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Community Vitality Publication »

A twice-yearly publication that shares success stories, and spotlights current and emerging community leaders. 
Also available in Spanish. También disponible en español.

Select Books »

Resources that can make a difference in your community. Free to residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.

NEW: Supporting Transfer Student Success in Oregon »

Supporting Transfer Student Success In Oregon

This collaborative research project raises up examples of the positive role Oregon’s higher education institutions  play in the state’s college transfer landscape. The report highlights policies and practices that could help contribute to strong transfer outcomes for Oregonians. © 2019.

NEW  Foundations of facilitation for parenting educators »

Skilled and passionate parenting educators attract parents and keep them coming back to parenting classes.The Foundation now offers a training kit that increases the facilitation skills and tools of parenting educators who offer group-based parenting classes.

The Abacus Project: Math activity books for children

 The Abacus Project

Published by The Ford Family Foundation. Math skills at kindergarten entry can predict later success in school. The Abacus Project (two books for Ages Birth to 3 years, and 3 to 5 years) helps parents and caregivers find the math in everyday routines. The playful activities make learning fun. Residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., may order the printed books for free from Select Books »   
Anyone may download PDFs of the books here: 
Download Infant edition (12 pages, 3 MB) 
Download the Pre-Kindergarten edition (12 pages, 3 MB)


Oregon by the Numbers 2019

Published by The Ford Family Foundation and Oregon State University Extension Service. This report assembles a suite of community measures and displays them in an easy-to-digest format including charts and infographics. It features compact county portraits for all 36 Oregon counties as well as corresponding measure profiles, with rankings whenever possible. Measures include demographics, social issues, education, the economy, health and infrastructure.
Anyone may download a PDF [131 pages. 24 MB] of the report here

Community Builders exchange 

An occasional e-newsletter to help rural community builders learn and stay connected. Subcribe now.

Facebook: Rural community builders NW »

A place to connect with the Ford Institute community on Facebook.

The Wisdom of Communities »

A report by the former director of the Ford Institute detailing how the Institute helps rural people achieve their own vision of vitality.
Residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., may order the report for free from Select Books »
Anyone may download a PDF of the report here 

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study 

A report exploring how the ACE Study findings are being applied in Oregon. Residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., may order the report for free from Select Books »
Anyone may download a PDF of the report here 

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

This report summarizes the work of the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, 2010-2015. The initiative supports expanded access to best practice parenting education programs.

Opportunities to Expand Effective Parenting Education in Oregon » 

Professors John Geldof and Karen Volmar of Oregon State University have completed a report on the developing intersections between parenting education Hubs and Coordinated Care Organizations. 

Rural Communities Explorer »

Information to help local citizens and policy makers make better decisions about issues in Oregon rural communities.

Youth-Adult Partnership Resource Kit »

This resource is  for community leaders, youth development professionals, and K-12 educators and administrators who are interested in organizational improvement and new avenues and strategies for authentic youth engagement. 

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