November 26, 2019

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

Oregonians Gave More in 2017, Continuing an Upward Trend

Portland, Ore. – 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 (the most recent year for which income tax return data is available), compared to 2016.

Education remains the top focus area for donors, with 2017 seeing large gains in giving around housing (up 32%) and environmental quality (up 15%).

“I’m encouraged by these trends,” said Max Williams, President and CEO of Oregon Community Foundation. “Oregonians are taking action to address the challenges our state faces today. Their contributions deliver real impact to those in our communities who need the most support.”

Nonprofits in Oregon reported $2.4 billion in donations from individuals, as well as government and foundation grants in 2017. Since 2010, contributions to nonprofits have increased by an impressive 66%.

Even with the increase over the previous year, 2017 marks the second year in a row where Oregonians gave at a lower rate than Americans overall. In 2017, Oregonians gave 2.25% of their income to charity (up from 2.22% in 2016), with the U.S. rate increasing to 2.33% from 2.31% in the same time period.

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has tracked charitable giving in the state for two decades.

Access the interactive report, including a county-by-county view of giving, at oregoncf.org/giving2019

About Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving – time, talent and resources from many creates measurable change.