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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.


Every child in Oregon—no matter their identity, zip code, or circumstances—deserves the learning, love, and care they need to thrive.

That's why Foundations for a Better Oregon is proud to support the Oregon Partners for Education Justice 2023 Legislative Agenda.

From ethnic studies and summer learning to data justice and school spending transparency, the policies and investments in this community-driven agenda will help Oregon improve student outcomes and close unacceptable disparities.

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Rep. Ricki Ruiz at the 2023 Foundations for a Better Oregon Legislative Summit.
2023 Legislative Summit Builds Shared Vision and Leadership for Oregon Children

Over eighty Oregon policymakers, community leaders, and advocates gathered for a day of learning, visioning, and dialogue.

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The Power of Future Thinking in Rural Oregon

FBO’s Janet Soto Rodriguez reflects on opportunities to engage rural voice, vision, and strength wherever decisions are made.

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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