Breaking Ground for the Walk of Flags at the Oregon State Capitol

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.


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 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.