December 2018 Grants

At the final 2018 meeting of The Collins Foundation trustees, 17 single-year and 18 multi-year grants were approved, totalling over $1.7 million to support high-impact community work in urban and rural communities across Oregon.


Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre -- $35,000 over 2 years to hire a part-time administrative assistant to improve financial sustainability and strengthen arts education programs serving Latino youth in Jackson and Josephine Counties

Crossroads Creative and Performing Arts Center, Inc. -- $10,000 over 1 year to hire a part-time education coordinator to increase arts education programming in rural Baker County

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association -- $50,000 over 1 year to support programs, operations, and efforts to address the impacts of Southern Oregon wildfires on the theater's business model

PassinArt: A Theatre Company -- $40,000 over 2 years to support operations and artistic programming with an African American perspective for audiences in the Portland area, in part through a challenge match

Portland Art Museum -- $50,000 over 1 year to support visual and media arts installations and related educational programming in Portland

Portland Festival Symphony -- $5,000 over 1 year to produce admission-free outdoor classical music concerts for diverse audiences in Portland

Shaking The Tree -- $6,000 over 1 year to support operations and the production of "Made to Dance in Burning Buildings" in Portland, exploring the impacts of domestic violence on women of color


Children & Youth

Camp ELSO, Inc -- $45,000 over 3 years to support staffing and expansions of inclusive STEM programs serving youth of color, such as Camp ELSO in Multnomah County

Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin -- $35,000 over 2 years to hire a professional mentor to expand mentoring services to more children from low income families, including Native American children, in rural Klamath County

Jackson County Child Abuse Task Force -- $50,000 over 1 year to hire a bilingual therapist to provide child abuse interventions to more Latino children from low-income families in both rural and urban communities in Southern Oregon

Mt. Emily Safe Center -- $5,000 over 1 year to implement a child sexual abuse prevention curriculum in six rural schools in Union County

Youth Progress Association -- $50,000 over 2 years to support operations and residential programs for youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems in Multnomah County, in part through a challenge match


Community Welfare

African American Alliance for Home Ownership -- $55,000 over 3 years to provide home ownership counseling services and resources to improve economic stability among Latino and African American families in Washington County

AYCO -- $25,000 over 1 year to support operations and programs serving East African and Somali immigrant and refugee communities in Multnomah and Washington Counties

Causa of Oregon -- $50,000 over 1 year to hire a bilingual staff person to build storytelling skills among advocates, engage more Spanish-language supporters, and shift public narratives around immigrants in Oregon

Coos Elderly Services, Inc. -- $15,000 over 1 year to replace leaking windows and seal a leaking building foundation to improve the service environment for low-income seniors and people with disabilities on the southern Oregon coast

Hacienda Community Development Corporation -- $150,000 over 3 years to hire a chief operating officer to strengthen organization capacity and improve services for low income Latino residents in the Portland area.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) -- $25,000 over 1 year to support the merger of Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment with IRCO's legal program to improve services for low-income immigrants and refugees with disabilities in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington Counties

Innovative Changes -- $50,000 over 3 years to hire a loan officer to expand loan programs primarily serving low-income people of color in rural Oregon

Insight Alliance -- $10,000 over 1 year to hire a program director to administer programming to prepare incarcerated Oregonians for transition into the community and provide ongoing support to those who have been released

LGBTQ Community Center Fund (Q Center) -- $20,000 over 1 year to support operations and programs serving LGBTQ individuals in Multnomah County during a leadership transition

North Fork John Day Watershed Council -- $10,000 over 1 year to launch the "Adopt-a-Fish" environmental education program engaging high school students in tagging, monitoring, and researching salmon in the rural area of the North Fork of the John Day River

Northwest Health Foundation Fund II -- $70,000 over 2 years to support a disability justice leadership collaborative

Portland Jobs With Justice Education Fund -- $35,000 over 2 years to activate people of faith in the Portland area around campaigns for affordable housing, workers rights, police accountability, immigrant inclusion, and environmental justice

United Methodist Church, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference -- $155,000 over 1 year to strengthen and revitalize congregations statewide ($82,250) and advance full LGBTQ inclusion in the life of the church ($69,750)

Western States Center -- $125,000 over 2 years to support operations and programs advancing gender and racial equity in Oregon



KairosPDX -- $150,000 over 3 years to codify, document, and replicate the organization's model to improve outcomes for Black students in Multnomah County and across Oregon

Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program -- $47,000 over 3 years to support operations, programs, and efforts to advance opportunity for youth of color and youth with disabilities, in part through a challenge match

Portland Youthbuilders -- $35,000 over 1 year to renovate the organization's facility to accommodate future growth and improve services to youth of color from low-income families in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties

Southern Oregon Child and Family Council Inc. -- $40,000 over 2 years to support Listo, a bilingual family literacy program serving low-income Latino families in Jackson County



Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors Northwest -- $35,000 over 2 years to support staffing to expand STEM-based ecology education programs serving low-income youth in rural Douglas and Lane Counties

Nez Perce Tribe -- $150,000 over 2 years to purchase and manage a conservation easement on ten acres of riparian wetlands at the confluence of the upper Wallowa River and Wallowa Lake


Health & Science

Bandon Community Health Center -- $75,000 over 1 year to construct a new primary health and wellness care facility in Port Orford to serve low-income residents of rural Curry County

Oregon Primary Care Association -- $42,000 over 2 years to strengthen and operationalize diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the organization's internal structures to improve services for low-income patients of color statewide



Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center -- $30,000 over 2 years to support operations and staffing to expand programs educating visitors in Wallowa County about the history of African-American contributions to Oregon's logging industry