Who We Are

Jefferson Funders Forum brings together public and private philanthropic leadership to share information, perspectives and experiences; cooperatively explore and leverage resources to positively impact communities in southern Oregon and northern California.


In 2002, a small group of private and public funders gathered to see what value there might be in meeting together. It was decided that the group would become a “regional learning community” of all kinds of private philanthropic funding organizations and public funders. At the first meeting participants outlined four distinct ways this group could come together with shared interests while acknowledging the inherent limitations as a diverse group of funders (staff, consultants and trustees) representing individual missions. These Levels of Engagement are outlined under How We Work Together along with captured highlights beginning 2002-2017.

The journey of a thousand miles began with this single step. -Lao Tsu

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Jefferson e Funders Forum Participants