There are many ways for you to give to the Head Start community.

Donated money is vital to accomplishing our mission. Your contributions are used to fund scholarships, educate staff and families, and advocate for Head Start at the state and federal level.


The Oregon Head Start Association has partnered with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) by creating the Oregon Head Start Association Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.  With OCF’s stewardship and long-term investment program, our endowment fund will be maintained in perpetuity to provide a stable stream of income that will support scholarships.

With this partnership, we are able to offer our donors the opportunity to make a permanent gift to ensure future funding for our work. Through OCF, OHSA is able to accept gifts such as securities, personal property, and real property upon approval of OCF’s gift acceptance committee.  We are also able to offer our donors the option of making a planned gift, often called a deferred gift, which will ultimately benefit our endowment fund.  OCF staff works with our staff and donors to create bequests, charitable remainder trusts (CRT) and gift annuities.

A bequest, made through the donor’s will or living trust, is the most direct form of planned gift.  Bequests are easy to establish and the estate receives a tax deduction for 100% of the value of the gift. Suggested bequest language:  I give, devise and bequeath: (describe assets that are the subject of the bequest) to the Oregon Head Start Association, tax ID #93-1158780 an Oregon nonprofit corporation.

CRTs and gift annuities are planned gifts that allow a donor to make a gift to OHSA, enjoy income for life or a specified number of years, and obtain an income or estate tax benefit.   Assets remaining at the termination of the trust or gift annuity will create a permanent endowment at The Oregon Community Foundation to support the Oregon Head Start Association.

Donors may also make cash contributions directly to OHSA to be added to the Oregon Head Start Association Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

The Oregon Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization that administers permanent charitable funds established through gifts from individuals, families, businesses and other organizations.  OCF currently administers over 1900 permanent funds with assets over $1.6 billion.

Please call 503-580-4722 to discuss how you can help build our endowment and support Head Start for the future.


Local programs need volunteers! Volunteer positions can range from being in classrooms, doing clerical work, and serving on boards. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact your local program.

OHSA needs volunteers to help with fundraising and marketing. We are also in need of Board members. If you’re interested in donating your time to OHSA, please contact us!


OHSA is in need of a variety of donated items. We give away prizes at our conferences. Examples of donated prizes are books, toys, BBQ sets, and spa gift baskets.

Local programs are also in need of a variety of items. An example of items donated to programs includes hats, scarves, toothbrushes, shampoo, and food.