December 2015 Grants

The Collins Foundation was proud to award single- and multi-year grants totaling more than $2.2 million to 40 Oregon nonprofits at the December meeting of the Trustees.


Crossroads Carnegie Art Center -- $15,000 to increase staff hours to strengthen arts education and cultural programs for residents in rural Baker City

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center -- $45,000 over two years to support capacity-building to retain and attract key staff members and purchase technology equipment for art works presented to audiences in Portland

Imago, The Theatre Mask Ensemble -- $30,000 over two years to premiere "Cloud" and present an adaptation of "Peer Gynt" for Portland audiences

Lane Arts Council -- $10,000 to provide arts education and artist residencies in rural, underserved Lane County schools

Liberty Theatre Foundation -- $15,000 to restore a historic theater venue to serve arts and community groups in rural Union County

Multnomah Arts Center Association -- $20,000 to renovate an auditorium at a community-based arts center in Southwest Portland

Oregon Symphony Association -- $100,000 to support programs and operations for Portland-area audiences

Portland Art Museum -- $100,000 to support exhibitions and programs for patrons and visitors to Portland

The Portland Ballet -- $15,000 to create a co-artistic director position to provide advanced training for young dancers and expand outreach into diverse communities in the greater Portland area

Portland Opera Association -- $120,000 to support programs, statewide touring, and a transition to a summer programming schedule for Portland-area audiences

Portland Symphonic Choir -- $10,000 to produce "A Child of Our Times," an oratorio inspired by events surrounding the Holocaust and performed for Portland-area audiences

Red Octopus Theatre Company -- $4,000 to contract a professional set designer for a production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in rural Lincoln County

Rogue Valley Chorale Association -- $4,000 to produce "Misa Azteca" and increase outreach to Latino audiences in Jackson County

Young Audiences of Oregon -- $50,000 over two years to expand arts education programs for K-12 students in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington county schools


Children –Youth

Children First for Oregon -- $40,000 to provide operating support to launch United for Kids, a collaborative initiative to reduce economic, health, and educational disparities for Oregon children

Creating Memories for Disabled Children -- $10,000 to renovate the Lodge at Camp Wallowa in Northeastern Oregon to provide outdoor experiences for children with disabilities


Community Welfare

AllOne Community Services -- $25,000 to renovate a facility to expand transitional housing and support for homeless women with children in North Portland

Bridge Meadows -- $150,000 to create an intergenerational housing community in Beaverton for foster children and their adoptive parents, and low- and moderate-income elders

Grace Center for Adult Day Care -- $40,000 to purchase a facility to house day programs and services for Corvallis-area adults with cognitive and physical impairments, the majority of whom are low-income

Jewish Family & Child Service -- $15,000 to support wraparound services and operations serving low-income adults, families, and seniors in the greater Portland area, primarily from Jewish and immigrant communities.

Medical Springs Rural Fire Protection District -- $25,000 to purchase a water tender (tanker truck) for a remote, rural fire district in Baker County

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp -- $35,000 over two years to create a part-time assistant program director position to increase outdoor programming for youth and adults with cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities

Portland Community Toolbank -- $20,000 to build out a utility room and purchase tools for a tool lending program serving Portland-area nonprofits

Sacred Art of Living Center -- $80,000 over two years to complete and launch a web-based caregiver education curriculum for professional and home-based caregivers in Oregon

Shelter From The Storm -- $40,000 to purchase a building to house domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention programs and services for at-risk residents of rural Union County

Tillamook County Women's Resource Center -- $20,000 to co-locate a part-time domestic violence advocate at a north Tillamook County clinic to cross train medical staff and provide intervention and support to at-risk individuals

VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project -- $20,000 to expand staffing and purchase computers to support workforce development and culturally-responsive services for low-income Latino and immigrant day laborers in Portland

Willamette Valley Law Project -- $25,000 to develop and implement a bilingual training program for staff, volunteers, and interns to expand immigration and social service support for low-income, Latino immigrant farmworkers in the mid-Willamette Valley



Community Transitional School -- $30,000 to construct an additional classroom to serve more pre-K students from homeless families in Portland

Minds Matter of Portland -- $10,000 to mentor and tutor a culturally diverse group of low-income, Portland-area high school students who are motivated to enter and complete college



Deschutes River Conservancy -- $50,000 over two years to coordinate and implement a collaborative water management plan to improve stream flow and water quality in the Upper Deschutes River


Health and Science

Deschutes County Healthy Beginnings -- $30,000 over two years to launch vision, hearing, behavior, and developmental screenings in daycares and preschools for primarily low-income and underserved pre-K children in rural Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and Klamath counties

North by Northeast Community Health Center -- $45,000 to increase staffing to serve more patients and implement electronic records management for a clinic primarily serving low-income African American patients in Portland



Fishtrap -- $20,000 to support programs and operations to promote literary arts in rural northeastern Oregon

Japanese Garden Society of Oregon -- $750,000 over three years to Build new garden areas and facilities to accommodate increases in visitor attendance and educational/cultural programming in Portland

City of Milton-Freewater -- $20,000 to present a series of cultural events culminating with a bilingual play to foster communication between Latino and Anglo residents in Milton-Freewater

Oregon City Library Foundation -- $25,000 to expand the library facility and purchase equipment and technology to serve residents of Oregon City through a challenge match

Oregon Nikkei Endowment -- $40,000 over two years to develop a media literacy curriculum for Portland-area middle school educators utilizing anti-Japanese propaganda from WWII

Lan Su Chinese Garden -- $20,000 to enhance activities and programs about Chinese culture to engage children and families in Portland



United Methodist Church, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference -- $155,000 to strengthen and revitalize ministries throughout Oregon and advance full LGBTQ inclusion in the greater United Methodist Church