Supporters

Our work is made possible by generous contributions from foundations, other organizations, local businesses, and individuals—and you.

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Foundations

BEST has been supported by the following foundations and grants:

  • Jane Higdon Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety: Since 2016, ongoing support of our efforts towards safe streets. Learn more about the Fund.
  • Evergreen Hill Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation: From 2016 through 2021, general support and support for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from climate change.
  • Better Blok Foundation, sponsored by Spin: In 2021, a grant to support a PARKing Day installation.
  • Climate Solutions: In 2020 and 2021, a grant to support our work on clean and just transportation.
  • Noble and Lorraine Hancock Family Fund: In 2016, a grant to support bicycle safety.
  • Meyer Memorial Trust: In 2014 and 2015, a grant to support developing our first ever strategic plan.
  • American Public Transportation Association: In 2013 and 2014, a grant to support holding a series of community conversations around the importance of transit. Read community conversations report.

Other Organizations

Over the years, BEST has received support from other organizations, including these:

  • Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Eugene Areas Riders (GEARs)
  • League of Women Voters of Lane County
  • ShelterCare
  • Technology Association of Oregon

Local Businesses

BEST is supported by local businesses, including these:

  • PIVOT Architecture

Names of other businesses withheld pending permission to publish.

Individuals

BEST is supported by our own directors and advisors and other individuals, including these:

  • Alexis Biddle, BEST president
    “BEST brings together a diverse interests to build a more sustainable and equitable transportation system.”
  • Marianne Nolte, BEST vice-president
  • Bob Passaro , BEST secretary
    “I appreciate BEST’s advocacy to make our streets safer for people of all ages and different modes of transport. Thank you.”
  • Jon Belcher, BEST treasurer
  • Michael DeLuise, BEST director
  • Mike Eyster, BEST director
  • Terry Parker, BEST director
    “Grassroots organizations make important contribution to civic engagement on any number of topics. BEST has matured as a non-profit focusing on public transportation systems that include riding, walking and biking, making streets safer and transitioning to a more climate friendly future.”
  • Rob Zako, BEST executive director
  • John Allcott MD, BEST advisor, 1000 Friends of Oregon director, Applegate East (medical office)
    “I support building up, not out, for compact and cooler cities by reducing VMT (vehicle miles traveled) to work or shop.”
  • Julie Daniel, BEST advisor
  • Karmen Fore, BEST advisor
  • David Funk, BEST advisor, Eugene Sustainability Commission former member, Eugene business owner
    “Accessible transportation and safe streets are keys to a healthy community.”
  • Eric Gunderson, BEST advisor, retired architect
    “BEST advocates for transportation solutions that are equitable, diverse, and which shape healthy communities.”
  • Richard Hughes, BEST advisor
  • Kaarin Knudson , BEST advisor
  • Sarah Mazze (and Steve Korin), BEST advisor
  • Samantha Roberts, BEST advisor, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Joshua Skov, BEST advisor
  • Jean Tate, BEST advisor
  • Sue Wolling, BEST advisor
    “Eugene needs to reduce fossil fuel consumption. BEST helps ensure that residents have good alternatives to driving, and are motivated to use those alternatives whenever possible.”
  • Meg Kester, Public Transportation Professional
    “BEST is a gift to Eugene-Springfield and Lane County! Made up of an engaged and diverse network of organizations and individuals, the region benefits greatly through forward-thinking transportation projects, advocacy and partnerships.”
  • Joshua Kubu
    “Moving away from a car-based transportation system is going to be a massive challenge, and so it’s important to have organizations that can help Eugene be a leader, and make our city the best version of itself for every resident.”

Names of other individuals withheld pending permission to publish.

Government Agencies

In general, BEST does not receive funding from government agencies—especially not those we are working to influence.

Nonetheless, in 2019–2020 BEST received $40,000 from Lane County in order for Better Housing Together, which at the time was a project of BEST, to develop a Housing Action Plan. Learn more.