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Foundation awards nearly $1.3 million to C.O. nonprofits amid COVID-19

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oregon Community Foundation is mobilizing and deploying resources through discretionary dollars, donor-advised funds and pooled community funds that currently total more than $14.3 million in donations, with grants of $13.3 million to 508 nonprofits across the state.

“Oregonians have always come together in a crisis, and today is no different. The bond holding us together is strong and we’ve proven our ability to rise to challenges of all kinds. We understand the importance of supporting our most vulnerable residents. The COVID-19 outbreak is a threat to our public health, economic security and community stability,” says Max Williams, president and CEO of the foundation.

A full listing of COVID response grants are available on OCF’s website.  Nearly $1.3 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Central Oregon to date include:

OCF Oregon Community Recovery Fund

A Circle of Friends, Oregon - $50,000
Bethlehem Inn - $61,000
Camp Tamarack - $15,000
CASA of Central Oregon - $20,000
Central Oregon Youth Orchestra - $10,000
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center - $2,000
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs - $4,500
Council on Aging of Central Oregon - $82,000
DAWNS House - $10,000
Every Child Central Oregon - $15,000
Family Access Network Foundation - $38,500
Habitat for Humanity-La Pine/Sunriver - $7,000
HAVEN From Domestic Violence - $14,000
Heart of Oregon Corps, Inc. - $31,750
High Desert Food & Farm Alliance - $5,000
J Bar J Youth Services - $28,000
Jericho Road - $7,000
KIDS Center - $635
Kids Club of Jefferson County - $23,600
La Pine Community Kitchen - $7,000
Mid-Columbia Community Action Council - $39,400
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery - $10,000
NeighborImpact - $133,600
New Priorities Family Services - $12,000
Reach Out NP - $5,000
REACH Redmond - $80,000
Redemption House - $10,000
Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Services - $10,000
Saving Grace: Imagine Life Without Violence - $74,500
Shepherd's House - $33,000
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, La Pine - $5,000
St. Charles Foundation, Inc. - $18,000
St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County - $15,000
The Giving Plate - $45,000
The Shepherds House - $10,000
Trinity Episcopal Church of Bend - $1,000
United Way of Deschutes County - $31,000
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades - $50,000
Warm Springs Community Action Team - $20,500

OCF Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund grantees:

Central Oregon Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council $212,500
Warm Springs Community Action Team - $50,000 

OCF recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak will only widen the deep disparities that cause suffering for the most vulnerable in our state: communities of color, individuals who experience poverty, individuals who experience disabilities, individuals who experience homelessness, children and other vulnerable populations. Since the start of this crisis, OCF has worked to fulfill our most urgent role as a community foundation — gathering and deploying emergency funds, in real time, where they are most needed.

OCF is working to augment the work of local and state governments in addressing the outbreak and shore up the nonprofits needed to provide services to our communities.

The foundation’s first priority is ensuring that non-profit organizations across the state are able to access funds they need to continue providing services to Oregonians. Three pooled funds managed through OCF are aiding in this effort.

Oregon Community Recovery Fund: Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund is rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the Coronavirus outbreak. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis to organizations

Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund: Support Oregon’s small business owners as they grapple with the realities of severely constricted economic activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. This fund provides emergency capital to nonprofit community lenders in both urban and rural communities, increasing these lenders’ capacity to offer low-interest and no-interest loans and technical assistance to small businesses. Small businesses dealing with reduced sales and revenue can use the loans to continue to retain employees until economic activity picks up in a few months.

Oregon Arts and Culture Fund: Provide flexible resources to support the arts and culture community who have been adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Seeded with over $1 million in investments from OCF and other generous funding partners, the Oregon Arts & Culture Recovery Fund supports immediate operating needs and losses, along with effective solutions to adapt strategies and share programming in new ways.

About Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships support Oregonians annually. For more than 45 years, 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 generous Oregonians – creates measurable change.

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