Summer 2018 Grants

At the June and August 2018 meetings of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation awarded 28 multi-year grants and 49 single-year grants, totalling nearly $4 million invested in communities across Oregon.


Crow's Shadow Institute -- $45,000 over two years to provide printmaking opportunities for Native American professional artists and expand Native traditional arts and youth programming in Eastern Oregon

Ethos Music Center -- $25,000  to expand music education and music programs to underserved youth in the Portland area and in rural communities in Oregon

Media-Rites -- $10,000  to write and produce a play exploring intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality for audiences in the Portland area

My Voice Music -- $30,000 over two years to expand music education, songwriting, and music recording programs for low-income youth with behavioral, emotional, or economic challenges at a new facility in east Portland

Oregon Symphony Association -- $75,000  to support operations and programs providing classical music concerts, music education programs, and community outreach in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties

PlayWrite -- $25,000 over two years to support operations and therapeutic writing programs for teens in Portland who have experienced trauma or abuse


Children & Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area -- $85,000 over two years to provide culturally responsive, trauma informed services to low-income children and families, primarily in communities of color, in the Portland area

Camp Fire Columbia -- $30,000  to provide culturally responsive curriculum, mentoring, and family engagement programs to address middle school achievement gaps primarily for students of color in Multnomah County

Clackamas County Children's Commission -- $60,000  to expand a facility to improve Head Start service capacity and educational outcomes for Latino and low-income children in Clackamas County

Family Building Blocks -- $30,000  to support a full-time home visitor position to expand the reach of family intervention programs to strengthen low-income and Latino families with children 0-6 years living in Woodburn

Family of Friends Mentoring -- $20,000  to strengthen internal infrastructure and enhance mentor recruitment in communities of color to better serve low-income children in Gresham and east Multnomah County

Hope Rising (Youth Rising) -- $10,000  to support operations and programs at a rural Klamath County youth drop-in center

Maslow Project -- $30,000  to support operations and programs serving homeless youth, including youth of color and LGBTQ youth, in Jackson and Josephine Counties

New Avenues for Youth -- $50,000 over two years to support the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center serving homeless LGBTQ youth in Multnomah County's Rockwood neighborhood

Oregon Community Foundation (for Community 101) -- $10,000  to support school-based, service-learning programs at Centennial High School in Gresham and NAYA Family Center’s Early College Academy in Portland

REAP, Inc. -- $125,000  to purchase a facility to house operations and multicultural leadership programs serving youth of color, primarily African American youth, in Multnomah and Washington Counties

Soul River, Inc. -- $50,000 over three years to hire a part-time program director to increase services and expand outdoor programs to more Portland area youth of color

Youth Empowerment Shelter -- $40,000 over two years to support operations of a youth shelter serving runaway, abandoned, and homeless teens in Wasco, Hood River, and Sherman Counties


Community Welfare

Access -- $25,000  to enhance building accessibility and safety features for low-income individuals with restricted mobility in Medford

Addictions Recovery Center -- $50,000  to launch a residential treatment program for low-income expectant and new mothers in Medford

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO Communities United) -- $11,000  to support, and communicate the stories of, the South Asian detainees being held at the federal prison in Sheridan.

Basic Rights Education Fund -- $40,000  to support operations and programs to advance youth, racial, and transgender justice for LGBTQ individuals statewide

Better Together Central Oregon -- $30,000  to pilot an evidence-based pre-K literacy program to engage Latino families in Central Oregon

Call to Safety -- $20,000 over two years to build the capacity of the organization during an executive director transition to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence statewide through a challenge match

Causa of Oregon -- $100,000  to provide continued support of the Immigrant Inclusion Plan & Oregon Ready

Civil Liberties Defense Center -- $20,000  to expand culturally responsive Know Your Rights programs in rural, low income, indigenous, and immigrant communities and communities of color

Communities United for People (for Enlace) -- $25,000  to expand leadership skills and connections by offering skill-building workshops, peer learning opportunities, and social and networking events to a cohort of LGBTQ women of color in the Portland area

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) -- $20,000  to support the Regional Supportive Housing Fund Collaborative to strengthen and align services for very-low income people in the Portland area

Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services -- $65,000 over two years to support a merger with Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation to leverage responsive services for more low-income families and individuals across seven Oregon counties

Evolve Workforce & Multifamily Housing Services -- $125,000 over two years to support operations and culturally-specific programs providing community rooted workforce development and property management services for more low-income and Latino individuals in the Willamette Valley

Financial Beginnings Oregon -- $20,000  to support the organization's equity work and provide culturally responsive financial education programs in partnership with community-based organizations working with historically underserved communities throughout Oregon

Food Share of Lincoln County -- $18,000  to purchase a new refrigerated truck to serve more low-income families and individuals in Lincoln County

Friendly House, Inc. -- $15,000  to train board, staff, and volunteers in trauma-informed care practices to better serve individuals in Portland, including immigrants, seniors, and low-income families

Horizon Project Inc. -- $70,000  to support a transition toward community-based integrated employment and day services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in rural Umatilla County

Human Solutions -- $150,000  to construct a social service center in a mixed-use housing and commercial building serving low- and moderate-income people, primarily people of color, in Portland's Gateway neighborhood

ILG Innovation Law Lab -- $40,000  to hire an immigration attorney and a paralegal/volunteer coordinator to both provide and coordinate legal representation and legal advocacy for the 120+ immigrant detainees at the federal prison in Sheridan

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) -- $125,000  to purchase and remodel a facility to expand service capacity and programs for African immigrants in Multnomah County

L'Arche Portland -- $15,000  to support operations and program expansion into a Beaverton home for people with and without intellectual disabilities to live together in community

Latino Network -- $30,000  to hire an immigration support specialist to work with each of the organization's departments to ensure a coordinated response for Latino Network's clients suffering from immigration-related challenges

Mano a Mano Family Center -- $100,000 over two years to strengthen operations, data-gathering systems, and programs serving low-income Latino and immigrant residents in Marion and Polk Counties

Metropolitan Contractors Improvement Partnership -- $80,000 over two years to support staffing to provide training and technical assistance to expand opportunities for contractors of color in the Portland area and the north Willamette Valley region

MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives & Training (MERIT) -- $60,000 over two years to hire a director of program services to oversee business development programming and new initiatives to serve a culturally diverse mix of low-to-moderate income emerging entrepreneurs in the Salem area

MRG Foundation -- $30,000  to support operations and programs serving communities statewide during an organizational transition and executive director search

NAMI Lane County -- $26,000 over two years to hire a half-time volunteer coordinator to diversify the organization's volunteer base and implement peer-delivered culturally responsive programming for people living with mental illness in Lane County

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence -- $28,000 over two years to pilot a mental health program serving women in Malheur, Marion, and Umatilla Counties who have experienced sexual violence in the military

Oregon Community Warehouse -- $80,000 over two years to hire a Somali-bilingual, bi-cultural program coordinator at a furniture bank serving immigrants and refugee families in Portland

Oregon Student Foundation -- $35,000  to support operations and student leadership development programs primarily serving low-income students, students of color, and LGTBQ students at public universities across Oregon

Portland Homeless Family Solutions -- $175,000 over two years to purchase and remodel a facility to expand services for homeless families in east Multnomah County

Rose Haven CIC -- $60,000 over three years to expand staff capacity to provide meals to a growing population of homeless women and children in Multnomah County

Rural Organizing Project -- $70,000 over two years to support community engagement and youth leadership development to promote equity and justice in rural communities and small towns throughout Oregon

Sponsors -- $50,000  to build ten tiny homes to provide long-term housing for individuals who are transitioning from incarceration in Lane County

St. Andrew Legal Clinic -- $30,000  to provide Spanish language interpretation, translation, and related services for very low-income Latino and immigrant clients in the Portland area

Store to Door -- $30,000 over two years to support operations and food delivery programs serving low-income and home-bound seniors and people with disabilities in Multnomah and Washington Counties

Togo Community Organization of Oregon (TOGO CORE) -- $53,000 over two years to hire a half-time organizational management coordinator and purchase equipment to strengthen programs serving African immigrants in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties

VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project -- $30,000  to support operations to strengthen culturally-specific workforce development and workers' rights programs for low-income Latino immigrant day laborers in Portland

Willamette Valley Law Project -- $150,000 over three years to provide culturally-specific education, outreach, and support services to low-income immigrant women with connections to farmwork in the Willamette Valley who have experienced workplace sexual assault and harassment



Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians -- $63,500  to renovate a church to create a Tribal Community Center housing preschool programs and multi-generational activities for Native youth and seniors in rural Myrtle Creek

Oregon 4-H Foundation (for STEM Beyond School) -- $42,000  to coordinate hands-on STEM education programs for students at two rural community sites and provide professional development opportunities for staff

Oregon Public Health Institute (for Oregon Community Health Workers Association) -- $80,000 over two years to train community education workers from culturally-specific and community-based organizations to promote early childhood education and parent engagement among low-income families of color, immigrants, and refugees in the Portland area

Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice -- $12,000  to support school-based restorative justice programs serving students in three Southern Oregon school districts, including Latino students, rural students, and low-income students



Audubon Society of Portland -- $50,000  to construct a lodge facility to support year-round outdoor school programs at Miller Wildlife Sanctuary near Sandy

Green Lents -- $45,000 over two years to implement environmental education programs, livability enhancements, and neighborhood planning in the racially and ethnically diverse Lents community

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides -- $30,000  to support statewide operations as the organization transitions to a shared leadership model



Health & Science

Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine -- $20,000  to hire a half-time clinical care coordinator to support safe practices and evidence-based healthcare, primarily for uninsured immigrants and people of color in Clackamas County

Gorge Grown Food Network -- $20,000  to support a collaborative network of organizations, agencies, and individuals working to reduce hunger and improve the Columbia River Gorge region's food systems

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette -- $175,000 over three years to expand culturally relevant reproductive health literacy and accessible health care to east Portland, serving diverse low-income students and caregivers

Southwest Community Health Center -- $30,000  to transition uninsured and low-income patients to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center as Southwest Community Health Center ceases operations




Chetco Historical Memorial Project -- $18,000  to install a protective berm surrounding the historic site of a Chetco Indian Village in rural Curry County

Confederated Lower Chinook Tribes and Bands -- $50,000  to purchase and revitalize the 1851 Tansy Point treaty grounds, a historically significant site in rural Columbia County for the Chinook Indian Nation

Fishtrap -- $15,000  to support operations and year-round literary arts programs in rural Wallowa County

High Desert Museum -- $60,000 over two years to build staff capacity and partner with the Warm Springs Museum to develop culturally relevant place-based exhibits, programs, and practices that honor Indigenous perspectives in Deschutes and Jefferson Counties

Library Foundation Inc. Serving the People of Multnomah County -- $150,000 over two years to pilot culturally-focused early literacy programs at schools and nonprofit locations to reach immigrant and refugee families and incarcerated parents in Multnomah County

Literary Arts Inc. -- $20,000  to promote youth engagement in writing, spoken word, and literature programs in Multnomah County

Museum At Warm Springs -- $125,000  to provide educational and culturally-specific activities throughout the Museum's 25th Anniversary year to honor the culture and heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education -- $15,000  to create a hands-on education lab in Portland for students and visitors to explore the lessons of the Holocaust, discrimination, and complex issues of human rights

Oregon Nikkei Endowment -- $25,000 over two years to support a full-time project coordinator position to increase community engagement and expand educational programs sharing the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest

Roseburg, City of -- $50,000  to revitalize, renovate, and reopen the Roseburg Public Library