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Tim Neville, journalist

Tim Neville, journalist

“Oregon’s Owyhee reminds me a lot of Southern Utah’s red rock country… only dipped in fudge.”


What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  


Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Membership Benefits

When you donate to Oregon Natural Desert Association, you become part of a community of individuals who share your passion for conserving the lands, waterways and wildlife in the high desert. Your voice is amplified on the conservation issues that matter most to you and your membership gives conservation concerns more clout. More people working together equals more effective advocacy. That’s why it’s important that every person who cares about the future of our desert public lands joins this community.

As you support critical conservation work, you’ll also enjoy:

  • A complimentary Wild Desert Calendar mailed to you each November
  • A subscription to Desert Ramblings, our twice-a-year newsletter that offers deep dives on current conservation campaigns, suggests high desert hikes, and more
  • Special event invitations and opportunities to take action

A gift of any size will begin or renew your ONDA membership.

Make a Monthly Gift

Setting up a monthly gift is one of the best ways to sustain high desert conservation year-round. Selecting “eCheck” on our donation form will provide all the prompts. Become a Sage Sustainer with your ongoing monthly gift.

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Donate Stock

Giving appreciated stock to Oregon Natural Desert Association is a relatively simple process with some advantages over giving cash. Your gift avoids capital gains tax, and you gain a charitable deduction. And, you may be able to make a larger gift in support of critical high desert conservation needs than you ever thought possible.

ONDA has an account ready to receive your donation of stock, and you can receive our account information by contacting our staff or filling out our stock donation interest form. Most banks and brokerage firms require a letter of instruction; some have a special form.

Email Allison Crotty or call (541) 330-2638, ext 315 for additional information.

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Leave a Legacy Gift

Leaving a legacy for Oregon’s desert wildlands is simple and accessible to most people. Learn more about our Rimrock Society and review several popular legacy giving opportunities, or email Allison Crotty or call (541) 330-2638, ext 315 for additional information.

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Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution

This one’s for all ONDA supporters age 70 ½ or older. At this age, you must begin taking required minimum distributions if you have a traditional IRA, even if you don’t want or need the money. Instead of taking a disbursement and paying taxes on these funds, a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA is worth considering. This benefits you in two ways, since your gift counts toward your annual required minimum distribution and lowers your taxable income. To realize the tax savings, funds must be directly transferred from the financial institution to ONDA, an eligible 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Each financial institution has its own process for initiating a Qualified Charitable Distribution, so follow their instructions and email Allison Crotty or call (541) 330-2638, ext 315 for additional information about how your gift will benefit Oregon’s high desert.

Give Via Donor-Advised Fund

Supporting high desert conservation through your donor-advised fund is simple and convenient. If your fund is hosted by Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable or BNY Mellon you can begin the recommendation process right from our website. We accept donations from all donor-advised funds, including Oregon Community Foundation, so you can also go through your institution’s regular grant-making process to recommend a contribution to ONDA today.

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Employer Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees to qualified non-profit organizations like ONDA. This includes large employers, such as Intel, Nike, KEEN, Google, Salesforce, and U.S. Bank, as well as many privately-owned law firms and small businesses.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please ask your employer. The impact of your gift to ONDA could be doubled or even tripled.

Give a Gift Membership or Tribute Gift

Oregon desert conservation is strengthened by the generosity of our members and supporters. Giving an ONDA membership as a gift is a great way to fuel vital conservation work. You can also make a donation in honor of a loved one.

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Become a Business Member

Is your business interested in supporting conservation in Oregon’s high desert? We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities if you can provide funding, product donations, or event hosting support. Learn more about the benefits of being an ONDA business member.

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Donate a Vehicle

Your gift of a reliable vehicle will deliver staff and volunteers to the far-flung places where we work. We’ll use your vehicle which increases the tax advantages of your donation. Call us at (541) 330-2638, ext 314 or email Bark Brown.

Our Accountability to You

Oregon Natural Desert Association maintains a 4-star Charity Navigator rating, given only to nonprofit organizations who meet rigorous standards for transparency and financial accountability. As of December 2021, our overall score was 91.44 out of 100.

Our federal non-profit tax ID is 94-3098621.

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