Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of Oregon residents through philanthropy.

Since 2018, the Oregon Community Foundation has sponsored one student per year from the Rex Putnam High School in Oregon to experience field research first hand by joining one of Earthwatch’s teen expeditions. Through this experience, the student gains practical insights into the scientific process, preparing them to engage more deeply with their science curriculum back in the classroom.


I really value the opportunity to participate in real scientific research compared to the little experiments we do in science classes at school. This project has motivated me to become more environmentally conscious and gave me the opportunity to speak with the team of scientists, which gave me a good understanding of what life is like working in marine biology.

— Oregon Community Foundation Fellow, 2019


Earthwatch depends on donations—above and beyond what we raise from volunteers who participate on our expeditions—in order to deliver our global conservation mission. In fact, volunteer contributions provide only half of the total resources Earthwatch needs to sustain over 40 field research expeditions, a wide variety of educational programs, corporate sustainability trainings, and more each year.