Trends 2017: Oregon

Grantmaking to Oregon rose just over 5% between 2012 and 2014. Echoing overall giving to the Northwest, health and education were the top priorities for funders to Oregon, accounting for 30% and 21% of total grant dollars, respectively. Despite the large share of grant dollars targeting health, a substantially greater share of the number of grants awarded to Oregon-based organizations supported education (20%) and human services (19%) — including a $500,000 award from Meyer Memorial Trust to Oregon Food Bank — followed by 10% for health.

In addition to significant grants for local communities, including a $5 million grant from The Ford Family Foundation to Oregon Health & Science University Foundation for rural outreach and a patient and family housing center, the state received the highest proportion of international relations grants across the Northwest, including NIKE Foundation’s support for Portland-based Mercy Corps’ work with girls in developing countries.

Top 10 Grantmakers to Oregon, 2014*

  1. The Oregon Community Foundation (OR)
  2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (WA)
  3. Meyer Memorial Trust (OR)
  4. Schwab Charitable Fund (CA)
  5. The Ford Family Foundation (OR)
  6. M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust (WA)
  7. The Collins Foundation (OR)
  8. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (NJ)
  9. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (CA)
  10. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program (MA)

*Based on grants data reported to Foundation Center by January 2017


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