June 2016 Newsletter

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A Note From Emily


Hi Everyone,

On June 30th, we'll wrap up our second full year as a member-supported, statewide Foundation. And what a year it's been! We heard from 1,000 women and girls on our Listening Tour, awarded $60,000 in member-chosen grants, engaged hundreds of new Foundation members, and completed the research for a groundbreaking report on Oregon's women and girls.

Our members made this year possible. To say thanks, we are going to list every one of our current Foundation members by name in our upcoming report. Check here for our full list of current members. If you're not a member yet, or if you're due to renew, make sure you join us by June 30th so you can be a part of this historic report! 

Emily Evans
Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon

P.S. Unsure about your membership status? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be more than happy to help.

Foundation Updates

Investment Update

This September, the Women's Foundation will release the first comprehensive report on women and girls in Oregon in a generation. This report will end a twenty-year wait for current, clear and compelling data on Oregon's two million women and girls.

In collaboration with over 70 expert advisors and a research team from ECONorthwest, we've put together a report that includes data on all aspects of women's well-being: from safety and health to opportunity, education, and leadership. The report will also include county-level data for all 36 of Oregon's counties and spotlights on a wide range of important sub-populations.

Stories, quotes, and pictures that we gathered from Oregon women and girls all over the state during our Listening Tour will be included on every page. 

The wait is almost over. Stay tuned for more updates as the countdown continues! 

Member Spotlight

Meet Beverly Stein, Senior Fellow, National Policy Consensus Center, PSU and proud Women’s Foundation member living in Portland, OR.

Name: Beverly Stein
Age: 69
Occupation: Senior Fellow, National Policy Consensus Center, PSU
Member of the Women's Foundation since: November 2015 
What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? 
Cape Meares, near Tillamook, where my husband and I have a house. In a year that will be my primary residence.  
What quality do you most admire in others?
Which talent would you most like to have?  
Ability to sing on tune.
What was your first volunteer experience?  
Not sure but I’ll bet it was as part of my Girl Scout troop. I was one of 3 girls who were still Girl Scouts in 12th grade!
What’s the best place to eat in our great state?
My Supper Club. I have been eating dinner every other Tuesday night with a group of friends for about 30 years.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
I am proud of: co-creating the SUN Schools system (1990s), starting the movement for Community Development Corporations in Oregon (1980s), and coordinating a Legal Team that defended people doing civil disobedience to protest nuclear power (1970s).
Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire?
My mother. She went back to college when my brother and I were in grade school to get her BA. She ended up getting a PhD in biophysics and virology and became a research scientist. She was an early feminist who encouraged me to be anything I wanted to be.
What is your personal motto?
“Be as bizarre as you are.” 
What’s your idea of perfect happiness? 
Walking on the beach and admiring the clouds, waves, birds and trees. 
What makes you laugh uncontrollably? 
Lily Tomlin, most recently on the show Frankie and Grace. 
Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation?
I first got immersed in politics through the women’s movement. I was a smart girl and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. When I got involved with the women’s movement I realized it wasn’t me, it was society. I started a group in 1970 called Berkeley Women Speakers. We made presentations (skits, testimonials, karate demonstrations!) and started hundreds of women's consciousness raising groups in California. I went to law school to become a women’s rights lawyer. I owe a debt and want to pay back (and forward) by supporting women through the Women’s Foundation of Oregon.

Make a Difference

We're gearing up to release our big report on Oregon's women and girls -- and we need your help to get over the finish line. Make a gift before June 30th to make sure our report is a true game-changer for our state!

Make a difference for women in Oregon, by making a gift to the Foundation today!


Community Events

June 25: Amy Hafer Race for Awareness, Enterprise
This race promotes health and early detection through regular check ups and important screenings such as mammography and colonoscopy.  

July 9: Solena Estate Women's Wine Seminar, Yamhill
Join Soléna Estate in an interactive, dynamic and fun class, where you can learn from their female winemaker everything there is to know about wine. 

July 18: LOI deadline for Impact Grant Opportunity for one $100,000 grant 
The ninety-nine girlfriends Impact Grant opportunity for 2016. Learn more about ninety-nine girlfriends.

August 20Rappel for Her, Portland
Rappel 16 stories down a building to support Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest.

If you would like your event added to our calendar, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Oregon News to Know

Lane County Author Publishes Book on Notable Oregon Women

Southern Oregon University Names Linda Schott as its New President

Meet the Young Portland Attorney Changing Laws for Rape Victims

Oregon Women Breaking Down Barriers to Non-Traditional Occupations

Oregon Tradeswomen Wins $650,000 Grant to Recruit Women to the Trades


Social Media


Are you interested in getting more involved as a Member? Do you loveFacebook and Instagram? We are looking for summer social media interns. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tell us why you care about gender equity in Oregon and how you can help with our social media, from anywhere around the state!


Membership Matters

Swag time! All current members of the Women's Foundation should have recently received a special Members Women's Foundation car decal! in the mail. If you didn't get yours, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to send you one.

If you're not yet a member, join us by clicking here and we'll send you one in your welcome packet!

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