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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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.


FBO advances Oregon’s commitment to support every child to learn, grow, and thrive. We bridge community, policymakers, and philanthropy to collaborate toward realizing a shared long-term vision for our children and young people.

We Envision an Oregon That Values Every Child

Our People

Our Board of Directors

FBO is a nonprofit organization and a project of Oregon philanthropy. As a collaborative effort, our Board upholds a commitment to bridging vantage points, leveling access to power, and looking beyond the horizon for Oregon’s children and families.

Meet Our Board

Our Team

At FBO, our multidisciplinary staff leads with a deep love and commitment to all of Oregon’s children—they are the “why” of our work. But make no mistake: the true “team” in our work includes our many partners in community and across sectors.

Meet Our Team


Our Story

Our story begins in 2004 when a coalition of Oregon philanthropic foundations came together to explore how they might collaboratively address some of Oregon’s most complex challenges. These founders created Foundations for a Better Oregon and set out to learn what mattered most to Oregonians.

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