Responding to COVID-19 In Oregon
With dozens of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Oregon, and hundreds more just to our north in Washington, we know this is a challenging and scary time for our nonprofit partners and the communities they serve. This has no doubt created hardships for so many Oregonians, and we are working as quickly as we can to find ways to respond to this difficult and rapidly evolving situation.
Our goal is to do everything we can to support the health and wellbeing of Oregonians. To that end, we will endeavor to be as flexible and adaptive as possible in the coming weeks and months. If you are a current grantee and COVID-19 has increased the demand for services, created new challenges for your organization, made fulfilling the objectives of your grant impractical, or extended your program or reporting timelines, please reach out to our grants manager, Colin Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To facilitate social distancing, our staff will be working remotely through at least the end of March and The Collins Foundation’s office will be closed during that time. Contact information for our staff is listed here. We have cancelled all business travel and are transitioning all meetings to take place over the phone or video conference. We would join with the Oregon Health Authority in urging all Oregonians who are able to comply with the Governor's "Stay at Home" order and to follow social distancing guidelines from the CDC. NPR published an FAQ of what social distancing means in practical terms.
We are working with our foundation colleagues and our board of trustees to determine the best way for us to address the areas of greatest need in Oregon. When we’ve identified next steps, we will post them here.
Some of the resources that are available for nonprofits in Oregon include:
- GOSW/NAO Resource Connector
- MRG Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund
- NAO’s Webinars & Resource Page
- Nonprofit Finance Fund’s “What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now”
- Oregon Community Foundation’s Recovery Fund
- United Way of Jackson County Relief Fund
- United Way of Lane County’s Resources & Response
Our Mission toward an Equitable Future
Formed in 1947 by Truman W. Collins Sr. and other members of the family of E.S. Collins, The Collins Foundation invests in Oregon nonprofit organizations, both rural and urban, that are dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities. As a funder and partner, we are committed to the pursuit of equity, both in how we allocate resources across Oregon’s diverse communities and how we shape our internal structures.
Our Vision for Oregon
We want the state of Oregon to be a place where all people have access to high quality, culturally responsible services in sectors such as health, social services, education, housing, and employment. We also envision vibrant neighborhoods and communities where residents enjoy access to healthy food; a rich variety of artistic and cultural expression; and the benefits of Oregon’s natural environment.
How we Understand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- We welcome, and work to include, the multiple perspectives that diversity brings.
- We know that diversity and inclusion are essential to equity.
- We define equity as the practice and promotion of justice and the fostering of conditions necessary for all people to achieve their full potential.