About Us

Our Story


“Several years ago my Mom, Gert Boyle, and I began discussing the idea of creating a foundation. The focus of the foundation would be to help celebrate art and creativity. I live and work in Sisters, Oregon and Mom is a frequent visitor. We love Central Oregon, its scenic beauty and the creative community of artists who live here. Discussions with artists revealed that work in isolated studios surrounded by mountains and forests can be inspiration for fantastic art but can also make it difficult for those artists to get to know their neighbors and make contributions to the culture of the community.

The Roundhouse Foundation wishes to fund collaborative, community projects that celebrate the arts and heighten community awareness and appreciation for the arts in its many aspects.

One of Mom’s “Gertisms” is . . . “It is better to give with a warm hand than a cold one.” In that spirit, she has funded and I direct The Roundhouse Foundation. Our desire is to begin immediately to focus on supporting ideas and projects that create positive change. We are interested in projects that celebrate artists as positive role models and mentors for children and as important forces in creating a new economy for the Central Oregon region . . . an economy driven by the arts.

I have tried to make the application process as simple and straightforward as I could so that your innovative ideas could find encouragement and support. I hope that my family will be actively involved in your creative efforts, as the Foundation’s grants grow out of a passion for enriching the lives in our community.”

Kathy Deggendorfer, Trustee
Frank Deggendorfer, Trustee
Erin Borla, Trustee