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Our Areas of Focus

     

The Walters Family Foundation primarily supports nonprofit partners that are focused in four main areas including Families In Crisis, Education, Mental Health and Prevention Programs. The Foundation’s mission is to enable positive life changes for at-risk youth, families and the elderly. We energize our nonprofit partners to reach a higher level of outsized impact through site visits, coaching, video and other supporting grants, as well as introducing nonprofit partners for networking opportunities – all for the betterment of the Oregon community.

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…

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Education

The Walters Family Foundation understands how reading is important to young children, especially in…

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Mental Health

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

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Prevention

Many schools in various Oregon cities were asking for locations where teenage girls can receive support before…

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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 Otis

The Walters Family Foundation understands the importance of leveraging support. By funding appeal videos that allow nonprofits to make their case to donors in a compelling and emotionally resonant way, they are creating a multiplier effect with their dollars invested in charitable organizations. After we showed the videos underwritten by the Walters Family Foundation at our fundraising event there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and we raised over $500,000 to support SMART’s mission to spark a lifelong love of reading and learning in Oregon kids.

Chris Otis
Executive Director, SMART

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

     
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Is it Better to Give A Penny than to Receive?

When I was a young boy, my mother, Betty (Walters) Unterseher, would take my baby sister Marla and me to our Aunt Mary’s house for weekly visits. Mom would trim Aunt Mary’s finger/toe nails (I don’t think they were called manicures in the 60’s?), freshened her makeup or just talked about the […]

Exponent Philanthropy 2018 National Conference

The Walters Family Foundation attended the Exponent Philanthropy 2018 National Conference in Philadelphia, PA on September 28 – 30.  This Conference offers timely and relevant educational content for staff, donors, and trustees at all levels of experience and serving all types of foundations (including community and family foundations) as well as individual donors, […]

Bullied to Healthy Relationships

Traveling to school by bus on a freezing cold morning as a first grader, someone came up behind me and with their bent middle finger flicked my cold ear.  That hurt so bad!  I flared up like a peacock trying to show by my threatening words and warnings that they better […]

A Better Life for a Kid Playing Music

While growing up and attending a parochial school, I never had much exposure to any musical instruments except the organ.  My father loved theatre organ music because he used to roller skate to this type of music as a kid and young adult.  And of course, he wanted his own […]

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