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The AAC Foundation is a non-profit organization in Eugene, Oregon designed to help educate and inspire the entire surrounding community. We organize events big and small that encourage growth among K-12 students in the areas of the arts, technology, and academics.
What we do:
  • Provide scholarships for students that need educational services outside of school. Including after-school enrichment, tutoring, camps, SAT/ACT prep and so much more
  • Founders of The Eugene Children's Film Festival
  • Weekend Art Education and School Contests
  • Educational Events Free of Charge for Students

Foundation Board

Don Hakala has been in education for 20 years and in administration for 10 years.  He married his college sweetheart and moved to her hometown of Eugene. They have three kids, Natalie, Ben, and Ethan.

Travis was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon but spent eight years in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a senior legislative aide to Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, a senior policy advisor on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Director of Northwest Policy for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Travis returned to Oregon to pursue his passion for healthy public forestlands and creating economic opportunities in rural communities by serving as the President and CEO of the American Forest Resource Council, a non-profit trade association representing the renewable forest products industry in five Western States.  

Travis earned his bachelor degree in history and international studies from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in environment and development. When Travis is not in the office or traveling for work, he spends his time pursuing international adventures or exploring Oregon’s public lands. He tries to attend as many Oregon Ducks sporting events as possible (which is never enough).

Caryn is a 29-year veteran of the investment industry. Formerly, as a Financial Advisor with LPL Financial, Caryn assisted clients with long-term financial planning and asset allocation analysis. In addition to her work with clients, Caryn conducted education and enrollment meetings for 401(k) participants. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1987 with a BA in Business Administration. She also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) Designation. The AIF Designation certifies her as having specialized knowledge of fiduciary standards of care and their application to the investment management process.

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AACF Documentation (The following documents are available upon request)
  • Discrimination Policy
  • Donor Privacy Policy and Donor Bill of Right
  • Gift Acceptance Policy
  • IRS 990 or 1023
  • ODJ CT-12
  • Financial Transparency Policy

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― Mahatma Gandhi

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