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Celebrating the Arts in Central Oregon

Dancers at Central Oregon Center for the Arts

We are honored to support a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the year as they truly are the heart of our community. Through the CNWX Gives Back program, we provide meeting and event space free of charge to a nonprofit organization based in Central Oregon.

For 2021/22 we are supporting Central Oregon Center for the Arts (COCA) and their mission to celebrate the arts bringing a comprehensive, inclusive, performing- and visual-arts facility designed to serve the diverse cultural needs of Central Oregon through stage, music, visual arts, and education. We were introduced to COCA through CNWX member Richard Camp, and are excited to provide their volunteers a space to collaborate as they bring their vision to life. 

Imagine a modern sustainably designed center for the performing and visual arts that unites our community, enriches the diversity and inclusiveness of our Central Oregon culture, and transforms our common human experience through a rich arts environment. In response to our community, we are already on the journey to help make this vision a reality.

Because the Central Oregon Center for the Arts does not exist, COCA has formed a coalition of representatives from the arts and business communities, as well as thought leaders from the area, to develop a plan to build it. To move the project forward, the Board of Directors commissioned a Discovery Study to serve as our road map for strategic facility and campaign planning.As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we can only do this with your help. Support the arts in your community. Make a tax-deductible donation here or make a corporate gift here to keep our momentum going.

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National Charity League Forms A New Chapter in Bend Oregon

Our first nonprofit partner is one of Bend’s newest organizations launched in late 2019. National Charity League is a philanthropic organization of mothers and daughters serving the community together through volunteerism. We are honored to help NCL, Bend launch their new Chapter and start building a strong organization to serve our shared community. 

NCL flowers delivered to The Collective NWX
Beautiful flowers delivered to The Collective NWX for hosting their group.

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), the nation’s premier mother-daughter non-profit organization, has announced the formation of the Bend Chapter. This is the organization’s 272nd chapter to form in the United States.

The Bend Chapter is open to mothers and daughters who reside in or attend school in Deschutes County. This chapter, combined with the existing chapters (Blue Heron, Lake Oswego, Oregon Rose, Portland, Sunnyside, and Three Rivers) brings the total number of Oregon NCL Members to over 1,500. Last year, the existing chapters served 28,614 philanthropy hours and supported approximately 100 philanthropy partners.

In addition to participating in national philanthropic initiatives, the chapter’s inaugural members will have the opportunity to choose which local organizations they will support through hands-on volunteer service hours. Daughters in 7th through 12th grade, known as Ticktockers, and their mothers, known as Patronesses, will together embark on a core program focused on philanthropy, strengthening mother-daughter relationships, cultural experiences and leadership opportunities.

National Charity League meeting at The Collective NWX
National Charity League meeting at The Collective NWX

“I’m incredibly excited to establish and launch the new Bend Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), a special organization with a rich history and proven model for success across the nation,” said Andra von Behren, President of the NCL, Inc., Bend Chapter. “For mothers with daughters, our local group provides a unique opportunity to spend quality time together and lead by example—fostering a greater sense of social responsibility and caring for others. Looking forward to great things ahead for our moms, our daughters and our community!”

For more information, please contact the VP of Membership at