Within our six programmatic funding areas, our Board of Trustees has established priority areas that fall within the program areas of Education, Health and Environmental Preservation. Although projects from all of our program areas are funded regularly, projects that fall within our priority areas receive special attention.
We believe that programs that build on the school experience are often necessary to help students succeed. Valued programs include after school programs, tutoring, summer school and year-round education programs that increase engagement and incorporate unique learning styles to improve school attendance and the overall academic experience for students.
We believe all children should have access and support to early learning programs that encourage, empower and engage young readers to learn to read and then read to learn. We support programs that improve early childhood learning to create, inspire and equip young learners with the knowledge to be proficient readers and the readiness to arrive to school ready to learn and be successful.
The damaging effects of pollution are not distributed evenly throughout our communities and oftentimes, the people most adversely impacted are those who are not empowered to change their circumstances. Valued programs include projects that promote the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
Our rivers are the life blood of our lands and the home of the salmon and lamprey. It is our responsibility to help our rivers heal and restore the fish that sustain us. We value projects that protect and restore our rivers and the ecosystems they support, including: water quality, river habitat conservation and restoration, fish restoration and reducing toxic pollution. Other valued projects are proactive in their approach to reducing solid waste in landfills that adversely affect the health of our rivers.
Domestic Violence & Child Abuse or Neglect
Many parents and children face a life of violence and abuse and need help finding security. We value programs that provide stability in their lives and address the root causes of domestic violence, abuse and neglect, focusing on prevention and education to help break the cycle of violence for families.
Homeless Youth & Support Services
There is a growing number of youth experiencing homelessness in Oregon. These youth face various challenges in maintaining their physical health, mental health and overall well-being. We value programs that support, stabilize, strengthen and empower homeless youth, helping them to achieve independence and thrive in life.
We believe that all children deserve a healthy start in life. By supporting programs that focus on women’s health, pre & post-natal care, and the general health needs of children, we may have a positive impact on their overall health and wellbeing throughout the course of their lives.
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are linked to chronic health problems and toxic stress resulting from traumatic events that occur in childhood. These experiences can have an immense impact on youth, such as delayed development, learning disabilities, inability to focus or manage emotions, and more. We value programs that focus on prevention and treatment of all people experiencing ACEs.
We know that mental health is an integral part of overall health and well-being that affects all aspects of our daily lives. By supporting programs that support people’s emotional, psychological and social well-being, we are helping people lead healthy and productive lives.
Often people who struggle with mental health have underlying issues, such as addictions to drugs & alcohol, adverse childhood experiences, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. We value programs that focus on prevention and treatment for all people living with mental health and addiction issues.