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Q: When was the Ashland Parks Foundation founded and what is its purpose?
The Ashland Parks Foundation was established in 1995 under the laws of the State of Oregon as a nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt benefit foundation. It is administered by a five-member board of Ashland residents.
The purpose of the foundation is to to enhance Ashland’s quality of life by financially supporting its parks system and other non-profit recreational groups and projects.
Q: If I choose to donate to the foundation, how will the funds be used?
Gifts to the foundation can be tailored to your own financial position and will usually have tax advantages to the giver. The foundation is grateful for gifts of any amount. Gifts to the foundation may take several forms and may be earmarked as follows:
- For specific facilities or capital improvements
- For specific programs or activities
- As memorials for loved ones
- For unrestricted use and/or as an endowment fund
- Outright gifts of monies and securities (bequests)
- Life insurance (transfer of ownership or beneficiary)
- Real estate or other appreciated property
The foundation expends its funds only after careful study of the need. The board of directors works closely with the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department in determining priorities and usually concentrates on those projectst that the Parks Department alone could not provide. In addition, once each year, the board of directors provides grants to organizations within the community that seek its financial support and are aligned with the mission of the foundation.
Q: How can my organization request a grant from the Ashland Parks Foundation?
Each May, the board of directors solicits and hears grant requests. Following are the guidelines for requesting a grant from the Ashland Parks Foundation:
1. Requesting groups must provide a letter of request that includes: Name of organization, contact name, contact address and phone, brief description of project, anticipated completion date of project, relation of project to parks, and mission statement of requesting group.
2. Request must include a complete estimate of financial need including - but not limited to - matching funds, total cost of project or activity, maintenance requirements, and date funds are needed.
3. Requesting groups must give a brief oral presentation to Parks Foundation board. Presentations are heard by the foundation in the second month of the second quarter (May). Organizations are notified of the meeting date or dates. Deliberations of the foundation are completely confidential. Recipients are required to submit a written report to the foundation upon completion of the project.
4. The foundation reserves the right to deny any and all requests based on applicability to the mission statement or unforeseen financial issues.
Q: Can I donate online?
A: Yes, the Ashland Parks Foundation has online donation campaigns - Learn more.
For more information, contact  or call 541-488-5340.