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The Oregon Community Foundation seeking your ideas!

Jules Masterjohn of the Rogue Gallery and Art Center just sent us this email, saying “The Oregon Community Foundation WANTS TO HEAR FROM ARTS-INVOLVED southern Oregonians about what we need in the arts in southern Oregon. If you read her entire email, you will understand the impact that people’s voices will have on funding for the arts in Oregon!”

The Oregon Community Foundation had a meeting of Southern Oregon arts, culture and education leaders today. They graciously acknowledged the experience and wisdom present in this group, and asked for their assistance in gathering input from arts-involved people in our region. Why? The OCF has just received a large gift, and they want our thoughts on how to prioritize the 6-7 million dollars in annual funding this gift will provide. Please read, and go to the survey using the link below to offer your opinion by answering 5 questions BEFORE JULY 6TH!!

Hello. We are seeking your input on a project that will have significant impact on the arts in Oregon. As you may know, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has recently received a gift of $150 million from Fred Fields. This gift – one of the largest ever to a community foundation – will create a permanent endowed fund at OCF, providing $6-7 million annually for the arts and education in Oregon. We are honored and humbled that Mr. Fields had confidence that OCF would determine the best possible uses of his bequest.

To set priorities for the Fields Fund that align Mr. Fields’ interests with community needs, the OCF board and staff are conducting extensive research. A significant part of this research is hearing from knowledgeable individuals around the state – and we believe you are someone who has a valuable perspective on the arts.

We have created an online survey that we are asking you to complete. We hope that you will share in the important work of identifying potential strategies for the Fields Fund by responding to five questions and sharing your advice on a ranking of priorities. The following link will take you to the survey. Please respond by Friday, July 6.

OCF / Fields Arts Survey:

Our goal is to hear from a diverse and broad group of community members. If you have someone in mind whom you think should fill out the survey, please forward this email.

If you would like to learn more about Fred Fields and Fields Fund, you can find information here:

Best Regards,

Michael Achterman, Program Associate for Grants

Michelle Boss Barba, Program Officer, Portland

Sara Brandt, Southern Willamette Regional Director

Abby Bush, Early Childhood Administrative Officer

Amy Cuddy, Southern Oregon Program Officer

Jennifer Curry, Donor Relations Officer

Joan Kerns, Donor Relations Officer

Kirsten Kilchenstein, Donor Relations Officer

Maesie Speer, Program Associate for Scholarships and Grants

Sonia Worcel, Research Director


1221 SW Yamhill St., Suite 100

Portland, OR 97205

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