Gordon Elwood Foundation

About Us


The Gordon Elwood Foundation is a private foundation that distributes grants for educational, human service, and other charitable purposes, with a principal geographic focus in Oregon's Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Curry counties. Grants from the Foundation may be made to qualified nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations and public entities in the aforementioned four counties.

As the Gordon Elwood Foundation evolves, the trustees remain committed to Gordon’s single request that they “do good.” The trustees keep the Foundation’s core values front-and-center at all times and require that their executive director challenge them to grow. They form a unique leadership group that uses a blend of compassion, humor, tenacity and demonstrated ability to successfully bring people and communities together for the common good.

To understand our organization and goals further, take a look at our Ten Year Reflection on Foundation’s Commitment to Service (18 min Video).


Special 2017 Summer Announcement


The Trustees of the Gordon Elwood Foundation are pleased to announce the expansion of Gordon Elwood Foundation’s service to Southern Oregon through a recent bequest from the Amanda Thompson estate. Amanda’s wish was to provide youth with opportunities for success in education and employment.

Amanda was personally aware of the challenges of childhood and acutely aware of the obstacles to children of families with financial challenges where the idea of post high school education or vocational training is often impossible. Inspired by her own experiences and her family’s commitment to supporting people through ministry and healthcare, she met in early 2015 with leadership of the Gordon Elwood Foundation to discuss her estate interests. She wanted to invest her savings locally to be used over time for education, positive youth supports and career training for motivated young people. Less than a year later, Amanda passed away in January 2016. On behalf of the many youth whose lives will be enhanced for years to come and communities who will benefit in perpetuity, the Gordon Elwood Foundation board of directors is honored to steward her vision and estate.












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"As stewards of Gordon's Foundation we have the opportunity to carry out his interest in giving people a hand up, not just a hand out."


Dan Kosmatka
Board of Trustees,
Gordon Elwood Foundation
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