Timeline 2014 2020

our Timeline

  • 2014 - Two founding foundations merge their assets to form the Women’s Foundation of Oregon—Portland Women’s Foundation and Women’s Care Foundation—with a combined 200+ years of philanthropic investment. While these precursor Foundations were visionary in many ways, they were also rooted in a broader history of problematic philanthropy, of giving that often perpetuates the very inequalities and injustices it seeks to eliminate, by hoarding resources and upholding a particular version of the “worthy recipients” of institutional giving.
  • 2015 - We make our first round of annual grants to support gender-focused service providers in our region. 
  • 2016 - Our “Listen To Her” Listening Tour hears from over 1,000 women and girls across the region. All these voices informed the Count Her In report.
  • 2016 - Our “Count Her In” report—the first comprehensive report on women and girls in Oregon in nearly 20 years—is published. The report is released on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem.
  • 2017 - We publish a set of policy briefs to accompany the Count Her In report: “Count Her In Companion Briefs: Promising Policies for a State that Can’t Wait.” These briefs laid out dozens of ways that state and local leaders can make their communities more equitable
  • 2017 - We host of the Eight That Can’t Wait Discussion Series on pressing gender justice topics in Oregon
  • 2017 - Our Immediate Impact Fund launches and becomes one of the fastest rapid response programs in the state. These grants support urgent and unexpected needs for service providers who focus on gender justice.
  • 2017 - We publish our first Count Me In Calendar, a weekly call-to-action that promotes personal, every-day actions that build gender justice.
  • 2018 -  Foundation leadership announces the Foundation’s ongoing commitment anti-racism. The Foundation shares results of recent work to examine, challenge, and transform our own equity analysis at an organizational level.
  • 2018 - We celebrate investing over $500,000 in grants and programs in our first three years.
  • 2018 - Our membership model is overhauled to welcome folks of all genders and all income levels.
  • 2019 - The Giving Project pilot launches, a community-driven approach to grantmaking that centers learning, collective fundraising, and anti-oppressive grantmaking. This pilot also intentionally moves the Foundation away from membership voting.
  • 2019 - Six new board members join five continuing Board members. The now-majority BIPOC and LGBTQ2SIA+ Board publicly affirms the Foundation’s commitment to intersectional gender justice.
  • 2020 - We publish the Count Them in Calendar, celebrating 53 BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ womxn leaders, past and present, from Oregon and Tribal Nations. Weekly e-blasts accompany the physical calendar.
  • 2020 - We scale up our Immediate Impact fund in response to COVID-19, rampant wildfires, and a nation-wide movement for racial justice. We move over $750,000 into the community.
  • 2020 - The Board of Directors unveils new values and mission.

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