Salem, OR – On Wednesday, August 10, The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) hosted a reception for nonprofits and community leaders at Willamette University. More than 125 attended, including Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Willamette University President Stephen Thorsett, Marion County Commissioners Janet Carlson and Sam Brentano, and Oregon State Representative Kevin Cameron.
The event featured a presentation about Reading for All!, a literacy program begun in Marion County and expanded to Polk and Yamhill counties through a grant from OCF. Other Foundation programs that were highlighted include Community 101, which is OCF’s youth philanthropy initiative, and the Latino Partnership Program, which helps strengthen leaders and organizations in the Latino community.
The Oregon Community Foundation improves life in Oregon by promoting effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.
In 2010, OCF distributed $2.52 million in grants and scholarships in the Northern Willamette Valley.