The fund was made possible through gifts by ALF senior fellows, individual contributors, the Wildhorse Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and the Pacific Power Foundation. Lilisa Hall, executive director of the Pacific Power Foundation, explained why they made the decision to support the endowment fund. "Don Frisbee is the epitome of civic leadership and exemplifies ALF's mission of serving the public good. The Pacific Power Foundation is honored to be a part of establishing the Don Frisbee ALF Scholarship Fund in recognition of his outstanding combination of effective business and civic leadership over the years."
Funds from the endowment will be used to support the participation of a wide range of leaders from communities throughout the state in the ALF Fellows program. Each year the ALF program brings together notable individuals from Oregon's public, private and non-profit sectors to build and strengthen a network of leaders with an enhanced commitment and capacity to practice collaborative leadership in service to the public good. Don Frisbee was the CEO of PacifiCorp (which includes Pacific Power) when he helped found the ALF program in Oregon in 1986. Today there are over 450 senior fellows of the American Leadership Forum in communities throughout Oregon.
ALF Oregon executive director Robin Teater said, "We are extremely grateful for the gifts we have received for this endowment fund, particularly in the current economic climate. It is a compelling testament to the need for including the widest range of leaders possible, from as many corners of Oregon as possible, to work together across real and perceived boundaries. This fund will allow us to ensure this unique opportunity is available to qualified leaders regardless of their ability to pay the program's tuition."
The organization's goal is to raise $250,000 as part of its upcoming 25th anniversary celebration in 2011. For more information, contact Robin Teater at 503.636.2288, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.