As lawyers at the Rogue Law Firm we believe it is important to give back to the communities in which we have the privilege to practice. Most recently, I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of the Four Way Community Foundation of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Four Way Foundation is a community based non-profit organization which distributes grants and scholarships to qualifying groups and individuals. In order to ensure healthy turnover of the board, directors are limited to nine years’ service. My farewell is bittersweet but the foundation is in excellent hands with the current board.
In 2019 the Four Way Community Foundation distributed over $300,000 to local non-profits and scholarship recipients in Southern Oregon, including Josephine County and western Jackson County. Board members actively interview and evaluate the applications in order to ensure that the foundation money is well spent. Through this process, the business and professional experience of the Four Way board members helps improve the proposed projects for the benefit of the applicants and the community.
Since the start of the foundation back in the ‘70s, the corpus under management has grown considerably due to gifts from community minded persons. In addition to the growth of the fund, the organization has evolved in its management and decision-making.
For the last few years the board sponsors an annual Community Celebration in Grants Pass. We have been fortunate to have many outstanding keynote speakers through the years including former Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz and Associate Justice Adrienne Nelson of the Oregon Supreme Court. Justice DeMuniz spoke on how essential our communities are to help foster children achieve their potential. Justice Nelson shared her experiences of growing up in a small town in Arkansas as an African American and the challenges she faced in school. Her mother successfully sued their local school district when it refused to recognize her as valedictorian because she was an African American student.
I will miss serving on the board of Four Way Community Foundation, but I look forward to following its development and continuing to spread the word of its good work. Visit fourwaycommunityfoundation.org for more information or to donate to this great cause.