Oregon rebuilding fund receives $5 million for wildfire recovery

Oregon rebuilding fund receives $5 million for wildfire recovery

Oregon's three largest foundations, the Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and Oregon Community Foundation, have jointly announced foundation, corporate, and individual donations totaling $5 million in support of the 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund.

Established in September by Oregon governor Kate Brown to assist communities in the state impacted by a devastating wildfire season, the fund was seeded with contributions totaling $3 million from the three foundations, as well as support from the Nike Foundation, Weyerhaeuser, Apple, Wells Fargo, Facebook, and Starbucks Foundation and donations from thousands of individuals. The three foundations have agreed to collaboratively manage the fund, which will provide grants in support of community needs in the areas of education, employment, housing, and health care.

"If there's one thing we can always count on in a crisis, it's the generosity of Oregonians," said Brown. "The outpouring of donations and support in recent days, large and small, has been truly inspiring. I'd like to thank the Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Ford Family Foundation, and their partners for leading this effort to help Oregon families impacted by these devastating wildfires."

"Foundations, businesses, individuals commit $5 million to Oregon wildfire recovery." Oregon Community Foundation press release 09/28/2020.