Oregon Natural Resource Education Fund - "SAF Sub-Fund"
With the leadership of Eric Kranzush and Foxie Proctor, Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF) established a sub-fund of the Oregon Natural Resource Education Fund (ONREF) in 2005 to help create transitions from high school forestry education to Oregon State University’s forestry programs. These funds provide opportunities for high school students to learn about how forestry can help them reach their career goals through higher education. It also provides work and leadership learning situations that are of great value regardless of the career students ultimately pursue.
OSAF members serve as advisory members to the ONREF Board of Directors and provide input on selection of high school natural resource program grants. Below are the 2019 grant requests, there were nine requests totaling $24,822 and only $11,500 available for granting.
Given that the requests were more than double the available funds, there is still a need to donate to ONREF and work towards having more funds available for future grant requests.
Anyone wishing to donate to ONREF, can donate through OSAF Treasurer, Steve Cafferata, or should contact John Moriarty at the Oregon Community Foundation, (541) 431-7099. The donor needs to indicate which of the four sub-funds they want their donations placed. There are four ONREF sub-funds: ONREF, OSAF, Pleasant Hill, and the Terry Selby Memorial. All four sub-funds are managed by the Oregon Community Foundation.
About the Oregon Natural Resource Education Fund:
The Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund (ONREF) is a community field of interest fund administered through the Oregon Community Foundation. The fund was established in early 2001 to provide funds to establish, expand, improve, and maintain forest-related natural resources education opportunities in Oregon high schools. Specifically, the fund provides charitable distributions to Oregon public or private high schools that commit to provide educational opportunities in the field of forestry, which will integrate wood products, silviculture, harvesting, fisheries, wildlife, water, soils, recreation, and the management of other forest-related natural resources of Oregon and related career and leadership development. ONREF Board Members include: Pete Sikora* (President), Jim Rombach* (Secretary), Julie Woodward*, Jim James* (Oregon Small Woodlands Association), and Reynold Gardner (Oregon Department of Education).
About the Oregon Community Foundation:
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF houses the ONREF.
OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. Current assets under management exceed $1 billion.
Thousands of citizens have created a permanent endowment for Oregon through OCF—an endowment that will help Oregonians today and for generations to come.