December 2017 Grants

At the December 2017 meeting of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to 32 organizations across the state, bringing total grantmaking for the year to more than $11.2 million.


Imago, The Theatre Mask Ensemble -- $15,000 to present two plays and deliver arts education programming to low-income  middle and high school students in the Portland area

Oregon Ballet Theatre -- $70,000 to support programs and operations to support training for professional and student dancers in Portland

Oregon Symphony Association in Salem -- $10,000 to support a season of classical and popular music concerts for audiences in Salem

PassinArt: A Theatre Company -- $20,000 to support a season of culturally-relevant plays and readings written by African Americans and performed for multicultural audiences in Portland

Portland Center Stage -- $90,000 to present a season of plays, arts enrichment, and education/outreach programs for audiences in Portland

Portland Opera Association, Inc. -- $80,000 to support programs and operations presenting opera and musical theater for audiences in Oregon

Portland Playhouse (for World Stage Theatre) -- $15,000 to provide access to theatre education for multicultural youth, and present performances highlighting African American culture for multicultural audiences in Portland


Children & Youth

Caldera -- $15,000 to provide year-long arts education and mentoring for low-income middle and high school students of color in Portland and Central Oregon, and expand integration of equity practices across the organization

Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County -- $50,000 over two years to expand staffing to increase child abuse assessment and intervention services in rural Lincoln County

Dougy Center -- $35,000 to provide grief education, training, and support to Portland area schools and organizations

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

Youth, Rights & Justice -- $45,000 over two years to support legal advocacy for Multnomah County youth of color, youth in foster care, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system


Community Welfare

Black United Fund of Oregon -- $20,000 to hire a part-time outreach and operations coordinator to manage volunteers, develop community partnerships, and reach out to underserved African American and African immigrant youth

CAPACES Leadership Institute -- $90,000 over two years to launch a culturally-specific training program for Latino residents in the Mid-Willamette Valley to increase Latino participation and leadership in local and statewide public service

Centro Cultural de Condado de Washington -- $90,000 over two years to support operations and programs to serve Latino residents and other communities of color in Washington County

Our Coastal Village, Inc. -- $150,000 to construct 21 units of affordable workforce housing for residents earning under 60 percent of the median income in rural Lincoln County

Sable House -- $40,000 to renovate a building to house domestic violence prevention and intervention services for survivors and their children in rural Polk County

Tillamook County Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. (dba CARE) -- $40,000 to purchase a property to anchor community-based social services for low-income residents in rural Tillamook County through a challenge match

Unidos Bridging Community -- $55,000 over three years to hire an executive director to support culturally-specific education and advocacy programs for immigrants and Latino residents in rural Yamhill County, in part through a challenge match

YWCA of Greater Portland -- $85,000 over two years to provide trauma-informed programming and services for women incarcerated at a correctional facility in Wilsonville and their families



Chiloquin Visions in Progress -- $7,500 to support staffing to serve more K-6th grade students attending after-school enrichment programs in rural Klamath County

Community Cycling Center -- $40,000 over two years to strengthen and expand a bicycle mechanics STEM education program for low-income youth and youth of color in Portland



Grow Portland -- $20,000 to expand hands-on garden education programs to more Title I elementary schools in Multnomah County

Growing Gardens -- $60,000 over two years to support programs and operations to provide garden-focused education for low-income families of color, Title I schools, and correctional facilities



Health & Science

American Diabetes Association of Oregon, SW Washington, & Southern Idaho -- $15,000 to adapt and deliver a culturally-responsive diabetes education program in partnership with the Siletz Community Health Clinic to serve Siletz tribal members and their families in rural Lincoln County

North by Northeast Community Health Center -- $40,300 to expand outreach to increase access to healthcare for African Americans in Portland

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic -- $45,000 over two years to hire a patient care coordinator to serve low-income, under-insured, and underserved residents in Lane County




KBOO Foundation -- $20,000 to hire an archivist to manage digital preservation of socially-relevant community radio interviews and events recorded in the Portland area since 1969

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Inc. -- $65,000 over two years to launch Native-led arts and culture projects to address community-identified social issues in Oregon tribal communities

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 corrections facilities 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 congregations, and advance full LGBTQ inclusion and culturally-focused ministries throughout Oregon