Five Things You May Not Know About the Oregon Community Foundation

by Sheryl Kelsh on October 5, 2020

in Featured Member

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.

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