June & August 2017 Grants

At the summer 2017 meetings of the Trustees in June and August, The Collins Foundation awarded 51 single-year grants and 19 multi-year grants, totaling more than $4.2 million awarded to community based organizations across Oregon.


The August Wilson Red Door Project -- $100,000 over two years to increase staffing and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in schools and through the theater arts in Portland and statewide

Bag & Baggage Productions -- $30,000 over two years to support an associate artistic director position to increase capacity and implement growth initiatives in Washington County

Disability Art and Culture Project -- $10,000  to support inclusive arts vibe dance company, combining the talents of youth and young adults with and without disabilities in Portland

Echo Theater Company -- $15,000  to increase inclusion and accessibility for people of all ages, and physical and mental abilities to participate in aerial arts, dance, and theater programs in Portland

Eugene Symphony Association -- $15,000  to expand outreach and inclusivity by delivering onsite chamber music concerts at Eugene-area nonprofits and residences serving communities of low-income seniors, youth, veterans, and individuals with disabilities

Lake Arts Council -- $4,000  to provide in-school music education for students and public concerts for rural residents in the Lakeview area

New Expressive Works -- $12,000  to provide artist residencies for a diverse selection of eight choreographers to develop new works for Portland audiences

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts -- $5,000  to support a part-time executive director position to administer programs providing low-cost legal services to low-income artists and small arts organizations in the Portland area

Portland Actors Conservatory -- $30,000  to integrate diversity, inclusion, and equity measures into theater and conservatory programs for theater students in Portland

Portland Festival Symphony -- $10,000  to provide free classical music concerts in the summertime at four Portland parks

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art -- $100,000 over two years to support programs and operations during a period of transition to a permanent facility in Portland

RASIKA Society for Arts of India -- $8,000  to support “collective vision,” a cross-cultural presentation combining original jazz and Indian music compositions with Indian dance


Children & Youth

Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties -- $35,000 over two years to provide comprehensive education, prevention, and employment programming to assist Latino teens facing barriers to academic and employment success in the greater Salem area

CASA of Douglas County -- $15,000  to build capacity to serve more children in the child welfare system in Douglas County during a leadership transition

Circle of Friends -- $15,000 over two years to support operations and mentoring to promote academic achievement and resilience among more K-12 youth in rural Central Oregon

El Programa Hispano Catolico -- $275,000 over three years to hire a mentor to provide culturally-specific wraparound services and increase academic success for Latino students attending East Multnomah County high schools

HomePlate Youth Services -- $20,000  to expand outreach and day center services for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Washington County

J Bar J Youth Services -- $15,000  to support community-based mentoring for youth in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties

Los Niños Cuentan -- $6,000  to support emergency shelter programs and operations to serve Latino immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual assault in the Portland area

Maslow Project -- $40,000  to expand case management and advocacy services for youth experiencing homelessness in Jackson and Josephine Counties

My Voice Music -- $10,000  to expand music education and songwriting programs for low-income foster and immigrant youth, and youth experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges in the Portland area

Neighbors for Kids -- $35,000  to add health and nutrition programs and increase service hours and transportation options for children from low-income families in Lincoln County

Oregon Children's Foundation (dba SMART) -- $70,000 over two years to provide equity training and integrate equity and inclusion measures to improve effectiveness of smart early literacy mentoring for low-income, K-3 children in rural Oregon

Oregon Community Foundation - Community 101 -- $10,000  to support a school-based, service-learning program for a diverse mix of Portland-area high school students

Refugee Assistance and Information Network International -- $15,000  to expand a youth leadership program connecting newly-arrived immigrant and refugee youth with high school students in the Portland area

Rose Community Development Corporation -- $60,000  to support a project manager position to launch Baby Booster, a collective impact initiative to improve health outcomes for children ages 0-2 in a low-income East Portland neighborhood

Self Enhancement, Inc. -- $375,000 over three years to launch a leadership program serving African American, Latina, and low-income middle and high school girls in Portland

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County -- $80,000  to renovate a facility to establish Youth House, a comprehensive service center and residence program for homeless students in Lane County


Community Welfare

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon -- $200,000 over two years to construct a multi-cultural community center and administrative offices in Southeast Portland to advance equity and social justice for Asian and Pacific Islander residents statewide

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast -- $25,000  to launch the enhanced support for foster parents program to increase retention of Marion County foster families and improve foster care for children

Causa of Oregon -- $40,000  to expand culturally-specific cohort trainings to promote leadership development and civic engagement among Latino immigrants in Marion and Multnomah Counties

Family Promise of Lincoln County -- $35,000 over two years to provide basic needs support, case management, and classes to develop self-sufficiency skills and increase stability for homeless families and those at risk for homelessness in Lincoln County, in part through a challenge match

Florence Food Share -- $20,000  to expand a food pantry facility to serve increasing numbers of low-income households in western Lane County

Folk-Time -- $15,000  to support peer mentorship training and the Free To Be Me social program serving individuals with mental health challenges in Multnomah County

Free Geek -- $55,000 over two years to establish a digital inclusion coordinator position to increase access to training and computer hardware for local schools, nonprofits, and low-income students and adults in Portland, including immigrants and refugees

Islamic Social Services of Oregon State -- $18,000  to hire a caseworker to work with low-income Muslim households, particularly immigrant and refugee families seeking social service assistance in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties

JOIN -- $30,000  to support programs for Portland-area individuals and families transitioning from homelessness into stable, permanent housing through a challenge match

L'Arche Portland -- $10,000  to promote inclusion and opportunities to build connections between people with and without intellectual disabilities in the Portland area

NeighborImpact -- $40,000  to expand and sustain operations for food recovery and delivery in rural Deschutes County

Next Door, Inc. -- $25,000  to update a heating, ventilation, and cooling system at a facility serving low-income youth, adults, and families in rural Hood River

North End Senior Solutions -- $25,000  to hire part-time staff to increase capacity to address behavioral, medical, and socialization needs primarily for medicaid-qualified seniors and people living with disabilities in rural Lincoln City

Northwest Forest Worker Center -- $65,000 over two years to support staffing to provide training and leadership development to more low-income Latino, South Asian, and immigrant forest workers in Oregon

Northwest Housing Alternatives -- $80,000  to redevelop an emergency shelter for low-income families in Clackamas County

Oregon Justice Resource Center -- $35,000  to provide legal services and advocacy to promote fair treatment and reduce recidivism among currently or formerly incarcerated women of color in Oregon

Rural Organizing Project -- $35,000  to support community engagement and leadership development to promote equity and justice in rural communities and small towns throughout Oregon

St. Andrew Legal Clinic -- $25,000  to provide affordable legal services for low-income working adults and families in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia, and Yamhill Counties

St. Johns Center for Opportunity -- $20,000  to expand workforce development programs to assist unemployed and low-income individuals in a racially and culturally diverse Portland neighborhood

Western States Center -- $50,000  to support Tribal leaders' advocacy for equality in Tribal policy, practices, and law for Two-Spirit and LGBTQ individuals across Oregon

Willamette Valley Law Project -- $120,000 over three years to build capacity and provide ongoing immigration services to low-income Latino farmworkers



Foundations for a Better Oregon -- $756,000 over three years to support programs and operations

Institute for Learning Innovation -- $25,000  to develop culturally responsive, evidence-based stem educational activities in head start programs for Portland-area, low-income, Spanish-speaking families with young children

Marathon Education Partners -- $45,000 over two years to expand the college scholars advising program to support Portland-area low-income, first-generation students of color through college graduation

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry -- $100,000  to renovate Kendall Planetarium and upgrade technology to enhance educational offerings in Portland

Pearl Buck Center, Inc. -- $40,000  to support operation of a preschool serving children of parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lane County



Columbia Slough Watershed Council -- $40,000  to support a bilingual (Spanish/English) Nadaka Park Coordinator position to provide community-based programs for Latino and Slavic immigrants residing in the Rockwood and Wilkes East neighborhoods


Health & Science

Alano Club of Portland -- $75,000 over three years to staff and implement a recovery toolkit project to enable individuals to develop customized substance abuse recovery plans in Portland

Coalition of Community Health Clinics -- $45,000 over two years to build capacity at 15 nonprofit clinics to integrate health equity practices and provide culturally responsive health care to low-income individuals in the Portland area

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation -- $35,000  to purchase a chemical analyzer for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center's new facility providing culturally-specific health services for Native Americans in rural Umatilla and Union Counties

Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance -- $20,000  to deliver mental health first aid trainings to teachers, first responders, public employees, social service workers, and community leaders in 12 rural Eastern Oregon counties

Familias en Acción -- $40,000  to integrate community health workers into large health care systems to improve culturally-responsive care and health outcomes for Latinos in the Portland area

Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest -- $100,000  to purchase two vans for a new residential substance abuse treatment center in Portland serving Tribal youth

Northwest Health Foundation Fund II -- $25,000  to support a disability justice leadership collaborative

Outside In -- $150,000 over two years to build a clinic and youth services building in East Multnomah County to provide medical, counseling, mental health, and support services for homeless youth

Sky Lakes Medical Center Foundation, Inc. -- $45,000  to construct a sobering center to provide short-term shelter for intoxicated residents in rural Klamath County




Fishtrap -- $15,000  to support programs and operations to promote literary arts in rural northeastern Oregon

Komemma Cultural Protection Association -- $6,500  to update Native language resources and develop opportunities to practice the Kalapuya language to enhance cultural connection among Native youth and adults in rural Douglas County

Oregon Historical Society -- $200,000 over two years to create a new permanent exhibit that reflects the diversity of cultural and ethnic perspectives and experiences that shaped Oregon's history

World Forestry Center -- $30,000  to support staffing and programs in Portland to address issues impacting the forestry industry and the environment