Deschutes Childrens Foundation Blog

Legal Aid Services for Central Oregon

December 7th, 2012

There was a great article in the Friday, December 7 Bulletin titled “Seniors can get free legal advice.” We wanted everybody to know that you can also contact Central Oregon Legal Aid, located at the Rosie Bareis Campus, year round.

Legal Aid
1029 NW 14th #100
Bend, OR 97701


Monday-Thursday 9AM – Noon, 1 PM – 4 PM

Photo courtesy of Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Contact Legal Aid for any legal assistance

Check out the Art & Wine Auction Fan Page!

December 6th, 2012

Please be sure to visit and like the Art & Wine Auction fan page for status updates and pictures of artwork for the 2013 Art & Wine Auction.

“Compassionate Embrace” by Dorothy Freudenberg

School’s in session!

August 30th, 2012

Next Wednesday, September 5, marks the first day of school for many Central Oregon children.

This also means more children will be visiting Deschutes Children’s Foundation to begin early education programs like Head Start and Rising Stars Preschool.

Another partner, Family Access Network, will be going into high gear making sure our most vulnerable children and their families have all the tools they need to succeed in school this year.

What are you doing to get ready for the school year? We’d love to hear your stories.

The future of our community

Partner Spotlight – Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Services

August 21st, 2012

Rimrock Trails provides the support teens need

For some of us, high school isn’t that far behind us. For others, we are seeing our grandkids graduate from high school. One thing remains the same throughout the years, high school is a challenging time for kids. Unfortunately drugs and alcohol are still making their way through the hallways of our schools, and many children fall victim to their dangers.

To address this problem, Rimrock Trails provides comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment programs for adolescent youth. With an outpatient office at the Rosie Bareis Campus, Rimrock Trails staff provides youth and their families with the resources, counseling, group therapy and peer support needed to overcome the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information about Rimrock Trails, click here

Golf Tournament Benefits Deschutes County Children and Families

August 13th, 2012

Chip in Fore Kids, a charity golf tournament benefiting Deschutes Children’s Foundation, presented by the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Brewer/Harding Group, is taking place on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Bend Golf and Country Club.

Play golf, help kids

The tournament will be fun for golfers of all skill levels with games scattered throughout the course. The tournament will also be played in a scramble format – play each shot from your foursomes best lie. There will also be the chance to win a brand new Jeep Wrangler, courtesy of Smolich Motors!

There are still sponsorship opportunities available as well as opportunities to play in the tournament. Click here for more information.

Thank you to sponsors Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Brewer/Harding Group, Albertson’s, Deschutes Brewery, BBT Architects, Cascade Business News, KQAK and KBNW.

Great Office Space Available on Bend’s West Side

August 6th, 2012

An 860 square foot office space is available at the Rosie Bareis Community Campus in Bend. The office space contains two offices and a general reception area.

Office Space at Rosie Bareis Campus

The cost for the space is approximately $592.25/month ($0.69/square foot) and includes power, water, garbage and recycling, common use areas including conference room. Tenant is responsible for phone and internet service. Copy machine is available on-site with a $0.05 per page cost.

Qualified occupants will be evaluated for, at the minimum, the following criteria:
· Mission of program
· Potential for collaboration with other campus programs
· Funding sources and stability of program
· Mix of direct/support services
· Numbers served compatible with campus physical makeup

The office space is located alongside Healthy Beginnings, Central Oregon Mediation and Central Oregon Legal Aid. Other campus programs include KIDS Center, Saving Grace, Money Management International, Rimrock Trails, Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon, Deschutes County Mental Health and Deschutes Children’s Foundation.

Recent evidence shows there are clear benefits to collaborative work spaces at nonprofit centers. To briefly sum up the findings, nonprofit centers “offer substantial advantages over traditional real estate models, yield increased effectiveness for resident organizations, and generate tangible positive impacts for consumers of these organizations’ services, surrounding communities and society at large.” You can read the full summary here.

For more information or to see the office space, contact Kim McNamer at 541-388-3101 or

Collaboration makes the community stronger


The Power of Planned Giving

July 30th, 2012

It has certainly been a busy summer at Deschutes Children’s Foundation! Between acting quickly when tree roots blocked a water line causing our toilets to not work to creating new partnerships that will help more children and families, we haven’t stopped doing what we enjoy most: taking the time to connect with you, our generous supporters.

Imagine my delight one sunny day last month when I came into the office and was told that a longtime donor of DCF had included us in their will. And then to top the day off, I opened an email from a donor who told me he had just adjusted his trust and was directing $25,000 to DCF! Tears came to my eyes at this amazing generosity.

Planned Gifts Mean so Much!

See, while these gifts don’t come to fruition right away – they truly do mean so much to us. When you decide to provide a lifetime of support for Deschutes Children’s Foundation, you are leaving a legacy that will ensure we will meet the needs of Deschutes County children and families well into the future.

Have you named Deschutes Children’s Foundation in your will? Let us know! Many times we aren’t told about these very generous gifts until the donor has passed on, which means we don’t have the opportunity to truly thank them for caring enough to think about our future. I understand that sometimes people don’t want to share this information, and to those – I thank you now.

Do you have questions about making a planned gift?  There are many ways to contribute and some are very simple, like including us in your will.  We’d love to talk to you more about it if you are interested in learning more, or you can always discuss these options with your financial advisor.

Thank you for supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation. You continue to make the future brighter for the children and families of Deschutes County.

-Kim McNamer, Executive Director

Can $15.00 Really Make a Difference?

December 27th, 2011

Did you know that it costs Deschutes Children’s Foundation $15.00 for every child and parent who comes to one of our four nonprofit community centers to receive services?

The simple joys are always the best!

So what does this cost entail?

It provides:

So here’s the challenge – if every one of our followers on Twitter, fans on Facebook, and e-newsletter subscribers were to make a $15.00 donation, we will meet our 2011 fundraising goal of $10,000.00.

Here’s how you can make a difference in a child’s life:

Deschutes Children’s Foundation

1010 NW 14th Street

Bend, OR 97701

(Must be postmarked by December 31, 2011 for 2011 tax deduction)

Thank you from all of us at Deschutes Children’s Foundation for supporting the work of so many!


The broad benefits of co-location

November 3rd, 2011

For tenants, fixed long-term leases at affordable rates provide stability and confidence for the future. Meanwhile, cost-sharing for common areas (reception, conference rooms, kitchen, break rooms) and even some administrative functions (I.T., phone systems, human resources) helps reduce their monthly overhead.

-Center Scene: A Newsletter of the Center for Healthy Communities

It’s no secret that the economy is having a negative impact on just about every sector in America. From an insider’s perspective – the nonprofit sector is feeling the crunch as well.

With nonprofits reporting a “mixed bag” in fundraising revenues for 2011 (, there has to be a way to help nonprofits make the best use of their operational dollars.

This is where the benefits of co-location come in. When nonprofit programs have the opportunity to work in a shared work environment, the benefits to the nonprofits range from financial to collaborative. These benefits extend even further to the clients who receive services from the nonprofits.

Think about it, if a nonprofit can reduce overhead costs through reduced rent, sharing of utility costs, and sharing of common areas, a higher percentage of expenses can go into program costs. Additionally, when the nonprofits work together in a shared space, program staff have the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate on projects and refer clients for complete services.

At Deschutes Children’s Foundation, we see these benefits every day. 26 nonprofit agencies work out of our four community campuses. This collaborative effort results in over $800,000 of annual savings to the nonprofits who provide services to over 10,000 clients on the campuses alone (this last metric does not take into account the clients who receive services off-site).

There is a growing movement in co-location within the nonprofit industry, and we support this growth. Having experienced the benefits firsthand, we know that this is a way to increase nonprofit efficiency while making the best use of the donations on which the nonprofit programs rely.


Save the Date!

July 29th, 2011

It seems like it was just yesterday that DCF(‘s awesome) volunteers and staff were preparing the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center for the 19th Annual Art & Wine Auction. Over 320 fantastic supporters of DCF mission and services contributed to making the auction a real success!

Todd Haaby wows the crowd at the Art & Wine Auction

Well, go ahead and mark your calendars folks because the Art & Wine Auction is turning 20 this year, and you are all invited to help us celebrate on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Riverhouse Convention Center!

Over the next month we will keep you posted on the preliminary details including who the Signature Artist will be and how you can contribute to making the 20th Annual Art & Wine Auction a smashing success!

In the mean time, are there artists, wineries, or packages that you would like to see at the auction this year? Let us know! This is your event after all.

Seated dinner for the guests