June 2015 Awards

The Collins Foundation awarded 38 single- and multi-year grants totaling $2,098,000 to Oregon nonprofits at the June meeting of the Trustees.



Broadway Rose Theatre Company – $12,000 to produce “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on the mainstage for audiences in the greater Portland area

Chamber Music Northwest – $20,000 to support year-round chamber music programs, outreach, and operations in the Portland area

Disability Art and Culture Project – $5,000 to expand staffing and audience development for an inclusive dance program serving youth with and without disabilities in the greater Portland area

Eugene Ballet – $ 20,000 to purchase portable lighting equipment to expand touring to rural, underserved communities in Oregon

Portland Festival Symphony – $20,000 to provide free summer concerts in Portland parks, and support a salaried artistic director position and new office space through a challenge match

Well Arts Institute – $3,500 to support Portland-area productions based on the oral histories of female service veterans who have experienced sexual trauma



Film Action Oregon (Hollywood Theatre) – $25,000 to repair the roof and facade of a historic Portland-area theater offering diverse cultural programming and films

High Desert Museum – $40,000 to renovate an interactive otter and riparian ecosystem exhibit for visitors to the Central Oregon museum

KBOO Foundation – $10,000 to construct a radio production/digital editing studio at a radio station providing a diverse mix of community programming produced in Portland

The Library Foundation – $200,000 over two years to expand early childhood literacy outreach and programming for young children from low-income, underserved, and immigrant families in Multnomah County

Obo Addy Legacy Project – $ 18,000 over two years to expand staffing to increase culturally focused African arts education/integration programs for children in low-income, ethnically diverse Multnomah County schools

Oregon Council for the Humanities – $18,000 to provide a humanities course for low-income individuals in the Portland area and a summer humanities camp for a diverse mix of teens and high school faculty from across Oregon

Painted Sky - $6,000 to connect reservation- and urban-based Native American youth in Oregon to their cultural roots through traditional dance instruction and performances

Umatilla County Historical Society - $25,000 to purchase a building to relocate the agency's thrift store enterprise in Pendleton


Children –Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area – $ 300,000 over three years to construct a clubhouse to serve at-risk youth in Rockwood, a diverse, underserved, low-income neighborhood in east Multnomah County

Central Oregon Disability Support Network – $25,000 to increase staffing to create online augmentative and alternative communication device training for children with speech impairments and their families across Oregon

The Circus Project – $35,000 over two years to expand staffing and programs to serve more homeless and at-risk youth in Portland

The Dougy Center – $45,000 to expand counseling and bereavement support for children, young adults, and families in the Portland area

Kinship House – $25,000 to establish new office and clinical areas to serve more Portland-area children transitioning to reunification or adoption in the Portland metro area

Northwest Outward Bound School – $10,000 to support the Pinnacle Scholarship fund to enable low-income Oregon youth to participate in a wilderness mentoring program

REAP – $100,000 over three years to support a culturally focused leadership program for at-risk, African American males in Portland-area middle and high schools

The Piece (Camp Odyssey) – $8,000 to support a youth summit and year-round activities to promote civic engagement, social justice, and leadership among Oregon high school youth and young adults representing a mix of ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds

Woape (Antfarm) – $20,000 to expand internships in northeast Clackamas County to develop employment skills in local and at-risk youth 

Youth Villages – $150,000 over three years to implement a transitional living program for young adults in Oregon aging out of foster care   




Bradley Angle House – $25,000 to support operations and renovate bathroom and kitchen areas at a domestic violence shelter serving at-risk women and children in Multnomah County

Food for Lane County – $25,000 to purchase warehouse racks to increase strorage capacity to serve more low-income, food insecure seniors in Lane County

Lotus Rising Project – $7,500 to support programs and operations serving LGBTQ youth in Southern Oregon

Luke-Dorf – $45,000 over three years to increase staffing to expand employment services for adults with chronic mental illness in the Portland metropolitan area

Metropolitan Contractors Improvement Partnership – $25,000 to expand staffing and technical assistance capacity to increase the number of minority-owned and operated firms hired for construction projects in the greater Portland area and Salem

Friends of the Monmouth Senior Center – $25,000 to expand a facility to increase senior programming and create intergenerational meeting spaces for residents in Polk County

Tualatin Hills Park Foundation – $50,000 to purchase adaptive equipment and add adaptive features to expand access to recreational activities for people with disabilities at a new community sports park in Washington County



Marylhurst University – $125,000 over two years to expand The Art Gym's staffing and programs, make facility improvements, and increase capacity to serve as a resource for Pacific Northwest artists 

Mt. Scott Park Center for Learning – $20,000 to provide training, mentorship, and support for at-risk students and recent high school graduates as they transition from high school into post-secondary education and career pathways

Open Meadow Alternative Schools - $250,000 over three years to construct a school facility to serve at-risk youth, youth of color, and low-income youth in an underserved east Multnomah County community



Great Basin Society (Malheur Field Station) – $35,000 to renovate Malcolm Hall, the educational and administrative center of Malheur Field Station in Harney County

Tualatin Riverkeepers – $15,000 to support programs and operations to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion of culturally diverse residents living in the Tualatin watershed


Health and Science

Housecall Providers – $110,000 over three years to implement an in-home palliative care program serving medically fragile seniors in the Portland area

La Clinica del Valle Family Health Care Center – $200,000 over two years to construct a wellness center in Medford to expand affordable primary health care services to more low-income residents in Jackson County