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Volunteers

The Oregon Community Foundation relies on more than 1,600 local volunteers who provide us with personal, in-depth knowledge of community needs across the state. OCF volunteers serve on the board, advisory and leadership councils, and evaluate grant proposals.

  • Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    OCF is proud to have a statewide volunteer board of directors.  Standing board committees include audit, education, grants, investment, development and marketing, nominating, community engagement and policy, and strategic opportunities.

  • Leadership Councils

    Leadership Councils

    The Oregon Community Foundation’s Leadership Councils are vital to fulfilling the OCF’s mission to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. Volunteer members understand the importance and power of OCF and how it can best help meet local needs and concerns. The eight volunteer regional councils represent all of Oregon: Central OregonEastern OregonMetropolitan PortlandNorth CoastNorthern Willamette ValleySouth CoastSouthern Oregon and Southern Willamette Valley.

    Council members have a commitment to public service and charitable activities. They have an interest in promoting private philanthropy to support those activities. Members have a general knowledge of the region, its nonprofit sector, and its community needs.

    Members represent OCF in their communities and attend two Leadership Council meetings per year. Each Leadership Council reflects Oregon’s diversity, and is flexible in its approach to solutions. Leadership Council activities include:

    • Sharing personal and professional knowledge of community needs
    • Guiding OCF's Community Grant Program on local grant priorities
    • Strengthening Oregon’s economy and communities in cooperation with the OCF board committees by convening leaders, making grants and leveraging additional philanthropic resources
    • Promoting philanthropy and assisting in the development of philanthropic funds
    • Meeting with other Leadership Councils to foster statewide understanding, discuss statewide trends and issues, and report on strategic initiatives
    • Recommending future action by OCF and the philanthropic community

    Council Member Qualifications

    Leadership council members should demonstrate an appreciation for a variety of charitable activities in the community, and an interest in promoting private philanthropy to support those activities. Members must be willing to represent OCF in their communities and to attend leadership council meetings. Members should have a general knowledge of the region and its nonprofit sector, as well as an understanding of the variety and complexity of community needs. A term on a leadership council lasts three years, renewable once.

    Central Oregon Leadership Council

    Trish Smith, chair and OCF board member
    Ronald Bryant
    Irene Busmalis
    Jeri Fouts
    Sue Hollern
    Nancy Jolstead
    Alyssa Macy
    Dalton Miller-Jones
    Romy Mortensen
    Cindy Rainey
    Lori Ray
    Vicki Russell
    Linda Stelle
    Jane Teater
    Mark Thomas
    Amy Tykeson
    Chris Watson
    Ristine Williams
    Heidi Wright

    Eastern Oregon Leadership Council

    Tim Mabry, chair and OCF board member
    Aletha Bonebrake
    Paul Brown
    Nils Christoffersen
    Steve Corey
    Dave Coughlin
    Kim Cutsforth
    Fred Flippence
    Brenda Frank
    Randy Fulton
    Pat Holliday
    George Koffler
    Bennie Moses-Mesubed
    Kelly Poe
    Anne Stephens
    J.D. Tovey III
    Cathy Yasuda

    Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council

    Carolyn Walker, chair and OCF board member
    Kara Bader
    George Bell
    Paul Brown
    Becky Brun
    Ryan Buchanan
    Rebecca Burrell
    Cathy Chinn
    Kimberly Cooper Jaqua
    Hanif Fazal
    Robert Geddes
    Richard Goddard
    Charles Hudson
    Georgia Hussey
    Kali Ladd
    Adrienne Livingston
    Jim Mark
    Kimberly Melton
    Octaviano Merecias
    Adrienne Nelson
    Megan O'Leary
    Jon Palanuk
    Shouka D. Rezvani
    Nita Shah
    Karis Stoudamire-Phillips
    Wendy Veliz

    North Coast Leadership Council

    Patrick Criteser, chair and OCF board member
    Christy Ashley
    Mary Blake
    Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
    Jon Englund
    Kara Harris
    Brett Hurliman
    Thomas Hurst
    Mary Jones
    Linda Kozlowski
    Heather Lewis
    Adella Macdonald
    Patricia Oser
    Brenda Penner
    David Price
    Fernando Rogriguez Casillas
    Daniel Stein
    Janet Webster

    Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council

    Lane Shetterly, chair and OCF board member
    Angel Aguiar
    Mark Burnham
    Ryan Collier
    Cynthia Condon
    Christine D'Arcy
    Leslie Disdale
    Mary Fleeger
    Arnie Hollander
    Susan Hopp
    Cindy Jones
    Jane Jones
    Eric Lindauer
    Luz Reyna
    David A. Rhoten
    Maria Schmidlkofer
    Erin Stephenson
    Elias Villegas
    Meg Weiss
    Ken Wright

    South Coast Leadership Council

    Penny Allen, chair and OCF board member
    Lisa Amaral
    Joseph Bain
    Angela Cardas
    Les Cohen
    Kirk Day
    Roger Gould
    Jennifer Groth
    Bryan Grummon
    Chris Hawthorne
    Georgia Nowlin
    Heidi Pahls
    Janet Pretti
    Jim Seeley
    John Sweet
    Dale Thomas
    Jayson Wartnik
    John W. Whitty

    Southern Oregon Leadership Council

    Sue Naumes, chair and OCF board member
    Shane Antholz
    Susan Cain
    Elizabeth Crossman
    Megan Davis Lightman
    Alice Dinsdale
    Lyn Hennion
    Hyla Lipson
    Kate Marquez
    Melissa Maxwell
    Steve Roe
    Patsy Smullin
    Roger Stokes
    William Thorndike, Jr.
    Terry Wagstaff
    James Walls
    Josh Welch
    Mark Wisnovsky
    Charles Womer
    Gayle Yamasaki

    Southern Willamette Valley Leadership Council

    Sabrina Parsons, chair and OCF board member
    Michael Coughlin
    Anita Cox
    Ashley Espinoza Valdez
    Jane Kammerzelt
    Kelly Leonard
    George Letchworth
    Julie Manning
    Saul Patu
    Gretchen Pierce
    Kathryn Porter
    Ian Richardson
    Jon Ruiz
    Matt Sayre
    Marty Smith
    Mary Jo Wade

     

  • Grant Evaluators

    Grant Evaluators

    Grant evaluators conduct thorough assessments of grant applications, providing objective, thoughtful, and relevant information for a multi-faceted decision-making process guided by the foundation’s funding objectives. Grant evaluators provide insight into their region’s needs and nonprofit sector, and bring a unique understanding of local communities to the review process. Evaluators operate in regional teams with support from each other and OCF staff.

    Community Grant Evaluators

    OCF recruits and trains volunteers to help evaluate Community Grant proposals. This is a broad statewide grants program responsive to community-identified needs. Volunteers assess grant applications from their region and meet at OCF’s closest regional office. The program has two grant cycles per year, and evaluators are busy August/September and February/March. OCF awards about $6 million per year through this program, with most grants being $5,000 to $50,000.

    Grant Evaluator Responsibilities

    • Become conversant with grant program guidelines and review practices
    • Read and analyze grant applications
    • Conduct fact-finding interviews, usually including in-person visits with applicants
    • Research community issues and best practices
    • Produce oral and written reports and analyses for OCF staff, committees, and board members
    • Potentially conduct follow-up reviews to assess the outcomes after the grant period ends

    Grant Evaluator Qualifications

    Qualities sought include curiosity, openness, willingness to learn, intercultural skills and respect, and interest in problem-solving and innovation. OCF typically does not accept evaluators who are professional grant writers, consultants to or employees of nonprofits as these pose a conflict of interest. Critical skills and traits include:

    1. Awareness of the diversity and complexity of communities and the nonprofit sector
    2. Ability to analyze grant applications objectively
    3. Ability to communicate concisely, both orally and in writing
    4. Conscientiousness
    5. Discretion
    6. Experience as a nonprofit staff or board member

    Time Committment

    Grant evaluators commit to serve for two years but may serve much longer. The work is seasonal, focused on the foundation’s spring and fall funding cycles for Community Grants or spring cycle for the Walker Fund. The effort of a typical Community Grant cycle is spread over three to four weeks. Most evaluators review three proposals per cycle, representing a time commitment of 20-40 hours, not including travel time: 
     
    1. Attend assignment meeting to get OCF updates & proposals to review: 1-2 hours
    2. Review & analyze proposals; formulate questions for nonprofit interviews: 5-9 hours
    3. Conduct nonprofit interviews/site visits: 4-6 hours
    4. Conduct online research & talk with each applicant's partners : 2-6 hours
    5. Summarize research & analysis (on review worksheets/forms): 4-11 hours
    6. Attend report-out meeting to discuss proposal assessments: 3-4 hours
    7. Finalize grant application assessments: 1-2 hours
     

    Volunteers must have the flexibility to conduct some activities during working hours, such as site visits to applicant agencies, investigative phone calls, and travel to and participation in two regional team meetings each cycle.

    A smaller group of volunteer grant evaluators – with experience and availability – participate in the first review of grant applications. These “first-readers” assess about 10 proposals each and then discuss them with staff in group meetings or by phone. The first review process requires an additional 20-30 hours per cycle for each first-reader. 

    Location & Travel

    Grant Evaluators attend regional meetings and conduct site visits in their region, with guidance from regional program staff. Mileage/travel expense reimbursement is available on request. Meetings are held at OCF’s regional offices, as noted below:
     
    • Southern Oregon evaluators meet at the OCF Medford office
    • Southern Willamette Valley and South Coast evaluators meet at the OCF Eugene office
    • Central Oregon evaluators meet at the OCF Bend office
    • Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, and Northern Willamette Valley evaluators meet at the OCF Portland office

    Training

    OCF provides a grant evaluator handbook, orientation and training related to program guidelines and the review process. Ongoing education occurs at regular meetings and includes updates on OCF, the review process, and areas of interest for evaluators. A statewide training for volunteers generally occurs every two years. 

    Walker Fund Grant Evaluators

    OCF also engages volunteers to evaluate applications to the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund, a permanent endowment with earnings to be used exclusively to support programs for the needy in Jackson County. The process and schedule vary slightly but most activities occur in February/March, and OCF awards about $2 million per year through this program.

    Questions

    Contact Carly Brown, community engagement officer, at cbrown@oregoncf.org or 503.227.6846 or contact the OCF office in your region. OCF is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to maintain a diverse volunteer corps and promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups in Oregon. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants to volunteer positions. 
     

    OCF Grant Evaluators

    Curt Arthur
    Pat Ashley
    Suzanne Bader
    Anne Batzer
    Susan Bexton
    Frances Brandt
    Sharon Brenner
    John Bridges
    Paul Brown
    Ralph Burrelle
    Karyle Butcher
    Tory Campbell
    Mike Chilton
    Cathy Chinn
    Diane Chung
    Cynthia Condon
    Kathleen Davis
    Karen Doolen
    Anna Dunlap
    Christine Eberhardt
    Matt Epstein
    Shawn Fincher
    Karen Foster
    Jerry Freschi
    Susan Freschi
    Renee Garrels
    Robert Geddes
    Mike Gibson
    Emily Goodwin
    Sam Greenspan
    Rachael Greenwalt
    Roberta Hall
    George Happ
    Bonnie Henderson
    Frank Hernandez
    Susan Hopp
    Lynnette Houghton
    Susheela Jayapal
    Sharon Jensen
    Shelley Johnson
    Nicolette Johnston
    Katherine Ann Kapple
    Bruce Kelley
    Elizabeth Kinzie
    Christy Kunkel
    Debra Lee
    Bonnie Leonard
    Judy Lininger
    Marjorie Lininger
    Linda Magee
    Elizabeth Martin
    Elizabeth McClanan
    Kathleen McCollum
    John McLaughlin
    Timothy McQueary
    Sandy Metwally
    Lora Meyer
    Selma Moon Pierce
    Patricia Morrissey
    Tom Neilsen
    Lisa Nelson
    Carin Niebuhr
    Sheila Nolan
    Michael Oman
    Phyllis Oster
    David Pagano
    Robert Pohly
    Sandra Post
    Judith Poutasse
    Betsy Priddy
    Alice Rampton
    Jim Ratzlaff
    Karla Roady
    Francis Rosica
    Susanna Ross
    Barbara Rumer
    Maria Schmidlkofer
    Donna Scurlock
    Daniel Shramek
    Tara Siegman
    Charles Sinclair
    Lynn Sjolund
    Ann Smart
    Rebecca Smith
    Roger Stokes
    Elaine Sweet
    Steven Swisher
    Midge Thierolf
    Maureen Thomas Carnahan
    Ivy Timpe
    Christine Vogel
    Amy Wayson
    Priscilla Weaver
    Nancy Webber
    Gary Wehrle
    Dean Wendle
    Julie Whitmore
    Kim Whitney
    John Williams
    Charles Womer

     

  • Scholarship Advisory Committees

    Scholarship Advisory Committees

    The Foundation places a high priority on education and works to ensure that all Oregonians have the resources available for postsecondary education. OCF administers one of the largest and most diverse community foundation scholarship programs in the United States; 900 volunteers serve on scholarship advisory committees throughout Oregon. Scholarship advisory volunteers help select scholarship recipients and ensure that the original intent of the scholarship fund is carried out.

     

  • Special Projects and Advisors

    Special Projects and Advisors

    Community Fund Advisors

    Community field of interest funds are developed by individuals or groups of donors to address a particular community need or geographic focus. Community fund advisors develop recommendations for program direction and grant recipients.