Philanthrophy – Bill Wooten Endowment Fund
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 2017 Endowment Fund grants and see a full description of our funding criteria, go to our Endowment Guidelines.
In 2016, 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:
- Camp Fire Wilani
The Alpine Tower at Camp Wilani is 50-foot wooden climbing structure that fosters team-building, self-confidence, conflict resolution skills, and positive, assertive communication. This grant will expand its challenge course by adding elements that make it more accessible to young children and campers with disabilities.
- Crow High School
Students in the popular glass-fusing class will create complex, detailed glass art with glass saw blades provided by this grant. Some of the quality pieces produced will be sold at the school’s annual Arts Showcase to support the costs of the program’s glass and other supplies.
- 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
All students will work with an artist-in-residence teaching drawing techniques, which promote fine motor skill and language development, decision-making skills, inventiveness and cultural awareness. The program will culminate in a school art show for families and the community.
- Lane Arts Council
At this summer camp for young Fern Ridge children, campers will explore animals and art in a program inspired by Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of Animals. Students will engage in individual and group projects using visual arts, music, literature and movement, and showcase what they’ve created at a community potluck.
- Rural Art Center
This free summer arts camp for children in the Fern Ridge Area will focus on producing a film inspired by Japanese folk tales. The program will combine the study of Japanese-American culture with storytelling, music, origami and animation arts in creating a film to be shown at community events.
- Veneta Elementary School
Working with an artist-in-residence, students and teachers will together produce a permanent mural for the school’s newly constructed cafeteria space. Children will learn elements of art along with basic drawing and painting techniques as they create a piece of history and culture for the school.
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 exceed one million dollars.