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Foundations for a Better Oregon

Our Vision

We envision a better Oregon that hears, values, and cares for every child. Communities, policymakers, system leaders, and philanthropy forge networks of trust, honor Oregon’s complexity, and move as one to remedy the historical and emerging injustices facing children. Public systems authentically engage families and communities in design and decision-making to uphold our collective commitment to children. Together, Oregonians nurture children’s learning, aspirations, and humanity, and every child knows that they belong.


Policy and Advocacy Director

Leading FBO’s policy and advocacy portfolio, this position calls for an adaptable and resourceful thinker and doer who can help us constructively question and reimagine policies and practices impacting Oregon children.

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Policy And Communications Associate

Supporting our policy, advocacy, and communications strategies, this position calls for a passionate and nimble problem solver who can help FBO's network of partners engage in state-level advocacy and move ideas into action.

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The Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
2024 Oregon Legislative Session Delivers On Summer Learning and More

From K-12 funding transparency to student safety and belonging, we break down what happened and what comes next for Oregon public education policy.

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Op-Ed: It's Time to Modernize Oregon's Quality Education Model

In The Oregonian, FBO's Whitney Grubbs explains how fixing Oregon's Quality Education Model can help make sure state dollars improve public schools for all Oregon students.

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Children at the Capaces Leadership Institute's summer learning program in 2021. Photo by Yvanna Ramos.
2024 Legislative Session Starts Strong for Summer Learning

FBO joins over 20 community partners and nearly 30 bipartisan legislative sponsors to champion House Bill 4082 for Oregon children.

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What We Do

FBO is demystifying complex systems and elevating community-driven solutions to disrupt the historical and emerging injustices facing Oregon children and families.

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Who We Are

At Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO), we are fervent believers in Oregon’s children, families, and communities. We are conveners, researchers, advocates, and storytellers. And we are systems thinkers and bridge builders, reimagining how Oregon supports every child to learn, grow, and thrive.

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What We Believe

We believe Oregon’s children are a shared responsibility. FBO's values, theory of change, and partnerships drive our work to ensure Oregon lives up to this sacred responsibility.

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Our Strategic Priorities

Acknowledging Native Land, Lives, and Ways of Knowing

Our Acknowledgment