Attend the Ribbon Cutting for Kôrazón

Join Kôr at the Kôrazón ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM at 21221 Hurita Place in Bend. The short, outdoor event will celebrate the opening of the net-zero, affordable homeownership development, Kôrazón to five homeowners. The event will include brief remarks by Oregon Housing and Community Services and the City of Bend, followed by refreshments and site tours. The public and press are welcome to attend. RSVP to Executive Director, Jackie Keogh at (541) 247-1244 is encouraged, but not required.

Kôr Welcomes A New Executive Director

Kôr Community Land Trust welcomes Jackie Keogh as the new Executive Director. For over a decade, Jackie has scaled grassroots non-profit organizations by diversifying their revenue sources for sustained organizational performance. She began her career on a three-person affordable housing non-profit that grew into a nationally-recognized, regional community development corporation in Massachusetts. Since, she has grown her affordable housing experience at the Portland Housing Bureau and for the last four years as Deputy Director at Proud Ground – the largest Community Land Trust in the Pacific Northwest.

She thrives in serving as a connector- bridging relationships between the mission-based work and the community of donors, clients, and partners. In this capacity, Keogh has engaged with culturally and economically diverse communities to develop community-led strategic, communications, and fundraising plans that are centered in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. For example, Keogh served as the Investment Committee Chair of KairosPDX, a culturally-specific educational non-profit, to develop and scale their social justice philanthropy for four years. Keogh has been recognized for her community engagement strategies by both the American Planning Association and Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.

An avid hiker and camper, Keogh is looking forward to getting her family out on Bend’s trails when she relocates in mid-June. Keogh is so appreciative of the opportunity to lead Kôr Community Land Trust as its next Executive Director. Keogh welcomes communication from all Kôr supporters and encourages conversation by emailing or calling 541-247-1244.

Jackie begins her work with Kôr on April 26th at which point Kôr’s co-founder and current Executive Director will assume the position of Land Development Director.

Opportunity Announcement – Executive Director


Position: Executive Director

Status: Regular Full-Time Exempt

Pay: Total compensation package $70,000


Kôr Community Land Trust (KCLT) is a nonprofit, public-benefit organization that works to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for the residents of Central Oregon.  Chartered in 2014, KCLT pursues its mission through the community land trust model, which takes a different approach than traditional housing development as KCLT owns the land in perpetuity and offers the homes for sale through a land lease. KCLT raises funds from both private and public sources to build and deliver environmentally friendly and energy-efficient houses in a way that keeps them affordable to both initial and subsequent owners.

As of the beginning of 2021, KCLT is in the process of completing its first development, a five-home cottage community called Kôrazon. A second community, to be called Crescita, is funded and approaching construction. KCLT intends to expand its offerings in coming years and become a broadly recognized player working to improve the affordable housing situation in Central Oregon.

KCLT is seeking to strengthen its mission capacity for future work by dividing the managerial work of the previous incumbent into two positions, an Executive Director and Land Development Director, the latter position to report to the former. Our current Executive Director, who is also a co-founder of KCLT, will be transitioning to the Land Development Director position and will work in close partnership with the new Executive Director.

This announcement is for the position of Executive Director.


 Working under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of KCLT’s operations, with special focus on community relations, operational fundraising, outreach, partnership development, organizational management, and strategic planning. The subject position will work closely with KCLT’s Land Development Director, a subordinate position that manages KCLT’s land project fundraising, real estate acquisition, land development, and home-ownership programs. These two positions constitute KCLT’s management-level staffing. As mandated by the workload, other employees may be added from time to time, and their supervision will fall to the Executive Director or the Land Development Director.

The Executive Director serves as the primary connection between the KCLT’s staff and operational program and the organization’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for keeping the Board fully informed regarding KCLT’s operations so that the Board may carry out its responsibilities for oversight and governance and thus ensuring that board decisions are carried out.

The Executive Director will serve as the lead development officer for KCLT, with ultimate responsibility for raising the funds that make KCLT’s work possible such as by seeking funds from private donors, charitable foundations, and government grant programs at local, state, and federal levels. The Executive Director will have direct responsibility for raising operational funds and will oversee fundraising efforts carried out by the Land Development Director.

The Executive Director also serves as the KCLT’s fiscal manager, with ultimate responsibility for preparing and executing operational and land development budgets. Since KCLT expends grant funding from many sources and carries long-term loans related to real estate developments, applicants should anticipate that fiscal management of the organization’s affairs will entail considerable complexity and require careful attention. Fiscal management of the organization’s land development program will require close coordination with the Land Development Director.

The Executive Director will have broad responsibilities for envisioning the future of the organization and its programs. This work will be done in close consultation with partners, the community, the Board, and other employees.

The Executive Director serves as the public face of KCLT and will need to envision and implement programs to make the KCLT visible to the public, existing, and potential partner organizations, and government officials. These responsibilities will entail various communication channels such as face-to-face meetings as well as news media and social media programing. The position also plays the lead role in KCLT’s donor relations efforts.

Because of the position’s community outreach and partnership responsibilities, it is expected that the applicant will reside in Central Oregon and become a part of the community here. If the selected applicant is not currently a resident of this region, the timing of relocation will be negotiated.

The Executive Director will be expected to be able to travel to meetings and events throughout the region and state, including the possibility of out-of-state travel.

Please view the full announcement here and read this note from our Board President Laura Fritz.

Additional details can be found at this page:

Green Tour

Check out what we are doing to help combat climate change! Kôr’s first homes are part of The Environmental Center’s Solar and Green Tour this year – both virtually and live. Live tours of the cottages under construction will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tours will be done in small groups and face coverings are required. Please sign up for a tour time at Accelevents. Visit The Environmental Center’s Website to sign up for other events and learn more about this year’s tour.


Equitable Board Member Reimbursement Program

Kôr has been working to break down barriers that prevent equity and diversity on our governing board. We are proud to have just adopted an Equitable Board Member Reimbursement Program (link to PDF) that provides low-income individuals reimbursement for expenses that accompany board service. This fund was made possible by the Central Oregon Health Council’s Stable Housing Workgroup.
We continue our ongoing work to make homeownership in the Bend area more equitable. In this process, we always welcome your input and feedback.

8th Street Work Party

We have a bit of clean-up to do at our new 8th Street project. Help us take advantage of Knott Landfill’s Fire Free days and sign up for a one-hour shift between 10 am and 2 pm, Saturday, May 23! To maintain (at least) 6-foot physical distancing, we will have only 4 persons working on the half-acre site at a time. Please bring your own work gloves, mask if desired, and any rake or other tool you might prefer for picking up pine needles. We will have some tools, and also will provide hand sanitizer, hand wipes, and trash bags. We would normally provide coffee and water, but in the spirit of everyone not touching the same spigot, please bring your own water bottle and beverage. Thank you!

Name our 8th Street Community!

Your imagination—and inspiration—are needed to name our second Kôr community!

The property’s Orchard District history lives in the fruit trees still standing. We will build the community mindfully, fusing Bend’s farming and ranching past with innovative energy-saving technologies to create a community that honors our roots, yet moves us forward into the future.

We are holding a contest to name this cottage community. To submit your entry, go to

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2020; winner receives a $25 gift certificate to Global Fusion generously donated by Chef Bethlyn Rider.

Online Raffle Announcement


Support permanently affordable, environmentally sustainable housing through our…

Thursday, April 9 – Friday, May 29, 2020

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our annual fundraising dinner due to COVID-19.
Fortunately, we’d already received generous raffle and silent auction items.

In the spirit of environmental sustainability that informs all we do,
we’re re-purposing those items via an Online Raffle.

Here’s how it works:

  • Every two weeks, beginning Thursday, April 9 (when we would have held the dinner), we’ll post a raffle item on our Facebook page
  • To enter the drawing, go to and donate   $10 or more; $10 enters you once, $20 enters you twice, and so on
  • We’ll draw a name at the end of those two weeks and will post the winner on our website and Facebook page (we’ll also notify the winner directly by email)
  • We’ll then post another raffle item, for a chance to win up to four items in the coming two months
Our Online Raffle goal is to raise $5,000 to help replace unrestricted gifts
that would have been made at the dinner.

Our first raffle is for a $50 gift certificate to Salutè

The certificate can be redeemed when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and
our local businesses will be in need of our patronage.


Our sincere gratitude to all of you for supporting Kôr!
Special thanks to those who contributed sponsorships or table purchases.



We are recruiting board members!

Kôr Community Land Trust is recruiting board members. We specifically would like to find members to round out our collaborative team attributes in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance (board treasurer)
  • Land use or real estate law
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Tech
  • Representation from the populations our program serves
  • And many more!

If you are interested in sustainability AND attainable stable housing, and want to make a difference in our community, please contact our governance committee chair, Laura Fritz, You can also find us at the upcoming Volunteer CO Board Fair on Wednesday,March 4, 2020, 4:00–5:30 p.m. It will be held at Deschutes Brewery Pub, 2nd Floor 1044 NW Bond Street, Bend.

Fifth Annual Fundraising and Celebration Dinner – Looking forward in 2020!

Join us for an evening of celebration and fundraising for our mission. The event will be held at Broken Top golf club and restaurant on May 21st from 5:30-9:00 pm. It includes dinner, drinks, and a sure-to-please silent auction. The evening will also feature live music, complimentary wine and a cash bar, as well as an opportunity to learn more about Kôr. Tickets can be purchases through Accelevents  or by emailing us –

  • Individual tickets – $90 – Includes dinner and two-glasses of wine.
  • Full table ticket – $720 – Includes dinner and wine for a table of 8.
  • Full table sponsorship package – $1,000 – Includes dinner and wine for a table of 8. The sponsoring company can hang their banner at the event and will be recognized in all promotions.
  • VIP sponsor ticket – $500 – Includes dinner and wine for a party of 2. The sponsoring company will be featured at the event, can hang their banner, and will be recognized in all promotions.
  • Sponsor a home recipient ticket – $90 – We have invited our home recipients to the dinner. If you would like to sponsor one or more tickets, please add this to your cart when you check out.