The Oregon Community Foundation Announces New Statewide Arts Education Initiative $560,000 in Grants

OCF has announced a new statewide arts education initiative.

Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication. Through this project, OCF aims to increase arts opportunities for underserved youth in grades K-8 and to support communities in strengthening their ability to offer year-round arts education. Click on the Press Release to see the list of Grants Awarded in the Portland Metropolitan Area of $560,000.

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PGE Foundation awards nearly $400,000 in grants first quarter 2014

The PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — ended first quarter grantmaking with nearly $400,000 in awards to nonprofits that focus on education, arts and culture, and safe and healthy families. Forty-five organizations in the tri-county Portland region, central and eastern Oregon and Salem received $396,815 in grant awards.

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MJ Murdock Announcement - David Austin and Lorin Dunlop to join Trust in June of 2014

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce David Austin and Lori Dunlop to join the Trust in June of 2014 as Program Directors. Please enjoy learning more about David and Lorin by reading the press releases. 

 

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Bank of America Selects Urban League of Portland as Neighborhood Builder Award

Urban League of Portland Selected by Bank of America to Receive $200,000 Neighborhood Building Award for Local Workforce Development Efforts
Urban League selected in a competitive process among top local nonprofits, and will receive leadership training and $200,000 in flexible funding over two years

March 7, 2014 — Portland, OR —The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has selected the Urban League of Portland as its latest Neighborhood Builder® winner. The Builder award entails a $200,000 unrestricted grant as well as advanced leadership training, all of which is awarded to one Portland-area nonprofit each year in a competitive selection process. The Builder program is specifically in support of high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education. This is the tenth year of the Builder program in Portland.

“We have a long history of supporting the Urban League of Portland’s mission over the past decade, but it was really last year that our partnership ramped up. Bank of America provided a $25,000 grant to help revive their workforce program and after seeing the results of that investment, combined with the leadership Michael Alexander has brought to the League, we were really inspired to consider other ways we could help this valuable organization,” said Monique Barton, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility at Bank of America in Oregon and southwest Washington. “It’s our hope that this latest $200,000 investment will not only deepen the Urban League’s impact today, but sustain their mission and services well into the future.”

Barton noted that last year’s grant from Bank of America helped the Urban League of Portland serve 129 new clients with job coaching, employment preparation training, job search and placement services and resume preparation for both youth and adults. “We’re excited at what the future holds in terms of the Urban League’s important efforts at breaking down barriers for achieving employment and financial independence,” Barton said.

The Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights organizations. Its mission is to help empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.

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2013 Giving in Oregon Report Released - The Oregon Community Foundation

In Midst of National Debate About the Charitable Deduction, Oregon Gives More Generously Than Nation as a Whole

Portland, Ore. — December 12, 2013 — The Oregon Community Foundation’s recently released 2013 Giving in Oregon Report has found that Oregon nonprofits received more than $1.6 billion in donations in 2011, up from just under $1.5 billion in 2010. Individual giving also increased in Oregon from 2010 to 2011 while giving nationally decreased during the same period. Additionally, individual giving in Oregon has recovered from the recession and giving rates are now higher than they were in 2007. This comes at a time when Congress is debating the merits of preserving the charitable deduction for individuals so charitable contributions can continue to support the vital programs and services on which Oregon, and American, communities rely.

“Proposals for deficit reduction that include weakening the charitable giving incentive will truly impede the ability of Oregon nonprofits to continue serving their communities,” said Max Williams, OCF President and CEO. “We are proud that Oregonians give more generously – both monetarily and of our time – than the nation as a whole, so ensuring that the charitable deduction remains intact will allow us to continue adding critical capacity to nonprofit services around our state.”

In 2011, Oregon (17th) outranked both California (25th) and Washington (38th) in contributions as a percent of income, despite a median household income lower than either of those states. And this generosity cuts across income levels with Oregonians at all income categories giving more than national averages. In 2011, the wealthiest Oregonians (those making more than $200,000 per year) gave an average of 3.8 percent of their incomes, compared to an average for wealthy Americans of 3.0 percent nationally.

According to data collected by the Corporation for National Community Service’s Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, Oregonians volunteer more than their counterparts nationally. In 2011, more than half of Oregon volunteers gave their time to education or religious organizations. Interestingly, almost half of adults (49 percent) whose parents volunteered frequently volunteer themselves, compared to 20 percent among those whose parents rarely or never volunteered. Parental involvement also helps account for how generously people give.

The Oregon Community Foundation has been publishing the Giving in Oregon Report for more than a decade in order to track philanthropy and its effects on the nonprofit sector. Information on giving in this release comes from 2011 Internal Revenue Service data. Find more data on 2011 contributions as a percent of income and 2011 state charitable giving rankings by reading the Giving in Oregon Report.

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The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awarded more than $67 million in grants and scholarships in 2012.

The Oregon Community Foundation Funds New Program to Support K-12 Students

$465,048 in Grants Will Support Programs for Metropolitan Portland Youth

Portland, Ore. — December 16, 2013 — The Oregon Community Foundation has announced $465,048 in grants to serve Metropolitan Portland students as part of a new K-12 Student Success grant program. The three-year K-12 Student Success grant program focuses on quality out-of-school time programs that are designed to increase student engagement with school and boost academic performance. The Student Success grants include:

A $50,000 grant awarded to Camp Fire Columbia to enhance the cultural responsiveness of Camp Fire’s middle and high school programs. The program is eligible for an additional $45,000 in funding for year two.

A $116,000 grant awarded to Centro Cultural of Washington County for the STEAM after-school and summer program for Latino students in grades 3-12 who are struggling in school. The program is eligible for an additional $112,000 in funding over the course of the next two years.

A $106,695 grant awarded to Hacienda Community Development Corporation to expand and improve the Expresiones after-school enrichment program. The program is eligible for an additional $158,650 in funding over the course of the next two years.

A $48,970 grant awarded to the Hood River County School District to increase academic performance of students participating in after-school residencies at Wy’East Middle School and Columbia Gorge Arts. The program is eligible for an additional $55,520 in funding over the course of the next two years.

A $52,850 grant awarded to Human Solutions, Inc. for the expansion and improvement of the LearnLinks after-school program. The program is eligible for an additional $77,650 in funding over the course of the next two years.

A $90,533 grant awarded to Self Enhancement, Inc. for the STEAM program to serve at-risk youth of color in Portland. The program is eligible for an additional $108,951 in funding over the course of the next two years.

“The Oregon Education Investment Board’s key benchmarks for Oregon’s educational success have set forth realistic goals to ensure our students are staying in school, graduating high school and then attending college,” said Max Williams, OCF President and CEO. “With grants like these, OCF’s board of directors is making a similar commitment to the success of Oregon’s current and future K-12 students.”

Including the K-12 Student Success grants awarded, The Oregon Community Foundation awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to Metropolitan Portland nonprofits during their recent fall grant cycle and more than $8.4 million statewide.

Additional grants in the region included:

Children’s Center, Oregon City, $1,000 to increase and sustain organizational responsiveness to victims of child abuse and neglect.

Columbia Riverkeeper, Hood River, $1,000 to advocate for the protection of the Columbia River from the potential impact of coal being exported through Oregon.

Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, $30,000 to secure supplemental set-building space, improve rental spaces, and increase production capacity.

The Black Parent Initiative, Portland, $20,000 for year two of three years’ potential support to expand early intervention services to Black families to avoid foster care placement for children.

Wallace Medical Concern, Portland, $11,588 to increase health care services to families in the low-income, ethnically diverse Rockwood area of East Portland, focusing on those who are uninsured or underinsured.

For a full list of grants, visit http://www.oregoncf.org.

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The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awarded more than $67 million in grants and scholarships in 2012.

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