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OEA Foundation

OEA Foundation Helping Students Succeed

Established in 1995, the OEA Foundation provides educators with up to $100 grants to help students meet basic, urgent and immediate needs so they can succeed in school. Cash grants from the Foundation fill needs unmet by any other source.

About the OEA Foundation

Established in 1995, the OEA Foundation provides educators with up to $100 grants to help students meet basic, urgent and immediate needs so they can succeed in school. Cash grants from the Foundation fill needs unmet by any other source.

The OEA Foundation has purchased countless pairs of eyeglasses, provided many students with winter coats, paid for dental work and doctor visits, fitted new shoes on lots of feet, and even replaced a broken bedroom window. When all is said and done, the OEA Foundation works to ensure that the physical, social, and emotional needs of students do not stand in the way of success in school.

A handwritten thank you note for the OEA Foundation
OEA Foundation, Thank you so much for helping B. get glasses! She is enjoying being able to see and explore everything around her. Thank you!
Quote by: Foundation Grant Recipient
OEA Foundation - California Casualty award

California Casualty Donates $15k to OEA Foundation

California Casualty has proudly worked with the Oregon Education Association (OEA) as their exclusive auto & home provider since 1974. Recently, California Casualty's Account Development Manager, DeeDee Templeton, made a visit to the OEA headquarters in Portland to meet with board members of the OEA Foundation and deliver a special contribution - a check for $15,000 to help the Foundation meet students' basic needs! Thank you for your support and partnership, California Casualty!

Donate to the OEA Foundation

Every day, professionals working in Oregon's public schools encounter students living with unmet basic needs; needs that have a serious impact on a student's ability to succeed in their education. Inadequate clothing and footwear, untreated medical or dental conditions, vision or hearing problems. OEA members frequently dig into their own pockets to help these students. But like most problems facing public education - we can achieve more when we work together.

The OEA Foundation creates an opportunity for educators across the state to pool their generously donated resources to ensure the impact we have for our students is greater than we could ever achieve on our own. The OEA Foundation conducts fundraising year-round to create a sustainable pool of resources that can be accessed to support students when they have a critical need.

Since its inception, the key source for foundation grants has been donations from OEA members and staff. The OEA family continues to be generous in their support through payroll deductions and cash and online donations. The Oregon Education Association funds all of the administrative costs of the Foundation, which allows all donations to be used to provide direct assistance to students.

Donate: Recurring Payroll Deducation

The best way to support the OEA Foundation is through a recurring payroll deduction, which helps cut down on transaction fees and ensures even more of your donation goes directly to supporting students in Oregon. Use the form below to set up your recurring payroll education and join OEA members across the state in supporting students experiencing critical needs.

Donate: Payroll Deduction

Donate: One-Time & Recurring Electronic Payments

Looking to make a one-time or recurring donation to the OEA Foundation? Simply follow the link below the OEA Electronic Payment System, register to create a new account, and set up your donation. 

Donate: OEA Foundation

A handwritten thank you note to the OEA Foundation
Dear OEA Foundation, Thank you very much for allowing me to take my student shopping for clothes and shoes. It was such a treat and we are both so grateful.
Quote by: Jessica, OEA Member

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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).