Response from Caldera: While we are extremely fortunate to benefit from a generous founder, we also receive support from a variety of other foundations, corporations, and individual supporters. Our facilities and camp on Blue Lake are only one part of our year-round, long-term mentoring program. That property is funded separately from our operating costs through an endowment by our founder. The facilities are also rented out to other nonprofit organizations whose missions align with Caldera’s and at an extremely low cost in order to support our goals.
We are a nonprofit organization and we are fortunate to have access to these incredibly beautiful facilities and resources. We are continuously humbled and grateful for the support we receive from each and every donor and we are very careful with our use of supporters’ donations. We pride ourselves on being fiscally responsible and are happy to be transparent in our actions. Please feel free to check our 990’s for more information.
Caldera students come from a variety of backgrounds, as do our staff and board of directors. Our mission is to help support and encourage all under served youth to find their voices by accessing their creativity. That is always our focus with all our students regardless of ethnicity. We welcome any further specific questions you may have. Please email us at caldera at calderaarts.org.
My experience with Caldera is so similar to greatergoodpdx it's uncanny. I too was told the same story about the underprivileged minority children wondering who the "rich white guy" was who lived in the huge house overlooking the camp. That seems to be the philosophy of the organization, "let's help these poor black kids while we flaunt our wealth". The BOD is full of the founders friends who donate $10k to each others non-profits while attending lavish, decadent fundraisers. They care more about stroking their own egos than helping kids in need. Disgusting.
The more I learn about Caldera, the more I regret the sizable donation I recently gave the organization. Caldera was started by an incredibly wealthy ad executive years ago to introduce the arts to underprivileged children. The concept sounds wonderful. The reality, however, proves to be a giant ego trip for the founder and his wealthy friends. The camp in Central Oregon is strange. There are rustic teepees for the children to camp in. The children eat in a rustic outdoor kitchen area. They use basic gymnasium-style bathrooms and shower facilities. Overlooking the children's campground is a palatial 3000+ square foot million dollar home. This home is where the founder stays when he visits. It was designed by a world famous architect. It boasts a chef's kitchen, spa-like bathrooms, a hot tub, a grand piano, etc etc. while taking a tour of the camp, I was told a "funny" story about how all of the underprivileged black kids would wonder who the old white guy was who lived in that huge house.