OCF funds help restore pavilion
I was delighted to see the Feb. 27 article on The Lilja Family Fund’s donation to the Douglas County Fairgrounds for the pavilion renovation. This contribution truly honors Don Lilja’s dedication to our community, specifically 4-H and FFA youth who use the facility. Don spent many hours watching their shows and auctions in the livestock pavilion and would be pleased to see these funds used for its much-needed renovation.
I sit on the advisory committee of The Lilja Family Fund, which has been part of The Oregon Community Foundation since 1994. One of OCF’s strengths is bringing donors of similar interest together to increase the impact of their gift. In the case of the fairgrounds, The Lilja Family Fund contribution caught the attention of three other OCF funds, The Whipple Foundation Fund, The Crane Creek Fund and The Ben Serafin Fund. These three funds contributed a total of $80,000 to the fairground renovation, thus increasing the donations made through OCF to $180,000.
This type of partnership is at the heart of the OCF, a statewide foundation with 1,700 individual funds – some large, many modest – that help communities around the state through support of issues as varied as health, education and the arts. With 42 of OCF’s funds right here in Douglas County, we are the beneficiaries of more than $2 million each year in grants and scholarships. These dollars are greatly improving lives in our county and, through similar efforts in other regions, our entire state. The Oregon Community Foundation is an organization with which I’m proud to be involved. Our committee looks forward to seeing Don Lilja’s legacy live on in the restored fairgrounds pavilion for generations to come.