Bequeathed by the late Bill Swindells, the gift will be added to the foundation's endowment and fund the priorities of the OCF board, on which Swindells served from 1983 to 1991. One strategic priority of the board is narrowing the opportunity gap in the state — inequities in access to education, health care, services, and jobs, with a focus on children born into low-income families and children of color. To that end, OCF is leveraging its research, advocacy, and grantmaking to develop and preserve affordable housing, boost economic mobility, improve access to financial services, support paid family and medical leave, raise the earned income tax credit and subsidies for child care, expand apprenticeship programs, and improve access to early childhood education and scholarships for disadvantaged students.
"This [gift] — one of the largest in Oregon Community Foundation history — represents the tremendous and lifelong commitment to Oregon of Bill and Ann Swindells, and the entire Swindells family," said OCF president Max Williams. "Bill and Ann knew the value of investing in the success of all Oregonians, and we are committed to continuing that legacy at Oregon Community Foundation in the years to come."
"It was very important to my dad that his estate be transferred to Oregon Community Foundation as an unrestricted gift, for the use of the OCF board on priorities they identify," said William R. Swindells. "As someone intimately involved with philanthropy, he understood the value of such flexibility as Oregon's needs change."