The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians has a long and proud history of sharing with the communities in which they live and work. In 1997, the Tribe formalized this tradition of philanthropy by establishing a grant making Foundation. The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, is a private, independent foundation, representing the Tribe, and not to be confused with one of the Tribe’s many economic development endeavors, the Seven Feathers Resort. Each year the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation makes grants to eligible non-profit organizations in communities in Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lane counties.
Michael J. Rondeau, the CEO for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, often says: “A high tide floats all ships.” Aside from the Cow Creek Foundation, the Tribe makes many donations to willing causes in the community. Tribal Giving supports many smaller causes, such as projects that fund sports for students, improve schools, provide for veterans or those experiencing food insecurity, and many more. Generally, Tribal Giving donations do not exceed $1,000, and are all subject to the discretion of the Cow Creek Tribal Board of Directors.
Another arm of the Cow Creek Tribe’s support for the community, is the CEDAR program. CEDAR partners with local governments and organizations on projects and programs that benefit and strengthen the community. The CEDAR awards help schools, fire departments, improvement programs, youth organizations, local colleges and universities, service centers, and more. Each request for CEDAR funds is subject to the discretion of the Cow Creek Tribal Board of Directors.