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Rural advocates, thought leaders, students and community builders are leading our region toward a stronger, more inclusive future for children and their families. Read their stories here. Looking for Foundation news? See our latest press releases.


Next Door program

Doors of assistance

In 1971, a group of concerned residents in Hood River identified a need for a residential treatment facility for troubled youth. They launched The Next Door out of a rented farmhouse, offering treatment and beds to 10 youth.
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Weaving Jovencio de la Paz

Weaving community

For Eugene artist Jovencio de la Paz, weaving is more than a medium. It’s an ancient craft with an important place in civilization’s history. It’s a place to share experiences and have important conversations.
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Roseburg Oregon

Our journey ahead

As The Ford Family Foundation navigated the tumultuous events of the last two years, our staff and Board took a hard look at how we can be the most effective stewards of the generous gifts from Kenneth Ford and Hallie Ford.
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community building Douglas county

It started with breakfast

Life can be challenging for children who live with chronic health conditions. When they also experience adverse family or community circumstances — poverty, foster care, substance abuse or the death of a parent — their chances of thriving decline dramatically.
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