John Gray, Friend and Philanthropist

10/26/2012 Press Release

John Gray spent decades giving back to Oregon, both as a developer intent on creating structures that would complement the beauty of the Northwest and through years of thoughtful and generous philanthropy.

As his final contribution, just before John passed away this month at age 93, he and members of the Gray family established The Gray Family Foundation to carry on a legacy that will span several generations of giving.
Over the past 40 years, Gray and his family set the bar as some of Oregon’s most enthusiastic, thoughtful and driven donors. John and his late wife, Betty, established funds at OCF more than 20 years ago, supporting humanitarian, educational and cultural programs that continue to benefit Oregonians today. The early childhood education investment from Betty Gray’s estate became a major initiative at OCF and has inspired similar efforts around the country.
The Gray Family Foundation intends to further the work of the OCF Gray Family Advised Fund by nurturing the systems that nurture Oregonians: culture, the natural environment and human communities.

For more information on the Gray Family Foundation, please go to

News stories on John Gray:

Oregonian, 10/19/2012

Oregonian Editorial, 10/22/2012

Willamette Week, 10/23/2012

Portland Business Journal, 10/26/2012