State of Giving: Stories of Oregon Volunteers, Donors, and Nonprofits

StateOfGiving cover finalPublished by Oregon State University Press (2015), State of Giving surveys key challenges facing Oregon and tells the stories of innovative Oregon nonprofits and the staff, volunteers, and donors that support them. Co-authored with former president of the Oregon Community Foundation Greg Chaillé, State of Giving has received an enthusiastic media reception, and Kris and Greg have been touring the state presenting its findings to public and private audiences and hosting panel discussions to celebrate and call for elevated civic engagement. 

State of Giving is an inspiring, essential, and accessible history of the unique community spirit that makes Oregon the special place we call home. It sounds a timely call to action that clearly and effectively shows each of us as Oregonians the philanthropic legacy we inherit and how we can all build upon that legacy in every corner of our state.”  — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Selected Press:

“Oregon’s Full of Givers, and Can Use a Few More,” Medford Mail Tribune
“Reading and Living in a State of Giving,” Publisher Jeff Ackerman, Roseburg News Review Today
“Book Chronicles Oregon Philanthropists,” David Jasper, Bend Bulletin
Jefferson Public Radio, hour long slot.

Click here for more information, reviews, and media links.

See also Speaking for a selected list of events that Kris has presented at or moderated. Kris also runs the book’s website  and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr). 

 


Nonprofit Leadership  (Recent)

Executive Director, The Portland Clinic Foundation

  • Create administrative, legal, and financial structures; develop branding, communications and outreach strategy; promote internally and externally; create and develop the board; work with board to create mission & vision; develop grantmaking protocols; lead grant solicitation and review; fundraise; ensure good governance.

Interim Executive Director, Rediscover the Falls  

  • Work with four public partners (Metro, Oregon City, Clackamas County, and the State of Oregon) to create a Friends group for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. Create administrative, fundraising, and financial structures; develop communications and outreach strategy in conjunction with public partners and communications contractors; manage funds; promote organization both to public partners and to the public; support and develop the inaugural board; work with board to hone mission & vision; fundraise; build capacity; build staffing structures; ensure sustainability.

 


Nonprofit Strategy, Advocacy, & Policy  (Selected)

Strategic Consultant, Performing Arts Initiative, Hood River

Provided strategic, leadership, campaign, and communications consulting for new nonprofit initiative to build a state-of-the-arts, $25m performing arts center in Hood River. Project included a variety of services: 

  • Board trainings on capital campaign structure, seed funding, and arts center trends; 
  • In-depth research report that included detailed road map for center, lessons learned from comparable projects, and clear recommendations for next steps (board, fundraising, design, fundraising, etc)
  • Drafting major gift talking points; coaching board members on donor cultivation principles and on making an ask; 
  • Created persuasive document about the value of public funding for the arts; 
  • Created detailed prospect list; helped with budget; reviewed social media and other communications, board recruitment; advised on technological infrastructure; etc.

Consultant, Johnson Charitable Trust

  • Created grantmaking protocols, set up initial grantmaking systems, compiled and assessed first round of grants, conducted initial site visits with potential grantees.

Advisory Committee, Women’s Foundation of Oregon

  • On advisory council for forthcoming data-driven State of Women in Oregon report, the first of its kind in over 20 years. It will inform the Women’s Foundation of Oregon’s grantmaking and advocacy, and will be an invaluable resource to private enterprise, to nonprofits, to other foundations, and to the state government.

Strategic & Development Advisor for #OregoniansGive

  • WVDO-led #GivingTuesday campaign rolling out statewide across Oregon in  Fall 2015, with a goal to raise one dollar for each of Oregon’s $3.97m residents. This year, its first, #OregoniansGive raised over $1.8 million for over 700 nonprofits on one day, December 1st. Beyond high-level strategic and development advising, contributions to the committee included: recruiting over 100 statewide nonprofits to join the campaign; soliciting proclamations and endorsements from local and federal political leaders; helping to plan Portland launch event at OMSI, attended by prominent local politicians, celebrities, and over 200 members of the public; arranging for television coverage; advising on communications and media strategy; promoting via social media and other outreach; advising specifically on statewide outreach and development opportunities; helping to get development tools in the hands of nonprofits, and build up excitement and conversation around giving back to Oregon’s communities.

Analyst & Strategy Consultant, Ecotrust

  • Assessed and advised upon strategic viability and market options of a proposed new international sustainable development initiative.

Business Development & Strategic Consultant, LaDou Strategic Advisory (Nonprofit Turnaround Consultancy)

  • Consulted on business development and geographic growth, marketing and branding language and materials, and practice areas strategy.

Campaign Coordinator & Researcher, Dignity in Dying 

  • Advocacy and grassroots lobbying campaign coordinator and policy research for end of life rights advocacy organization, London, UK.

 


Nonprofit Communications (Selected)

State of Giving: Stories of Oregon Volunteers, Donors, and Nonprofits

  • In addition to co-authoring the book, Kris built and maintains  the book’s website  and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr), and organizes as well as organizes and moderates all of its publicity events and discussion forums. A full list of her speaking events and of the outreach events that she has organized and led is here.  She has also conducted the bulk of the news interviews for the book: a full listing of Kris’ media interviews is available here.

The Chalkboard Project

Albina Head Start

The Oregon Community Foundation

  • Communications consultant and researcher; occasional speechwriter for President Max Williams; research, interview, and write profiles of donors and nonprofits for annual and semi-annual reports and newsletters. Examples here and here.

Levé, Marketing and Communications Committee

  • Produced various communications and marketing materials for all-volunteer-run fundraising collective. Materials produced included powerpoints, several blog posts, e-news and e-appeals, and video scripts. 

 


Nonprofit Development (Selected)

Campaign Manager, Brian Booth Writers’ Fund Endowment Campaign, Literary Arts

  • Managed 18-month endowment campaign to raise $2 million for the creation of new literary works in Oregon, in the name of Literary Art’s co-founder Brian Booth.
    • Hosted events, managed task force, oversaw campaign communications, managed prospect cultivation, undertook prospect research, tracked data and moves management, and drafted promotional materials.

Strategic & Development Advisor/Working Board (pro bono) for #OregoniansGive

  • WVDO-led #GivingTuesday campaign rolling out statewide across Oregon in  Fall 2015, with a goal to raise one dollar for each of Oregon’s $3.97m residents. This year, its first, #OregoniansGive raised over $1.8 million for over 700 nonprofits on one day, December 1st. Beyond high-level strategic and development advising, contributions to the committee included: recruiting over 100 statewide nonprofits to join the campaign; soliciting proclamations and endorsements from local and federal political leaders; helping to plan Portland launch event at OMSI, attended by prominent local politicians, celebrities, and over 200 members of the public; arranging for television coverage; advising on communications and media strategy; promoting via social media and other outreach; advising specifically on statewide outreach and development opportunities; helping to get development tools in the hands of nonprofits, and build up excitement and conversation around giving back to Oregon’s communities.

Philanthropic Advisor to various individuals seeking advice on how and where to give.

Co-Editor, Oxonian Review of Books

  • Responsible for fundraising to support sustainability of print publication, including grantwriting, donor asks, subscription sales, and advertising sales.

Grantwriter

  • Various nonprofits, including Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, the Oxonian Review of Books,  and the Chalkboard Project.

 


Other Nonprofit & Volunteer Work (Selected)

Member, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition

Secretary, Oregon Historical Society Cabinet (Young Board)

Board Secretary, Biennial Committee Chair & Grants Committee Member, Board of Directors, Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center

Media Liaison, Montreal International Poetry Prize 

  • At short notice, negotiated press coverage for media announcement of their inaugural year’s CAD$50,000 poetry prize, securing coverage on the BBC and in the UK Guardian

Senior/Co-Editor, Oxonian Review of Books


Educator Experience

Guest Lecturer for various courses in schools of nonprofit management (University of Oregon, Portland State University, etc.), largely tied to State of Giving.

Tutor/Lecturer of English Literature, the University of Oxford (St. Hilda’s and various other colleges)

  • Taught undergraduates at all levels and supervised Masters students in the study of 19th-21st century British and American literature and theory. Presented research at conferences; published academic articles and scholarly book chapters.

Associate Lecturer in the Arts, The Open University

  • Taught year-long intensive seminars introducing various disciplines across the arts and humanities. Presented research at conferences, published academic articles.

Co-Director, Participatory Workshop for Central African Parliamentary Researchers

  • Co-directed and facilitated “Writing for Policy Makers”, a three-day event funded and hosted by the UK and Ugandan Parliaments and by INASP, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. Partial powerpoint here. 

 


Other Projects

Photography

  • Photographic portfolio available on Flickr.

Journalism/Writing (selected)

Academic