Welcome to The Collins Foundation

 

2022 Grantmaking Calendar Change

Dear TCF Grantee Partners,

The past two years have challenged all of us. As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, racial injustices and widening social inequalities, our team sees an opportunity to reflect, learn, and update our grantmaking practices with a renewed focus on equity through strategic planning.

After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily shift our LOI scheduling to receive Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) in February, June and September of 2022. This means we will not receive LOIs in April and August of 2022. As a result of this change, our trustees will not make award decisions in August or December. This change will enable our team to begin a strategic and operational planning process in the year ahead.

 

LOI DeadlineTrustee Meeting (Grant Decisions)
December 2021 April 2022
February 23, 2022June 2022 
June 10, 2022October 2022
September 15, 2022January 2023

 

We understand that a change in our grantmaking calendar directly affects our grantees, and we hope to ease the impact on you as much as possible. Although we’ll have fewer grantmaking cycles in 2022, we plan to distribute approximately $14 million in grant funds, staying close to the $14.8 million we awarded in 2021. 

For April Grantees: We also plan to waive the 12-month waiting period for applicants like you, who would typically be eligible to apply again in April. If you choose, you may submit a new LOI in February 2022. Our intention is to give you the flexibility to meet your timing needs. 

For August Grantees: We also plan to waive the 12-month waiting period for applicants like you, who would typically be eligible to apply again in August. If you choose, you may submit a new LOI in June 2022. Our intention is to give you the flexibility to meet your timing needs. 

We deeply respect the relationships we’ve cultivated with our grantees and partner organizations over the years. Please know that as we go through our strategic planning, we will be in close communication with you and the general public to let you know about our grantmaking decisions moving forward. Any major changes we would make outside of this calendar change would take effect in 2023, with advanced notice. 

In January, we will be hosting two online sessions to answer your questions:

January 14, 20221:00 - 2:30 pm, Zoom link

January 27, 20226:00 - 7:30 pm, Zoom link

Thank you for being an important part of our community and navigating this change with us. We hope you will come to us with any questions or concerns about this change in our grantmaking calendar and our upcoming strategic planning. Our Executive and Finance Office Administrator, Hannah Licht, (hlicht@collinsfoundation.org), is happy to answer your questions or set up a call. You can also find a set of FAQs here that we hope will be a helpful resource. 

With gratitude,

Carol Cheney, Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

In Solidarity 

March 25, 2021 

Standing Against Hate

We are sickened by the Anti-Asian violence, aggression, and intimidation that has escalated in our country over the past year, recently claiming the lives of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, six of them Asian American women. Our hearts ache for the families, friends, neighbors, and communities of Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Xiaojie Tan, and Yong Ae Yue. We cannot be silent. The anti-Asian violence, rhetoric, and intimidation we are witnessing today are connected to a long tradition of exclusion, racism, misogyny, bigotry, and xenophobia in our country--hate-filled ideas that are rooted in White Supremacy and borne of fear and ignorance. 

We stand in solidarity with our Asian American staff members, family members, partners, and communities. We mourn the loss of life in Atlanta and live with the knowledge that Oregon is not immune to the unacceptable trend we are witnessing. Incidents of hate and intimidation against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are increasing here too, and these hate-based incidents continue to occur in many of our communities of color across the state. Oregon’s own history of racism and exclusion has brought us to where we are today.

Our shared commitment to center racial equity in our grantmaking and organization continues. By lifting up the work of Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, immigrant and refugee, and other communities of color across the state, including those working to address gender bias that affects women, gender non-comforming people, and our trans community members, we seek an end to racism and gender violence. We work toward a more just and equitable society that is free from the pernicious effects of hate and discrimination in all its forms.

Please click here for the full letter of solidarity.


June 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter.

We at The Collins Foundation are devastated by the callous murder of George Floyd. We also call to mind Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Tanisha Anderson, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, and countless others who have been killed at the hands of the police and others in the recent past and throughout our country’s history. We deeply oppose the systemic racism that pervades Oregon and our country at large. It has resulted in violence against, and lack of justice and opportunity for so many in the Black community. We are all morally diminished and ethically complicit when we allow people to be dehumanized and treated with disregard and cruelty. 

Progress towards racial equity has been far too slow. Looking back 50 years to the Civil Rights era, our society is still confronting the same problems of structural racisim, discrimination, and police brutality. It is imperative that we change the systems of oppression that advance some at the expense of others. We must work with determination to achieve a truly just society. Not only is it our moral responsibility, but a truly free and just society is the ultimate aspiration of our democracy. 

To all who march, both recently and throughout our history, we are grateful. Our First Amendment guarantees the “right of the people peaceably to assemble” and we stand with those protesting for equity, justice, and systemic change. It has always been those with the bravery and conviction to stand up and put themselves in harm’s way who lead us toward a just and peaceful society. 

Please click here for the full letter of solidarity.


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.