A Whole New Magnitude of Change in Oregon

We are at a pivotal point in our work to create a more fair and equitable world. We must unite to protect our recent policy wins and further build on them to create safe, affirming communities for all of us.

To make possible a bolder and more innovative movement for equality in Oregon, Equity Foundation has joined with Pride Foundation’s regional network. The grantmaking, scholarships, and advised funds of Equity Foundation are now part of Pride Foundation’s investments and leadership in Oregon. By joining together, we will be better able to connect our communities, spark new efforts, and amplify the ideas that will allow all of us to live safely, openly, and genuinely.

Join us to foster a culture of affirmation in every Oregon community — from the docks of Astoria to the ranches of Harney County.

  • Consider making an investment in our Oregon community. By unifying our philanthropic efforts, we will be able to provide organizations and students with more guidance, resources, and regional networks than ever before. Our merger expanded opportunities for donors.Now, when making a donation, you can choose to invest in:
      • Equity Legacy Fund: A perpetual fund designed to support LGBTQ Oregonians for generations to come.
      • Oregon Opportunity Fund: A strategic resource for Oregon’s LGBTQ community that is designed to be responsive to unforeseen circumstances and innovative ideas.
      • Pride Foundation’s General Fund: Inspiring and strengthening the LGBTQ community across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

In addition, you can also choose to make an investment through:

  • Attend an event. Visit our events page to find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

Our Oregon team is excited to work with you to strengthen the fabric that holds all of us together. Contact us to talk further.

Katie Carter
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Kim Sogge
Regional Development Organizer in Oregon

Brandy Pirtle-Guiney
Board Member

Ron Brey
Board Member, former Equity Board member

Caryn Brooks
Board Member, former Equity Board member

Our stories:

Growing pride for our history and our future, by Jim Vegher

A behind-the-scenes look of how Equity and Pride Foundations united to create a whole new magnitude of change in Oregon.

Our shared values and vision in action, by Dani Bernstein and Katie Carter

Two years ago, we learned we can more quickly and effectively create change by working together. Read about our shared values in action.

A new sense of possibility, by Joy Wallace

What does the merger of Equity Foundation and Pride Foundation mean for grantees across Oregon? Joy Wallace of the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition is feeling a new sense of possibility. Learn more about her work and new plans to create safe and affirming schools in more rural parts of the state.

It’s about our mission, by Caryn Brooks

What began with a chance encounter in a Trader Joe’s in Portland developed into a whole new way to advance the mission of Equity Foundation and their vision for the future. Check out Caryn Brooks’s story as one of two Equity Foundation board members to join Pride Foundation’s board as a result of unifying philanthropic efforts.

Including more people in our victories, by Carl Wilson

How do we include more people in our victories for equality? Carl Wilson reflects on growing up in a small Oregon town and what draws him to our work to create a culture of affirmation in every Oregon community.

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