Open Hearts Open Minds

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Open Hearts Open Minds' mission is to serve current and former incarcerated Oregonians by cultivating positive change through mentorship, dialogue and the arts.

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We believe in the value of support, empathy & love and understand that it is the heart of restoration. Every donation received by OHOM helps empower our incarcerated brothers and sisters with artistic and life skills they need to succeed inside and outside of prison walls. This is how we serve Oregon families and communities, with your generous donations and a welcoming home.


"I feel stronger spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally. I refound myself. I found my voice once again." -- incarcerated colleague, 2023

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At OHOM we've dedicated ourselves to human connection, to the individual and collaborative support of not only who we serve but also who we work with. We believe there is value in all cultures and a uniqueness that can only be found by listening to and raising up the voices of all. Now more than ever we understand the importance of this work. OHOM welcomes involvement at the board, contractor, volunteer, or participant levels from people who identify as members of the LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and immigrant and refugee communities, as well as other marginalized communities.


All donations up to $10,000 will be matched by the Jerry and Donna Smith Family Foundation

Every donor will be entered to win a gift basket filled with goodies from The Decemberists. You can also enter to win by signing up for our mailing list.


The Jerry and Donna Smith Family Foundation - OHOM's original supporters, Jerry & Donna continue to accelerate our mission each and every year. Jerry is fond of quoting Anne Frank:  “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Huge thanks to the Smiths for providing a $10,000 matching donation.

The Decemberists - The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen. Their debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Many thanks to The Decemberists for providing schweepstakes schwag.

Open Signal -  Open Signal is a Portland media arts center utilizing the power of community in service of a just and equitable world.

PassinArt -  PassinArt is an African American producing theatre company that educates, entertains, and celebrates culture while highlighting issues that impact the community.

The Red Door Project -  Through storytelling, The Red Door Project inspires appreciation of our differences and an awareness of our fundamental interconnectedness. magnifies the best and most distinctive of Portland in service of a more open media and a more just community.

FinAbility---Financial Security for Survivors - FinAbility financially empowers survivors of domestic abuse.

$5,587 raised of $27,500 goal
60 donations
20% of Goal

(503) 679-0724

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Year Founded: 2007

Tax ID: 39-2053712


Open Hearts Open Minds is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust.

They're a micro-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co. and Washington Co.

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