Following Footsteps to Make a Difference

ED CAUDURO FUND
Ed did something for me that made a big difference in my life. Knowing I can do something for others who are a lot less fortunate really gives me pleasure.
DANE NELSON ED CAUDURO FUND ADVISOR
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Ed Cauduro was known for having one of the finest contemporary art collections in Oregon. He was also a generous philanthropist. His commitment to giving back was a priority for him, and he made sure his giving would live on by creating a fund at OCF in 2007.

The Ed Cauduro Fund is directed toward the arts, animal welfare, services for people who are homeless, addressing hunger and LGBTQ+ causes. It supports about 30 organizations a year, including the Trevor Project, a national crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention organization for LGBTQ+ youth; Q Center, a drop-in and event space serving LGBTQ+ communities; Outside In, for homeless youth and others who are marginalized; and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.

Ed was quiet about his giving, and his heart was with small organizations. He volunteered and worked on supporting vulnerable people and animals.

His dear friend Dane Nelson, who advises on the fund, said, “We met in 1986, after my father’s death. Ed became a father to me, and I was the son he never had. Ed did something for me that made a big difference in my life. Knowing I can do something for others who are a lot less fortunate really gives me pleasure. I follow in his footsteps helping others, including the Q Center. I purchased the property so that Q Center would be able to stay in its building and provide services to the LGBTQ+ community.”

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