Direct Charitable Activities 2017 - 2018

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: 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 -

Activity One
In-kind support for office space, utilities, office machines, 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
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
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: $154,222

Specific Community Initiatives

Adaptive Community Leadership (ACL) Training

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?

Jefferson e Funders Forum (JeFF)

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

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.

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.

Jefferson Regional Health Alliance

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.

Special workgroup in 2017-18 focused on Creating a Regional Community Health Assessment

The Urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor Team

“A collaboration of individuals and organizations that 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.

Activity Three
Cash support for expenses 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: $7,636