September 2017 Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter | September 2017
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A Note From Emily


Hi Everyone,

By now, you've surely heard about the current administration's decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Following this announcement, 
 whose futures remain uncertain and whose lives have been turned upside down by the daily fear that they, or their loved ones, might get deported.

At the Women's Foundation, we stand alongside these brave and resilient immigrant families - our neighbors, fellow students, and colleagues - who contribute an extraordinary amount to our state. While the challenges facing our state and nation are many, I continue to be inspired by Oregon women and girls who band together to defend what we know is right.

Forward together,

Stat of the Month

With over 11,000 Dreamers, Oregon is one of the 20 states with the highest number of DACA youth (half of whom are female).

Foundation Updates

Investment Update


We're delighted to announce our new monthly Foundation Partner Breakfast! Join us for breakfast at 9:30am on the first Friday of each month to learn about the work of the Foundation.

Meet our team, ask questions about our grants program, membership, volunteering and more. Get to know others in the community who are centering the experiences of women and girls across our state. Please RSVP to attend and feel free to bring guests! These monthly breakfasts will be held at the Foundation office, 221 NW 2nd Ave., 3rd Floor, Portland.

Member Spotlight

Name: Chelsea Bunch, MSW
Age: 35
Occupation: Community Collaboration & Investment Manager at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
Member of the Women's Foundation since: May 2015

What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? 
Hug Point Beach, just south of Cannon Beach…it’s one of the most beautiful, fun beaches I’ve ever been to in Oregon! There are great little shallow caves to walk into, a small waterfall, and the sand is packed well, so it’s good for throwing a blanket down and relaxing. 

What quality do you most admire in others?   
The ability to speak your truth responsibly.

Which talent would you most like to have?  
I would love to play the piano…it’s such a beautiful instrument!

What was your first volunteer experience?  
I’m not sure that it was my first, but certainly most memorable. In high school, I had the privilege of spending time with a resident at a local nursing home. I helped her with day-to-day things, but the best part of our time together was sitting with her and hearing all of her wisdom about life, particularly as a woman of color. Some of the best times I’ve had!

What’s the best place to eat in our great state?
You can never go wrong with the Original Hotcake House! It’s open 24 hours and they have the BEST pancakes!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I honestly believe being a mother is my greatest achievement. For me, there has been no greater joy and no greater challenge than being a mother to two brilliant, bright, and funny African-American boys!!

Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire?
My forever First Lady Michelle Obama! She is genius personified, powerful, and speaks her truth responsibly!

What’s your most treasured possession? 
I found a couple of old photos of my late father when he was a young child… I will forever hold onto those. I see my boys in those pictures. 

What is your personal motto?
Every day, in all you do, be your most authentic self.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?  
Good music, blue skies, powder white sand, and turquoise waters with my boys! And a good book…and a cocktail! Ha!

What makes you laugh uncontrollably?
My boys! Every day they keep me in stitches!

Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation? 
There’s something special when women get together. We’re bold, strong, tender, and powerful! We’re dynamic!  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of an organization that is actively supporting all of who we are?!

Thanks so much, Chelsea!

Make a Difference

In the midst of a catastrophic Hurricane season, donations of blood and platelets are more urgent than ever. If you are able to donate, please find a Red Cross blood drive in your area here.

Have a volunteer opportunity you'd like us to share? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Events

Sept. 19: Webinar: How to Respond to Harassment, Online
The NW Network presents an interactive webinar that will prepare participants to name, frame, and respond to oppressive or concerning comments and actions, and incidents of harassment.

Sept. 26: The Bus Project's Statewide Voter Registration Drive, Statewide
Help make change in your local community by making sure Oregonians register to vote on on National Voter Registration Day. Need to update your registration? Go to

Oct. 4: Empowerment Breakfast, Portland
Dress for Success Oregon's annual fall fundraiser draws together business, civic, and social leaders to focus on the struggles of unemployed and underemployed women.

Oct. 5: Center for Women's Leadership 11th Annual Power Lunch, Portland
Grab A Seat at the Table with Oregon's top leaders to celebrate and support another year of emerging leadership stories of girls and women.  

Oct. 6: Women's Foundation Monthly Partner Breakfast, Portland
Join us for breakfast the first Friday of the month to learn more about what the Women's Foundation of Oregon does.

Oct. 12: Pathways Gala & Auction, Oregon City
Clackamas Women’s Services hosts its annual event in support of survivors of domestic violence and their children. Join generous donors, community partners, and corporate partners for a memorable evening.

Oct. 20: Oregon Commission For Women Nomination Deadline, Statewide
OCFW is seeking nominations of trailblazers and emerging leaders who epitomize the Oregon State motto – “She Flies with Her Own Wings” – for its 2017 Women of Achievement (WOA) Awards. The nomination period is September 5 to October 20, 2017.

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

Mother Jones: One State Just Stepped Up to Protect Reproductive Rights
Oregon leads the nation in addressing comprehensive, systemic barriers to state-funded, reproductive health coverage.

Returning the Favor: Girls Build
Episode 3 of Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor" show features Girls Build founder Katie Hughes and her goal of reducing the gender gap in the building industry.

HuffPost: Sexist School Dress Codes Are a Problem, and Oregon May Have the Answer
Oregon’s gender-neutral dress code model inspires Evanston Township High School in Illinois to explicitly forbid body-shaming.

Bike Portland: Portland’s Network of Bike Clubs for Women is Thriving
Several new groups have popped up for women on wheels, including a local chapter of national group Black Girls Do Bike and Bikin’ Betties, a weekly ride.

Institute for Women's Policy Research: 5 Stats to Know on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
The average Black woman working full-time earns only 63 cents for every $1 a white man earns. 

The National Law Review: Oregon Enacts Expansive Pay Equity Law
The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 addresses gender wage disparities, and the majority of its requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019.

Membership Matters

Our members support us in so many ways: from your membership donations to your time volunteering in the office and at our events. 

Now there are even more ways you can support us! As you make your will and estate plans, please consider adding the Women's Foundation of Oregon. For more information on Planned Giving, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also, your employer may match your gift to the Women's Foundation! Check with your human resources department to see if your company will match your charitable donations. If you have any questions regarding your membership please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to help. 

If you're not yet a member, join us by clicking here!
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