About Us

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy.

We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 1,700 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Through these funds, OCF annually awards more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.

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History

William Swindells, the founder of Willamette Industries, believed in giving back to the state that had made his fortune. Swindells had built lumber mills Across Oregon, creating thousands of family-wage jobs. His vision of philanthropy, like his wood products empire, encompassed the state.

In 1973, Swindells established The Oregon Community Foundation as a permanent endowment for community improvement efforts throughout the state.

In a community foundation, donors pool their funds under shared management. Donors may tailor their individual gifts to their own giving objectives. By investing together, they make their money count even more.

Thanks to these donors, OCF has evolved to become a reflection of both the cherished history and the changing needs of our state. For promising young students, it can be the support that underwrites a successful future. For rural families, it can mean accessible health care. For aspiring artists, and communities hungry for cultural enrichment, OCF can be their connecting force. For donors, it is the way they can connect their giving to their passion.

From William Swindells' initial $63,000 contribution, OCF now has more than $1.6 billion under management through 1,800 charitable funds; the Foundation provided $68.9 million in grants and scholarships in 2013.