Building Community portfolio

Grants awarded: 66

Total awarded: $6,650,503

Our Building Community portfolio is focused on improving conditions for communities of color, Oregonians living on low incomes and other marginalized populations. The singular goal: to help all Oregonians contribute to building vibrant communities, influence the decisions that affect them and reach their full potential. We aim to invest in strategies that dismantle inequities and create new opportunities to advance equity, to support efforts to encourage and strengthen civic engagement and public participation in democratic processes, and to support arts and cultural initiatives that create inclusive communities.

Goal 1: Invest in strategies that dismantle inequities + create new opportunities to advance equity

        

Adelante Mujeres        

Forest Grove

Washington County

$250,000        

For the build-out and renovation of Adelante Mujeres’ offices to expand culturally appropriate services and programs for the Latino community in Washington County

Ascent Funding

Portland

Multnomah County

$120,000        

To continue providing access to capital, mentorship and resources to minority- and women-owned small businesses and businesses in underserved communities in the Portland metropolitan area        

Asian Health and Service Center        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$125,000        

For strategic planning and the coordination of The Alliance for Culturally Specific Behavioral Health Providers and Programs, a coalition of providers who seek policy and system changes to improve outcomes among marginalized communities

Black Parent Initiative        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$150,000        

For the implementation of a strategic plan to increase health outcomes within the black community in Portland's metropolitan area

Black United Fund of Oregon

Portland

Multnomah County        

$100,000        

To strengthen this legacy organization, which has responded to the challenges and victories of marginalized communities of color in Oregon for 34 years

Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis

Corvallis

Benton County        

$100,000        

For construction of the Center for Youth Excellence, to expand key support services for diverse, low-income teens in Benton County

Cascade AIDS Project

Portland

Multnomah County

$113,016        

To expand Prism Health, an LGBTQ+ primary care and mental health center

CASH Oregon

Portland

Multnomah County        

$48,810        

To help this free tax preparation service better serve all Oregonians through diversity, equity and inclusion training, implementation, and organizational assessment

Children First for Oregon        

Portland

Multnomah County

$125,000        

To host community conversations and engage communities across 11 rural locations to deepen understanding of local issues, develop infrastructure for ongoing engagement and generate solutions to meet the diverse needs of Oregon's children

City of Cornelius

Cornelius

Washington County        

$100,000        

For capital support of the Cornelius Library, offering expanded learning opportunities and a community space to empower, engage and enrich the lives of marginalized youth, low-income families and the Latino community in Cornelius

Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Oregon City

Clackamas County        

$101,776        

To engage the network of Clackamas Workforce Partnership service agencies in diversity, equity and inclusion work to identify and dismantle system barriers for people seeking employment opportunities in the county

Disability Art and Culture Project        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$50,000        

For implementation of the Leadership Institute program, to advance improvements in City of Portland and State of Oregon employment practices for people with disabilities

Dress for Success of Oregon

Portland

Multnomah County        

$60,000        

To complete an organizational assessment and update organizational policies and practices that advance equity and reduce barriers to economic security for underserved women

Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance

Lakeview

Lake County

$50,000        

To improve early childhood health and address maternal depression in rural and frontier Oregon by integrating behavioral health screening with nurse home visiting services        

Elders in Action        

Portland

Multnomah County

$35,000        

For organizational diversity, equity and inclusion planning to better serve low-income seniors

Familias en Accion        

Portland

Multnomah County

$123,600        

To develop and implement a culturally specific curriculum based on developmental origins of health and disease and train a statewide network of health professionals in its use within Latinx communities        

Gorge Grown Food Network

Hood River        

Hood River County

$75,754        

For the Mid-Columbia Gorge Food Security Coalition, working to improve food security and the availability of nutritious options in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties, and in the Umatilla and Warm Springs

Health Care Without Harm

Reston, Va.        

$35,000        

To increase institutional market opportunities for minority and women-owned food businesses in Oregon's community foods system network

Immanuel Lutheran Church        

Woodburn

Marion County

$35,000        

For a feasibility study for the Woodburn Opportunity Partnership's multicultural, multigenerational community services and gathering space        

Impact NW        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$135,451        

To develop equitable organizational policies and formalize culturally responsive practices with the aim of improving outcomes for populations experiencing disparities

Kinship House        

Portland

Multnomah County

$140,000        

To support Kinship House, which uses a culturally-responsive and trauma-informed approach to high-quality mental health care and counseling for fostered and adopted children and their families in Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Multnomah and Washington counties

La Clinica

Medford

Jackson County

$136,000        

For an equity, diversity and inclusion plan for policies and practices designed to improve outcomes for diverse populations experiencing disparities in Jackson County        

Legal Aid Services of Oregon        

Portland

Multnomah County

$20,000        

To assist tribal members in expunging outdated criminal records in Oregon

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

SeaTac, Wash.        

$138,350        

For the Refugee Peer Support pilot project to improve health equity and access to mental health care across the Salem metropolitan area and in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties

Main Street Alliance of Oregon

Portland

Multnomah County        

$114,000        

For an initiative that integrates business development and system change advocacy to ensure financial viability of underserved businesses in Lane and Marion counties

New Avenues for Youth

Portland

Multnomah County                

$170,000        

For a culturally responsive service-delivery system that brings prevention and intervention services to marginalized youth experiencing homelessness or existing on the edge of homelessness in East Multnomah County

Old Mill Center for Children and Families

Corvallis

Benton County        

$75,000        

To deepen diversity, equity and inclusion within this 40-year-old organization, and to conduct policy and advocacy activities related to social determinants of health in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties

On-the-Move Community Integration        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$137,956        

For capacity-building support to increase engagement opportunities for people with disabilities in the Portland metropolitan area, develop tools to evaluate programs and engage the board in diversity, equity and inclusion development efforts

Oregon Food Bank

Portland

Multnomah County        

$125,000

To build internal organizational capacity relating to equity, implement policy changes and create a client advisory board, and to implement data-driven strategies to increase access to food assistance for underserved populations across the state

Oregon Native American Chamber        

Portland

Multnomah County

$29,000        

To increase this statewide organization's internal capacity to respond to the economic development needs of Native Americans and Native enterprise in Oregon

Oregon Public Health Institute        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$90,347        

For strategic planning and capacity-building among diverse leadership of the Oregon Community Health Worker's Association to effectively manage the organization's growth

Pathfinders of Oregon        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$135,000

To implement a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion plan with multi-level strategies to improve services for justice- and DHS-involved families

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette

Portland

Multnomah County

$169,799        

To build toward reproductive justice by deepening equity work within the organization, including assessing and building cultural competence, adapting policies and practices, and building relationships and accountability with community partners        

Q Center        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$90,590        

To expand and sustain programmatic capacity and resource coordination, increasing leadership and participation among people of color, transgender and nonbinary people, seniors, youth and people with disabilities


Relief Nursery

Eugene

Lane County

$175,000        

To increase culturally appropriate services to significantly underserved native families in Lane County and to support an existing native-led steering committee in the ongoing development and oversight of the program        

Resolutions Northwest

Portland

Multnomah County        

$125,000        

To bring dozens of equity and inclusion workshops to the public and to help launch systemic equity work at up to 10 nonprofits each year

Rusk Ranch Nature Center

Cave Junction

Josephine County        

$24,000        

To dismantle the inequities of poverty young people experience, offering access to education, job training and employment

Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation        

Aloha

Washington County

$175,000        

To create a culture of advocacy and equity,  resulting in health-care equity and access for vulnerable populations

Volunteers In Medicine Clinic        

Springfield

Lane County

$100,000        

To create an Outreach & Interpretation Services program to build bridges with the Latino community in Lane County

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades        

Bend

Deschutes County

$49,667        

To support integration of culturally responsive clinical practices, improving health outcomes of uninsured Latino and immigrant patients with chronic conditions in Bend

Voz Workers' Rights Education Project

Portland

Multnomah County        

$130,000        

To increase fundraising capacity, strengthen internal systems and build organizational knowledge at this worker-led agency that empowers immigrants and day laborers to improve their working conditions and protect their civil rights

Willamette Pedestrian Coalition

Portland

Multnomah County

$144,647        

For a collaboration with the Rosewood Initiative to engage community members in improving transportation safety for East Multnomah County residents

YWCA of Greater Portland

Portland

Multnomah County        

$131,060        

For diversity, equity and inclusion training and implementation

Goal 2: Support efforts to encourage and strengthen civic engagement + public participation in democratic processes

Causa of Oregon        

Salem

Marion County

$100,000        

For a civic engagement program that engages Latinos and immigrants through leadership development, coalition building and community advocacy        

Elders in Action        

Portland

Multnomah County

$35,000        

To develop a framework for an elder advocacy coalition among organizations focused on diverse, vulnerable and low-income people age 60 and older

Forward Together        

Oakland, Calif.

$175,000        

To build support for policies that provide people of color and low-income families with the power and resources they need to thrive        

InvestigateWest

Seattle, Wash.        

$57,000        

For a collaborative investigative journalism series about barriers to equity inherent in Oregon public policy        

NeighborWorks Umpqua        

Roseburg

Douglas County

$70,000        

To develop a collaborative, interdisciplinary, rural-based advocacy platform in Southwest Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland

Multnomah County

$110,000        

For the “Changing Northwest” desk, which covers equity, race, identity and opportunities while seeking out diverse sources and centering the perspectives of those whose voices have historically been ignored

Oregon Student Foundation        

Portland

Multnomah County

$155,000        

To empower student engagement in civic participation, with an emphasis on students from marginalized populations

Street Roots        

Portland

Multnomah County

$150,000        

To create and implement strategic plans for Portland's flagship publication addressing homelessness and poverty since 1998


Umatilla County Board of Commissioners

Pendleton

Umatilla County        

$25,000        

To fully integrate health equity in Umatilla County Public Health's strategic and community health improvement plans        

Washington Progress Fund

Seattle, Wash.        

$140,000        

To support AmplifyNW in building nonpartisan, culturally specific pathways to elected and appointed office in Oregon through hands-on intensive coaching and mentorship in partnership with community-based organizations

Goal 3: Support arts + cultural initiatives that create inclusive communities

Age and Gender Equity in the Arts        

Portland

Multnomah County

$35,000        

To support fundraising training, fundraising planning and strategic planning to continue advancing intersectional equity for women in theater

August Wilson Red Door Project        

Portland

Multnomah County

$95,000        

To support performances of Hands Up in Oregon communities beyond Portland, for development of an original work incorporating law enforcement perspectives, and for strategic and business planning

Bag and Baggage Productions        

Hillsboro

Washington County

$171,760        

To increase understanding of how to advance equity through the arts and build more diverse audiences by commissioning new adaptations of Shakespeare’s “Problem Plays” by emerging, Oregon-based playwrights of color

Chetco Historical Memorial Project        

Brookings

Curry County

$28,920        

To protect the remains of a prehistoric Chetco community and to highlight the tribe's significant contributions to the region

High Desert Museum

Bend

Deschutes County

$75,000        

To increase this Central Oregon museum's capacity to develop responsive exhibits and programs informed by its diverse community of members

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation        

Vancouver, Wash.

$138,000        

For collaborative, artist-led projects on tribal reservations that address pressing social issues while sustaining culture

Oregon Black Pioneers Corporation        

Salem

Marion County

$35,000        

To increase understanding of the courage and struggle of black Oregonians through the civil rights movement and into the present day        

Oregon Children's Theatre Company

Portland

Multnomah County        

$30,000        

To guide the theatre's internal equity work, leading to more inclusive programs and statewide access


Oregon Humanities

Portland

Multnomah County

$150,000        

To implement a statewide strategic plan that calls for strengthening inclusive programming, responding to community needs and building financial sustainability

Oregon Jewish Museum        

Portland

Multnomah County

$56,000        

To develop curricula for two new core exhibitions, "Discrimination and Resistance, An Oregon Primer" and "The Holocaust, An Oregon Perspective," revealing the roots of hate and illuminating the values of inclusion and respect        

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association        

Ashland

Jackson County

$150,000        

For comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion training at this regional repertory theatre in Ashland, to institutionalize a culture of inclusion and equitable practices aimed at better engaging diverse communities in core programming and increasing its impact field-wide


Profile Theatre Project

Portland

Multnomah County        

$60,000        

For a diversity and inclusion initiative that features women playwrights and playwrights of color

XRAY FM

Portland

Multnomah County                

$50,000        

To increase this community radio station’s ability to amplify diverse voices and create an organizational culture that prioritizes, monitors and advances diversity, equity and inclusion

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