A Year End Update

December 15, 2023

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued commitment to a just and equitable Oregon for all of us. This year at The Collins Foundation (TCF) we’ve deepened our learning from communities across the state to be a more responsive grantmaker and partner.

TCF has been on a journey of reflection and learning over the last few years. The Foundation was founded with integrity and intention to serve the people of Oregon 76 years ago. We continue that legacy today with responsive grantmaking focused on increasing access to opportunity rooted in racial equity and justice. We believe confronting the challenging history of racial hierarchy in the United States is essential for eliminating inequality. 

Words matter and action is where values are made real. In our grantmaking and programs, we strive to design our processes to be welcoming and accessible by centering communities who have experienced the brunt of systemic injustice. TCF’s Black Equity Movement program (BEM) has led the way. In response to community input about the challenges experienced applying for funding across philanthropy, BEM created an easy-to-navigate application and system of support for the first Black Equity Movement General Operations Grant. This model will be expanded across the Foundation’s grantmaking to benefit all grantees. 

TCF is also currently working on our strategic plan to make sure our grantmaking and programs are effective and sustainable for the long term. We’re focusing our organizational priorities to address the root causes of inequity and deepening our support for organizations doing transformational equity and racial justice centered work statewide. Aligning our internal practices with our external actions holds us accountable to ourselves and our partners. TCF is shifting our funding cycle to do this work with intention and integrity.

The next responsive grant funding opportunity will be available in the summer of 2024.

Sincerely,

Carol Cheney

Chief Executive Officer, The Collins Foundation