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TOP (Tracking Oregon's Progress) Report 2020: Cornerstones: Economic Mobility and Belonging in Oregon

November 30, 2020

Cascading crises in Oregon in 2020 have compounded existing inequities, resulting in disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), low-income Oregonians and rural communities. Every sector of society that OCF supports is grappling with the need for systems change: education, arts and culture, housing, business infrastructure, health care and more. How we are working to address these disproportionate impacts is informed by the findings in our newly released report, "Cornerstones: Economic Mobility and Belonging in Oregon." Working with Harvard-based research group Opportunity Insights, the report combines Census tract level data of economic opportunity with qualitative examinations of what helps kids in high opportunity neighborhoods succeed. OCF has identified key areas of investment and policy change needed to create more high opportunity neighborhoods in Oregon: economically integrated neighborhoods, high-quality schools, living wage jobs and increased social capital.

Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Creative Stretch: Findings from Oregon Community Foundation's Creative Heights Initiative

December 1, 2018

What happens when cultural organizations and artists/creatives receive early investment to stretch their practices and work in new ways when developing new work? This report documents the lessons learned from the first four years (2014-2017) of projects supported by Oregon Community Foundation's (OCF) Creative Heights Initiative. We hope that insights gained from these projects will build the capacity and confidence of other artists, creatives, and non-profits looking to stretch their creative practice, and encourage support for promising new work.

Giving in Oregon 2018

November 20, 2018

Oregon Community Foundation Report on Charitable Giving Trends

Building Successful P-3 Initiatives: Foundations and Catalysts for Systems Change Executive Summary

August 1, 2018

Across the United States, there is a growing recognition that early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Building Successful P-3 initiatives: Foundations and Catalysts for Systems Change

August 1, 2018

Across the United States, there is a growing recognition that early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Foundations & Catalysts for Systems Change: Next Steps for Oregon's Early Learning and Education Leaders

August 1, 2018

Early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Foundations & Catalysts for Systems Change: Next Steps for Oregon's Policymakers

August 1, 2018

Early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Early Success in P-3 Family Engagement

May 1, 2018

Evidence and Next Steps for Oregon's Education Leaders

Early Success in P-3 Family Engagement: Evidence and Next Steps for Oregon's Policymakers

May 1, 2018

Prenatal-through-Grade-3 (P-3) initiatives are an innovative approach to improving school readiness for Oregon'schildren.

TOP Report 2018 Oregonians Mobilizing for Change

January 1, 2018

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was established on the enduring principle that "the most creative solutions arise from groups of private citizens who come together to work in partnership and address their common needs and aspirations" (OCF Grant Guidelines, 1998). We believe fully engaged residents are a building block for healthy communities and a healthy democracy. This report explores examples of effective community engagement in Oregon today. OCF strives to practice the key components identified in this report:* We connect with people from around Oregon to explore what we can accomplish together by drawing on our strengths rather than focusing on shortfalls.* We support building relationships across diverse communities as a necessary underpinning for efforts to address opportunity gaps and other mutually identified issues.* We listen and provide support so engaged community members can succeed.

Social & Emotional Learning A Learning Brief

December 1, 2017

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. Thus far, The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation have funded 47 organizations that provide out-of-school time (OST) programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement, and are participating in an ongoing learning community to support program quality through the Initiative. This learning brief summarizes what is known about social and emotional learning (SEL) from existing research, and shares what we are learning about the efforts of grantee organizations to promote social and emotional skill development among the youth who participate in their programming. We hope that this brief builds greater understanding of the practices and experiences of OST programs in Oregon.