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Oregon - What Matters?

Common issues dealt by community organizations include but are not limited to racial injustice, economic injustice, immigrant rights, health equity, education, environmental quality, and housing.

Kinds of community organizations Oregonians follow

  • There are a total of 878 Nonprofit organizations working towards the diverse cultural groups based in Oregon. The top five types of community organizations in Oregon include educational institutions, arts, culture and humanity groups, human services, religion, recreation sports.
  • As per the report by the Oregon Community Foundation, Oregonians participate in a variety of volunteer services.
  • 25% of the Oregonians participate in fundraising community work, 18% provide mentoring services to the youth; 12% of the Oregonians engage in the religion-related community work.
  • Oregonians have also participated in providing food (24%) and clothing (13%) for the community people.

Causes and issues Oregonians rally around

  • People of Oregon are majorly concerned about the issue of homelessness, almost 33% of Oregonians voted homelessness as one of the most severe problems in the state that they are currently concerned about.
  • The most common issues that communities in Oregon are concerned about are centered around the themes; diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Oregonian Latino community is currently concerned about issues like equal treatment, lack of recognition, racial discrimination, and several other problems such as poverty and lack of health facilities, and lower income figures.
  • Lack of health facilities is a significant issue; 29% of Latinos in Oregon don't have health insurance.
  • 28% of Latinos are dealing with severe poverty in the state of Oregon. As per the population trends and the census data, there are huge disparities between the living standards of Latino and white Oregonians.
  • Poverty rates are high in Oregon, but they are comparatively higher for Latino population than the white Oregonians. Almost 35% of Latino children are currently living in poverty, while only 17% of white Oregonians are poor.
  • Gender differences concerning wage and wealth gap, education, economic opportunities are some topics that women communities in Oregon are dealing with.
  • Oregonian Women are also concerned about sexual and domestic violence; 37% of Women living in the state of Oregon have experienced from their intimate partners.
  • The LGBTQ community is largely affected by the growing violence primarily targeted against them. 61% of bisexual women in Oregon were sexually and physically abused. School-based harassment cases of LGBTQ children have risen to 36%.
  • Education in Oregon is another hot issue that has been affecting the population lately. There have been protests led by institutional community organizations about the lack of funding for education in Oregon schools. 25,000 Oregonians protested for increased funding in Oregon schools. Almost 198 schools districts in the Portland region were shut off due to the protest.
  • Comcast and several other companies have been providing community services to fight back the issue of homelessness in Oregon.
  • Oregonians have been promoting charity as a method to deal with community topics like education, human services, health, youth development, environmental quality, housing, and others. 40.88% of total contributions made by Oregonians were for education; health accounted for 7.88%, and human services stood with 9.30% of total charities. 3.77% of total donations were done for improving environmental quality.
  • Racial discrimination and injustice to minority communities is a serious issue.
  • Common issues dealt by community organizations include but are not limited to racial injustice, economic injustice, immigrant rights, health equity, education, environmental quality, and housing.

What do Oregonians actually care about?

  • Based on statistics, most people in Oregon are highly concerned about climate change and global warming; more than half (57%) the population is extremely worried about global warming and 67% population seconds the notion about the existence of climate change.

Popular Community organizations in Oregon

Jefferson Oregon Community Group

Oregon Community Foundation

Latino Network

Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Unite Oregon

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization


Urban League of Portland

high-level population demographics

  • The total population of Oregon is around 4.26 million. 83% of the population are white Americans, and 11% are Hispanic or Latino.


  • The average age for the Oregonian population is estimated to be 39.1 years.


  • Males constitute nearly half of the population with 1.8 million, and there are about 1.93 million females in Oregon.


  • 61% of people are Christian in the state of Oregon, and 7% of the population is affiliated with non-christian faiths.

Income Level

  • The median household income in Oregon is estimated to be $56,119. The per capita income for the state is $30,410.

Marital Status

  • The marital status for the male and the female population of Oregon is 51% and 48% respectively.

Research strategy

We have attempted to address all requested questions in detail with stats and figures to back up of research findings. We were unable to provide details about the kinds of community organizations Oregonians tend to belong to. For this, we tried several research approaches. First, we searched for precompiled information about the most popular community organizations in the state of Oregon. We searched through several portals such as Forbes, USA Today, CNN, and others to find out the top community organizations that Oregonians choose. We found mentions of a few organizations, but we were unable to establish if they had most members.

We also visited community forums and associations to check if they had any data about the community organizations with most members. For this, we checked through sources like the Coalition of Communities of Color, which is an association of community organizations. Unfortunately, the portals only provided the list of community organizations functional in Oregon and gave no mentions about the number of members.

As our last approach, we tried to check the social media profiles of the organizations, we had found so far. We did this with an intention to find any mentions about the number of members; however, we couldn't find any such information on any of the social media profiles. We found the follower count, which we have provided above for reference. We have provided the Facebook follower count as a piece of general information about the community organizations, we found in our research. We also tried searching for the number of visitors on the websites to triangulate the number of people who visited the websites every month. We checked through sources like similar web to get a breakdown of local and international visitors. We were hoping to provide a range of members the organizations listed could have. Unfortunately, we couldn't find enough data for this triangulation. We have provided our research findings, and some data related to the kinds of community organizations Oregonians tend to belong to. We have used some sources beyond the standard 2-year timeline because they were highly relevant and the only available public sources that had the required information.

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  • "About 25,000 teachers, students and supporters rallied and marched through downtown Portland Wednesday as part of the statewide teacher walkout demanding increased funding for Oregon schools."
  • "Many of the projects to be tackled this year in Oregon/SW Washington will focus on helping those experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will refurbish Taylor’s House (a shelter for homeless teens in Salem), spruce up the Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center in Beaverton, make blankets for homeless teens, feed the clients of the Portland Rescue Mission and sort food at the Oregon Food Bank."
  • "“It’s so important that Comcast is using its signature volunteer event to focus on individuals experiencing homelessness and the organizations that support them,” said Multnomah County Commission Chair Deborah Kafoury. “We know that when our community comes together around these issues, we can make a real difference.’’"
  • "72% of Latino Oregonians age 16 and older are in the workforce, but 28% of all Latinos live in poverty. 29% of Latino Oregonians lack health insurance."
  • "In the poll, 33 percent of 510 demographically representative voters in the Portland area named something specifically related to homelessness when asked their greatest point of concern. The complaints tended to include people yelling at passersby on the street, trash and other visible symptoms of homelessness."
  • "A majority of Oregonians are concerned about climate change: Two-thirds (67%) of Oregonians believe that climate change is happening. A majority (57%) are worried about global warming."
  • "Injustice also exists for women or from having a disability or having survived child abuse or mistreatment in one’s family. Many didn’t have families and faced a life of foster homes. All of these life experiences are unfair and unjust. Life generates hardship in many shapes and forms."
  • "Today in Multnomah county, people of color experience overwhelming hardship. As a group of people, too many people of color face severe social and economic exclusion. This report articulates these experiences."
  • "By comparison, over 31% of Oregonians volunteer helping to put Oregon at 13th place in national state rankings. Over one million volunteers gave of their time to Oregon’s nonprofits with a total equivalent value of $2.7 billion of service contributed."
  • "The total number of community organizations in Oregon is 878. The top five non profit services offered by organizations include Educational Institutions, Arts, Culture and Humanities, Human Services, Religion, Recreation Sports."