December 2016 Grants

At the December meeting of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation was proud to award 26 single-year grants and 10 multi-year grants, totaling nearly $2.1 million invested in nonprofits across Oregon.


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

Oregon Ballet Theatre -- $80,000  to support programs and operations in the Portland area

Oregon Symphony Association -- $100,000  to support programs and operations in the Portland area

Portland Abbey Arts -- $7,500  to support programs and operations to provide intercultural arts education and community programs and engage North Portland residents, particularly low-income Latino and African immigrant residents

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

Portland Opera Association -- $100,000  to support programs and operations in the Portland area

Salem Art Association -- $40,000 over two years to support arts education, artists services, and culturally diverse collaborative partnerships in the mid-Willamette Valley

World Stage Theatre -- $6,000  to support programs and operations primarily serving Portland's African American community and a diverse mix of students in East Portland


Children & Youth

A Family for Every Child -- $25,000  to expand staffing to implement mentoring and host home programs for homeless youth in the Eugene area

Children First for Oregon -- $35,000  to continue implementation of United for Kids, a collaborative policy initiative to reduce economic, health, and educational disparities for children of color and children living in poverty across Oregon

Children's Book Bank -- $40,000 over two years to hire a program manager to encourage interactive parent engagement in an early literacy project primarily for families of color in the Portland area

Kinship House -- $35,000  to hire staff to establish clinic operations in Washington County to serve foster children transitioning into permanent family placements

Metropolitan Family Service -- $100,000 over three years to support staffing to expand an early childhood learning program for children, ages 3-5, primarily from low-income families of color in the Portland area

Nest Foundation -- $40,000  to hire a program manager in Portland to provide school-based programs preventing sexual exploitation and trafficking of teens

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon -- $30,000  to expand after-school and summer meal programs for food-insecure children across Oregon

Pathfinders of Oregon -- $60,000 over two years to build organizational capacity and implement strategies to integrate equity and trauma-informed practices to serve more families with criminal justice or child welfare involvement in Oregon

Todos Juntos -- $75,000 over three years to expand evidence-based parenting education in English and Spanish for low-income parents of young children in rural Clackamas County



Community Welfare

Gorge Grown Food Network -- $20,000  to support a project manager position to coordinate a collaboration addressing food production gaps and equitable access to healthy foods among food insecure residents and communities of color in the rural Columbia Gorge

Illinois Valley Family Coalition -- $10,000 over two years to support a full-time administrative assistant position at a rural resource center serving low-income residents in Josephine County

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest -- $25,000  to create and implement an equity plan to provide training for staff, board, and Jesuit Volunteers in western oregon, including mentoring and leadership training for Volunteers of color

Muslim Educational Trust -- $75,000 over two years to promote education, leadership, and civic engagement to foster positive integration of Muslim residents in communities across Oregon

Oregon Native American Chamber -- $20,000  to support the ONE coalition, a collaborative project to provide culturally specific technical assistance, mentoring, and networking support for Native American business owners and entrepreneurs across Oregon

Partnership for Safety and Justice -- $40,000  to support programs and operations to reform criminal justice policies and programs impacting low-income individuals and people of color

Phoenix Counseling Service -- $20,000  to support programs and operations to expand counseling programs serving underserved English- and Spanish-speaking students and adults in rural Jackson County

Portland Community Toolbank -- $20,000  to support tool-lending operations and outreach to nonprofits in the Portland area managing hands-on community revitalization projects

Unite Oregon -- $150,000 over three years to strengthen organizational capacity, promote leadership in immigrant, refugee, low-income, and rural communities statewide, and grow membership through a challenge match



Bend Science Station -- $125,000 over two years to construct a facility for hands-on science learning programs serving a racially and economically diverse mix of K-12 students and their teachers in Central Oregon

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative Fund -- $315,000 over three years to continue participation in the collaborative funding of parenting education hubs serving Oregon communities

Sisters Schools Foundation -- $10,000  to increase a program director position to fulltime to expand a farm-based education program and access to fresh produce for residents in rural Central Oregon



Pacifica - A Garden in the Siskiyous -- $20,000  to rennovate facilities to host environmental education programs for students and to serve as a community resource in rural Southern Oregon

Portland Parks Foundation -- $25,000  to improve city parks, promote equitable access, and support operations through a challenge match

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy -- $30,000  to purchase and conserve 352 acres of critical habitat in the Rogue River preserve


Health & Science

Mosaic Medical -- $75,000  to construct a facility to provide medical and dental services for low-income Redmond-area residents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities




Open Hearts Open Minds -- $8,000  to engage incarcerated women in theater arts programs at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville

Write Around Portland -- $25,000  to deliver creative writing workshops in schools, treatment centers, and prisons to serve low-income, socially isolated youth and adults in the Portland area



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