Mission, Vision and Values

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 Values and Guiding Principles

  • As a family foundation, we value our long tradition of service to the people of Oregon.
  • We commit to this engagement, and to all our work, with compassion, respect, integrity, humility, and accountability.
  • We value collaboration in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Love of family and love of community provide a strong foundation for our collaborative work.
  • We value learning and commit to staying informed, relevant, and responsive.
  • We value diversity, which brings multiple perspectives to enrich our state, our lives and work.
  • We believe that inclusive practices serve to recognize and welcome differences, not diminish or suppress them.
  • We are committed to equity, which we understand to mean fair and inclusive access to resources and the opportunity for all of Oregon’s people and communities to achieve their full potential.