Donate to Friends of Outdoor School through your Workplace Giving Program

Thank you for considering supporting Friends of Outdoor School through workplace giving! Employees have a long history of supporting this amazing outdoor educational program, both in the classroom, at field sites, and through your employee-giving donations.


You will be helping a proven, successful program that transforms the lives of children.


  • A recent Multnomah County study showed that Outdoor School improved school attendance, particularly among at-risk boys.
  • Outdoor education programs have been shown to improve mastery of science, cooperation, conflict resolution, self-esteem, problem-solving, the motivation to learn, and classroom behavior (American Institutes for Research, 2005)
  • Outdoor education also increases retention and graduation rates, helps students overcome barriers that prevent them from enjoying the outdoors, and broadens their perspective on career choices (Journal of Interpretation Research, 2004).
  • A 2012 study by University of Kansas researchers demonstrated that even just a few days outdoors can increase creativity by as much as 50%.
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Any amount helps. Please, make your gift today for the benefit of our kids. 


Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program!

                                                                  Information you'll need:

                                                Organization Name:  Friends of Outdoor School
                                                Federal Tax ID:            501(c)3: 27-4657069
                                                Donation Address:    Friends of Outdoor School
                                                                                       PO Box 82684
                                                                                       Portland OR 97282

How Friends of Outdoor School will use your workplace giving donations:

  • Continue to advocate in Salem to ensure that lawmakers provide the full $44 million to fund Outdoor School programs, as directed by voters in Measure 99.
  • Provide direct support, expertise and resources to OSU Extension to establish a successful and timely implementation of Measure 99.
  • Remain vigilant and proactive in Salem against threats to the new funding.
  • Help ODS providers and camp facilities achieve goals and exceed expectations within the new state program.
  • Fill the inevitable gaps for ODS program costs that state funding doesn’t cover.
  • Create exciting opportunities for ODS community, youth and other advocates to engage with the program in a meaningful way.

In short, we still need you!

Your gifts and participation with Friends of Outdoor School will help make the difference

in our shared success for the benefit of Oregon’s children,
Oregon’s future and our shared land and natural resources.