Russell J Young,
Milagro Theatre
Athena Delene,
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
Wildlife Center
of the North Coast

April 2020

I realize these are uncertain times that we are living in.  Everything seems to be changing by the second and we are doing our best to adapt to this new normal along with all of you. 

I want to reach out to let our grantees know that we are here to support you as best we can.  We may be working from home, like many of you, but we will continue processing and reviewing grants as usual.  Our Board will review all of our Betty Kinsman Fund grant applications in April, like we normally do.  You should have a granting decision from us in early May.  The review time for our small (under $5,000) grant requests is still 8-10 weeks.

I’ve heard from a few grantees asking if we have set up a  COVID-19 emergency fund.  We have not and don’t plan to do so at this time.  We will deal with each grantee’s situation on a case by case basis.  If your organization is struggling, get in touch with us and we will try to help as best we can.

If you need to contact us, email is best, as we aren’t in the office daily.  Stay healthy and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sara Bailey, CEO

October 2018

Welcome to our new and improved website! We hope that this site offers our grantees easy access to information about our Foundation and our granting process.

Look for an updated “What’s New” letter in January 2019.  Until then we look forward to continuing to support all of our amazing grantees throughout Oregon and southern Washington.

Sara Bailey, CEO

February 2018

Starting a new year brings anticipation for what lies ahead in 2018 and reflection on the work we accomplished in 2017. Before we dive into the grants we awarded in 2017, I’d like to discuss some of the changes our Foundation has gone through over the past couple of years.

In 2015 Keith Kinsman decided to step into semi-retirement. He became CEO in 2001, when our founder, John Kinsman passed away. Keith has been an incredible leader for the Foundation for fourteen years and has been missed during our daily activities. Lucky for him, he’s filling up his time traveling, working in his yard and tasting local wines and beers. He will remain our Board president. With Keith’s transition into semi-retirement, Sara Bailey was hired as our CEO in May of 2015 and is now Vice President of our Board. Sara has been with the foundation for 12 years and was previously our Grants Associate.

Kerry Woodke began working for the Foundation as our Grants Associate in February of 2015. Kerry is a Clackamas County native who moved to Gladstone at the age of one. She received a journalism degree from the University of Oregon and is an avid Ducks fan. We are pleased that she has joined our team.

In 2017 we added two new members to our daily operations. Charlie is a one year old Bernese Mountain Dog, who belongs to Sara. He spends his days napping and at times being mischievous. Our second addition is 4 month old Wren, who was born to Kerry in October. Wren makes occasional visits to the office and we very much look forward to seeing her sweet smiles when she arrives.

Our 2017 grants have been completed and we are currently reviewing 2018 applications. In 2017, we awarded 103 grants totaling just over $1.17 million dollars to 101 organizations. You can check out our 2017 grants list under “Grant History”. Our granting interests continue to be Historic Preservation, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Appreciation and our Betty Kinsman Fund for Arts, Culture and Humanities.

We expect 2018 to look similar to 2017. Our proposed grants budget is $1.2 million with our continued areas of interest. One small change that we intend to make to our Betty Kinsman Fund is to expand our reach into the rural communities more than we have in prior years. Our Board has a strong desire to support rural communities and will make more of an effort to do so in 2018.

We are pleased to support our many grantees and all of the amazing work that they do.

Sara Bailey, CEO