August 2014 Awards

The Collins Foundation was established in 1947 and has been privileged to provide more than 8,000 grants to nonprofits.  Many organizations have received multiple grants through the years, and their missions and services are well known to the trustees and staff.  In our August grant cycle, approximately a quarter of the grantees were first-time recipients, which helps us to expand our awareness and impact into new areas of need and opportunity in Oregon.


Artists Repertory Theatre – $150,000 to support a season of plays, and reconfigure production areas and increase staffing to accommodate resident arts organizations

Eugene Concert Choir – $9,000 to support programs, education, and outreach

Friends of Chamber Music – $8,000 to support programs and operations in the Portland area through a challenge grant

Neskowin Coast Foundation (Sitka Center for Art and Ecology) – $25,000 to construct a multipurpose building to serve as an artist residence and student workshop space

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival – $3,000 to purchase a cargo trailer for a traveling troupe of actors performing in public parks in the Portland metropolitan area and on the OregonCoast

Portland Baroque Orchestra – $18,000 to expand programming to serve new audiences and underserved communities across Oregon

Portland Revels – $7,000 to produce the 2014 Christmas Revels

Third Angle New Music Ensemble – $5,500 to commission three new works from Oregon composers for a performance entitled “Afield”

Triangle Productions – $15,000 to tour “The Jim Pepper Project” and present related educational workshops for Native American audiences in rural communities across Oregon

Young Audiences of Oregon – $20,000 to assist in leveraging full federal funding for a project to expand arts education into curricula for all 3rd – 5th grade classrooms in the BeavertonSchool District


Children –Youth

CASA for Children of KlamathCounty – $15,000 to train more volunteers to serve more at-risk children involved in the child welfare system in rural KlamathCounty

CASA of Jackson County – $35,000 over two years to hire an assistant program director to serve more at-risk children involved in the child welfare system in rural Josephine County.

Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin– $20,000 to renovate a clubhouse for a long term intervention and mentoring program serving at-risk children and youth in rural Klamath Falls

Jackson Street Youth Shelter – $45,000 to purchase a house for a transitional living program serving homeless youth, ages 18-20, from Benton and Linn counties

Maslow Project – $25,000 to expand basic needs services and wraparound supports to more homeless and at-risk youth in JacksonCounty

Pathfinders of Oregon – $60,000 to support a collaborative youth engagement project targeting low-income, at-risk middle school youth in the Rockwood community, and implement a leadership transition Oregon



Better People – $10,000 to prepare former offenders in the Portland area for successful entry/reentry into the workforce

Church of St. Michael The Archangel – $25,000 to expand a community center in downtown Portland that provides health, food, and hospitality services to homeless and impoverished individuals

City of Grass Valley – $49,000 to renovate the community’s historic pavilion and gathering space for residents of rural ShermanCounty

Living Yoga – $10,000 to expand trauma-informed yoga classes for youth and adults in Portland area correctional facilities and treatment programs through a challenge grant

Mt.Hood Kiwanis Camp – $35,000 to increase staff housing to expand outdoor recreational opportunities to more children and adults with disabilities

Northwest Pilot Project – $30,000 to expand housing and support services to more low-income seniors at risk of and experiencing homelessness in Portland

Our House of Portland – $45,000 over two years to upgrade technology to expand independent living support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDs in the Portland area

Pearl Buck Center – $40,000 to replace fleet of vehicles used to transport adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in LaneCounty

Portland Homeless Family Solutions – $50,000 over two years to build organizational infrastructure and add case management hours to shelter coordinator positions to serve more homeless families with children in Portland

Sisters of the Road – $22,000 to provide meals and support services to individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness in Portland through a challenge grant                                                                   

Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Redmond Conference – $100,000 to purchase a facility to house basic needs programs and social services for low-income, vulnerable individuals and families in rural Central Oregon

Store to Door – $12,500 to expand a grocery delivery program to support independent living for low-income, homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Portland metropolitan area

Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center – $30,000 to support a staff position to manage a survivor-centered, coordinated criminal justice response for sexual assault cases in rural TillamookCounty



Stand for Children Leadership Center – $25,000 to increase academic success for English language learners, and strengthen parent engagement programs for Latino and African American families in EastMultnomahCounty schools



Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center – $30,000 over two years to support three seasonal staff positions to serve more school groups at an environmental education center in the Willamette National Forest

Western Rivers Conservancy – $200,000 over three years to support operations to expand conservation of fish and wildlife habitat along the John DayRiver Basin


Health and Science

Community Cancer Foundation/Community Cancer Center –$75,000 to purchase radiation therapy equipment to treat cancer patients in Roseburg and rural DouglasCounty

Family Solutions – $20,000 to replace the roof and windows at two community-based residential treatment homes serving adolescents in Southern Oregon

HIV Alliance – $35,000 over two years to sustain and expand HIV prevention programs in eleven underserved counties including Marion, Lane, Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Lake, Klamath, Coos, Curry, Lincoln, and Clatsop

Outside In – $50,000 to install an upgraded electronic health records system to improve the coordination of care among providers serving low-income youth and adults in Portland

Returning Veterans Project – $24,000 to expand free therapeutic and holistic care services to military veterans and their families across Oregon



The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon – $60,000 to construct a permanent exhibit area and community meeting spaces at Chachalu, a Native American cultural center in rural Western Oregon

Douglas County Museum Foundation – $6,120 to digitize an oral history collection to ensure preservation and expand access

The Driftwood Library Foundation of LincolnCounty – $5,000 to purchase a van to expand library outreach primarily to low-income children and elderly residents in rural LincolnCounty

Portland Classical Chinese Garden (Lan Su ChineseGarden) – $20,000 to expand programs to attract more children and families as visitors and members

Write Around Portland – $25,000 to purchase a new database system to expand writing programs for disenfranchised individuals in Multnomah and Washington counties