Our legacy starts here.   


North Star is new kind of entrepreneurial foundation focused on the biggest threats facing us today.

Based in Oregon, we support and invest in bold inquiry and partnerships that break through a decades-long stalemate around the biggest threats to our way of life and legacy. We bring a spirit of discovery, disruption and collaboration to accelerate broad-scale change in the areas of wealth inequality, climate change and open democracy.



Portland Tribune: "Having a fixed mortgage payment also enables families to accumulate wealth, as housing costs stabilize and wages grow, explains Caitlin Baggott Davis, who addresses issues of wealth inequality as executive director of North Star Civic Foundation."

Statement from President Obama: "I commend the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown for taking action to raise their state's minimum wage." 

The Atlantic:  "Oregon's Smart Approach to a Minimum Wage"

Good Magazine:  "On Thursday, Oregon set a national precedent, passing a bill that will raise its minimum wage to one of the highest in the country. The plan employs a novel three-tier system that addresses the cost of living in different geographic regions of the state."

In Partnership


Our city faces a housing crisis. Current policy conversations focus on the urgent needs of shelter and escalating rents. But the problem is not just economic. It is deeper – and longer reaching.

Join local civic partners to launch a yearlong series of conversations, "We Call This Home: Race, Wealth, and Home Ownership," that will focus our region on one of the toughest challenges facing our city: How do we ensure that the decisions we make as a growing city reflect both the wisdom we've gained through our shared history of inequality, and also the visions we share for a safe, abundant, and affordable place for all to live?

We Call This Home is presented by Portland Housing Center in partnership with Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, City Club of Portland, EcoNorthwest, Neighborhood Partnerships, North Star Civic Foundation, Open:Housing, and Oregon Humanities which with generous support from JP Morgan Chase.