State of Giving
312 pages, 7 x 10
B&W Photographs. Index.
Release Date:01 Apr 2015
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State of Giving

Stories of Oregon Nonprofits, Donors, and Volunteers

Oregon State University Press
State of Giving is at once an authoritative overview of Oregon’s toughest challenges and a
much-needed manifesto for greater civic engagement. Chaillé and Anderson highlight the crucial
role that nonprofits play as pillars of Oregon’s civic structure through their engaging profiles of
the charismatic civic leaders, grassroots organizations, donors, and volunteers who are working
to combat some of Oregon’s most enduring problems, including:

• Education Inequity
• Environmental Conservation
• Social Inequity and Discrimination
• Hunger and Homelessness
• The Urban/Rural Divide
• Arts, Culture, and Heritage Funding

Traversing the state from a remote Great Basin field station to an intercultural center in north
Portland, State of Giving shows the many faces of public engagement in people like education
activist Ron Herndon, volunteer historians Gwen Carr and Willie Richardson, and Wallowa
County philanthropist and rancher Doug McDaniel. Their stories reveal that there are ways
in which we all—regardless of wealth, location, age, or background—can give back to our

In addition to introducing Oregon’s key areas of need and demonstrating diverse pathways
into civic engagement, the book provides extensive resources for prospective volunteers and
donors. Rousing, accessible, and enlivened by photographs of its people and places, State of Giving
is an essential reference for anyone interested in building a better Oregon, starting today.
State of Giving is an inspiring, essential, and accessible history of the unique community spirit that makes Oregon the special place we call home. It sounds a timely call to action that clearly and effectively shows each of us as Oregonians the philanthropic legacy we inherit and how we can all build upon that legacy in every corner of our state. --U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
State of Giving is a celebration of Oregon civic engagement. It is inspiring and mobilizing. As a survey of our state’s most tenacious challenges, it is sobering; and as a chronicle of Oregonians from every background and walk of life, it is invaluable. Oregonians care. They give dollars, time, and heart to building healthy, safe, and vibrant communities. This book tells that story.’ -- Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor and author of Up The Capitol Steps
State of Giving is a catalyst of compassion and connection, of discussion, of action. A ground-breaking contribution to Oregon’s cultural, political, and civic discourse, it should
be in every classroom, in every boardroom, and on every nightstand in the state.’ --Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps
Greg Chaillé is the former president of The Oregon Community Foundation and a dedicated
volunteer, contributing countless hours to SMART, OMSI, the Chalkboard Project, and Parkinson’s
Resources of Oregon.

Kristin Anderson is a nonprofit consultant, writer, and educator. A native Oregonian and former
professor of English at the University of Oxford, she has worked with the Oregon Community
Foundation, the Oregon Historical Society, Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, Literary Arts,
and other organizations.
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