, health and economic prosperity faced by Oregon children and families

Education,
Health and Well-being,
Economic and Community Vitality
Announcement
January 30, 2020

New Analysis Highlights Disparities in Oregon Kids’ Access to Preventive Oral Health Services

Healthy Teeth, Bright Futures introduces bipartisan policy solution to address gaps in care, strengthen dental programs in Oregon schools.

Health and Well-being
Announcement
September 12, 2019

Oregon Community Foundation Announces $500,000 Investment to Improve Access to Child Care in Oregon's South Coast

Pointing to a significant shortage of quality, affordable child care in rural Coos and Curry Counties, OCF aims to improve access for families who need it the most.

Health and Well-being,
Economic and Community Vitality
Announcement
July 26, 2019

Donors Join OCF to Quickly Fund Solutions to Warm Springs Water Crisis

Donors joined OCF in awarding funds to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs after a recent water main break rendered water undrinkable.

Health and Well-being
OCF in the News
October 04, 2019

Philanthropy’s Unique Approach Amplifies Impact

Source: Oregon Business

Oregon Community Foundation’s expert research and local networks are key ingredients of community-focused giving.

Opinion
August 08, 2019

Closing the Graduation Gap for Oregon’s Latinx Students

Oregon educators received some encouraging news about graduation rates, particularly for historically underserved students in Oregon, and most notably for Oregon’s Latinx students.

Education
Announcement
May 02, 2019

Announcing the Fields Artist Fellows

Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Humanities announced recipients of the inaugural Fields Artist Fellowship today, a program designed to support emerging to mid-career Oregon-based artists.

Announcement
March 13, 2019

Report: Homelessness and Affordable Housing is Statewide Crisis

Solutions to inadequate housing supply, rising rents, a lack of public services and shelter space must be approached collaboratively by public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors

Homelessness and Housing
Announcement
January 17, 2019

Report Shows Oregon More Supportive of New Company Formation

Data shows a clear increase in the value of equity investments and the number of transactions throughout Oregon

Economic and Community Vitality
Opinion
August 18, 2019

New Initiative Protects Natural Strongholds That Can Withstand Climate Change

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, joined Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation and Idaho Community Foundation.

Land and Nature
Opinion
February 01, 2019

How Data Can Lead Toward Long-term Solutions for Oregon’s Housing Crisis

By: Melissa Freeman, MPH
Director, Strategic Projects

e will identify ways philanthropy can leverage important investments and government policy decisions to increase housing production more quickly and improve housing conditions for children and families.

Health and Well-being,
Homelessness and Housing
OCF in the News
July 07, 2019

Special Olympics of Oregon Survives Financial Crisis

Source: The Oregonian

Special Olympics did not fade away thanks to a new management team that refused to give up -- and the unexpected kindness of deep-pocketed strangers.

Health and Well-being
Opinion
March 01, 2019

When Oregon Businesses Get Involved, No Child is Left Behind and the State prospers

By: Sonia Worcel
Chief Community Impact Officer

When children lack access to opportunity, these gaps widen over an Oregonian’s lifetime — with serious implications for our economy and well-being.

Education,
Economic and Community Vitality
Opinion
September 17, 2018

Trying Times for a Relentless Optimist

By: Max Williams
President and CEO

Too much time is spent on laying blame for societal ills at the feet of so-called "philanthro-capitalists" like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. This may give short-term comfort to frustrated activists and book promoters. But the commentary is misguided and

Health and Well-being,
Arts & Culture
September 03, 2020

August 2020 Board Retreat: Reflection and a Look Ahead

By: Max Williams
President and CEO

During moments of significant change, it’s important to reflect on what we’ve learned and simultaneously assess and prepare for the long term. That’s just what we did at the OCF Board of Directors retreat in August.

Health and Well-being,
Economic and Community Vitality,
Emergency Response

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