We are focused on preserving our Capitol, sharing its history and
engaging Oregonians in our democracy.
THE CAPITOL FOUNDATION’S STORY
Your shared enthusiasm for our mission make this important work possible.
Originally founded by statute in 1997 under the auspices of Oregon State Legislature’s Legislative Administration Committee (Senate Bill 1220), the Oregon State Capitol Foundation became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2015.
More than 25 years have passed since the Capitol Foundation was just an idea. Learn the story of how the Oregon State Capitol Foundation started from some of the key people who are the driving force behind bringing the Capitol Foundation to life: Frankie Bell, Debbie Miller, Rep. Norm Smith and Sen. Verne Duncan.
This small group shared a love for the push and pull of our democratic process and the people and work that takes place inside the Capitol. They wanted to preserve our Capitol, share its history and engage Oregonians in our democracy.
OUR BOARD AT YOUR SERVICE
Our Board shares your enthusiasm about our mission.
Board members include current and past elected state officials, former state agency staff and current and former legislative advocates. These bipartisan volunteers are bold visionaries with a long history of connections. They selflessly give their time, enthusiasm, perspectives and expertise.
OREGON STATE CAPITOL FOUNDATION MILESTONES
Making a difference for Oregonians!
Our Capitol is a state treasure. We invite you to visit the building – the seat of Oregon’s government – to begin your adventure of discovery about what makes the building, its history and our democracy so unique.
Like you, our board, donors, supporters and community partners are all dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Oregon State Capitol and the shared heritage it represents for all Oregonians.
Together, we’re preserving the history of our Capitol, enhancing the dignity and beauty of the building, and providing cultural and educational opportunities for the public. We’re so grateful for your ongoing support.
OREGON STATE CAPITOL FOUNDATION AWARDS
The Capitol Foundation takes pride in our award-winning programs, projects and events.
Oregon State Capitol Foundation takes pride in our award-winning programs, projects and events.
Oregon State Capitol Foundation also awards The Bell Award to recognize the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Foundation.
Look through our FAQ to learn more about the Capitol Foundation.