1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON

Great Communities. Working Lands. Iconic Places.

Portland, OR   |  https://friends.org/

Mission

Working with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Russ Hoeflich

Deputy Director

Mary Kyle McCurdy

Main address

PO Box 40367

Portland, OR 97240 USA

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EIN

93-0642086

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1973, Oregon passed SB 100, creating the state's ground-breaking land use planning system. Since 1975, 1000 Friends of Oregon has worked to uphold that system by defending productive Oregon landscapes and the families they support, while promoting the qualities community, economy and environment that have made Oregon such a special place to live. As Oregon's population surges in the 21st century, economic pressures on farm and forest lands, levels of houselessness and hunger, and dramatic climate change impacts all continue to grow, making our work more vital than ever before. At 1000 Friends of Oregon, we believe that responsible, equitable, and balanced land use are critical to ensuring the long-term health and well-being of our state and her people.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Systems

Through 1000 Friends' Food System Program, we...
-Provide technical assistance to farmers and food entrepreneurs
-Build and strengthen relationships through the Oregon Community Food Systems Network
-Identify and advocate for state and local programs that enhance our agricultural heritage and food processes, such as the Farm to School Program and agricultural infrastructure projects
-Promote and advocate for land use and transportation policies that improve Oregon's food production, processing, delivery, and consumption

With a resilient statewide food system, Oregon will protect our working food production lands, strengthen connections for producers, and feed our people.

Population(s) Served

The Circuit Rider's focus on rural and under-served communities is integral to Oregon's overall health and well-being, and to the equitable use of rural lands. The Circuit Rider serves Oregon by:
-Monitoring, reviewing, and enforcing land use decisions, legislation, and rule-making effecting rural lands
-Connecting with rural citizens, including farmers and foresters, and supporting them in their interactions with the land use system
-Working with 1000 Friends' Farmers Advisory Committee and the Cooperating Attorney Program

Population(s) Served

Metro for Everyone is a coalition of diverse stakeholders advocating for land use policies that create:
-Plenty of permanently affordable and diverse housing options
-Prioritized housing for historically and currently under-served populations
-Connected communities that allow more people to live in areas with good access to transportation, parks, and services
-Economically diverse neighborhoods
-Housing for humans over housing for cars

Population(s) Served

LULI connects participants with leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors through monthly discussions in forums ranging from informational panels to site visits to field trips. The program showcases Oregon's innovative land use planning, highlights the most pressing land development issues, and equips participants with a land use toolkit to utilize in issues that matter to them. Currently, we have LULI programs in both the Portland Metro region and Southern Oregon.

Population(s) Served

Since 1974, 1000 Friends of Oregon has worked to uphold and strengthen Oregon’s statewide land use system, protecting our precious working lands from sprawl and other forms of misuse. Our Farmer Advisory Committee (FAC) brings together more than 70 farmers, ranchers and foresters from across the state to provide the experience, insight, and policy recommendations our state needs.

Population(s) Served

1000 Friends of Oregon is on the forefront of protecting Oregon’s forests from the ever-increasing risks of wildfires that threaten our state’s livability. Part of our work to combat wildfires is advocating for legislation designed to protect our forest and farmlands and mitigate climate change.

Our Executive Director, Russ Hoeflich, sits on Governor Kate Brown’s Wildfire Response Council, as the Chair of the Land Use Sub-Committee. “The Council is tasked to review Oregon's current model for wildfire prevention, preparedness and response, analyzing whether or not the current model is sustainable given our increasing wildfire risks.” In December 2018, we published A New Vision for Wildfire Planning, a report on the role of responsible land use in the reduction of wildfire risk.

Fire seasons have grown in length more than 21% on average since 1970, so it’s imperative that action is taken now. As the threat of wildfires continues to multiply, 1000 Friends will persistently advocate for sound Land Use policies that reduce wildfire risk to protect our forests, cities and farmlands.

Population(s) Served

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2001, eliminating historically exclusionary zoning practices and creating the most progressive urban housing policy in the nation in order to address Oregon's 155,000-unit housing shortage. 1000 Friends was instrumental in the passage of that bill and won a 2020 Ivory Prize in recognition of our work. Now, we are working with state and local agencies to ensure that the legislation is faithfully implemented.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

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Related Program

Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Established in 2012, LULI is training the next generation of land use leaders. LULI participants (also known as LULIs) connect through interactive training, site visits, and workshops.

Number of coalition members

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Related Program

Metro for Everyone

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Portland for Everyone is a coalition of business, agencies, community groups, and other nonprofits working for policy changes to allow for the creation of diverse and affordable housing options.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1000 Friends is honored to receive grant funding from foundations and family funds for both general operations and each of our programs.

Number of Facebook followers

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our online followers are crucial for our educational efforts and our grassroots activism on a variety of land use issues. Facebook is our largest social media audience (Twitter is a close second.)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GREAT COMMUNITIES Oregon cities and towns will be equitable, affordable, and compact, with access to opportunity for all. | HEALTHY WORKING LANDS Oregon's working farms, ranches, and forest lands--and those who rely on them--will thrive. | ICONIC PLACES Landscapes significant to people statewide will be protected. | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Oregonians will participate as engaged community members in support of our land use system. | EFFECTIVE LAND USE SYSTEM Oregon's statewide land use planning system will be protected and strengthened.

1000 Friends of Oregon is currently engaged in long-term capacity-building in keeping with our current strategic plan.

For over 40 years, 1000 Friends of Oregon has been the only statewide group working for balanced land use across Oregon. Our staff includes attorneys, advocates, and community organizers in three offices (Portland, Bend, Grants Pass), as well as numerous local "Friends of" affiliates in counties statewide. We also oversee the Farmers Advisory Committee and the Cooperating Attorney Program, and our staff are active participants in the Oregon Community Food Systems Network and Central Oregon Conservation Network. We have strong and longstanding partnerships with a variety of community groups, farm and forestry organizations, state agencies, and other regional nonprofits. Our membership base spans the state, and we enjoy steady and significant support from family funds and foundations throughout Oregon.

SO FAR As an organization that has been working statewide for more than 40 years, our accomplishments are numerous, having worked pro bono on thousands of legal actions and hundreds of pieces of legislation that that affected millions of Oregonians, and millions of acres of Oregon. Perhaps the most significant is that, after all that time, the state's land use system still stands, despite constant attempts to undermine or dismantle it altogether. Chief among these attempts was 2004's ill-conceived Measure 37, which lead to land use threats for nearly one million acres of Oregon. In response, in 2007, 1000 Friends of Oregon brought together thousands of citizens from across the state to pass Measure 49, repealing the worst effects of Measure 37 and restoring balanced land use throughout Oregon. More of our key accomplishments can be found on our website, here: http://www.friends.org/about/history | WHAT'S NEXT We will continue to provide Oregon, and Oregonians, with effective legal and land use planning resources to ensure a high quality of life and high degree of livability throughout the state.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    This year, we are in the process of creating our next 4-year strategic plan. Significant initial guidance for the process and key focus areas of the plan was established through feedback surveys shared with staff and constituents.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
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Board chair

Eloise Grout Koehler

Elisabeth Lyon

John Allcott, MD

Applegate Medical Associates

Steve Gutmann

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Nolan Lienhart

ZGF Architects

Jason Lett

The Eyrie Vineyards

Jim Wood

Aspen Valley Ranch

Andrew Haden

Wisewood

Jacqueline Dingfelder

Portland State University

Christian Richmond

Star Mooring Farm

Maryellen McCulloch

Westwinds Farm Studio

Ken Hayes

Greg Macpherson

LCDC Commissioner

Eloise Grout

Margaret Harris

Lucy Brehm

John Paul

Cameron Winery

Issei Saida

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes