Oregon Community Foundation makes local grants

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) awarded $201,334 at its November board meeting to help strengthen charitable activities of Central Oregon non-profit organizations according to a statement Tuesday by Greg Chaillé, OCF president.

The new grants bring to $589,364 the total funds awarded in 2003 to Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson county organizations, he added.

Linda Moore, Bend, OCF board member, said local members of the community who serve on OCF’s Central Oregon Leadership Council help recommend distribution of discretionary funds based on their knowledge of local and regional charitable needs. The discretionary funds for the three counties amounted to $140,284 from the November grants.

During the nearly 30 years since it was founded, OCF, in partnership with its donors, has built a permanent endowment to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy.

The endowment now consists of more than 900 charitable funds totaling $400 million, with $27 million annually going toward community grants and scholarships.

Following are the grants awarded in Central Oregon:

American Red Cross, Deschutes County, Bend, $5,000 from the Robert W Chandler Fund for the Disaster Relief Fund in Central Oregon

American Red Cross, Deschutes County, Bend, $5,000, from the Cushman Family Fund for general support

Arts Central, Bend, $1,000 from an Anonymous Donor for general support

Assistance League of Bend, Bend, $1,000 from the Curran Family Fund for general support

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon Bend, $9,500 from the Curran Family Fund, F.J. Hodecker Family Fund, and the Robert W. Chandler II Fund for mentoring programs for at-risk youth

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Redmond, $500 from the Shirley V. Ray Fund for the area iof greatest need

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Redmond, $1,000 from an Anonymous Donor for general support

Cascade Child Center, Inc., Redmond, $500 from an Anonymous Donor for general support

Cascade Community School of Music, Bend, $1,000 from the T J Education Fund for unrestricted use

Cascade Festival of Music, Bend, $1,000, from an Anonymous Donor for general support

Cascades Theatrical Company, Bend, $1,000 from the F.J. Hodecker Family Fund for scholarships for low-income students

Central Oregon Battering & Rape Alliance, Bend, $20,000 from the Casey Family Fund, Curran Family Fund, F.J. Hodecker Family Fund, J.G. Edwards Fund, Robert W. Chandler Fund, Robert W. Chandler II, Fund, and the Shirley V. Ray Fund for efforts to increase COBRA’s sustainability through development of a diversified funding base

Central Oregon Environmental Center, Bend, $5,000, from the Over the River and Through the Woods Fund for development of the “Green Spot” website

Central Oregon Family Resource Center, Bend, $1,250 from the Collins and Wendy Hemingway Fund for general support

Central Oregon Symphony Association, Bend, $500, from the The Hooter Fund II for general support

Deschutes Basin Land Trust, Bend, $4,500, from the Collins and Wendy Hemingway Fund and the Wolf Family Fund; $300 from the Warner Family Fund; and $1,000 from the Peter H. and Alice M. Koehler Fund for general support

Deschutes Children’s Foundation, Bend, $1,000 from the Curran Family Fund and the Shirley V. Ray Fund for general support

Grandma’s House of Central Oregon, Bend, $25,000 from the Casey Family Fund, Curran Family Fund, E. Henry Wemme Fund, F.J. Hodecker Family Fund, Robert W. Chandler Fund, and the Shirley V. Ray Fund to remodel and expand the current facility serving homeless and abused pregnant and parenting teens

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, Bend, for partial scholarship support for the physically and mentally challenged youth who cannot afford program fees and for some operational costs, $8,250 from the Casey Family Fund, Collins and Wendy Hemingway Fund, F.J. Hodecker Family Fund, and the Robert W. Chandler II Fund; $2,600 from the Dee Niskanen Family Fund for general support; and $5,000 from the Jack R. and Mary B. Dant Special Disability Fund, for unrestricted use.

High Desert Museum, Bend, $1,000 from the Curran Family Fund for general support; $1,000 from the Eric and Ronna Hoffman Fund for annual support; and $1,000 from the William W. and Patricia L. Wessinger Fund for current operations.

Hospice of Bend-LaPine, Bend, $2,600 from the Dee Niskanen Family Fund for general support

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Central Oregon, Bend, $10,000 from the Casey Family Fund, Robert W. Chandler II Fund, and the Thelma D. McCulloch Fund to support a drive to recruit more volunteers to handle the increasing number of calls from seniors in need of services

Kids Intervention & Diagnostic Service Center, Bend, $2,800 from the Cushman Family Fund, to help abused children

Kids Intervention & Diagnostic Service Center, Bend, $500 from an Anonymous Donor for general support

New Generations Family Daycare & Learning Center, Sunriver, $12,000 from the Robert W. Chandler II Fund, and the William Swindells, Sr. Memorial Fund to build outdoor play facilities critical for qualification as a Head Start site

Oregon Natural Desert Association, Portland, $2,000 from the John and Betty Soreng Environmental Fund for the general fund and $1,000 from the Sterling Family Fund
to provide citizens with the tools and training to collect information that will help identify lands in Oregon’s High Desert for protection as Wilderness Study Areas and $3,000 from the Casey Family Fund for general support to identify lands in Oregon’s High Desert for protection as Wilderness Study Areas

Oregon State Parks Trust, Bend, $17,900 from the John and Jane Youell Fund, Robert W. Chandler II Fund, and the Shelk Fund to implement the first phase of an interpretive plan for Collier Memorial State Park and its logging museum

Prineville Hospital Foundation, Prineville, $13,750 from the J.G. Edwards Fund and the Shelk Fund for remodeling of the medical surgical unit and nursing station

Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, $10,000 from the F.J. Hodecker Family Fund, and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Fund to support an expansion of the festival’s educational outreach program to the Sisters Elementary School

Sisters School District, Sisters, $10,000 from the Bowerman Family Fund, for the Sisters High School Track Improvement Project

Soroptimist International of Prineville, Prineville, $4,000 from the Robert W. and Nancy R. Chandler Fund and the Shelk Fund, to design and construct a covered entry/drive-through canopy for the front entrance of the building to provide a safer environment for senior citizens

St. Charles Medical Center Foundation, Bend, $500 from the Shirley V. Ray Fund for Healthy Beginnings

St. Charles Medical Center Foundation, Bend, $2,000, from the Shelk Fund, to support establishment of an adult psychiatric facility

St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph Conference, Prineville, $9,884 from the Casey Family Fund, J.G. Edwards Fund, Kelly Family Fund, and Robert W. Chandler Fund for renovations to and equipment for the new food bank in Crook County