Direct Charitable Activities 2013 - 2014
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:
- ‣ Youth and individuals thrive in school and in life.
- ‣ Individuals and families live independently and interdependently with dignity and respect.
- ‣ Communities evolve as the situation of the people who live, work and play in these communities change over time.
- ‣ Youth, individuals, families and the organizations that serve them are connected-creating a unique and sustainable community fabric.
- ‣ 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.
- ‣ Leverage resources to bring attention to community health and vitalization opportunities.
- ‣ Create opportunities for new thinking and innovative approaches on community issues.
Activity OneIn-kind support covering office space, utilities, offices machines, office supplies and conference room for three non-profit 501c3 tenants and their associated projects.
See webpages for specific goals/outcomes of the tenants:
Jackson County Literacy Council www.roguelrc.org
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance www.jeffersonregionalhealthalliance.org
Choosing Options, Honoring Options www.cohoroguevalley.org
Oregon Pain Guidance www.oregonpainguidance.com, www.ashlandchild.org
Space Lease Support projected expense/value: $28,134
Activity TwoCommunity and leadership development provided by Foundation staff and/or consultants 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 Staffing Support cost/value: $110,616
Regional Collaboration Support Efforts
Jefferson e Funders Forum (JeFF)A learning community of regional funding organizations that make grants outside of themselves for the purpose of:
- ‣ Building leadership, resources and capacity to support the nonprofit sector.
- ‣ Sharing information and perspectives on local philanthropy and the intersection with public funding streams.
- ‣ Cooperatively exploring and developing comprehensive and effective approaches to funding viable community programs or projects.
- ‣ Sharing experiences and leveraging impact on the communiies we represent and support.
- ‣ Bringing together representation from all aspects of philanthropy for the purpose of communicating needs, and bringing about change and shared responsibility in and for our community.
‣ Coordinate Annual Retreat and speakers with small planning committee; arrange all details for 30+ participants; registrar & coordinate vendor reimbursement.
‣ Maintain regular email connection regarding educational opportunities or significant news regarding sector to list of 60.
‣ Convene 4 quarterly meetings, coordinates presenters, agenda and speakers for an average of 20 participants. Provide refreshments and minutes for each meeting.
Southern Oregon Success: A Preconception-24 Collective Impact Initiativewww.southernoregonsucess.org
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
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.
Understand & support our individual missions and goals; Identify & integrate bet practices through tout the continuum; Create & promote a shared regional agenda with goals that are collaborative, measureable, and accountable.
‣ Support emerging regional initiative as thinking and process partner, serve on the Process & Planning Team for a two county emerging collaboration between public, private, community and voluntary organizations, including existing school districts, workforce development programs, educational service district, county services, other non-profit collaborative projects, coalitions and individuals.
‣ Assist in the development of resources to support initiative coordination and meetings.
‣ Support regional partners in developing communication tools, mapping capacity of existing programs throughout region, and developing a logic model framework clarifying initial shared goals and outcomes.
‣ Creation of draft Steering Committee member agreements & description, evolving the “story” over the ensuing months to engage diverse stakeholders, build trust and clarify shared vision and goals for all involved.
‣ Support the individual organizations as they move forward with resource development that supports the concept of collective impact.
‣ Support project consultants in development of monthly steering committee agendas and template for minutes.
‣ Support meetings as requested by Planning & Process Steering Committee.
‣ Support project consultants with relationships statewide that will enable measurement and outcomes, relationships and coordination e.g. with State Wide 211.
‣ Support as individual thinking partner a variety of non-profit partners and project consultants as requested throughout the first year and second years of the forming process.
Jefferson Regional Health Alliancewww.jeffersonregionalhealthalliance.org
Regional Health and Health System Improvement & Transformation.
Overview and Structure:
In 2004, a small number of interested collaborators and the Gordon Elwood Foundation convened over 60 key community and health care leaders from insurance companies, hospitals, county health departments, the local state university, corporations, school districts, nurses, and physicians, to talk with Peter Senge, MIT researcher and writer, well known for The Fifth Discipline and creating “Learning Organizations.” The immediate outcome from this health care leadership summit was the birth of a “health care think tank” in 2005. The small group named themselves the Jefferson Regional Health Alliance (JRHA) with the purpose to improve the health and healthcare resources of southern Oregonians.
Since then, JRHA has evolved incrementally into a small but mighty non-profit aimed at addressing systemic issues from a higher vantage point, as well as a facilitator/coordinator of regional health care system related initiatives. The Leadership Council meetings function as a vehicle for cultivating relationships among the Alliance members and their organizations that are key to the provision of health care services and necessary to “system re-thinking” in the region. JRHA is also a neutral place from which the community can begin to better coordinate and leverage resources to ensure access to care, improved health status, and a more effective health care delivery system in the region. Council members and sponsors are deeply invested in the health and health care services needed in this primarily rural region of Oregon and northern California.
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. In order to do this, JRHA has set up a series of short-term outcomes to strive for, which will eventually lead into long-term goals.
Desired Short and Long Range Outcomes:
‣ The organization facilitates relationships and leverages resources by creating a unique and sustainable system of support and interconnectedness between organizations and individuals to bring attention to community health issues and health care delivery system breakdowns in order to improve the health and health care systems of southern Oregonians.
‣ Community Health Indicators show improvement and need for care is reduced on the acute end of the continuum.
‣ Sustainable programs are created: JRHA identifies, incubates, and then releases projects in a sustainable form.
‣ End of Life Care: Conversations about end of life care are valued and respected in a community where 1) each person facing the final stages of life does so with the greatest possible dignity and comfort; and 2) health for our community is improved with the support of a cultural shift in the perspectives on end of life www.cohoroguevalley.org.
‣ Mental Health and Primary Care Integration: A community standard is created to support patients and their providers in the appropriate management of chronic pain, narcotic use, and addictions www.oregonpainguidance.com/.
‣ Jefferson Health Information Exchange: JHIE is the secure, electronic exchange of health information authorized by stakeholders in the health care community – such as health care providers and public health agencies – to drive timely, efficient, and patient-centered care. This exchange of health care information improves patient care and reduces costs by fostering careful collaboration and lowering administrative burden. JHIE revolutionizes patient care, breaking down silos with information available to authorize providers when and where it is needed – quickly and securely www.jhie.org.
‣ Health Care Reform: Facilitated collaboration, supported dialogue and innovative timely action are the supports created for the transformation of healthcare systems during the evolution of healthcare reform. At the legislative, fiscal, and operational levels, JHRA exists to support stakeholders in creating necessary changes through collaborative dialogue and systems development allcarehealthplan.com, jacksoncareconnect.org, primaryhealthjosephine.org.
‣ Relationships and resources are leveraged to bring attention to health and health care systems in order to improve health for southern Oregonians.
‣ The organizations and individuals responsible for the health of the community are interconnected creating a unique and sustainable system of support for all members of the southern Oregonian region.
‣ Current systems are transformed, reducing economic, cultural and system barriers, to improve health and access to health care services while the cost of health care services are reduced.
‣ Coordinate Leadership Council meetings and networking to further mission.
‣ Sponsor conferences as identified by Council.
‣ Convene stakeholders & community around identified community health issues to surface critical questions, increasing efficiencies and outcomes.
‣ Coordinate essential resources toward collaborative goals and identified projects.
‣ Conceive, design, and put into practice new ways of interacting and organizing stakeholders and resources.
‣ Serve as high level network hub for health care reform at state & national levels to promote sustainable health practices in our community.
‣ Raise financial support annually from members and community to support coordination of collaboration efforts.
‣ Create charters and mission with the collaborative groups guiding the early formation of new projects.
‣ Beginning implementation of these identified projects supporting and guiding the creation of a purposeful infrastructure.
Resources Leveraged and Involved in Supporting JRHA and projects of JRHA:
‣ Leadership from Business, Health Care, Insurance, Public Health, Public sector, Workforce, Philanthropy, Higher Education, Veterans Administration, Nursing, Physicians, Technology.
‣ Financial and in-kind staff support: Asante, Ashland Community Hospital, Providence, RV Manor, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, OSU Extension, Gordon Elwood Foundation, Regence, La Clinica, Community Health Center, Jackson County HHS, Josephine County HHS, Siskiyou Community Health, Pacific Source, HealthNet, Additions Recovery Center, AllCare, Jackson Care Connect, Jackson County Medical Alliance, Jackson County Mental Health, Jefferson Behavioral Health, Lovejoy Hospice, Medford Fabrication, NW Health Foundation, OHSU School of Nursing, On Track, Options of Southern Oregon, Oregon Community Foundation, OSU Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center, PrimaryHealth of Josephine County, PrimeCare IPA, Providence Medford Medical Center Hospital & Palliative Care Program, Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, MRIPA.
‣ Grant funding: Oregon Community Foundation, Gordon Elwood Foundation.
‣ Financial Sponsorship: Mid Rogue IPA, Prime Care IPA, So OR Friends of Hospice, Asante Skyrman Fund, PrimaryHealth, Jackson Care Connect, AllCare.
‣ In– kind Support with office space, supplies, management and bookkeeping: Gordon Elwood Foundation.
‣ Professional contractual assistance as needed for projects and facilitation/coordination.
‣ Advisory support from Communities Joined in Action; Southern Oregon University; Rogue Community College; Job Council
‣ Over 150 Volunteers from over 25 organizations and the community at large.
Measures of performance achieved to impact the target region:
See www.jeffersonregionalhealthalliance.org/ Reports.
People served by collaborative action:
JRHA’s many activities and far reaching initiatives to affect the health and health care resources of the region has the opportunity to impact all of southern Oregon's and northern California's eight counties, which is home to approximately 515,000 people.
‣ Support to leadership for activities related to five areas of focus: Oregon Health Care Reform; End of Life Community Education; Mental Health & Primary Care Integration - Chronic Pain Management Guideline Implementation.
‣ Provide direct support to executive committee and project consultants to organize quarterly board meetings
‣ Develop bylaws, fiscal policies, budget, and support fund development for Alliance, as well as the assist consultants in the facilitation and strategizing for individual projects & initiatives.
‣ Assist consultants with applications for funding, reports and acknowledgments.
‣ Meet with potential funders.
‣ Provide for all contractors including contract book keeper.
‣ Hiring temporary office assistant, weekly task development and supervision;
‣ Assist book keeper to develop financial statements and reports.
‣ Support general office organization and develop executive committee agendas and support documents.
‣ Assist JRHA executive committee to track income and expenses for JRHA and the various projects.
‣ Act as Secretary Position on board for Jefferson Regional Health Alliance.
‣ Provide additional financial resources as needed.
‣ Provide oversight of web development using interns.
The Urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor TeamA collaboration of individuals and organizations that promote a thriving urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway corridor through the convergence of art, environmental stewardship, and recreation.
‣ Economic Revitalization
‣ Strengthen Community
‣ Diverse Collaboration
‣ Increase Safety
‣ Promote Environmental and Individual Health
We envision an ecologically healthy Bear Creek, a well-travelled Greenway and a fully appreciated Hawthorne Park with green spaces that make up the corridor from 10thStreet to McAndrews Road through the revitalization of the urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway corridor.
The health of Bear Creek is reliant on the removal of invasive vegetation and reestablishment of native plants along the bank which creates a more sustainable habitat for returning Salmon. A beautiful and safe Greenway trail offers easy access for all citizens and includes adequate lighting and inspiring artwork including an installation on the I-5 overpass pillars. The upgrades to Hawthorne Park will facilitate community festivals throughout the year. The revitalized corridor helps re-invigorate civic pride of place, generates new opportunities for downtown businesses and reestablishes habitat for the wildlife in and along Bear Creek.
When complete, the urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor will be vastly improved as a local and regional asset. It will encourage healthy activity in a restorative environment. It will be a place of pride for community members and an attraction for visitors. It will creatively unite our urban center with our distinctive natural environment.
‣ Promote walkability, recreational use and safety of the urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway.
‣ Promote use of Medford Parks and the Bear Creek Greenway trail to encourage healthy activity for Rogue Valley community and visitors.
‣ Improve ecological habitat of Bear Creek including riparian corridor, water quality, fish, and wildlife.
‣ Promote use of art to increase the vitality and livability of the downtown and urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor.
‣ Engage diverse stakeholders in a collaboration demonstrating the value of private & public partnerships in accomplishing the mission and goals to reach vision.
‣ Build upon the previous work of others to realize our vision for the corridor.
‣ Engage residents to achieve our vision and maintain a healthy corridor for future generations.
‣ Cultivate leadership & financial resources to carry forth the vision for the corridor.
‣ Build community participation in the project.
Current Team Members:
‣ Jenna Stanke, Jackson County
‣ Lee Mills, Bear Creek Greenway Foundation
‣ Amy Thuren, Consumer Credit Counseling Center
‣ Greg Stabach, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
‣ Molly Kreuzman, Coyote Trails
‣ Frances Oyung, Bear Creek Watershed Council
‣ Brian Sjothun, Medford Park & Recreation
‣ Frann Wolfe, Rogue Gallery
‣ Convene stakeholders
‣ Provide refreshments
‣ Facilitate shared vision
‣ Promote resource development for vision
Non-Profit Organization, Leadership & Management Support Efforts
Provide as requested services of convening, coaching, facilitating, training, transcribing, and serving as a thinking partner to positively impact youth, individuals, families, organizations and communities in alignment with foundation vision and goals.
‣ FEMA Jackson County
‣ Ashland Soroptimist
‣ Rogue Valley Food System Council
‣ Red Cross Jackson County
‣ Southern Oregon Public Television
‣ Jackson County Public Health
‣ Compass House
‣ Mediation Works
‣ Curry County Board of Commissioners
‣ Neighborhood Food Project
‣ Healthy Democracy
‣ Jackson Care Connect
‣ Mt. Ashland
‣ Rogue Climate
‣ Oregon Climate
‣ Bear Creek Greenway
‣ Safe Elder Housing
‣ Consumer Credit Counseling Center
‣ Carrico Family Foundation
‣ Rogue Valley Non-Profit Network
‣ College Dreams
Activity ThreeCash support for expenses related to organizations and projects listed in Activity 1 & 2: $6,592
‣ Supporting meeting expenses, with community leaders and groups of leaders; as well as speakers, educational and research fees.
‣ Scholarships for selected grantees to attend trainings and seminars.