Capital Campaign


The Starkey-McCully building has been a cornerstone of downtown life since 1867. The two-story brick, unreinforced masonry building originally extended 120 feet along the west side of Commercial Street, but now only the northern 70 feet of the block remains. This Italianate style block is comprised of two, two-story commercial stucco-faced brick buildings and the only surviving of a five-story business block.

The distinctive cast-iron decor on the exterior was furnished by the Oregon Iron Works and is believed to be the oldest of its kind in Oregon still intact.

The Starkey-McCully building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered a contributing structure in the historic downtown Salem district.

Downtown Revitalization

Vacant for years, the Starkey-McCully has become a blight on the downtown landscape and affected the economic prosperity of the entire city. Restoring this contributing structure and filling it with much needed resources and nearly 250 additional employees and volunteers will help revitalize the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area.

Workforce Training and High School Credit

Bazillion Books for Kids, SKEF's micro-enterprise to end book poverty is a workforce-training site for students and adults. Participants gain essential skills and experience in procurement, warehouse management, inventory control, merchandising, retail and customer service. Eligible students earn high school elective credit and an Oregon skill sets certificate.

The Mike McLaran Center for Student Success

A college and career readiness center dedicated to the legacy of community leader, Mike McLaran.

Work at the Center is organized around four primary areas:

  1. College preparation and awareness
    • Applying for college
    • Filling out the financial aid form (FAFSA)
    • Oregon College Savings Plan
    • PSAT, ACT, and SAT preparation
    • Scholarship resources
    • College visits & meeting with college representatives
    • Funding college
  2. Career exploration and exposure
    • Internship clearing house
    • Job postings
    • Career mentors
    • Résumé writing and interview skills
  3. Academic Supports
    • Writer’s workshop for college and scholarship applications
    • Tutoring
    • Study skills
    • Academic mentoring
  4. Social Support
    • Parent University
    • Financial literacy
    • Health and nutrition

The Center will be an official ASPIRE™ site

  • Providing mentoring and resources to help students access education and training beyond high school.
  • Educate students and families about school selection and options regarding scholarships and financial aid.
  • Build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors.

The Center will host the Oregon College Savings Plan™

Many families hope to see their child or loved one graduate from college someday, but it takes more than hope to get there. The Oregon College Savings™ Plan is a 529 plan that can help your family get there.

For more information about Oregon College Savings Plan™
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  • Acquisition – $480,000
  • Phase I – $325,000
    Asbestos abatement, Back Façade and seismic upgrade, Sprinkler system, elevator, Roof
  • Phase II – $105,000
    Interior Demolition, Framing, New Staircase, HVAC System
  • Phase III – $900,000
    Doors and hardware, drywall, floors and paint, ADA bathrooms, Fire alarm, electrical, voice and data
  • Phase IV – $120,000
    Preserve historic front façade, restore window, historic detail
  • Phase V – $689,000
    Furnishings, technology, permits, historic review

TOTAL – $2,619,000

Legacy Ambassadors

  • Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty Doty and Company
  • Brent DeHart Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual
  • Jodi Hack Communications Coordinator, North Santiam School District
  • Diane McLaran Director, Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry
  • Kathy Moore CEO, Inspire Foundation
  • Brent Neilsen New York Life
  • Michael Parker Director, Oregon College Savings Plan
  • Spencer Rockwell Garrett Hemann Robertson
  • Cathy McInnes College Preparedness, Salem-Keizer School District
  • Hazel Patton Historic Preservation Expert
  • Dick Withnell Withnell Auto Group

Board of Directors

  • Brent Neilsen President
  • Diane Childs Secretary
  • Chuck Swank Treasurer
  • Spencer Rockwell Vice President of Development
  • Jeff Aeschliman Vice President of Finance and Governance
  • Mary Jean Sandall Vice President of Mission Fulfillment
  • Tyler Massey Vice President at Large
  • Jordan Willey Vice President at Large
  • Patrice Altenhofen
  • Bruce Anderson
  • Joe Egli
  • Jackie Franke
  • Jodi Hack
  • Lisa Harnisch
  • Monty Miller
  • Lisa Norris