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Families In Crisis

Violence in the home is not spoken about publicly or often. But it exists! Where can a spouse or child go for help? We are thankful for the work of the Raphael House in east Portland or the Clackamas Women’s Services . . .

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The Walters Family Foundation understands how reading is important to young children, especially in ages two through six. We are proud to partner with SMART, which attracts hundreds of volunteers in Oregon to read to young kids. Early reading to children has repeatedly shown to be helpful in better school performance. The Walters Family Foundation has conducted frequent site visits and have learned a lot about the SMART program …

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Mental Health

Suicide, homelessness, depression, and various mental health issues are confronted through many nonprofit organizations…

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Many schools in various Oregon cities were asking for locations where teenage girls can receive support before before getting in trouble. Preventive programs such as Ophelia’s Place in Eugene and Junction City, and other locations were created where girls can drop in for crafts, counseling, help if kicked out of their homes and referrals to other resources as needed …

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Partner Testimonials


The Walters Family Foundation helped…

Verna Wise Matthews

It’s not easy being a teen in today’s fast-paced world, but they aren’t alone. With the invaluable support of the Walters Family Foundation, Ophelia’s Place empowers, educates, and supports youth to make healthy life choices. Its prevention-based holistic services teach teens critical thinking skills they’ll use when dealing with tough topics like Digital Decisions, Healthy Relationships, Sexual Harassment & Conflict Resolution, and Media & Body Image. It’s partnership with the Walters Family Foundation has allowed Ophelia’s Place to reach more than 1,800 youth in rural Oregon middle and high schools through classroom presentations to all youth, girls’ empowerment groups, parent education sessions, and school staff training. Thank you for making an investment in our teens, our communities, and their futures.

Verna Wise Matthews
Executive Director, Ophelia’s Place

Laura Queen

The Walters Family foundation understands that helping others is the greatest gift there is – and that compassion is the catalyst for it. Their partnership with Sparrow Clubs allows us to continue to spark compassion in more youth by giving them the opportunity to see that the world is so much bigger than just themselves. Through this generous partnership, which offers both funding and guidance, Sparrow Clubs is able to inspire and empower more kids to help local children in medical need and give them a reason . . . to look up, look around, and take notice. And reach out to others in their community. The Walters Family Foundation is allowing Sparrow Clubs to literally change thousands of lives.

Laura Queen
Portland Program Director, Sparrow Clubs USA

Scott Showalter

The Walters Family Foundation has generously sponsored video production for the Oregon Symphony’s annual fundraising Gala. Having a beautiful video as the centerpiece of our appeal allows us to show supporters the full breadth and depth of our work in the community. The impact has been immense; we have consistently surpassed our Gala fundraising records, and our special appeal has grown by more than 300% since we began incorporating a compelling video. We are grateful to the Walters Family for facilitating this growth and helping expand our impact in the community.

Scott Showalter
President & CEO, Oregon Symphony

Chris Smith

Wilderness Trails, Inc., a Christian faith-based ministry to at-risk/foster young people in Southern Oregon, has been blessed for many years by the Walters Family Foundation involvement. The Foundation has helped sponsor young people to attend our outdoor recreational/camping programs each year since 2010. They were also instrumental in helping us develop a promotional video that has increased our communities’ awareness of our programs and highlighted what we have to offer these young people. Their involvement in our programs has also helped us leverage support from other foundations. We are truly grateful for their support.

Chris Smith
Executive Director, Wilderness Trails

Karen Hill

The Walters Family Foundation has supported us for over a decade with a depth of interest unlike any other foundation. Their genuine concern for our success was flattering and inspiring. Occasional grants, some constructive feedback, and most recently, a very generous investment in our library and community gathering center has helped us achieve an amazing and successful project that is making a difference in our community.

Karen Hill
Cornelius Library Director

Portland Rescue Mission

Shepherd’s Door located in NE Portland, is a safe place for women and their children to rebuild their lives. Our 12-month restoration program is called New Life, because that is what is offered, an opportunity to live a new life after homelessness and addiction. Women who lives have been devastated by addictions and toxic life patterns, participate in recovery programming, counseling, vocational training, and address root issues that led them and their children into homelessness in the first place.

Cliff Walters and Tamberly Couch generously offered their time and the resources to support the life transforming program at Shepherd’s Door. During their visit, we were struck by their engaging conversation, thoughtful and challenging questions. It is a rare and special opportunity to be blessed by the experience and knowledge Cliff has to offer. Before the site visit was over, he was already connecting us with resources and potential partners, we are so thankful the support of the Walters Family Foundation!



Latest News


Big Lake Youth Camp Receives Walters Family Foundation Award

The Walters Family Foundation focuses on at-risk youth in a variety of circumstances including outdoor opportunities. Many camp programs provide growing experiences for youth throughout the State of Oregon. The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist’s owns such a camp known as Big Lake Youth Camp located in Sisters, Oregon. Several of the WFF Board members… Read more »

Wendy Olson Joins WFF Board

The Board of the Walters Family Foundation is happy to announce the addition of Wendy Olson as the newest member of the Board. Wendy brings a background of 30 years as a teacher, sports coach, and administrator of the public school system. She owned and managed a 10-acre nursery. She was married to Jon Olson,… Read more »

Board Member, Jamie Ali Steps Down

Board Member, Jamie Ali, submitted her letter of resignation to the board of the Walters Family Foundation. Jamie is the oldest grandchild of the founders, Glenn and Viola Walters as well as the daughter of Cliff Walters, President. She served for nearly 7 years and was instrumental in conducting some of the first nonprofit site… Read more »

Nonprofit Knowledge . . . What Do You Know?

“I am trained, I am knowledgeable, I know things, I can do this job, I am fiscally responsible, and I am a people person.” Who wouldn’t hire this person in a minute? I may not! What is missing? When we tell stories or produce short videos about ourselves, we tell the essentials. We show the… Read more »

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