On March 7, 2019, the board of the Oregon Natural Resources Education Foundation (ONREF) met to evaluate and award the 2019 grants.
There are four ONREF sub-funds: ONREF, OSAF, Pleasant Hill, and the Terry Selby Memorial. All four sub-funds are managed by the Oregon Community Foundation. At the end of 2018, the total of the sub-funds was $286,360.
The ONREF sub-fund had $50,000 bequeathed to it from Barte Starker’s estate. [Barte was one of the originators of ONREF.] OSAF, in its 2018 year-end gifting campaign, added $4,000 to the OSAF sub-fund, making the OSAF sub-fund second only to the ONREF sub-fund.
When we looked at the 2019 grant requests, we had nine requests totaling $24,822 and only $11,500 available for granting.
Given that the requests were more than double the available funds, there is still a need to donate to ONREF and work towards having more funds available for future grant requests.
Anyone wishing to donate to ONREF can donate through OSAF, Treasurer Steve Cafferata, or should contact John Moriarty at the Oregon Community Foundation, (541) 431-7099. The donor needs to indicate which of the four sub-funds they want their donations placed.