Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Family Forward Oregon

Smart Policies for Today's Families

aka Family Forward

PORTLAND, OR

Mission

Our mission is to create a family-forward Oregon where all families can be economically secure and have the time it takes to care for a family. Today, too many families are forced to sacrifice one or the other. But we’re working hard to change that by engaging and partnering with parents, employers and policy-makers to create innovative, forward-thinking approaches to work and family.

Ruling Year

2010

Executive Director

Andrea Paluso

Deputy Director

Sharon Bernstein

Main Address

PO BOX 15146

PORTLAND, OR 97293 USA

Formerly Known As

Family Forward Education Fund

Keywords

advocacy, public policy, legislation, paid leave,

EIN

80-0436735

 Number

3689333732

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Maternal economic insecurity is a huge systemic problem that has roots in institutional racism and sexism. At the center of the problem is how society completely devalues care work, often relying on the unpaid, low-paid or exploited labor of women. Mothers will continue to struggle to achieve economic justice until we value the work of caregiving and build the conditions that allow people to care for a family while also providing for one. An abundance of research shows public policies like affordable child care and paid family and medical leave would improve maternal economic security. But history shows us that our lawmakers will not act to resolve these problems without a demand. That’s why we are organizing mothers and other caregivers to come together — across race, gender, class, sexuality, ability and immigration status — to demand change.

Our programs

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

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Economic Justice Advocacy

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of policy guidelines or proposals developed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Families

Related program

Economic Justice Advocacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Policies and legislative wins our organization led on, had coalition support, or had a role in helping pass.

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Caregivers,

Families

Related program

Economic Justice Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Trainings we hold on advocacy, grassroots organizing, and women's economic security.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to pass public policy that addresses the importance of caregiving, advances gender and racial equity, and reduces maternal poverty. We are currently focused on paid family and medical leave, affordable child care, and pay equity. We approach policy work with a laser focus on equity. We know from history that policy often ends up creating more inequity even while it is purportedly aiming to reduce inequity. What this means in practice is that we focus on policy details, and we fight for strong, bold, inclusive policies that will make a real difference in women’s lives.

We have several key strategies: Policy development with an equity lens: We have high-level policy expertise on our staff, and focus on how policy will play out along racial, gender and class lines. We advocate for bold, strong, equity-centered policy. Organizing: We organize impacted women to get involved in short and long-term campaigns Coalition: We always work in coalition with other organizations including racial justice groups, women’s organizations, labor unions and even progressive businesses.

We have a track record of working in coalition to pass groundbreaking policies in Oregon. We led the fight for paid sick time in our state, making Oregon the 4th state in the country to pass a paid sick time law. We led the creation of the Fair Shot For All Coalition which has successfully fought for a higher minimum wage, retirement security, health care for undocumented kids, reproductive health equity, ending racial profiling, rent control and more. We have also worked to pass laws related to pay equity, domestic workers’ rights, paid family and medical leave and affordable child care. We have policy experts on our staff, as well as expert organizers. We are a multi-racial team of women who have lived experience with the issues we work on. Collectively, we have over 100 years of experience in social change work.

We know we are making progress when: The policies we help pass are inclusive. Our country has a history of passing labor laws that systematically exclude women, people of color, and/or mothers. We do not consider it progress if a policy helps middle-class white women but no other women. The policies we help pass are progressive. Low-income people must receive as much or more benefit than high-income people. More and more women who are impacted economically by caregiving are participating in our work, staying involved over time, and moving up the leadership ladder.

We are an organization founded by and led by Oregon mothers. Over the past 10 years, we have become the leading organization in Oregon on issues related to the economic security of women and families. We have successfully passed laws ensuring all families have access to paid sick time, expanded employment protections for domestic workers, developed a public retirement program, and created additional legal protections that ensure equal pay for equal work. We also played a major role in raising the minimum wage in Oregon. Just as important, we have supported women in getting involved in the civic process, learning new skills, speaking at town halls, hearings and community meetings, and engaging even more women in becoming civically engaged. Our successes have been the result of robust policy expertise, strong coalition-building, and on-the-ground organizing among mothers. We demand that women’s voices be heard in policy considerations and we prioritize long-term, systemic solutions. These approaches have served us well. We are currently leading the efforts in Oregon to pass paid family and medical leave, expand the definition of family, and to dramatically increase public investment in child care.

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Financials

Family Forward Oregon

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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