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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.

ADVANCING OREGON’S COMMITMENT TO EVERY CHILD

A Conversation with Peter Koehler

“Finding common ground is a never-ending process,” says Koehler, a new FBO Board member who has mediated some of Oregon’s most challenging disputes.

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Peter Koehler with his granddaughter Alice.
Students learn Chinese waist drumming at the Chinese Friendship Association's 2021 summer learning program in Beaverton.
New Community Research Spotlights Oregon Summer Learning

With another historic investment in summer learning on the horizon, FBO and partners explore how community-based summer programs support youth to learn, grow, and thrive.

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Where the Legislature Fell Short in 2022

The short legislative session has ended with a failure to answer the calls of youth and community leaders to stand up for racial justice in public education.

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Youth share their hand-crafted 'flores de papel' at Adelante Mujeres' Chicas summer learning program in Cornelius.
Warm Up With Stories of Oregon Summer Learning

Through photography, video, and the written word, FBO and partners open a window into the power of community-based summer learning.

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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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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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Our Strategic Priorities

Acknowledging Native Land, Lives, and Ways of Knowing

Our Acknowledgment

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