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 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 5,000 students today. Requests for AiS programming has exceed AFO’s capacity to deliver. Maintaining quality as the program expands to meet the demand, particularly to rural and low-income schools, is our top priority.
The AiS curriculum supports Oregon’s learning goals and includes environmental sustainability content. We are continuously revising our curriculum to include lessons about the diverse cultural influences in our built environment, how the history of racism has affected that environment, and the possibilities for a more just future through the architecture/engineering/construction industry. Learn more about Architects in Schools.
Scholarships: AFO awards and administers two scholarships for college students who are studying architecture in the state of Oregon: the Hatfield Architectural Award and the William Hart Scholarship in partnership with Carleton Hart Architecture. These awards support students who show great promise both as architecture professionals and as contributors to the community. AFO is working with the professional community to increase the award amounts and grow scholarship opportunities for a diverse range of students. Learn more about AFO Scholarships.