The Morrison Family Charitable Foundation (MFCF) was founded by Jenny Jo Morrison and Hugh Robert Morrison in December 2015 to establish a lasting structure to provide financial support to organizations that work to improve the wellbeing of the people and environment of Oregon. MFCF was established with the goals of
- creating an enduring funding source for the benefit of Oregonians;
- contributing to a general culture of charitable giving to instill the value of communal work and shared responsibility in current and future generations; and
- providing a means for honoring the contributions of David Ramsey and Patricia Ramsey to their home State and its people.
In many ways, the MFCF owes its existence to Dave and Patti Ramsey. These two life-long Oregonians laid the financial groundwork and provided the philanthropic spirit that led to the creation of the MFCF. They modeled compassion for their families, their employees, Oregonians, and humanity. They persevered through life’s adversities, and as they prospered, they shared with those around them.
Hard work for the betterment of everyone. Compassion. A connection to Oregon—these are the lessons the MFCF takes from examples of Dave and Patti’s lives.
In creating the MFCF, the Morrisons were also guided by
- A love of Oregon. Jenny and Hugh grew up in Oregon, enjoying the beauty of the Willamette Valley, the Coast, and the High Desert. They benefitted from what was then a strong public education system. They learned to appreciate the patchwork quilt of Oregon values, stitching together the views of hardened loggers and vocal activists. They take pride in the independent, innovative spirit of the State.
- A belief in the value of art. Art is inspirational. It is mind-opening. Enjoying art, analyzing it, and creating it all contribute to the development of the mind. Art is a pathway to understanding and empathy.
- An interest in maintaining educational breadth. Jenny and Hugh developed in a public education system that provided a range of exposures: art, music, drafting, woodshop, auto shop. For many in Oregon public schools these opportunities no longer exist, limiting the chances of engaging the enthusiasms of some students, depleting the richness of student experiences, and hampering the development of students into responsible citizens.