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Philanthrophy – Bill Wooten Endowment Fund

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The Bill Wooten Endowment Fund
The Jill Heiman Vision Fund
BOD Donation Grants
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The Endowment Fund is named in memory of Bill Wooten, the Fair’s visionary, community-minded co-founder Bill Wooten. Endowment Fund grants tangibly represent the fair’s deep appreciation to our neighbors in the Fair’s home community. Endowment Fund grants reflect the spirit of the Fair by supporting youth-centered projects in the Fern Ridge community that:

• promote the arts, education, and cultural diversity;
• work toward creating a peaceful, just, and environmentally sustainable society;
• build community through collaborative efforts.

To make a supporting donation to the Endowment Fund, please go to our Donations page. Thank you!

To learn how to apply for 2018 Endowment Fund grants and see a full description of our funding criteria, go to our Endowment Guidelines 2018.

In 2017, The Oregon Country Fair (OCF) Endowment Fund awarded a total of $14,000 to support youth-focused nonprofit organizations in the Fair’s neighboring communities of Veneta, Elmira and Crow. Projects focused on arts, multi-cultural and environmental education, and one grantee was recognized with the annual Leslie Scott Imagine Grant Award.


This year’s grantees are:

·         Crow High School

STEAM ads an “A” for art to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and is the foundation for an inquiry-based, collaborative, hands on project offered by the school’s art/industrial arts and science teachers. Students will build skateboards through a curriculum combining science. engineering and graphic design with the construction skills they lear.

·         Culture Jam

Fern Ridge area youth will receive scholarships to attend this eight-day arts-based empowerment camp for teenagers held each summer at the Fair site. Culture Jam helps each young person discover their own skills, talents, and potentials in a supportive environment.

·         Elmira Elementary School

Music connects our minds and bodies, and is linked to improved academic performance. All students will work with an artist-in-residence teaching percussion music, remedying the absence of other music instruction at the school. The program will culminate in a school art show for families and the community.

·         Fern Ridge Library

Children and teens will participate in a “Ceramic Monster” workshop during the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program. Kids will learn the basics of ceramics and create their own monster. Photos of completed monsters will be framed and displayed at the Library.

·         Lane Arts Council

Young Fern Ridge area children will experience an immersive, hands-on summer arts camp based on exploring local flora and fauna. Campers will engage in printmaking, scientific illustration, sculpting and other artistic activities inspired by nature, and showcase what they’ve created at a community celebration.

·         Rural Art Center

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District depends on the Center to provide after school art instruction. Arts education will be offered on shortened school days, which is important for elementary students who have no art teacher at the school itself. Older students will develop instrument playing skills and socialize at a Ukulele Club

·         Veneta Elementary  School

Working with an artist-in-residence, students will explore cartooning, learning how to identify the underlying geometry of form and figures as they develop cartoon images. They will experiment with caricature, anthropomorphism, exaggeration, narrative, perspective, proportion, shading and sequence.

The annual Leslie Scott Imagine Grant Award is given to the funded project that best represents former Fair General Manager Leslie Scott’s contributions to the Fair, which include providing opportunities for youth, reaching out to our neighbors and nurturing creativity. This year’s awardee is the Rural Art Center.

The Oregon Country Fair Endowment Fund annually makes grants to organizations in the Fern Ridge area that have a non-profit, tax-exempt IRS status, and are focused on providing enriching educational opportunities for youth. The grants tangibly represent the Fair’s deep appreciation of our home community and presents opportunities to further develop the Fair’s relationship with our neighbors.

The Fair also makes grants to social service agencies and nonprofit organizations in Oregon through both the Jill Heiman Vision Fund and the Board of Directors’ Donations Fund. To date, Fair philanthropic total exceeds one million dollars.