Gordon Elwood Foundation

Direct Charitable Activities 2018 - 2019


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Community Initiatives and Program Support

Adaptive Community Leadership (ACL) Training
Jefferson e Funders Forum
Southern Oregon Success: A Preconception -24 Collective Impact Initiative
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
The Urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor Team
Rogue Valley Food System Network



Background on these activities:
Beginning in 2003, the Foundation’s board of directors decided to invest more than just dollars into the four target counties in southern Oregon to support its regional Vision: Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Curry counties are home to successful youth and individuals, thriving families and communities as demonstrated by:

Community Specific Goals:

• Leverage resources to bring attention to community health & vitalization opportunities.
• Create opportunities for new thinking and innovative approaches on community issues.
• Partner with public and private funders for learning and achieving greater impact on community and regional issues.
• Act as a convener to surface underlying cause of community issues and the opportunity for creative resolution.


Expenses to promote and carry out these goals are outside the cash grants allocated each year and are recorded and recognized as part of the foundation’s administrative budget in 990 PF form as Direct Charitable Activities. (In-Depth Report - www.gordonelwoodfoundation.org)
Activity One
In-kind support for office space, utilities, office machines, supplies and conference room for two non-profit 501c3 tenants and their associated projects:

See webpages for specific goals/outcomes of the tenants:
Jackson County
SMART www.getsmartoregon.org
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance www.jeffersonregionalhealthalliance.org
Space Lease Support projected expense/value: $37,557


Activity Two
Community and leadership development provided by Foundation staff and/or consultants and volunteers to convene, coach, facilitate, train, transcribe, act as thinking partner and leverage opportunities to positively impact youth, individuals, families, organizations and communities in alignment with foundation vision and goals in four counties.
Program Support cost/value: $189,388.62

Specific Community Initiatives

Adaptive Community Leadership (ACL) Training & Cohort Practice Sessions
Facilitated by emeritus faculty of Dialogos Inc., The Presencing Institute and Society for Organizational learning, this deep dive training for sixteen selected Rogue Valley leaders was co-designed and organized by the Elwood Foundation to strengthen individual and collective understanding and skills needed by community leaders to help them navigate in complex, rapidly changing environments. How do we choose to lead when the pressure is on and the stakes are high? How do you shift old habits of behavior that unconsciously limit your choices? What does it take to understand the perceived double bind of working for the good of your own organization while simultaneously attending to the good of the whole community? How can organizational and system leadership engage across boundaries generatively and in a way that goes beyond polarities? How can we support each other to initiate and walking through adaptive change?
Jefferson e Funders Forum (JeFF)
www.jeffersonfundersforum.org

Jefferson Funders Forum brings together public and private philanthropic leadership to share information, perspectives and experiences; cooperatively explore and leverage resources to positively impact communities in southern Oregon.
Southern Oregon Success: A Preconception - 24 Collective Impact Initiative
www.southernoregonsuccess.org

Vision: We envision flourishing children, youth and families prenatal to 24 in Jackson and Josephine Counties:

‣ All families receive the support to nurture their children.
‣ All children are ready for kindergarten.
‣ All youth succeed in school and life.
‣ We live in a thriving economy.


Mission: We weave together the talent, expertise and resources of the entire community to promote the well-being, academic success for our children, youth and families.

Our Strategies: Promote regional understanding impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on health and education; Promote regional understanding Early Learning; Promote opportunities for STEM and College & Careers for All; Promote positive youth development and resiliency opportunities; Promote and Expand a shared regional agenda with goals that are collaborative, measureable, and accountable.

2019 special foundation investment in assisting the leadership team to re-envision the process & work of collaboration using Co-Creative Consulting Group.
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
www.jeffersonregionalhealthalliance.org

Jefferson Regional Health Alliance is a collaboration of regional community leaders from all sectors acting in a leadership role to improve the health and health care resources of southern Oregonians.

JRHA leadership serves as a platform for collaboration in order to improve health and health care resources for the region. JRHA’s many activities and far reaching initiatives promote improvements in the health and health care resources for southern Oregon's and northern California's eight counties, which is home to approximately 515,000 people.

2018-19 Special JRHA workgroup focused on creating a Regional Community Health Improvement Plan
The Urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor Team
www.bearcreekstewards.org

“A collaboration of businesses and organizations to promote a thriving urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway corridor through the convergence of art, environmental stewardship and recreation.”

Continued to expand community involvement in the fall & spring voluntary Bear Creek Cleanup events.
Rogue Valley Food System Network
https://rvfoodsystem.org

Brings together businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities, farmers, and passionate community members to improve the food environment in our region.

2019 special foundation investment in securing a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments Americorp position to provide capacity support to the Network for eleven months.

Activity Three
Cash support for expense related to organizations and projects listed in Activity 1 & 2

Expenses include: Supporting meeting expenses with community leaders and groups of leaders; as well as speakers, educational and research fees. Provide scholarships for selected project leaders or grantees to attend trainings and seminars
Support cost/value: $3,934.81

Gordon Elwood

"Gordon was able to see that the way he lived did not serve his family well. His legacy began when he understood that and decided to be part of changing others’ lives."


John Duke
Board of Trustees,
Gordon Elwood Foundation
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