Jennifer Olson Curry

Director of Giving Strategies, Oregon Community Foundation

Jennifer Olson Curry is the Director of Giving Strategies at the Oregon Community Foundation. She helps advised fund donors reach their charitable giving goals by connecting them to resources available through the OCF. Her experience includes helping families develop mission statements for their giving, working with families to transfer funds to the second generation, and helping connect donors and the organizations they care about with OCF. Prior to OCF, Jennifer worked in the field of philanthropy at the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Grantmakers for Education, and the Portland Parks Foundation. Jennifer also serves on the program committee for Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Jennifer was a co-founder, board member and actor with Liminal Performance Group, which worked in Portland for 10 years creating new theater performances in unusual spaces.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Telling the Story of your Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services

Posted on February 26, 2024 by Nicolette Rea, Karen Hrdlicka, Tracy Burt, Jennifer Olson Curry

Community foundations have been serving giving families for many decades. Recently more and more community foundations have been re-examining how they are promoting the philanthropic services they offer to donor families. How have community foundations successfully marketed their services to encourage families to partner with them on their philanthropy? What are the changes that some community foundations have made that… Read More

Community Foundations Topical Call: Engaging Successor Generations and Youth | Connect with Peers Based on Experience Level

Posted on December 7, 2023 by Daria Teutonico, Michelle Beisker, Jennifer Olson Curry

Focusing on engaging successor generations and youth, this session will provide peer learning and connection based on experience with philanthropic advising for multi-generational families. Bring a challenge, a recent success or a 2024 goal to share with your peers. We will divide by experience level using breakout rooms and then have time for sharing insights learned with the larger group… Read More

2022 Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network Workshop

Posted on April 5, 2022 by John Oddy, Hali Lee, Nicole Kyauk, J.M. Johnson, Ali Sirkus Brody, Jennifer Touchet, Jennifer Olson Curry, Joanne Cohen, Michael Moody, Robyn Schein

This workshop, exclusively available for members of NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network, is an excellent opportunity to learn from your peers and build professional skills! Network members may register up to five staff member attendees at no cost. Please note: This is a standalone workshop, not connected with any other NCFP events. View the agenda… Read More
Voices from the Field

Oregon Community Foundation: Partnership and Collaboration Delivers Big Impact to COVID Response and Recovery

Posted on May 16, 2020 by Jennifer Olson Curry

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In mid-March, as the scope and gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) moved nearly 100% of our staff to remote workplaces at the very moment our work increased in urgency and complexity. The pace of change and dramatic shift in service delivery is something none of us had ever experienced. I have been humbled by the… Read More

Community Foundations Network Topical Call: Getting Started on Family Philanthropy

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Amy Beth Dudley, Donna M. Coury, Jennifer Olson Curry

Many members of this network are just getting started with or working to establish best practices for their family philanthropy services. Come learn from Jennifer Curry at the Oregon Community Foundation, Donna Coury from the Akron Community Foundation, and Amy Beth Dudley from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis!… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: Building Blocks for Community Foundations Starting Family Donor Relationships

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Jennifer Olson Curry, Laura Winter, Whitney Hosty, Tony Macklin

Community foundations of all sizes and experience levels increasingly respond to donor needs for deeper support in their multigenerational family philanthropy. Whether it is helping craft a family values statement, increasing involvement of adult children, or sharpening the family’s strategic focus, community foundation donor services teams are figuring out how to offer support in an effective way… Read More