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 Greg Chaillé, State of Giving has received an enthusiastic media reception, and its authors have been touring the state presenting its findings to public and private audiences, including at the Medford and Bend Libraries, at the University of Oregon’s PPPM school, and as part of the Ford Family Foundation’s Back Fence Speaker Series, among others. Available at your preferred bookstores or through the Ford Family Foundation’s amazing Select Books program for free to Oregon and Siskiyou County California residents here. 


Media samples:

Bend Bulletin


Jefferson Public Radio

Medford Mail-Tribune

Social & visual media:




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

State of Giving is a celebration of Oregon civic engagement. It is inspiring and mobilizing. As a survey of our state’s most tenacious challenges, it is sobering; and as a chronicle of Oregonians from every background and walk of life, it is invaluable. Oregonians care. They give dollars, time, and heart to building healthy, safe, and vibrant communities. This book tells that story.”

– Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor

State of Giving is a catalyst of compassion and connection, of discussion, of action. A ground-breaking contribution to Oregon’s cultural, political, and civic discourse, it should be in every classroom, in every boardroom, and on every nightstand in the state.” – Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps

Media extracts:

If you’re the civic-minded sort, or simply care about Oregon’s well-being, authors Kristin Anderson and Greg Chaillé would like a word with you. […] 

Taking a narrative approach, the 300-page book shines a light on Oregon people and agencies that donate their time or money or make careers working in the trenches to improve their communities. Topics covered include education, conservation, arts and culture, hunger, homelessness, the urban-rural divide and social justice, among others. […]

“We’ve traveled all over the state and interviewed over 350 individuals and 90 nonprofits in the book. We are quite proud of both the statewide mandate the book has, and also the breadth of types of nonprofits and individuals,” Anderson said. “We tried to not just go with the Phil Knights and Arlene Schnitzers and the Nature Conservancies of Oregon, but (also) showcase really small donors and small volunteers and grassroots organizations that needed highlighting too.”

The authors don’t just offer a historical account. They also look at Oregon’s current and future needs, including improvements in arts and cultural funding.

“We think of the book as both a celebration of the good work that’s gone by, and also a call to action for more of the same,” Anderson said.

For readers looking to get more involved, the book also provides an appendix listing volunteer resources. Among them is the Central Oregon nonprofit Volunteer Connect (, providing a database of organizations looking for volunteers.

“It’s through widespread citizen effort that we’ve really managed to progress in a lot of key issues,” Anderson said. “There’s been a lot of heartening progress. That being said, we make the point in the book that there’s still a lot more that needs to be done.”

–David Jasper, “Book Chronicles Oregon Philanthropists,” Bend Bulletin, 12 July