February & April 2018 Grants

At the February and April 2018 meetings of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation awarded nearly $4 million in grants to 72 organizations across the state.


Broadway Rose Theatre Company -- $25,000 over two years to support a bilingual, bicultural Latina engagement coordinator to increase diversity throughout the organization and in programming

Chamber Music Northwest -- $15,000  to support year-round music programs, outreach, and operations in the Portland area featuring a diversity of chamber music and musicians

Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival -- $35,000 over two years to pilot a culturally-specific, multidisciplinary arts and culture program for Native American students in the portand area

Metropolitan Youth Symphony -- $30,000 over two years to provide music education and performances to develop musicianship among racially and economically diverse k-12 youth in the Portland area

Morpheus Youth Project -- $30,000 over two years to support operations and culturally responsive programs to engage and inspire low-income youth of color and incarcerated young people through the arts

Northwest Professional Dance Project -- $25,000  to support operations, community classes, professional dance training, and contemporary dance performances in the Portland area featuring works by established and emerging choreographers

Painted Sky, Inc. -- $10,000  to promote traditional dance instruction and Native arts and culture programs that connect reservation- and urban-based Native American youth in Oregon to their Native cultural roots

Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Inc. -- $25,000  to present choral concerts and programs that celebrate LGBTQ diversity and international solidarity with the Beijing Queer Chorus

Portland Youth Philharmonic Association -- $12,000  to develop a comprehensive equity plan to strengthen operations and programs providing music education to youth in the Portland area

Ross Ragland Theater -- $10,000  to provide in-school and theater-based arts education programs to serve K-12 students in the rural Kamath Basin region


Children & Youth

ABC House Inc. -- $60,000 over two years to hire a clinical services manager to expand child abuse assessments and support services for Benton and Linn Counties

Arc of Lane County -- $20,000  to hire a part-time job developer to launch a workforce development program serving Lane County youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County -- $35,000  to renovate a facility to expand teen center programs primarily serving low-income youth in rural Lane County

Circus Project, The -- $30,000 over two years to enhance social circus empowerment and socialization programs for students attending schools in low-income neighborhoods, youth of color in culturally-specific programs, and young adults experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Elkton Community Education Center -- $15,000  to provide training and work opportunities for high school youth and young adults in rural Douglas County

Healthy Moves -- $15,000  to expand a trainers-in-residence program to integrate strength training, yoga, and movement activities engaging elementary students attending under-resourced Lane County schools

Kids Unlimited of Oregon -- $85,000  to purchase stage equipment and technology to create a performance center to serve low-income children and families in medford

Playworks Education Energized -- $40,000 over two years to expand school-based coaching programs to support physical activity and positive socialization at elementary schools in low-income Portland-area neighborhoods and in rural communities across Oregon

Strengthening Rural Families -- $30,000  to expand community-based early learning, parenting, and youth programs in rural Benton County communities


Community Welfare

Bienestar Inc. -- $100,000 over two years to hire a housing development coordinator and part-time office manager, and provide in-house training to build capacity to develop affordable housing for low-income Latino families in Washington County

Bridge Meadows -- $50,000  to support operations and onsite programs at affordable housing communities serving adoptive families, children formerly in foster care, and elders in Portland and Beaverton

City Club of Portland -- $60,000 over two years to transform operational and programmatic practices to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity in civic engagement programs for Portland area residents

Clackamas Women's Services -- $40,000  to support staff positions for a transitional housing program serving Latina survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Clackamas County

Coalition of Communities of Color -- $200,000 over three years to expand capacity for communities of color to design, conduct, and analyze community-based research projects

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon -- $10,000  to expand financial literacy programs for low-to-moderate-income individuals in rural areas of Jackson County

Coos Cares -- $30,000  to support first-year operations and supportive programming at a transitional housing facility serving low-income families in rural Coos County

Downtown English (d.b.a. Downtown Languages) -- $15,000  to support a culturally-specific family literacy program primarily serving low-income Latino immigrant families in Lane County

Dress for Success of Oregon -- $50,000 over two years to work with nonprofit partners to develop trainings for businesses to hire and retain a diverse female workforce in the Portland area

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon -- $150,000 in part through a challenge match to present the 2018 Collins Lecture, support operations, and provide a 1:1 challenge match to engage faith communities statewide in service to culturally diverse youth, adults, and families impacted by poverty

Euvalcree -- $100,000 over two years to support leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement programs for Latino individuals and families in rural Malheur County

Family Justice Center of Washington County -- $24,000  to hire a part-time volunteer coordinator to serve adult and child survivors of domestic violence in Washington County

Harbor, The Inc. -- $20,000  to support operations and staffing at a new confidential shelter in astoria for individuals and families escaping domestic violence

Huerto de la Familia - Family Garden -- $30,000 over two years to expand organic gardening and health programs to promote food justice for more low-income, Eugene-area Latino families

Junction City Local Aid -- $10,000  to support staffing and programs to provide basic service assistance to more low-income residents in rural Junction City and the surrounding area

Latino Network -- $105,000  to support operations and programs serving Latino youth and adults during a period of rapid growth, and provide leadership training and networking for emerging Latino leaders across the state

Luke-Dorf -- $30,000  to hire a half-time employment specialist to expand northstar's workforce supports to adults with mental illness in the Portland area

MetroEast Community Media -- $55,000 over two years to provide digital literacy classes and resources at no cost for low-income, culturally diverse residents in the Rockwood Neighborhood, including immigrants and refugees

Monument Senior Citizens -- $13,760  to purchase a commercial dishwasher and commercial mixer for a community center serving residents in a remote, rural area of Grant County

Nonprofit Association of Oregon -- $65,000 over two years to support programs to strengthen the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of Oregon nonprofits

Oasis Shelter Home, Inc. -- $20,000  to purchase a vehicle to provide reliable transportation for clients experiencing or at risk of domestic and sexual violence in rural Curry County

Partnership for Safety and Justice -- $40,000  to support operations to promote Oregon criminal justice policy reforms that focus on prevention, rehabilitation, and the impacts on both crime survivors and those convicted of crimes

REACH -- $70,000 over two years to support operations to expand community-integrated employment and employment support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in rural Klamath County

Rebuilding Together Portland Oregon -- $5,000  to provide free home repair for low-income home owners in Portland, primarily individuals with disabilities, families, the elderly, and veterans

Rebuilding Together Washington County -- $5,000  to provide free home repair for low-income mobile home owners in Washington County, primarily individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and veterans

Togo Community Organization of Oregon (for SACOO) -- $55,000 over two years to support sacoo's culturally-specific programs and operations to provide social service and educational advocacy for the somali american and immigrant community

Trans*Ponder -- $15,000  to support operations and programs to improve outcomes and opportunities for transgender and non-binary Oregonians

Warm Springs Community Action Team -- $150,000  to renovate the historic commissary building on the warm springs reservation to create a business development center offering low-income individuals access to mentoring, technical assistance, retail shop space, and an artisan cooperative



All Hands Raised -- $150,000 over two years to support operations to increase school community teams promoting equitable systems change to improve student outcomes in Portland-area schools

Campbell Institute -- $250,000 over two years to support a culturally responsive community healthworker project in partnership with immigrant and refugee community organization for low-income, immigrant families in the earl boyles elementary school neighborhood

Elevate Oregon -- $50,000 over two years to support culturally responsive, school-based, teacher/mentor programs to promote academic achievement, personal responsibility, and resilience among Portland-area youth, primarily from low-income communities of color

INCIGHT Company -- $85,000 over three years to expand mentoring, coaching, internship, and educational opportunities for young adults with disabilities in the Portland area

Reading Results -- $50,000 over two years to focus on staff and mentor training and strengthen internal dei practices to enhance reading intervention services for elementary schools serving low-income children and children of color in the Portland area

Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, Inc. -- $105,000 over three years to expand culturally-specific early learning and parent engagement programs serving low-income Latino, immigrant families with young children in the mid-Willamette Valley

Stand for Children Leadership Center -- $210,000 over three years to support district-level implementation of a statewide initiative to keep Oregon high school students in school and on track to graduation, technical training, or careers



Beyond Toxics -- $90,000 over two years to support a collaborative project with NAACP of Lane County and Unete to advance environmental, racial, and economic justice

Harney County Watershed Council -- $18,000  to contract a third-party facilitator to help residents of rural Harney County with diverse water usage needs develop a collaborative community-based water management plan

Institute for Applied Ecology -- $20,000  to provide individuals at snake river correctional facility an opportunity to gain science education, hands-on experience, and vocational certification restoring native species in rural eastern Oregon

Intertwine Alliance Foundation, The -- $15,000  to facilitate metro-area cohorts of environmentally-focused nonprofits, public agencies, and business organizations to address diversity, equity, and inclusion

Klamath Outdoor Science School (KOSS) -- $25,000  to purchase and furnish yurts for youth and staff lodging at an environmental outdoor education camp in rural Klamath County

Nature Conservancy, The -- $170,000 over three years to renovate the headquarters in Portland to create an energy-efficient center for the conservation movement in Oregon

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon -- $25,000  to increase civic engagement and leadership on transportation issues among low-income individuals and people of color in the Portland area

Western Rivers Conservancy -- $75,000 over two years to restore and conserve floodplain, riparian, and forest habitat in the north santiam river basin in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and reestablish portions of the Tribe's historic lands

Willamette Riverkeeper -- $50,000 over two years to conduct research and community education, and develop policy related to water quality in the Willamette River



Health & Science

Alano Club of Portland -- $70,000 over three years to hire an executive director to lead Oregon recovers, a coalition of health care, mental health, and addiction recovery agencies seeking to create a coordinated, statewide addiction recovery strategy

Community Counseling Solutions -- $10,000  to support affordable oral health services for uninsured and under-insured residents of rural Grant County

Lifeways, Inc. -- $80,000  to support operations for aspen springs, a newly constructed inpatient psychiatric facility serving individuals in rural eastern Oregon who are experiencing a mental health crisis

Project Quest -- $60,000 over two years to hire a case manager to expand a non-opioid pain management program primarily serving low-income uninsured individuals in Portland, including patients of color and LGBTQ patients

Trauma Healing Project -- $20,000 over two years to expand trauma-informed training and consultation programs to mitigate the impacts of traumatic experiences in the lives of Lane County residents




BendFilm -- $10,000  to launch the motion picture diversity program at the 15th annual BendFilm Festival, featuring Native American- and female-focused films

Oregon Public Broadcasting -- $175,000 over three years to support regionally-focused programs, and upgrades to technology and the facility in Portland

Portland Chinatown History Foundation -- $35,000  to construct the Portland Chinatown museum featuring the history of early chinese immigrants, and serving as an exhibit space for Asian & Pacific Islander communities.

Portland Community Media (dba Open Signal) -- $35,000  to launch a fellowship program to provide mentorship, professional development, and access to technology and equipment for Black filmmakers