Contribute to the Endowment Fund


AFO’s Endowment Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation provides long-term stability for our high-impact, collaborative programs. Current efforts provide revenue to cushion critical programs against year-to-year economic uncertainties and allow us to serve students, teachers, grantees and communities throughout Oregon without disruption.


Your Contribution

Your contribution to the AFO Endowment Fund provides future stability for these programs:

Architects in Schools (AiS): This six-week residency program at elementary schools statewide is AFO’s longest-running, signature program. Professionals such as architects, engineers and contractors volunteer with classroom teachers. The program has grown from 800 students, when it came under AFO’s wing, to more than 4,800 students today. Updated curriculum supports Oregon’s learning goals and includes environmental sustainability content. Requests for AiS programming has exceed AFO’s capacity to deliver. Maintaining quality as the program expands to meet the demand, particularly outside the Portland metro area, is our top priority.

Scholarships: The Hatfield Architectural Award is available to architecture students at Portland State University and University of Oregon. It supports students who show great promise both as architecture professionals and as contributors to the community. Currently a $3,000 scholarship, we intend to increase the award amount over time.

Civic Engagement: As Oregon continues to grow and develop, good design matters now more than ever. Building on strong partnerships with other state wide agencies, AFO is working to host Design Skills Workshops in towns and cities from Astoria to Ontario. These workshops foster grass roots design solutions to community challenges ranging from the need to manage or repurpose dilapidated buildings to developing green spaces. Citizen driven design yields strong design solutions and even stronger community connections.

Founder Spotlight

Brooks Gunsul
Retired Architect ZGF Architects

In 2016, Brooks Gunsul, a founding partner of ZGF Architects and of AFO, announced a provision in his will to leave $300,000 for the AFO Endowment Fund, which included a bequest of $200,000 and a $100,000 challenge. This challenge goal was met by the end of 2017.


Claire Blaylock
Executive Director