2012 High Points - OCF Year in Review

12/31/2012 Press Release

Thank you for making 2012 such a wonderful year for OCF!

There were many great moments for OCF this year. Here are just a few:

  • January: OCF welcomed Max Williams, president and CEO. Born and raised in Bend, Max spent time in the Oregon Legislature, as an attorney with Miller Nash, LLP, and as the director of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Max believes that he now has “the very best job in Oregon.”
  • May: Fred and Suzanne Fields believed that education prepares young people to be innovators and that art spurs creativity. They backed those beliefs as generous philanthropists. We were thrilled to find that Mr. Fields had chosen OCF to be the beneficiary of his estate: a bequest worth more than $150 million to support education and the arts.
  • May: When parents need a helping hand and good advice, they don’t always know where to turn. Thanks to $1,400,000 in OCF grants, 20 organizations around the state will have support to launch the flagship Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, expanding access to parenting education programs.
  • June: OCF hosted an Eastern Oregon Rural Partnership Summit at Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton. Representatives from 12 foundations joined nonprofit leaders and OCF volunteers and staff to discuss efficient and effective ways to support Eastern Oregon youth.
  • August: Our statewide gathering for Leadership Council members and board of directors gave us the chance to talk more deeply about OCF and how it serves donors and communities. This two-day event was topped off by a community reception on the OSU campus.
  • September: OCF was recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, as a recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations. OCF was honored for Ready to Smile, a program focused on preventing childhood dental disease in Coos and Curry counties.
  • September: The Gray family established The Gray Family Foundation to further the work of the OCF Gray Family Advised Fund, created by John and Betty Gray. A supporting organization of OCF, the Gray Family Foundation will continue to focus on nurturing the systems that nurture Oregonians: culture, the natural environment and human communities.
  • October: OCF hosted "Creating a New Landscape," a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Oregon, attended by staff and board members of public broadcasting organizations around the state, foundation representatives and Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Greg Walden.
  • December: We are fortunate to have hired Roberto Franco as OCF’s Latino Partnership Program Director. Roberto is already familiar with OCF, having served on the Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council and on the LPP advisory group. Roberto will lead OCF’s statewide work to strengthen leaders and organizations in the Latino community. Welcome, Roberto!

In 2012, we distributed $66.2 million in grant and scholarships; 2,200 OCF grants totaled $59,500,000, and 2,400 OCF scholarships totaled $6,700,000.

As always, the high point of the year for OCF was the members of our community whose support make all this good work possible: our donors, volunteers, professional advisors and nonprofit partners. We are grateful for your continued support!