Oregon Community Foundation

I think we all know someone whose life has been negatively impacted by the tragic devastation of Oregon’s recent wildfires or COVID-19 or both. If you are like me, it is difficult to know the best way to donate and have meaningful impact for your friends and fellow Oregonians that are struggling through these two very devastating life events.

The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is to improve the lives of all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF has a longstanding background in distributing over $100 million per year in grants and scholarships to organizations and communities that serve the most vulnerable in Oregon. I hope you will take a moment to learn more about OCF and how your organization or community might qualify for funding to support those that you serve or if you are in a position to give, explore how even the smallest donation can, with the help of many other generous donors, serve those most in need in the State of Oregon.

Here are few things you may not know about OCF:

  1. If you are looking for a way to contribute funds to support emergency response to the Oregon communities most devastated by recent wildfires, consider a gift to the OCF 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund. The fund launched in partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation as a collective effort to support recovery and rebuilding of those communities leveled by wildfires.
  2. In response to COVID-19, OCF created the Oregon Community Recovery Fund to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofits that support Oregon residents and families who are most affected by COVID-19. Although the fund is not currently accepting new applications for the current phase of grant-making, you can check here for future opportunities.
  3. If you are a nonprofit searching for grant and scholarship opportunities check out OCF’s searchable database for opportunities you might qualify for here.
  4. OCF invests in multiple impact areas that include:
    1. Arts & Culture
    2. Economic and Community Vitality
    3. Community Engagement
    4. Education
    5. Health and Well-Being
    6. Homelessness and Housing
    7. Land and Nature
  5. Your donations combined with others creates exponential impact across the state.
  6. OCF indirectly provides resources for your Small Business. Oregon’s workers and small businesses are facing unprecedented economic disruption. The Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund was established to bring some relief. Seeded with a $300,000 investment from OCF in March 2020 and bolstered by donor support, the fund provided $2.6 million in emergency capital to help nonprofit community organizations serving small businesses in both urban and rural communities. Learn more about the Oregon Small Business Stabilization fund here.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member and outstanding employer and philanthropic organization, the Oregon Community Foundation.




One of my favorite childhood vacation memories is the time our family spent at The Embarcadero Resort & Marina in Newport, Oregon. My father grew up in a big city and my mother hailed from the Midwest. They moved West attracted by the allure of the wild Oregon Coast. Although they settled in the Willamette Valley, frequent trips to explore the beauty of the Oregon Coast were always a big part of our family vacations together. We discovered the wonderful family-friendly amenities of The Embarcadero not long after it had been built. Tucked quietly on Newport’s Bayfront the resort features a combination of well-appointed studios and suites all with balconies and an easy walk to a variety of restaurants and shops scattered along the Bayfront.

A few things you might not know about The Embarcadero are:

  1. The Embarcadero offers a variety of accommodations that sleep 2, 4 & 6 people. As an example, their one bedroom queen suites are designed for travelers that enjoy a larger room and like their own space. This spacious queen suite includes a separate bedroom with queen bed and some have a queen or twin sofa sleeper in the living area. All one bedroom suites have a full size and fully equipped kitchen. Perfect for families with children. A few of the room amenities include: hair dryer, iron and ironing board, 2 flat screen TVs with remote, cable and DVD player, private peck, and views of Yaquina Bay and Bay Bridge. Many rooms have a wood burning or gas fireplace, and stackable washers and dryers. Your key card will allow access to the indoor saltwater pool, spas, saunas and exercise room. Pet friendly rooms are available on a limited basis.
  2. The resort has great family-friendly amenities that will make your visit fun year-round. On-site you will enjoy:
    • Saltwater swimming pool
    • Pool/beach towels
    • Heated pool
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Men’s & women’s locker rooms
    • Work-out facility
  3. The Embarcadero offers its own private boat marina with 233 slips. Bring your own boat or rent a boat from the marina to take out and explore the epic wildlife that populate Yaquina Bay. You’re sure to have an up-close and personal visit from one of the hundreds of seals that make the bay their home.
  4. A “must-do” activity when visiting the Oregon Coast is crabbing for fresh Dungeness crab. The Embarcadero has a private crabbing dock and their marina will set you up with inexpensive crab pot rentals and bait. Once you catch your limit of crab you can conveniently cook your crab in their large crab cooker that is only available to resort guests. Nothing more satisfying or delicious than freshly boiled crab served with drawn butter or atop a delicious salad. (Don’t forget your crab crackers.)
  5. There are many other great things to do near the resort that are a short walk or 5 to 10 minute car-ride away. Visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon Coast Glassworks, Devils Punchbowl or relax with a bonfire on the beach and cozy-up to watch the sunset. So much to do and enjoy at the Oregon Coast while making The Embarcadero Resort & Marina your home base.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member and outstanding employer, The Embarcadero Resort & Marina.



Still in danger

Right Now May Be a Perfect Opportunity to Revisit a Few Foundational Questions

We have been spending a lot of time in ZOOMworld, “onsite” with our members statewide. We listen to teams, we discuss best practices for supervision, we work through some kind of “resetting” of our business and practices, and we find ways to embrace positive transition techniques.

While many teams are currently reflecting on the remarkable resiliency they are witnessing and experiencing, some are a bit uncertain about what the future holds. Either way, we are compelled to consider those things that are foundational and most important for our organizations. In these discussions I continue to hear about a hunger for those things that keep our feet planted in the right places.

My best mentors over the years have emphasized the value of thinking beyond the moment, stopping, sometimes for a brief moment along the journey, to check our mission and strategy GPS. With all the disruption and uncertainty, right now may be a great time to ask a few basic questions. This list comes from one of our training partners, The Table Group:

  • Why Do We Exist?
  • How Do We Behave?
  • What Do We Do (What Business Are We In)?
  • How Will We Succeed?
  • What Is The Most Important Thing Right Now?
  • Who On The Team Must Do What By When?

Any and all of these questions can be woven into a team meeting, or a supervisory coaching session.

My favorite of these questions is What Business Are We In? Several of our members are redefining the way that they connect to the community, to the people they serve, and to their work group.

Have you had an epiphany about the business you are in? Are you redefining your work? Are you in a different business than you used to be? We would love to hear your stories.

Yes, it is time for some agility. It also may serve us well to consider big picture. We just may breathe easier into the Fall.



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