Considering Our Disproportionately Impacted Communities

For the purposes of our current grantmaking, the Miller Foundation uses the State of Oregon's Equity Framework in Covid-19 Response & Recovery when considering where our funding will support communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. For this reason, we excerpt the included list of communities from that framework below (the full source of the text is available at the link above). We recognize that many of the communities disproportionately impacted by Covid are also now facing disproportionate challenges as a result of the wildfires throughout Oregon.


The State of Oregon Equity Framework articulates the specific communities that must be included and considered, core elements to advance equity, and guiding questions for developing strategies and evaluating efforts.

For the purpose of the Equity Framework, the definition of our historically and currently underserved communities include Oregonians who are:

• Native Americans, members of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, American Indians, Alaska Natives

• Black, Africans, African Americans

• Latinx, Hispanic

• Asian, Pacific Islanders

• Immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers

• Undocumented, DREAMers

• Linguistically diverse

• People with disabilities


• Aging/older adults

• Economically disadvantaged

• Farmworkers, migrant workers

• Living in rural parts of the state


The Miller Foundation uses the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s definitions when considering the geographic distribution of our funding. Rural is defined as any geographic area ten or more miles from a population center of 40,000 people or more. You can view a list of designations by zip code and a detailed map of designation areas here.