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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Oregon

Every Thursday, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the outstanding organizations at work in one of the fifty states. Today we're talking about a few of Oregon's most highly-rated charities. These organizations are working in and with communities across the state to increase access to learning and cultural opportunities for all, create healthy spaces for people and animals to flourish, and improve protect and defend the state's environment.

The Oregon Community Foundation (Portland, OR)
Here for Oregon. Here for good.

Since 1973, The Oregon Community Foundation has connected private giving to public good in every corner of the state. The Foundation's assets come from thousands of Oregonians who have invested in their state's future. The Foundation manages more than 1,500 individual funds of various sizes. Through these funds, the Foundation awards more than $55 million annually in grants and scholarships. The Oregon Community Foundation is committed to improving life and uniting Oregonians through philanthropy.

Audubon Society of Portland (Portland, OR)
Building a region where people and wildlife flourish together

Founded in 1902, the Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. They connect people to nature and their power to protect it. Mobilizing Oregonians for over 100 years, they have been instrumental in developing the environmental policies that shape their region today. The Society offers natural history educational programs designed to engage children and adults alike in the appreciation and stewardship of nature, and conservation programs that provide engagement opportunities in natural resources stewardship and protection. With 12,000+ members residing throughout the state, they are the largest of the 457 chapters of National Audubon. Their 150-acre sanctuaries and Wildlife Care Center serve the Metropolitan Portland/Vancouver region, free of charge, hosting 40,000 visitors yearly. And, as the area's only wildlife rehabilitation center, they treat 3,000 animals and respond to 15,000 wildlife-related inquiries each year.

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (Portland, OR)
To screen, treat, save, and restore sight and hearing to those in need

Since 1959, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation has taken an active role in protecting the health of Oregonians. Through nine direct service programs related to sight, hearing and health assistance, the Foundation has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and adults in our state. Consistent access and critical health solutions are offered to the most vulnerable members of our community who are uninsured or under-insured.

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Wildlife and living history

The High Desert Museum's history began when founder Donald M. Kerr raised a wolf cub for his high school biology class. Originally founded in 1974 as the Western Natural History Institute, today the Museum remains true to Kerr's guiding principle that education and experience are the basis for thoughtful decisions. Opened in 1982, the Museum is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert's wildlife, culture, art, and natural resources. In doing so, it strives to promote thoughtful decision making to sustain the region's natural and cultural heritage. Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, the Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.

Pearl Buck Center (Eugene, OR)
Offering people with disabilities and their families quality choices and support to achieve their goals

Pearl Buck Center's mission is to offer people with disabilities and their families quality choices and supports to achieve their goals. We fulfill this mission through a full range of employment, job training, and supported living services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities; a day program of recreation and community access for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those who are medically fragile and aging; and a unique, wraparound preschool program of specialized preschool, parenting education, and basic needs support for families led by parents with cognitive challenges.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities working in communities throughout Oregon.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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