Friday, November 28, 2003
Local organizations receive $100,000 in charitable
gifts from the
Oregon Community Foundation
By Leanne Josephson
The Daily Astorian, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not just a stomach full of turkey that’s making
some local nonprofit board members thankful.
Eight organizations in Clatsop County recently learned that they
were the recipients of more than $100,000 in charitable gifts from
the Oregon Community Foundation.
“We’re thrilled!” said Cathy Peterson, Astoria
Children’s Museum board member.
The museum received $7,500 to expand the Tot Time program, a daily
program of crafts, singing, reading and projects that promotes early
learning in children under six.
Peterson said the award will enable the museum to continue to provide
activities for young children in the community.
OCF is like a large philanthropic umbrella. It administers 950 charitable
funds – worth an estimated $400 million – and distributes
the money based on grant applications and donor suggestions.
“OCF helps people in the community address key issues,” said
Jeff Anderson, program officer.
Key issues can include mentoring programs, support for historical
societies, support for community journalism and student learning.
OCF’s emphasis on the latter is one of the reasons the Astoria
School District will be getting a $15,000 check to buy equipment
for a new applied science center at the high school.
Anderson said the project “seems to be a great collaboration
between the school and local scientists and will give students a
way to apply their education in a way that’s valuable to the
North Coast Community in Schools was also a recipient. The program,
led by one part-time executive director, recruits adults from the
community to come into the school once a week and play games, listen
and develop a friendships with students. It received $10,000 for
a mentoring program for at-risk elementary school children.
“It will ensure that our program continues for at least another
two years,” said director Karna Cupples. “It’s
really a feather in our cap.”
The biggest OCF grant to a Clatsop County Group, $50,000, went to
the Liberty Theater restoration project.
“We’re right in the midst of fund-raising for a number
of projects with new signage, the canopy, restoring the interior
lobby and completing the renovation of the theater,” said Cheri
Folk, a board member with Liberty Restoration Inc. “That money
will be put to good use. It’s very heart-warming.”
Cannon Beach Historical Society: $10,000 for expansion of historical
exhibits, part of a plan to build a permanent endowment;
Clatsop Community Action: $7,500 for roof repairs on the building
that houses CCA’s anti-poverty program;
Seaside Museum and Historical Society: $3,590
for “The Lewis & Clark
Saltmakers Return” interpretive program on the beach;
Tillicum Foundation: $7,500 for the continued support of the Community
Journalism Initiative to provide coverage of local and regional news
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