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About Us

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The Foundation

CORE VALUES: Education, Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Human Services

MISSION STATEMENT: The intent of The Renaissance Foundation is to make a significant difference in the lives of people in need, especially in the areas of education, human services and environment.

Since its inception in 2000, The Renaissance Foundation has primarily invested in educational access and services for those with financial need. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that share the same core values of education, social justice, equity and inclusion, environmental justice, and human service.


In the past, Renaissance has supported organizations that include College Possible, Earthjustice, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and many others. The Foundation generally funds programs in the Portland area but has funded some national/international programs as well. The Renaissance Foundation also initiated a business skills training program at Mercy Corps called the Entrepreneurial Leaders Program that is now a key staff development tool for their employees in countries around the world.  

The Foundation’s signature program, the Renaissance Scholars Program (RSP) was created in 2005. RSP focuses on providing renewable college scholarships to talented students with significant financial need who will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Since the beginning of the program, our scholars have achieved great success. Eighty-seven percent of Renaissance Scholars earn their bachelor’s degree within six years, and 89% have graduated overall since RSP’s inception. In comparison, the national college graduation rate for first-generation, low-income students is less than 22%. RSP is fully funded by The Renaissance Foundation.

Renaissance Scholars Program

Meet the Trustees

Meet Our Team

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