The Oregon Community Foundation is committed to furthering the availability of impartial research and information about Oregon’s people and places, philanthropy, and nonprofit sector. To that end, OCF is engaged in two ongoing research projects, and provides support for research conducted by other parties.
Tracking Oregon’s Progress (TOP Indicators) Project
The Oregon Community Foundation partners with Oregon State University’s Rural Studies Program and Extension Service to conduct this study, which tracks longitudinal indicators of Oregon’s economy, people, communities, and environment. In addition to producing a statewide report, the TOP Indicators website allows interested parties to generate custom reports to compare counties or drill down to particular areas of interest. The project identifies trends in the state that suggest both progress toward prosperity as well as issues that may be a source of future barriers and concerns. OCF and OSU hope that the report and website will be used by policymakers, government analysts, the press, business and civic leaders and engaged citizens to better understand the current social, economic, and environmental condition of the state.
Giving in Oregon
OCF produces the Giving in Oregon report, an annual report on philanthropy in Oregon. This report utilizes IRS data to track charitable contributions made by individual Oregonians as well as donations received by Oregon nonprofits. The report provides comparisons of Oregon to the nation, and provides analyses by sector and by county.
Support for other research
In addition to OCF’s research projects, OCF provides support to other entities conducting valuable research on Oregon. In 2013, OCF was one of four funders (along with OPB, OSU, and OHSU) of the Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey conducted by DHM Research. OCF also was a funder of the Oregon Nonprofit Sector Report conducted by Portland State University and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. In addition, OCF supports the Association of Fundraising Pofessionals’ Philanthropy Trends Survey.