OREGON STATE CAPITOL FOUNDATION

With your support, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation preserves our Capitol, shares its history and engages Oregonians in our democracy.

Mission

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation preserves our Capitol, shares its history and engages Oregonians in our democracy. Our vision is that Oregonians know their Oregon State Capitol as a beautiful, vibrant place to engage with history and democracy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Originally founded by statute in 1997 under the auspices of the Oregon State Legislature's Legislative Administration Committee, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation became a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2015. With your support, the Foundation preserves our Capitol, shares its history and engages Oregonians in our democracy.

Ruling year info

2007

Chair, OSCF board of directors

Judy Hall

Vice Chair

Nan Heim

Main address

P O Box 13472

Salem, OR 97309 USA

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Formerly known as

Fund for the Oregon State Capitol Foundation

EIN

20-5164853

NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation’s vision is that all Oregonians know the Oregon State Capitol as a beautiful, vibrant place to engage with history and democracy. In the late 1990's, individuals who cared about the Capitol began meeting. They shared a love for the legislative process, the people and business of the Capitol, and the historic importance and architectural beauty of the building. They wanted to educate all Oregonians about the legislative process, celebrate a shared heritage, and preserve the history of the Capitol, while highlighting the impact of lawmaking on daily life and exciting civic engagement. In addition, although the Oregon Legislature owns and maintains the Capitol, it doesn't fund Visitor Services program or building enhancements. This group saw a need to find support for Capitol projects that were not funded through the regular budget process. Created by state statute in 1997, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation became its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2015.

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?

Funds educational, cultural programs, events and displays.

The Foundation supports and funds Capitol History Gateway programming and projects including, but not limited to: the construction and digitalization of a new Oregon Capitol Welcome Center to help visitors understand our shared history and direct them to other heritage sites throughout Oregon where they can learn more; the virtual Capitol tour that is available online and in multiple languages 24/7 year round; free, family-friendly events that provide community partners an opportunity to showcase their culture and traditions at the Capitol; programs and displays at the Capitol provided by Oregon museums, heritage sites and nonprofits; exhibits about our state's history and the diverse Oregonians who've shaped our government and state; development of 4th grade curriculum for teachers and students; training and uniforms for Capitol volunteers; and training affiliations for Capitol Visitor Services staff.

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Preserving Oregon's history through programs including: the Oregon Capitol Welcome Center; the OSCF oral history project that preserves the stories of contributions to state government through recorded interviews with influential Oregonians; the speaker series that provides inspirational Oregonians an opportunity to share their stories at the Capitol and beyond; and the revolving exhibition program that aims to help Oregon’s nonprofits, museums and heritage sites design and build exhibits showcasing community-driven Oregon stories.

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The Foundation supports programs and projects that enhance the visitor experience, increase safety and contribute to the building and surrounding grounds. Examples include supporting the Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety project including seismic upgrades to the Oregon State Capitol; restoration of the Oregon Liberty Bell; granite benches for viewing the Capitol rotunda; Claire Phillips Memorial; county flagstones in the Capitol Mall; outdoor benches for all who visit the Capitol grounds; Walk of Flags; climate-controlled, archival display case to display historic documents such as the recently-restored Oregon State Constitution; pianos for the Senate and House chambers; the Oregon Veterans Medal of Honor Memorial; and more.

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Where we work

Awards

Heritage Education Award 2019

Willamette Heritage Center

Ovation! Impact Award 2018

Oregon Festival and Events Association

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The mission of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation is to connect Oregonians to a shared heritage, enhance the beauty of the Capitol, and involve citizens in their democracy. The group accomplishes its mission through work in three main areas.

1. Providing funding for educational and cultural programs, events and displays
Oregonians and visitors have engaging opportunities to learn from important milestones in Oregon’s history, celebrate aspects of our shared heritage and build community through annual events produced by the History Gateway and funded by the Capitol Foundation. Funding from the Capitol Foundation underwrites these enriching and fun events, where attendees can learn about and from each other; they are free and open to all. One of the Capitol Foundation’s major projects, the Capitol History Gateway, and a strong partnership with Capitol Visitor Services allows educators to access and teach a curriculum for 4th grade classroom trips, during which students visit the Capitol and learn about the legislative process, the unique building, and state history. As a result of these experiences, many students develop a strong interest in our state’s heritage, and perhaps, public service. The Capitol itself is a grand environment where visitors learn about state history.History Gateway exhibits located in the galleria area, also funded by the Capitol Foundation, include topics that illuminate the history and experiences of all Oregonians.

2. Preserving history
Education about history, the legislative process, and representative democracy is critical for the health of our state and way of life; it is a core strategy for achieving the Capitol Foundation’s mission. To support this goal, the Capitol Foundation has compiled, produced and preserved twenty-three oral histories from ordinary Oregonians, working people willing to become involved in the life of our state and had a great impact on our state and the daily life of its citizens. Viewers hear directly from former governors, legislators, lobbyists, and state employees about their Capitol experiences and involvement in making laws that continue to impact Oregonians every day.

3. Supporting improvements that contribute to the dignity and beauty of the building.
Oregon’s Capitol is more appealing, dignified, educational, and beautiful because of the Capitol Foundation. The Capitol Foundation donates enhancements to the building and grounds for the benefit of visitors and those who work in the building. The Capitol Foundation also funds memorials to citizens who have significantly enriched the health or well-being of our state and nation, so that all may be inspired by their contributions. In addition, the Capitol Foundation is a public advisor and advocate for building needs, such as earthquake preparedness.

Providing educational and cultural programs, events and displays:
By conceiving and funding the creation of the Capitol History Gateway and its ongoing programming, including:
- 4th Grade curriculum development and support
- Web-based visitor tours
- Funding Oregon’s Heritage events and Capitol celebration events, over twenty per year
- Exhibits about Capitol history and people in the Capitol who made history
- Training and uniforms for Capitol volunteers

Preserving history, such as:
- Oral History Project videos
- Speaker Series
- Regional Museum Outreach management and funding

Supporting improvements that contribute to the dignity and beauty of the building
Examples include:
- Memorials
- Historical displays
- Benches for viewing the Capitol Rotunda
- Archival display case to display historic documents
- Pianos for the House and Senate Chambers

The Capitol Foundation will continue to provide funding for the History Gateway and its many exhibits, visitor events, and educational programs that serve over 100,000 visitors per year, as well as more than 20,000 students on school tours. In addition to the work noted above, the Capitol Foundation plans to:
• Contribute to the design and funding of an updated Visitor Welcome Center interior
• Digitally transcribe the growing Oral History collection
• Support funding for new governor portraits
• Translate virtual self-guided tours into foreign languages
• Host a welcome event at the opening of the Legislature’s regular sessions in odd-numbered years
• Convert historic Capitol slides/photos into a digital format
• Create and fund a fellowship program for graduate students

Financials

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

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OREGON STATE CAPITOL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Judy Hall

Community Volunteer

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Nan Heim

Frankie Bell

Hon. Jane Cease

Kim Duncan

Judy Hall

Hon. Tony Meeker

Ed Schoaps

Hon. Norm Smith

Hon. Gary Wilhelms

Fred Neal

Bruce Bishop

Rep. Ron Noble

Bruce Anderson

Joan Plank

Nan Heim

Dan Jarman

Bob Repine

Jessica Adamson

Sen. Ginny Burdick

Rep. Paul Evans

Sen. Tim Knopp

Hon. Phil Lang

Steve Lee

Rep. Raquel Moore-Green

Sen. Deb Patterson

Angela Wilhelms

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2021,

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