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BEND, OR (June 21, 2021) – Karnopp Petersen LLP announced the launch of a new donor-advised fund managed by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to benefit the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Since 1955, generations of Karnopp Petersen lawyers have provided legal services to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, assisting in defending and enhancing its sovereignty, treaty-reserved rights, and culture.

The firm established the Fund (KP Fund II The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) to optimize its charitable giving to the Tribes and attract charitable capital from others who wish to help the Tribes. The Fund endeavors to invest in the people of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to support their efforts to self-determine their future with a focus on education, leadership development, and cultural protection and enhancement.

Karnopp Petersen invites the community to support its charitable fund with the Oregon Community Foundation and will match all donations made to the program up to $5,000.

“We are excited to partner with Oregon Community Foundation in the launch of this Fund, and we look forward to making a positive impact through this focused support of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,” said Ellen Grover, Managing Partner with Karnopp Petersen. “We hope that our long-standing relationship with the Tribes, combined with OCF’s well-earned reputation in managing donor-advised funds, will give our fund the endorsement for others who wish to give to the Tribes.”

Karnopp Petersen attorneys supported the recent passage of the 1865 Treaty Nullification Bill. The bill nullifies the supplemental treaty between the United States and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon signed in 1865, which restricted the rights of tribal members to leave the reservation and imposed other conditions. The Department of the Interior has stated that neither the federal government nor Oregon has ever enforced the treaty.

“It’s apropos to announce our partnership with Oregon Community Foundation to manage our new fund following this legislation,” added Grover. “We hope that our clients, friends, and the community at large will recognize the importance and impact of this fund and will consider investing in the future of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.”

“It’s an honor for OCF to support Oregon businesses as they give back to their communities.  A corporate donor-advised fund is a great way to streamline a company’s strategic giving and rely on OCF’s expertise and grantmaking support,” said Julie Gregory, OCF Regional Director for Central & Eastern Oregon.   “It has been my particular pleasure to work with our friends at Karnopp Petersen to create a fund that will support the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.   I hope this Fund will inspire others to contribute, knowing they can rely on the long-term relationships, knowledge, and expertise the firm can employ to inform their grantmaking.”

Donations to the KP – Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Fund can be made through Karnopp Petersen’s website, at  and Oregon Community Foundation at or by following the link here.


About Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving–time, talent and resources from many generous Oregonians–creates measurable change. For more information about OCF, please visit:

About Karnopp Petersen LLP

Established in 1935, Karnopp Petersen LLP has 14 attorneys in its Bend-based office. The firm’s practice areas include Business and Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Franchise Law, Estate Planning, Indian Law, Land Use, Litigation and Appellate Practice, Mediation and Arbitration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Natural Resource and Energy Strategies, Probate and Trust Administration, Real Estate Law, Taxation, Trusts, and Estates. Visit to learn more.

Last week, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) launched a new series of quick videos highlighting local companies working through the COVID-19 crisis. This week’s episode features Sisters-based company, Personalized Nutrients and shows how the company is supporting its employees, neighbors, and other local businesses during this time.

Karnopp Petersen is pleased to sponsor this week’s episode.

See more episodes on EDCO’s YouTube Channel.

Be sure to register for EDCO’s next virtual PubTalk: Thursday, April 23 @ 5:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Helen Edwards and David Edwards, Co-Founders, Sonder Scheme

Pitching Company:
Tyrone Hazen, Founder, Puffin Coolers

Company Updates:
Allison Barnard, Founder, Terra Frma
Julie Mosier and Henry Mosier, Co-Founders, Food for the Sole

Title Sponsors:
Supporting Sponsors:

Let’s brighten the world together. In keeping with our end-of-year tradition of giving a little extra to our community in honor of our great clients, colleagues, and friends, we have made a donation this holiday season to Family Kitchen, a local nonprofi­t dedicated to feeding the hungry in Bend.

With Gratitude,

Karnopp Petersen LLP

Attorneys at Law

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Bend Film Descends Upon Deschutes County

Bend, Oregon’s 16th annual independent film festival, BendFilm launches in less than two weeks! As a proud Screening Partner Sponsor, Karnopp Petersen is excited to support the four-day festival that showcases the unique voices and some of the best independent films in the Pacific Northwest.

The festival of films presents a variety of genres and topics throughout regional theaters and local venues including Bend’s historic Tower Theater, Regal Cinemas, McMenamins, Redmond’s Odem Theater, Tin PAN Theater, and the Madras Performing Arts Center.

This year, BendFilm welcomes IndieWoman of the Year – Christine Vachon, producer of Oscar-winning films, Carol and Boys Don’t Cry. The festival’s First Features Honoree – Ron Shelton is the Oscar-Nominated Writer/Director of films, Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, and Tin Cup.

Festival screenings explore topics and issues from a range of viewpoints, many of special relevance to the communities of Central Oregon. These thought-provoking films provide an opportunity for our clients and community to learn from different voices and engage in discussion.

View the full Bend Film Festival 2019 schedule of films and get your Festival Pass for the 16th Annual BendFilm Festival, October 10-13, 2019 here:

7/20/2016 — Jennilyn Aston was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Education Foundation of the Bend-La Pine School District. The Education Foundation supports local children and educational initiatives made possible by Foundation donors. Jennilyn is thrilled at the opportunity to support the Foundation’s efforts to positively impact every student in the district.

A four-year university program in Bend has and continues to be supported by the community as a critical component for the vitality of the Central Oregon region.  A four-year university program with OSU Cascades is necessary to expand access to a skilled workforce and attract living-wage businesses to locate and grow in Central Oregon.

In launching its Net Zero Initiative , OSU Cascades demonstrates that it can provide leadership far beyond the “what” in four-year programming.  While the four-year campus location is controversial for certain citizens, the campus location also provides an opportunity to lead in the “how” of campus planning and programming.

The Net Zero Initiative would create a campus whose energy consumption, water use and waste disposal is completely offset by energy production and conservation and water and waste recycling.  A Net Zero campus is not only about the legacy left to future generations, but also provides an opportunity for current residents to participate in and benefit from an industry innovation cluster in green energy and sustainable technologies.  It also improves the competitiveness of the university for high-quality students who can use the campus as a live laboratory.  This, in turn, benefits the skilled workforce and attractive business climate in Bend.  Importantly, the co-location of these facilities and amenities within a clustered campus is likely necessary for such a vision to become a reality.  Such co-location of facilities also demonstrates the true value of a master plan.

Although opponents to the campus assert master planning is necessary for the 10-acre site, two levels of city decision-makers have said that the 10-acre campus can move forward standing alone, without master planning and without any changes to the current zoning for that site.  However, it is likely that current zoning districts that could be applied to the 46-acre site do not contemplate siting all of the facilities necessary for a Net Zero campus.

Unlike the 10-acre site, the master planning provisions will provide an opportunity to comprehensively review the campus plan on the 46 acres, including unusual features associated with the Net Zero Initiative, ensure impacts are addressed appropriately and apply a master-planned district that can facilitate features not otherwise allowed.  In summary, OSU Cascades’ Net Zero Initiative is offering leadership that will benefit the community in a variety of ways.  It will not only ensure a responsible legacy, but will strengthen the four-year university in ways that will directly benefit the Central Oregon economy and communities and will also ensure that a robust master planning process will occur for the campus.

January 14, 2015 marked the official “launch” of the Bend Energy Challenge. Karnopp Petersen is a business partner and sponsor of the Challenge which gives the community an opportunity to win $5 million to put toward energy savings and improvements.

A national competition among 50 cities; the city that reduces its energy usage the most over 2015 and 2016 will likely win. In other words, the “biggest loser” wins! The winner will be evaluated based on utility accounts for residences, the city of Bend, Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District and the Bend LaPine School District. Luckily the city, parks and school districts have indicated they are up for the Challenge, but the ability to win $5 million will really rely on individuals. The Challenge is looking for “Energy Heroes” by engaging individuals to take an “Energy Pledge.”

So why is Karnopp Petersen a sponsor? The short answer is because we live here. We believe that energy efficiency and renewable energy are ways to make our community more livable, will create family wage jobs and will help ourselves, our employees, our clients and neighbors save money and be more comfortable at home. Plus, wouldn’t it be wonderful to win $5 million to improve our city? The Challenge will provide all sorts of no and low cost energy saving tools and other ideas and information on its website  and Facebook page. If you “like” the Facebook page you’ll even be entered to win a free home energy audit! As the Challenge gets underway, KP also looks forward to sharing information and ideas here. We hope you stay tuned and take the pledge.