2019 Grants Awarded
- Arts & Culture: The foundation intends to award $10,000 grants to performing arts organizations in support of the following activities: 1) Outreach programs that distribute free tickets to music and theatre performances for K-12 grade age children and young adults with the purpose of expanding the diversity of the audience, increasing the younger generation's appreciation for the arts, and providing an experience to children and young adults who may not have had the opportunity to attend performances in the past; and 2) Classical music lessons (instrument only) for disadvantaged youth in K-12 grades. Examples include: free or reduced-cost music lessons, musical instrument loaner programs, and/or scholarships to participate in orchestras or symphonies.
- 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 2019 may be utilized for 2020 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-$7,000 per internship.
- Environment: Year 2 payouts of commitments (no new grant applications were accepted): The Foundation awarded grants in 2018 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 provided grants in the Columbia River Gorge as related to the Eagle Creek fire and in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. The Foundation did 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.
Grants Awarded in 2019:
- Center for Elders' Independence, Oakland, CA. Support for the Healthy Meals for Seniors program, $5,000.
- Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA. For free instrumental private music lessons to disadvantaged youth, $10,000.
- Friends of the Children Portland Chapter, Portland, OR. Support for a digital media marketing internship, $5,000.
- Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Portland, OR. Funding for the Land Stewardship Volunteer Program, $5,000.
- Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, OR. For a marketing & communications internship, $7,000.
- Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, Walnut Creek, CA. Support for Fall Prevention Program, our grant covers 9 home modifications, $5,600.
- National Forest Foundation, Missoula, MT. Funding to support restoration efforts in the Columbia River Gorge scenic area that were damaged by the Eagle Creek fire, $5,000.
- North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council, Santa Rosa, CA. Support for the oak woodland burned area riparian habitat project, $5,000.
- Northwest Housing Alternatives, Portland, OR. Support for the Senior Health & Housing Initiative, $5,000.
- Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland, OR. For general operating support of the tuition-free music education program, $10,000.
- Oregon Symphony Association, Portland, OR. To support youth education and community programs, $6,000.
- Point Reyes Bird Observatory dba Point Blue, Petaluma, CA. Support for the fire restoration project at Sears Point Ranch, $2,400.
- Shanti Project, San Francisco, CA. Support for Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program, $5,000.
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Tiburon, CA. Support for one 12-week Living Shores Project internship at Giant Marsh in Pt. Pinole, $7,000.
- Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, Santa Rose, CA. To assist in restoring the damaged Pygmy Forest at Hood Mountain, $5,000.
- Sonoma Ecology Center, Elridge, CA. For restoration efforts at Sugarloaf State Park, $5,000.
- Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma, CA. To remove invasive species at Live Oaks Ranch, $5,000.
- Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, San Francisco, CA. Support for senior health and wellness programming, $5,000.
- Volunteers of America Oregon, Portland, OR. Funding to add one additional music class per week at the Lambert House Adult Day Center, $5,000.
- WorldOregon (formerly known as World Affairs Council of Oregon), Portland, OR. To support an Emerging Leaders Internship for the International Visitor Program, $7,000.
- YWCA San Francisco & Marin, San Francisco, CA. Funding for social and fitness activities for seniors at the apartment building on Nob Hill, $5,000.