From Founder and Trustee, Kathy Deggendorfer: “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 was 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 was established in 2002 with a small corpus to fund collaborative, community projects which celebrated the arts and heightened community awareness and appreciation for the arts in its many aspects.
Over the past several years the mission of the Foundation has morphed into celebrating not only the arts - but all creative problem solving in the rural Central Oregon region.
"One of Mom’s famous 'Gertisms' was . . . 'It is better to give with a warm hand than a cold one.'" says Kathy.
In that spirit, she has funded and the family Trustees direct The Roundhouse Foundation. Our desire close to 20 years ago was to focus on supporting ideas and projects that create positive change. That mission has remained constant - the Foundation and its Trustees are interested in projects that celebrate the arts and artists as positive role models, mentors for children and as important forces in creating a new economy for the Central Oregon region . . . an economy driven by the arts.
The Foundation's current application process is designed to be simple and straightforward. Our goal is to allow innovative ideas to find encouragement and support.
We hope that our family will be actively involved in your creative efforts and we hope that as the Foundation’s grants and programs grow out of a passion for enriching the lives in our community.
Kathy Deggendorfer, Founder & Trustee
Frank Deggendorfer, Trustee
Erin Borla, Trustee