Big donation helps Asante Foundation reach fundraising milestone

MEDFORD, Ore – The Asante Foundation reached a major milestone in its effort to raise $5 million to benefit behavioral health initiatives in Southern Oregon.

Thanks to several donations, including a massive $500,000 check from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the foundation has raised $3 million towards its goal of providing high-quality behavioral care to patients in mental crisis.

“Without having a lot of resources available to Southern Oregon, this is really significant and that’s what caused us to be involved in this project and, of course, our contribution to it,” said Michael Rondeau, CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The foundation plans on using the donations to renovate patient care areas, expand the number of patient beds from 18 to 24 and train more employees in trauma-informed care.

As the Asante Foundation expands to address a bigger need in the community, the non-profit is moving into a new home.

The foundation announced they’ve purchased the historic Mary Phipps building on Bartlett and 4th in Medford, previously occupied by Sky Oak Financial.

Executive Director of Asante Floyd Harmon explained, “We represent a big geography and having a central location in Medford is really terrific, plus it’s going to give us some visibility to the community.”

The foundation’s director said moving away from the medical campus will allow the foundation to focus on fundraising and expand community awareness of their mission.

They plan to move in sometime in the next 3 months.

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