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Frequently Asked Questions

What do we want to accomplish?

As Oregonians, we consistently say that we want to participate in decisions and public projects that affect us, but we often don’t know where to turn to share our opinions, concerns, and even the resources and ideas we have to offer. And we’re not always sure we’re being heard when we do. Oregon’s Kitchen Table aims to better integrate citizen voices from across the state into the political decision-making process, into supporting public projects we care about, and in to helping improve our state. At the same time, Oregon’s Kitchen Table aims to increase the public’s interest in participating in public issues and projects at the local, regional, and statewide levels.

How is it funded?

Oregon’s Kitchen Table is a non-partisan partnership of higher education, non-profit organizations and civic leaders, funded by state and local government. 

How can I start a crowdfunding campaign for a public project I care about on Oregon’s Kitchen Table?
Contact us!  We’d love to hear what ideas you have for an Oregon civic crowdfund. We have a variety of ways we can help - from simply hosting the project on our platform to helping you run the whole crowdfunding campaign - if it looks like a good fit. We have a tiered system of support we can offer. 
How can I start a microlending campaign for my business or a business I know?

Currently, Oregon’s Kitchen Table’s microlending portal acts as a gateway for Oregonians to find small businesses in Oregon to invest in.  We feature the current crowd funded micro lending campaigns through Community Sourced Capital.  If you’re a small Oregon business or entrepreneur, we recommend you contact Community Sourced Capital directly to find out about whether crowdfunded microlending is right for you.  We are happy to help put you in contact with CSC as well! 

What will Oregon’s Kitchen Table do with the personal information I share?

When you participate in an Oregon’s Kitchen Table consultation, the answers you provide will be reported to the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University and our partners in an aggregate, anonymous form. The information you provide will not contain or be linked to any information that personally identifies you, including your name, e-mail address, or mailing address. Instead, your answers are linked to an anonymous ID number that is used internally.

Our commitment to your privacy:

  • Your privacy will be respected and your answers will be maintained and used only as described in this Policy.
  • Your name, address, phone number, personal information, and individual responses will only be used as described in this Policy and except as otherwise described herein, will not otherwise be disclosed to anyone without your consent.
  • We will clearly represent to you what we are doing through our Site.
  • Our research is not a guise to sell you something or to ask for money.
  • With your consent, we will contact you via email so you will not be interrupted at inconvenient times.
  • Your decision regarding participating in a consultation, answering specific questions, or discontinuing your participation will be respected.
  • We will do our best to make your participation in a consultation a pleasant experience.

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