The Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement
Karen and Sid DeBoer
In the past four years, Sid and Karen DeBoer have supported almost 50 nonprofit organizations, many of them annually. Their generous philanthropy has provided deep support to hospitals, arts organizations, cancer research efforts, K-12 schools, universities, youth mentoring programs, domestic violence shelters, and public radio.
“It’s hard to overstate the impact that the DeBoers’ philanthropy has had on Southern Oregon,” said Johanna Thoeresz of Oregon Community Foundation, who nominated the DeBoers for the award.
The couple has contributed more than $3 million to the Ashland YMCA for the purchase and remodel of a camp at Lake of the Woods. Oregon Community Foundation, Mt. Ashland, and Rotary are just a few of the many nonprofits that have benefited from the couple’s generosity.
In addition, the DeBoers support their community through personal giving and Lithia 4- Kids, the grantmaking and volunteering program sponsored by Lithia Motors, where Sid serves as Chairman of the Board.
“Sid and Karen give as generously of their time as they do their financial resources,” Johanna Thoeresz said. “They both serve on numerous boards throughout Southern Oregon and are fixtures at community fundraising events, encouraging others to give generously too.”
A successful business owner and a philanthropic hero, Bill Dickey leverages his good fortune and hard work to support more than 100 organizations. Bill and his former company, Morel Ink, have contributed more than $2.5 million to nonprofits as well as generous in-kind contributions to many more organizations.
He supports a great breadth of nonprofits—including many that have not always received widespread community support. Bill was giving to LGBT organizations in the 1980s—long before it was in the mainstream. An enthusiast for arts and culture, animals, youth, education, and equality Bill has generously given to organizations ranging from Metropolitan Youth Symphony to Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. For many of the smaller organizations, Bill is their largest donor.
James Phelps, who nominated Bill, said: “Bill Dickey is exactly the kind of individual development professionals like: He has a hard time saying no to a good cause.”
An active, informed member of the community, Bill rarely puts restrictions on his gifts providing those all-important operating dollars. Instead, he trusts the organizations to use his money wisely.
For his philanthropic work that has impacted so many in the Portland Metro community, Bill been recognized by a variety of organizations including: 2015 Hero of the Year in by Multnomah County Democratic Party and Basic Rights Oregon; 2014 Sam C. Wheeler Freedom Award from De Paul Treatment Centers; 2013 Queer Hero by the Q Center; and 2007 Portland Monthly Light a Fire Award.
Bill’s generous giving has impacted the Portland Metro Area, but his support has extended to the entire state of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Marc Grignon is the single longest-serving volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society, contributing thousands of hours over more than 35 years of dedicated service. A member of the OHS Board of Directors for the past 16 years and President from 2014-17, Marc is a committed and talented volunteer fundraiser who gets the job done. When the old OHS shelter didn’t have space to do fundraising work, he offered space at his own offices and helped complete the ambitious campaign to build the new shelter.
“Marc leads by example, contributing generously, soliciting fearlessly, hosting donor events, and providing the policy framework for financial success,” said Jennifer Baumann of Oregon Humane Society, who nominated Marc for the award.
Marc worked on forging the collaboration in which Oregon State University veterinary students work three-week rotations at OHS. This partnership has helped launch the careers of more than 700 veterinarians with heightened competence and confidence. His service has statewide and even regional impact through the OHS Second Chance program, which transports pets from a network of more than 90 independent shelters across the West to find new homes through OHS.
He co-chairs the OHS Campaign Cabinet, using his experience, expertise, and network to lead the $35 million New Road Ahead initiative, OHS’s most ambitious campaign to ease animal suffering and to keep pets in homes.
Additionally, Marc has served on the boards of the Providence Child Center, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Meals on Wheels, the Oregon Symphony, Portland State University Foundation, and William Temple House.
“Marc’s leadership has contributed significantly to creating stronger nonprofits, cost-effective governance, and new facilities to serve our community,” Jennifer Baumann said. “His efforts across sectors have provided connections that have strengthened our industry as a whole, transplanting the best ideas from business and strong nonprofits to ensure successful fundraising and sound financial management.”
Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
Tillamook County Creamery Association
For more than a century, Tillamook County Creamery Association has produced milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and ice cream to feed Oregonians. As you might expect, the cooperative has supported its community by working to reduce hunger in Oregon. For 13 consecutive years, TCCA has been the presenting sponsor of the KGW Great Food Drive, helping to raise more than 2 million pounds of food in 2019.
But TCCA goes far beyond the expected. It also contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and product donations each year to nonprofits addressing affordable housing, community wellness initiatives, agricultural advocacy, and healthful youth.
TCCA invested 2.2 percent of its profits—more than $1 million—in 2017, with much of that earmarked for addressing affordable housing and food insecurity issues in Tillamook County. The cooperative has announced ambitious plans to invest at least five percent of its profit back into the community.
TCCA has contributed major gifts to OSU’s dairy science program. Taking a creative approach to philanthropy, it supports food entrepreneurs through microloans. TCAA is engaged in affordable housing efforts in Tillamook County. It also helped establish a community wellness initiative addressing issues ranging from preventing type 2 diabetes to promoting physical activity by increasing bike lanes and hiking trails. Through the cooperative’s volunteer program, Tillamook Cares, its farmer-owners and employees contribute hundreds of hours in their communities.
As Tillamook County’s largest employer, TCCA’s impact is greatest in that county, but its dedication to eliminating hunger and supporting production of what it calls “real, honest food” touches people throughout Oregon and beyond.
Outstanding Volunteer Group
B’nai Brith Men’s Camp Association
The philanthropic influence of B’nai B’rith Men’s Camp Association extends far beyond the grounds of its Jewish camp in Lincoln County, whose primary audience for BB Camps is overnight youth campers. Enrollment in overnight camp has increased more than 70 percent in the past decade, thanks to BBMAC’s support.
But the group’s philanthropy extends beyond the grounds of camp and into the Lincoln County community. When B’nai Brith leaders learned that a majority of local children were living below the poverty line and didn’t have access to summer programs, they created a day camp for local youth with full scholarships available.
Since then, more than 2,000 day campers have attended the camp and have enjoyed the zipline and ropes course, heated pool, hydro-tubing on Devil’s Lake, arts and crafts, plus dedicated staff who model self-confidence and inspire leadership. BB Camp has become a partner in the Youth Development Coalition of Lincoln County, which recently received a grant to fund a reading specialist at camp. BB Camp also has received grants from the Oregon Department of Education to establish on-site summer meal delivery at multiple low-income housing communities for Lincoln County youth.
Here’s the result of BBMAC day camp: Touching, real-life stories of children who were living in poverty—some in their family’s car—but found their confidence at BB Day Camp and even were inspired to attend college.
At BBMAC’s helm, Irving Potter and Kyle Rotenberg have led 181 volunteers to oversee B’nai B’rith Camp. Its Men’s Camp fundraising activity generates more than $400,000 annually and its 10-year capital campaign raised $10.6 million. Their philanthropic model is used throughout the U.S. for supporting local Jewish camps.
Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation
The legacy of James and Shirley Rippey’s support of Oregon’s at-risk and vulnerable children lives on in the James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation, overseen by the couple’s children and grandchildren. In supporting some of the most vulnerable youth, the James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation is working to ensure an equitable future for all Oregon’s children.
James and Shirley Rippey graduated from University of Oregon in 1953 and believed in the value of an education and in creating opportunities for Oregon’s youth. The Foundation continues to support some of the most vulnerable youth in Oregon through granting gifts to St. Mary’s Home for Boys, which offers residential treatment and services to at-risk boys; New Avenues for Youth, an organization that provides wrap-around support for youth experiencing homelessness, and CASA whose volunteers advocate for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
The Foundation favors organizations that serve children and focus on their safety, welfare, health, academic access and preparation for their future. Its support extends to OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Symphony, SMART, Saturday Academy, Friends of the Children, College Possible and the Boys & Girls Club of Portland.
Recently the Foundation has made the grant application process significantly less time intensive for renewing organizations in order to free up valuable staff time and energy to focus on mission-related work instead of filling out grant applications.
Youth in Philanthropy
Benjamin Olshin, 16, believes in the power of literacy to transform young lives—even the lives of infants.
When he was in middle school, Benjamin volunteered for a nonprofit that provides free books to low-income children, and he discovered the correlation between early literacy and school and social success. He learned that babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) have higher rates of deficits in speech and language development, but that reading, singing and talking with NICU babies appears to support their speech and language development.
At age 14, he founded Babies With Books, a teen led program that supports early literacy and promotes infants’ brain development and family bonding in Randall Children’s Hospital’s NICU.
He engaged a team of peers who curate a book cart with titles in various languages for families to read to their infants and then take the books home. Team members talk with families about the importance of reading to their babies. Benjamin and his team of mostly youth volunteers developed this significant program that helps families and their infants. For more information on Babies With Books, visit their website at babieswithbooks.org
Benjamin also volunteers with and raises money for a local food pantry, serves as a weekly peer tutor for elementary and middle school students, and participated in an experiential social action learning program in Washington, D.C.