2018 Community Celebration

The Four Way Foundation’s annual Community Celebration honors community members making a positive difference in Josephine and western Jackson counties. Each year, the celebration serves as a way to thank our donors as well as the many people who turn generosity into constructive action in the Rogue and Illinois valleys.

Each year, the celebration features a keynote speaker. Past speakers have included authors, honored military veterans, former governors, poet laureates and state supreme court justices. Another time-honored tradition, the Louis Schultz Award is presented annually as part of the celebration. This award honors an individual or couple whose philanthropic contributions to the communities served by the Foundation have been both significant and ongoing. In addition to the prestige of the award, recipients have the privilege of choosing a local non-profit organization to receive a one-time $10,000 charitable contribution from the Foundation.

The Four Way Faoundation’s 2018 Community Celebration will take place at the Bear Hotel in Grants Pass on November 8.


Shining Stars: RiverStars Performing Arts

With its mission to provide all school age children in the Illinois Valley with weekly dance and musical theater education, RiverStars Performing Arts has begun its fifth year in service to the community. Part of the Three Rivers School District, the organization… (copy coming soon)

Executive Director Transition

After three years of serving as Executive Director for the Foundation, Walt Slater stepped down from the position on August 15, 2018. A relocation to be closer to family on the east coast necessitated his decision, making the transition bittersweet for both Walt and his wife Pam.

About his 16 years as a Grants Pass resident, he said, “Pam and I have been blessed with our experiences through Rotary, jobs and friendships developed over that time. It’s with mixed feelings that we leave the area. Thank you so much for the opportunity to have served the Foundation these past three years.” Of course, the Foundation, our president and board members wish him all the best going forward.

Walt left very large shoes to fill, and just as we were sorry to say goodbye, we were happy to announce that the board Kate Dwyer named by our board as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. To this position, Kate brings an energetic approach to outreach and a strong background in building robust partnerships and innovative programs.

Kate is also the Community Development Coordinator for the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and the Chair of the Three Rivers School Board. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Takilma Community Association and UCAN.

An Illinois Valley resident for 25 years, Kate previously operated Kate Dwyer Catering. Her husband Mark Dwyer owns and operates Country Plumbing, and the couple have two sons: Liam, a student at Columbia University; and Owen, a rising senior at Illinois Valley High School.

Kate stepped down from her position on the Four Way Board of Directors to assume her new role. She has already expressed her enthusiasm saying, “Four Way makes possible a diverse array of local service projects by leveraging the philanthropic vision of residents of Josephine and western Jackson Counties. Through the generosity of the donors and the prudent work of the board, perennial improvements grow. I am pleased to have the opportunity to guide that process.”