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2018 Grants Awarded
- Arts & Culture: The Foundation intends to award $10,000 grants to performing arts organizations for capacity building projects to improve the infrastructure of organizations with an emphasis on reaching a broader diverse audience in addition to better meeting the needs of the community. Examples: 1) Technology upgrades to create a more personalized experience and to increase ticket sales such as upgraded ticketing systems and website redesigns that work with multiple devices (i.e. cell phones, tablets, PCs); 2) Projects to increase audience diversity that reflect community demographics; 3) Capital campaigns and/or building expansion projects to better meet the needs of the community served by a growing organization
- Education: The Foundation wishes to encourage paid internships, providing an above minimum wage stipend, at nonprofits for college undergraduate and/or graduate students (grants distributed in 2018 may be utilized for 2019 internships as needed). The internship experience should include enrichment opportunities which may include skill building, visibility into how a nonprofit functions, peer networking, professional seminars, capstone project/report, etc. Average size grants in this area of focus are $5,000 each. Please note that grant recipients who received grant awards from us in this focus area each year for the last 3 consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017) are not eligible for a grant in 2018. You will be eligible to reapply in 2019.
- Environment: (All requests should include an eco-systems management approach) The Foundation intends to award 5-6 two-year grants at $10,000 each ($5,000 per year) for restoration of scenic areas in sensitive environmental zones that were recently damaged due to wildfires. The Foundation is specifically interested in providing grants in the Columbia River Gorge as related to the Eagle Creek fire and in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. The Foundation will not fund work associated with the restoration of private lands, residential, nor commercial properties.
- Health & Human Services: The Foundation supports direct services and programs that serve our elderly population to improve their ability to live independently, safely, and comfortably in their own home and community. Organizations that work directly with the elderly population will be given priority consideration. Example programs include: meals or grocery shopping assistance, food as medicine education and programs, transportation to appointments, home modifications, assistive technologies, housing assistance, etc. Please note that grant recipients who received grant awards from us in this focus area each year for the last 3 consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017) are not eligible for a grant in 2018. You will be eligible to reapply in 2019.
Grants Awarded in 2018:
- AIDS Legal Referral Panel, San Francisco, CA. Support for 2 law clerk internships, $5,000.
- Friends of Saturday Academy, Portland, OR. Support for 2 interns, $5,000.
- Friends of the Children, Portland, OR. Support for online marketing internship, $5,000.
- Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Portland, OR. Two-year grant to fund land stewardship volunteer program for Eagle Creek fire restoration, $10,000 (Y1: $5,000; Y2: $5,000).
- Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, Walnut Creek, CA. Funding for Seniors Fall Prevention Program, $10,000.
- Miracle Theatre Group aka Milagro, Portland, OR. For capital campaign to remodel and upgrade of theater facility, $10,000.
- National Forest Foundation, Portland, OR. Two-year grant to fund restoration work in Columbia River Gorge after the Eagle Creek fire, $10,000 (Y1: $5,000; Y2: $5,000).
- North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council, Santa Rosa, CA. Two-year grant to fund the oak woodland riparian habitat project, $10,000 (Y1: $5,000; Y2: $5,000).
- Northwest Housing Alternatives, Portland, OR. Funding for the Senior Health and Housing Initiative, $5,000.
- Oregon Children's Theater, Portland, OR. To expand classroom studio space, $10,000.
- Oregon MESA, Portland, OR. Support for an Alumni Engagement Intern, $5,000.
- Point Blue, Petaluma, CA. Two-year grant to fund fire restoration project at Sears Point Ranch, $10,000 (Y1: $7,600; Y2: $2,400).
- Portland Playhouse, Portland, OR. For Phase II capital campaign, $10,000.
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, San Jose, CA. Funding for Senior Nutrition Program, $5,000.
- Shanti Project, San Francisco, CA. Funding for Pets are Awesome Support (PAWS) Program to support 250 Seniors, $7,500.
- Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, Santa Rosa, CA. Two-year grant to support restoration of damaged Pygmy Forest at Hood Mountain Regional Park, $12,400 (Y1: $7,400; Y2: $5,000).
- Sonoma Ecology Center, Elridge, CA. Two-year grant to restore habitat of fire-damaged Sugarloaf State Park, $10,000 (Y1: $5,000; Y2: $5,000).
- Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma, CA. Two-year grant to support invasive-species removal at Live Oaks Ranch that was burned in the Tubbs fire, $10,000 (Y1: $5,000; Y2: $5,000).
- Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, San Francisco, CA. For general operating support, $10,000.
- The Health Trust, San Jose, CA. To support Meals on Wheels Program, $7,500.
- Willamette University, Salem, OR. Support for market research for timber-related MBA student at Ecotrust and one additional internship at a nonprofit, $12,060.
- Women's Audio Mission, San Francisco, CA. To purchase technology and equipment for new Oakland facility, $10,000.
- YWCA of San Francisco and Marin, San Francisco, CA. To support affordable housing and resident support program for Seniors, $5,000.
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