A Note from Kirsten Kilchenstein, Vice President of Donor Relations
We are both humbled and inspired by the trust placed in us by thousands of donors like you. We are committed to putting your donated dollars to work here in Oregon to meet critical community needs and advance opportunity for all. Our Donor Relations team is ready to deliver personalized and effective services to help create and steward your charitable giving to deliver the greatest impact. We recognize the unique decisions faced by individuals, businesses and families when considering how to give back to local communities, and are ready to serve your philanthropic needs at every level.
Fund Spotlight: DACA, Immigrant and Refugee Fund
Keep families together and assist Oregon immigrants and refugees
Since Spring 2017, OCF’s DACA, Immigrant and Refugee Fund has touched and changed the lives of hundreds of people throughout Oregon in many ways. Fund resources have helped young immigrants applying for DACA status to remain in the country, provided legal advice to family members and assisted refugees with resettlement.
This unique fund is a joint effort between OCF, The Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, MRG Foundation and The Pride Foundation to create a coordinated and collaborative funding approach to address immigration and refugee issues across the state. To date, the fund has distributed 17 grants totaling more than $385,000.
OCF donors play an essential role in moving this work forward. Nearly $190,000 in advised fund grants comprise this fund - nearly half of the total grantmaking. We invite you to continue supporting this important work through your advised fund. Contact your donor relations officer or visit MyOCF to make a grant today.
Charitable Tools and Services
Gifts for Life Income
Are you familiar with charitable remainder trusts? This charitable gift vehicle provides peace of mind and income streams for your beneficiaries, while fulfilling your charitable goals.
OCF donors Karen and Bill Early have donated generously during their lifetimes and wanted to support their children through a charitable gift. After exploring options with OCF staff, they created charitable remainder unitrusts for each child that provide them quarterly payments and offered Bill and Karen an upfront tax deduction. “Why not have our money work for them when we can see them enjoy it. Times are changing and you never know what will happen so it’s good to know they are getting something to impact their finances every three months.” Upon the deaths of their children, the remainder of the trust assets will be added to the Karen and Bill Early Fund, an advised fund created at OCF in 1998. The Earlys have granted from their fund for the past 20 years to a variety of causes and have given OCF specific instructions about what their fund will support in perpetuity.
OCF Family Giving Center
Passon and Purposeful Giving Across Generations
OCF’s Family Giving Center services can help engage the next generation of philanthropists, while supporting families to define shared values upon which to build their legacies. From facilitated grantmaking to philanthropic education to ongoing coaching and support, we make it easier to navigate the complexities of giving with family and (re)ignite the joy of giving together.
“OCF has been an indispensable partner in mentoring our next generation of family members in the complex process and deep personal reward of effective giving.” - Jamey Hampton, founding family member of the Family Giving Center
The Hampton Family works together at Blanchet Farm. Photo by Julie Keefe.
Stay Connected and Involved
MyOCF: Your Fund at Your Fingertips
MyOCF is an online connection to your advised fund. With MyOCF, you can:
- Check your fund balance
- Submit grant recommendations
- View grantmaking history
- Search Community Grant applications, read and make grants to proposals
- Add to your fund
- New! Repeat Grants – Repeat previous grants with just a few clicks
Contact your donor relations officer to get started!
OCF Giving Explorer
OCF's Giving Explorer makes it easy for you to search for grants and scholarships awarded in the previous year and connect to more information about OCF’s programs and initiatives.
Upcoming Donor Education Events
Join OCF and fellow donors working to improve life in Oregon! Visit our Upcoming Events page to learn more.