Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Turns 20

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently celebrated twenty years of giving. The foundation was the first of the tribal foundations that now exist in Oregon, and grants in Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lane Counties, the homeland territory of the tribe. Since its establishment in 1997, the Foundation has given over $14 million to Oregon nonprofits. 

On their website, Cow Creek has the following statement of mission: 
NOBODY SHOULD BE HUNGRY – Investing in basic needs to provide food and shelter allows families to focus on building their future, rather than worry about where their next meal will come from.
EVERY CHILD SHOULD FEEL SAFE – Child abuse prevention and intervention, quality child care and after school programs are building blocks to ensure that a kid can just be a kid, without having to grow up too soon.
EDUCATION BUILDS CHARACTER – Education doesn’t begin and end at the classroom door; many times it is the experience outside the classroom that inspires a child.

“Giving back to the community and the people is the heritage and the way the tribe has always operated, and the foundation is the modern way of being able to do that,” Carma Mornarich, the Foundation’s Executive Director, was quoted as saying in an article celebrating Cow Creek’s anniversary, published in The News-Review.