The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation commits itself to fulfilling the legacy of James Miller. "Jimmy" Miller was born in a small community outside of Portland, Oregon. At age 14, he started working as an errand runner for Blyth and Co. Without much formal education, he eventually rose to become president of Blyth and Co. in New York. Mr. Miller was passionate about learning and researched languages, history, mythology, literature, ballet, music, the arts, and other cultures. It was Mr. Miller's hope that his life would provide an example of what is possible "given commitment, hard work, and the gift of time."
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 2002 to improve the quality of life for Oregonians through Arts and Education. The foundation seeks to support the arts primarily by enhancing programming and audience building, finance capacity and stability development, and in other essential capital projects. In education, the foundation attempts to enhance programs that strengthen or lift the level of student achievement and success, and also in other capital projects that encourage student achievement. In both arts and education, the Foundation pledges to make responsive grants, and at times issue requests for proposals and develop initiatives deemed relevant and needed. The James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation joined Foundations for a Better Oregon in 2008.