Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

aka OJCF   |   Portland, OR   |  www.ojcf.org

Mission

Founded in 1989, OJCF’s mission is to build and promote a culture of giving in Oregon and Southwest Washington that supports a thriving Jewish community now and for generations to come. The Foundation helps individuals and families achieve their heartfelt philanthropic goals through the most tax-advantaged approaches to charitable giving. As the community’s partner in the region, OJCF provides sophisticated giving opportunities and exciting programs expressing the Jewish values of tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Ruling year info

1990

President & CEO

David Forman

Main address

1618 SW First Ave. Ste. 210

Portland, OR 97201 USA

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EIN

93-1019725

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

OJCF builds and promotes a culture of giving in Oregon and SW Washington that supports a thriving Jewish community now and for generations to come.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

LIFE & LEGACY

As the central planned giving organization for Jewish Oregon and SW Washington, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation is partners with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to offer LIFE & LEGACY - Assuring Jewish Tomorrows to help area Jewish agencies, schools, and synagogues establish bequests and other estate gifts for our community.
https://ojcf.org/create-a-jewish-legacy/create-a-jewish-legacy-oregon/

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF) is designed to encourage a lifelong passion for philanthropy and social activism. Through OJCYF, students develop a deep understanding of the importance of nonprofits and their inner workings. Along the way, students learn valuable leadership skills, experience what it is like to be on a board, including the challenges and satisfaction of philanthropy while developing a sense of responsibility in giving back to the community. OJCYF is special in that it fully entrusts to its teen members the decision-making of how the money they’ve raised will be granted to the community. The empowered OJCYF youth learn how to be passionate, confident, mature leaders as they develop a sense of citizen responsibility and a lifelong love for philanthropy.
https://ojcf.org/programs/ojcyf/

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Adolescents

OJCF grants and distributions are largely donor-driven through Donor Advised Funds and Endowment Funds. The foundation runs a limited number of open grant programs.
https://ojcf.org/grants-and-scholarships/receive-a-grant/

The foundation offers scholarships for US-based higher education and Jewish overnight camp. To be eligible, applicants must be Jewish residents of Oregon and must demonstrate financial need. Additionally, OJCF provides scholarships directly to Oregon-based Jewish day schools.
https://ojcf.org/grants-and-scholarships/receive-a-scholarship/

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Students

Established in 2015, the OJCF Giving Council is a giving circle comprised of young Jewish professionals who are interested in the power of collaborative philanthropy. The members work together to create a vision and mission for the group, pool their charitable dollars and make a difference in our community through grants to selected nonprofits.

The first cohort was comprised of 20 Jewish young professionals who worked together and successfully awarded $20,000 in grants to three organizations: Portland Jewish Academy, the Girl Scouts of America and Sunshine Pantry. The programs they funded exemplified the Jewish values of community, education and equality.
https://ojcf.org/programs/ojcf-giving-council/

*This program is temporarily on hold.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Adults

OJCF’s Professional Advisors Group is comprised of professional advisors in various legal and financial fields who support the mission of OJCF. They assist by promoting charitable planned giving, participating in educational programs and consulting with and providing direction to OJCF staff and leadership regarding technical tax and legal issues.
https://ojcf.org/programs/professional-advisors-group/

Population(s) Served
Adults

No matter what your means, OJCF makes it easy by helping you manage your current philanthropic giving or establishing a permanent legacy which will safeguard our shared Jewish community’s future. This includes Donor Advised Funds, Endowment Funds, Charitable Gift Annuities and more.

The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation:
•Helps individuals create permanent charitable endowments for the benefit of their favorite organizations
•Helps individuals manage their current philanthropic giving
•Offers unparalleled flexibility by offering a variety planned giving tools allowing donors to give when, where and how they want
•Manages and administers agency funds on behalf of Oregon and SW Washington Jewish charities

http://www.ojcfgift.org

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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OJCF exists to provide for the philanthropic future of Jewish organizations and synagogues in Oregon and SW Washington and to help individuals and families actualize their philanthropic values.

OJCF helps individuals and families achieve their heartfelt philanthropic goals through the most tax-advantaged approaches to charitable giving. As the community’s partner in the region, OJCF provides sophisticated giving opportunities and exciting programs expressing the Jewish values of tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

OJCF's professional staff provide expert counsel for donors and organizations through Donor Advised Funds, Endowment Funds, Scholarship Funds, Charitable Gift Annuities, and Supporting Organizations.

OJCF was formed with five initial partner organizations: Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Robison Jewish Home, Jewish Family & Child Service, and Portland Jewish Academy. Today the foundation holds partner funds for 30 organizations from Vancouver to Ashland. The foundation also sponsors more than 240 Donor Advised Funds and 60 Endowment Funds.

Financials

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Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josh Frankel

West Bearing Investments, a division of Ferguson Wellman

Term: 2019 - 2022

Josh Frankel

West Bearing Investments, a division of Ferguson Wellman

Richard Glassman

The Commerce Bank of Oregon

Shari Levinson

Columbia Distributing

Sharon Morell

Investment Professional

Walker Clark

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP

Kathy Chusid

Standard Insurance (retired)

Naomi Derner

Vantage Point Advisors

Emily Kahn

Facebook

Jonathan Glass

Council Tree Investors, Inc.

Lindsay Krivosha

Baird

Andrew Rosengarten

JLL

Glen Levy

Constance Street Properties

Jonathan Singer

Barg Singer PC

Elise Brickner-Shulz

Cedar Sinai Park

David Goldwyn

Congregation Beth Israel

Brian Suher

Congregation Neveh Shalom

Mia Birk

Mia Birk Consulting

Jeff Mazer

Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education

Danelle Romain

Portland Jewish Academy

Joel Greenblum

Wells Fargo Advisors

Jason Kaufman

U.S. Bank

Steven Kaufman

Consultant

Susan Menashe

Consultant

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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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