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Mentor Artist Fellowship applications due November 6!

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s Mentor Artist Fellowship applications are still open – don’t miss the application deadline of November 6! These fellowships are open to Native artists in the United States whose work in literature, dance, visual arts, film, storytelling, music or traditional arts strengthens culture, fosters creativity and economic opportunity, and impacts issues...

Washington County Funder Roundtable to be held morning of October 27

Corporate and foundation representatives who are providing support for organizations and initiatives in Washington County are invited to a Funder Roundtable hosted by Intel, The Standard, and First Tech Federal Credit Union on Friday, October 27. Come prepared to share your key partners in Washington County and discuss how funders can work together for greater...

Exponent Philanthropy accepting session ideas for 2018 conference

Do you have a fabulous idea for a conference session that applies to “lean funders” nationally?  Exponent Philanthropy is accepting session ideas for their 2018 National Conference, which will be September 28-30, 2018.    Exponent Philanthropy’s biennial National Conference is the largest gathering of foundations, families, and individuals who give with few or no staff. Our...

Animal Grantmakers Conference THIS WEEKEND!

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Animal Grantmakers Conference, now is your last chance! Join GRANTMAKERS members and national funders for a special 4-day conference focused on all issues related to animals.    Agenda Highlights:  Sunday, October 15, 2017 Opening Reception:  “Can’t Get the Critters Out of My Work”: A visual talk with animal advocate/cartoonist Berkeley Breathed – co-hosted by GRANTMAKERS of Oregon...

HIP Resource: Support Victims of Natural Disasters

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), which has offices in the US and Mexico, has a page on their site dedicated to resources for those seeking to support victims of recent natural disasters. The site makes it easy to donate to help survivors, with the following message:  “Over the last few weeks our communities have been devastated...

The 990 in 2017: program spotlights foundation transparency and communications in the open data era

Last month, GRANTMAKERS hosted a program on using the 990-PF form to tell your foundation’s story. Janet Camarena and Davis Parchment of Foundation Center presented at an intensive three-hour workshop detailing the changes open data brings and the challenges and opportunities this presents to foundations. The workshop was a pilot for a new project supported by...

Affinity Group Spotlight: CHANGE Philanthropy

Information taken from changephilanthropy.org “CHANGE Philanthropy (formerly known as Joint Affinity Groups) was founded in 1993 to unify identity-focused philanthropic affinity groups into an empowered coalition. Coming together, our seven core partners are working to integrate diversity, inclusion, and social justice into philanthropic practice, transforming the sector’s culture to be one that embraces equity. “What makes CHANGE Philanthropy unique...

Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation are hosting a tour for private foundations and corporate funders to learn about and explore the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton, Washington to Walla Walla to Milton-Freewater, Oregon on November 1-3, 2017. This program will introduce some of the exciting and innovative collaborations in our rural communities and highlight opportunities for future...

Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis

A new report from Grantmakers In Aging highlights the opioid abuse epidemic within the context of elders living in rural parts of the country. This report is the second in a series on rural aging. Read the full press release here.  This report reflects our commitment to increasing investments in rural and tribal communities through elevating these communities’ stories.

Leadership opportunities at GRANTMAKERS

Fall is our season of planning; as we look forward to what 2018 might be, we invite interested members to join a committee; help contribute to and ensure a strong and successful leadership transition for GRANTMAKERS as Joyce White retires and we welcome a new leader.    2018 Conference Committee – As our most broadly-attended event,...

2017 Impact Awards semifinalists selected

Fifty member volunteers participating on five grant review teams reviewed 153 Letters of Intent using ninety-nine girlfriends’ guiding principles, and selected the following 15 organizations as semi-finalists for each category: Arts & Culture; Environment; Health & Wellness; Education; and Family/Human Services. One project from each focus area will be chosen in November to present to the 2017...

Kaiser Permanente to open wellness center at Faubion School and Concordia University

PORTLAND, Ore. – Kaiser Permanente clinicians will provide a full range of primary care and dental services at the Kaiser Permanente 3 to PhD® Wellness Center, a 2,500 sqare-foot wing inside the new Faubion School and Concordia University facility opening this fall 2017. Kaiser Permanente joins Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School, and Trillium Family Services in...

Get ready to give more on September 21, 2017

Vancouver, Wash., August 24, 2017—Southwest Washington’s fourth annual day of online giving is planned for Thursday, September 21. The event, called Give More 24! runs from midnight to midnight and encourages local residents to donate online at give-more-24.org. Those who wish to give during the 24-hour event can choose to support any of the 132 participating...

Two opportunities to learn about how funders can advance equity

This fall, GRANTMAKERS is offering two workshops focused on advancing equity and creating the positive future we all want. On September 28, Shyaam Subramanian of the Alliance for Justice, a Berkeley-trained lawyer and nonprofit advocacy expert, will share with us the rules about advocacy and what foundations are allowed to fund at Investing in Change: Foundation Support for...

A Word of Thanks…

By Joyce White, Executive Director   Many of you know that I lost my daughter this summer.  Amy was a totally healthy young woman when she was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer on Memorial Day.  We spent the next 61 days in a constant state of shock as the disease took charge...

Hurricane Irma Disaster Philanthropy Resources

Our colleagues in Florida have created a hub of disaster philanthropy resources for those affected by Hurricane Irma. Visit this page for resources on responding effectively, ways to serve, and ways to give.   You can also review the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.

Race Forward & Center for Social Inclusion to merge

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) are excited to announce that the two organizations have united under the name Race Forward. Together both groups look forward to delivering on Race Forward and CSI’s core principles of advancing racial equity and supporting communities most impacted by racism. Both Race...

GCIR collecting DACA responses, hosting webinar on DACA decision impacts

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees issued a statement yesterday on the executive action to rescind DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a policy created in 2012 to help young Americans who were brought to the US as children integrate into society and become American citizens. GCIR’s statement begins: On September 5, the Trump administration...

Social sector responses to Charlottesville

Last month, we sent an email listing several written responses to the Unite the Right rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, VA and the subsequent events. Since then we have been collecting responses from our members, peer philanthropy-supporting organizations, and national foundations. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all that has been...

Local opportunities in philanthropy

Looking to make your next career move, or just curious to know what opportunities in philanthropy in our region exist at any given time? Check out our jobs page under the Listen tab! Right now there are many great opportunities, including:    The Collins Foundation is looking for a new Program Officer and a new...

Foundation Center 2016 Annual Report: EVOLVE

Foundation Center’s 2016 Annual Report showcases changes to the sector’s central repository of data in a colorful and interactive website.

Affinity Group Spotlight: Mission Investors Exchange

Information taken from Mission Investors Exchange website. Mission Investors Exchange is the leading network of foundations engaged in impact investing. Our 200 members comprise a vibrant community committed to tackling the world’s most intractable social and environmental issues, from climate change and global health to education and quality jobs.  Mission Investors Exchange provides an exclusive forum...

DELTA cohort applications open through September 8

DELTA is a health equity and inclusion leadership program that includes training, coaching, and networking to health, community, and policy leaders in Oregon. This nine-month program trains 25 members committed to advancing health equity and diversity throughout Oregon. DELTA provides 40 hours of classroom training, 10 hours of individualized technical assistance, and faciliates opportunities for cross-sector partnership. Each participant submits a project...

Save the Date – September 21 is Give More 24!

Give More 24! is southwest Washington’s largest day of giving. The one day when our entire region comes together–online and offline–and gives for 24 hours straight. More than 100 nonprofits serving southwest Washington will participate and encourage everyone who cares about the region to give what they can, wherever they are, at the same time....

We need to communicate a vision for the future (What I learned at ForumCon17)

by Rhiannon Orizaga, Communications & Administrative Coordinator Last month Ali Benson and I attended the United Philanthropy Forum’s 2017 conference, an annual gathering of all PSO staff. This year, the conference brought together Regional Associations and national Affinity Groups. I served on the Forum Conference planning committee, so it was great to see our vision...

The Oregon Community Foundation Announces New Vice President of Donor Relations

Portland, Ore. — The Oregon Community Foundation announced on July 12 that Kirsten Kilchenstein has been named vice president of donor relations. Kilchenstein has been with the Foundation since 2011 and is currently a senior donor relations officer. Prior to her time at OCF, Kilchenstein was the education director at Caldera, an arts-and-environment based nonprofit working with...

AHI’s new RFP aligns systems and housing services

Last week, Meyer’s Affordable Housing Initiative launched a second Request for Proposals for collaborative projects working to better align affordable housing opportunities with services that contribute to residents’ stability and success. By supporting focused efforts across multiple systems, Meyer aims to assist the broader fields of affordable housing and supportive services by highlighting replicable models of...

MRG Foundation Opens Fall Grants LOI Process

Over the past few months, MRG Foundation has traveled across the state, connecting with communities, organizers, activists, grantees, and supporters. MRG is excited to announce multi-year grants for their Fall 2017 General Grant cycle as part of their grants reimagine. General grant amounts will range from $7,000 to $15,000 per year for two years. Historically MRG has funded between...

With new name and vision, United Philanthropy Forum leads a new network to advance philanthropy

Contact: Maggie Osborn, United Philanthropy Forum 202-386-6426, maggie@unitedphilforum.org WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2017) – United Philanthropy Forum, formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, has unveiled a new name and new visual identity to reflect a transformed organization.  “The Forum is creating a new kind of philanthropic network to lead change and increase impact...

Philanthropy California announces next phase of Full Cost Project

“By changing the way we fund nonprofits right now, we can fundamentally improve their ability to do the work and achieve our shared goals.” This is the premise underlying Philanthropy California’s Full Cost Project, an initiative that allows funder and grantees to better understand what it truly costs to deliver outcomes, and how to incorporate...

July Resource Roundup

GRANTMAKERS hosts a robust library of philanthropic knowledge and each month, we add the best new reports from the field. In July, we added several reports that will help grantmakers grow as professionals.  RESOURCES on Equity The Status of Black Women in the United States, from Institute for Women’s Policy Research (report) Race to Lead: Confronting...

GRANTMAKERS Mid-Year Update

By Joyce White, Executive Director It’s an understatement to say that much has happened so far in 2017, both locally and globally, that is testing all of us in the funding community. While there have been moments of despair, much of our work in 2016 enabled the GRANTMAKERS team to weather current and ongoing storms...

Executive Director Search Update

Martha Richards, Chair, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington Search Committee    The Search Committee is continuing work to identify the next leader of GRANTMAKERS.  After carefully reviewing several strong proposals, we have selected The 360 Group, an executive search firm, to partner with around this important work.  Their experience with membership and philanthropic organizations, matched with...

Steve Moore & Max Williams pen op-ed on improving Native American education

At a time when communities of color are challenged at every level of education, the problems facing Native American communities stand out. The high school graduation rate for Native Americans is barely above 50 percent. Of the few who do attend college, less than 40 percent earn a Bachelor’s degree in six years. There’s never...

Wild Rivers Coast Alliance creates newsletter as resource for South Coast

Update from Wild Rivers Coast Alliance Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is initiating a “What’s Happening” newsletter to keep our friends and stakeholders updated on how we are working toward a thriving south coast of Oregon. We work through our grant funding to south coast organizations as well as through convening, being a thought partner and developing partnerships...

We’re looking for our next leader

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington seeks an Executive Director to work closely with the Board, staff, and key stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission, provide strategic leadership, ensure the development and delivery of innovative member programs, revisit and refine the business model, and integrate various activities of the organization to create a whole greater than the...

Shelk Foundation hosts rural grantmakers for immersive experience in Prineville, Oregon

Last fall GRANTMAKERS hosted a Funders Tour to Umatilla and Morrow Counties, which was an impactful two days in several communities visiting sites and learning about the needs and challenges of rural communities in Eastern Oregon. Linda Shelk and Kristi Steber of Shelk Foundation posed the question to GRANTMAKERS staff, what if we had a slower, more immersive,...

Applications now OPEN for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program is pleased to announce that the latest funding cycle is now open. Proposals will be accepted for projects that aim to address local, community-specific cancer-related needs in Oregon. In addition to funds, grantees gain access to trainings, technical assistance and networking opportunities to enhance project success.  The request...

Ron King, former Western Family Foods CEO, to serve as Murdock Trust Visiting Fellow

VANCOUVER, WA — Ron King, former CEO of Western Family Foods, will serve as the new visiting fellow at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.  King recently left a successful career in the food industry, where he led Western Family Foods for 20 years. He has held a number of leadership positions and served on several nonprofit boards. King...

Office Closure Notification

The GRANTMAKERS office will be closed Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19. Staff are at the Forum of Regional Assocations of Grantmakers conference in San Francisco but will be monitoring email and responding to urgent requests. We may be slow to respond after we return as we will be hosting a program on Thursday,...

The Encore Fellows Program: A Pathway to Effective Philanthropy

by Robyn Lee Aguirre, Social Venture Partners Portland Social Venture Partners is changing the way we think about philanthropy through Encore Fellows, a community impact program that provides organizations with both a workforce planning and corporate philanthropy solution. The program matches retiring professionals with local social purpose organizations, where they lend their expertise for 1,000 hours for...

Three partner webinars worth checking out

Mission Investing: Resources and Advice for Family Philanthropy | Hosted by National Center for Family Philanthropy Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM | contact info@gosw.org for information about registration.   Asset Preservation Strategies: How Fines and Fees Strip Wealth from Low-Income Communities | Hosted by Asset Funders Network Wednesday, July 19, 2017...

Independent Journalism & Investigative Reporting Livestream Now Available

In case you missed last month’s program on Independent Media and Investigative Reporting, you can still watch the livestream recording!  We asked our speakers for their final thoughts/ key takeaways from the program. Here are some of their responses. Lee Van Der Voo:  It was really interesting to hear how journalism fits with funders’ goals...

New United Way report highlights transformational process

In 2014, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette launched an ambitious initiative to break the cycle of poverty in our region. Through their work in the past three years, they’ve come to some realizations that forced them to rethink the way they operated. The report Race and Place: Transforming the Modern Nonprofit highlights the changes that have come...

Hoover Family Foundation has a new website!

The Hoover Family Foundation is pleased to announce they have a new website! Please bookmark this page for your records: http://hooverff.org/.    A few notes about key features of the new site:    Learn about the foundation’s Mission, how it operates and more on the new Mission page Learn about the history of the foundation under...

Affinity Group Spotlight: Asset Funders Network

Information taken from Asset Funders Network website & newsletter Asset Funders Network (AFN) advances economic opportunity and prosperity for low and moderate income people through philanthropy. AFN is a community of foundations and grantmakers using philanthropy to alleviate poverty. Since its founding in 2005, AFN has focused on bringing together grant makers passionate about promoting...

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Turns 20

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently celebrated twenty years of giving. The foundation was the first of the tribal foundations that now exist in Oregon, and grants in Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lane Counties, the homeland territory of the tribe. Since its establishment in 1997, the Foundation has given over $14...

Animal Grantmakers Conference Coming to Portland in October

Animal Grantmakers, a small affinity group for grantmakers who fund animal protection work, will be convening at the Hilton in downtown Portland October 15-18, 2017. The conference committee has been hard at work lining up speakers and sessions that they hope will be interesting and useful, and are excited to offer a preview of what’s to...

MRG’s new Responsive Grants Program and a reimagining of our grantmaking

by Esther Kim, MRG Foundation Responsive Grants Program is Accepting Applicants The work of our grantees is changing the landscape of the social justice movement, and we know there is more to be done. Rooted in this need, MRG is launching a new Responsive Grants Program. Organizations are now invited to apply for Micro, Critical...

Ali Benson joins GRANTMAKERS as Program & Membership Manager

Alexandra “Ali” Benson joined the GRANTMAKERS team last month. Ali comes with a background in the private and nonprofit sectors, and specializes in member and customer engagement, event planning, and development. Prior to her work at GRANTMAKERS, Ali spent several years at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), where she managed logistics for 150 statewide...

Grantmakers to march in 2017 Pride Parade

Several GRANTMAKERS members will participate in the Portland Pride Parade this weekend, in a show of support for our LGBTQIA+ community members. The list includes:   The Standard Pride Foundation Nike, Inc Portland Trail Blazers PGE Moda Health NW Natural CareOregon Cambia Health Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust. Meyer Memorial Trust and Cambia Health Foundation...

Submit your 2016 LGBTQ grants data!

It’s that time of year again! Funders for LGBTQ Issues is requesting your 2016 grants data for their annual report on LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations. They write:   For more than a decade, we have tracked and analyzed funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues. Our annual tracking report raises the visibility of LGBTQ issues in philanthropy...

Special Announcement

We strive to respond to all queries in a timely manner. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joyce will be out of the office for the foreseeable future and we appreciate your patience as our small but mighty team works to respond to our members.

A Special Message from our Board President: Reflecting on Last Week’s Tragedy

The grantmaking community of Oregon and Southwest Washington was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the violent and tragic incident that occurred on a light rail train in Portland last Friday evening.  Our hearts go out to the two young victims who were initially confronted due to their race and religion. We admire and...

Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation leverages the power of the GRANTMAKERS network with help from alumna

An interview with Wendy Hawkins, GOSW Alumni Connect member, and Genevieve Martin of Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation Early in 2017, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington launched our newest membership category, GOSW Alumni Connect. This category is part of how we fulfill our strategic priority to develop new and diverse philanthropies. We know that grantmakers...

Developing New and Diverse Philanthropies at Willamette University

by Joyce White, Executive Director GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington   This past academic year I was asked to be on an Advisory Board for Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management Grant Program. While sounding impressive, I was only a bystander to the inaugural program introducing graduate students to the world of philanthropy...

The Ford Family Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission team up for Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project

Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project is now live at www.oregonvisualarts.org. The online magazine and archive attempts to further explore the depth and expand the breadth of Oregon’s visual arts ecology. The Project is a joint effort of the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, who wish to create an...

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation announces 2017 Mentor Artist Fellowship Awards

2017 is the first year of the NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship, which was open to Native American and Alaska Native artists in three regions of the United States: the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest, and in the categories of Traditional and Contemporary Visual arts. More than 100 applications were reviewed by a panel of art...

Trends in Northwest Giving report released

Our peers to the north, Philanthropy Northwest, recently released a report, Trends in Northwest Giving, in partnership with The Foundation Center. The report highlights include the overall growth of giving in the northwest, the importance of place-based giving, and the trend towards grantmaking for capacity building, technical support, evaluation, general operating support, and other non-project...

Reflections on Funding Forward 2017: what we learned at the Funders for LGBTQ Issues conference

Funders for LGBTQ Issues held their annual conference in Seattle, WA, in late March. Several members of GRANTMAKERS attended, including Carol Cheney from Meyer Memorial Trust, Travis Ward and Melissa Hansen from The Oregon Community Foundation, Katie Carter from Pride Foundation, and Colin Jones of The Collins Foundation. I (Rhiannon) was also able to attend...

GRANTMAKERS members form Oregon Immigrant and Refugees Funders Collaborative

Last month we asked our members to share how they were changing their processes and strategies in response to major changes at the federal level. In late April, The Oregon Community Foundation, MRG Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust announced the creation of a new collaboration of pooled and aligned funds, the Oregon...

Bloomfield Family Foundation launches new website

In April 2017, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington launched The Bloomfield Family Foundation’s new website, bloomfieldfamilyfound.org. The process was a collaboration between Bloomfield’s trustees, notably Jo Mason and Louise Bloomfield, and GRANTMAKERS’ Communications Coordinator Rhiannon. The site features the history and mission of Bloomfield and information about featured grantees, as well as a database...

Black United Fund 2017-2018 Scholarship Application open

Black United Fund of Oregon’s 2017-2018 ACCESS Scholarship Application is now available. The Skanner reported on the new scholarship, which is offered through a partnership with Linfield College, and the Black United Fund website has details about all of their scholarship options.

April Volunteering in Oregon program presented full 360-view of corporate volunteerism

Last month, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington convened corporate funders to discuss corporate volunteerism. The program’s speakers were Callie Lambarth, of Portland State University’s School of Social Work, Becky Blumer of Hands On Greater Portland and the Corporate Volunteer Council, plus a panel of four corporate funders: Nicole Stein of Umpqua Bank, Claudia Knotek...

GCIR monthly policy call update

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is hosting monthly policy briefings for funders who want to know how immigration policies are changing and how they impact the communities you may fund. GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is co-sponsoring the next call, on May 18, along with Forefront, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers,...

Portland Timbers Community Fund proposals due June 2, 2017

he Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF), an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports charitable, non-profit organizations that are registered as a 501(c)(3) with tax-exempt status from the IRS and are located within one of the four surrounding counties of the Portland metro area; Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark County in SW Washington. Grant...

Forum Releases Statement on Religious Liberty Executive Order

David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the largest network serving philanthropy in America, released the following statement in response to the White House executive order on the Johnson Amendment: “President Donald Trump’s executive order, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, takes our country in the wrong direction by...

GRANTMAKERS partners with Exponent Philanthropy

Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of grantmakers—nearly 2,000 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. Their vibrant network has in common lean operations and a style of philanthropy motivated by personal passion, community needs, and the strong desire for better outcomes....

Pride Foundation Community Grants Application Opens May 1

by Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation Each year, Pride Foundation invests in organizations and projects that are transforming the lives of LGBTQ people and their families across the Northwest through our Community Grants Program.   While LGBTQ equality has progressed in recent years, ongoing systemic discrimination continues and must be addressed in order to improve access...

Leading for equity and inclusion

A Southern Oregon peer learning cohort for rural-serving nonprofit leaders   Have you noticed changing demographics in your communities but found it difficult or challenging to engage or respond to these changes? Have you wondered how you may have to re-design your work to better serve the changing constituencies? What does equity and inclusion have...

Special Program: Independent Journalism and Investigative Reporting

Real news, fake news, legitimacy, integrity, democracy, and civil society — Americans are re-familiarizing themselves with these concepts daily in the current administration. Independent journalism is essential to a healthy democracy but faces many challenges in the current political and funding climate, and many grantmakers have questions about how to best support nonprofit media or...

Share your stories of response and resilience with us

Policy changes and proposals that affect the social sector are at the forefront of many minds these days. Many of our members have already taken steps to respond to these changes as a new or reaffirmed commitment to equity.   Pride Foundation established a Rapid Response Fund “to counter the renewed threats at both local...

Forum release on Johnson Amendment and Community Letter

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington has signed onto the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, along with other philanthropy-supporting organizations, charitable nonprofits, religious institutions, and foundations. The letter delivers a clear message to Congress that our sector stands behind the Johnson Amendment, a law that protects nonprofits from being hounded for partisan political contributions...

NW Natural releases 2016 Community and Sustainability Report

by Von Summers, Senior Manager, Community Affairs April 5, 2017 Dear fellow Grantmakers, I’m pleased to share NW Natural’s 2016 Community and Sustainability Annual Report, which highlights our corporate philanthropy, employee volunteerism, environmental stewardship, safety programs and other ways we give back. This year’s edition features our five Partners of Focus for 2017-2019. These nonprofits address critical needs...

Listening to Rural Communities on Equity

by Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Meyer Memorial Trust Originally published on the Meyer Voices blog   As we traveled throughout the state this past year sharing information about Meyer’s new structure and funding opportunities, we heard you clearly: Meyer’s equity focus left some questions unanswered for rural communities. Leaders, community members and organizations want to know how Meyer...

Doing DEI Work as a Family Foundation

An interview with Michele Goodman, Executive Director, JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation [GRANTMAKERS] Tell us a bit about why you’re interested in incorporating a DEI lens in your grantmaking. [Michele] I just spent the week thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. My week started by binge-watching the Netflix series “Good Girls Revolt,” a pseudo-fictional series...

Looking Towards the Future: Executive Director search update

By Martha Richards, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation Chair, GRANTMAKERS Search Committee As announced at our 2016 Annual Meeting, Joyce will be retiring at the end of the year. Since that time, a Search Committee has been formed to identify a successor to build upon the solid foundation of visionary philanthropy she has...

PGE Foundation 2016 Annual Report Released

by Kregg Arntson, PGE Foundation   On behalf of the PGE Foundation board of directors and staff, I’m pleased to share with you our 2016 Annual Report. Each year, the PGE Foundation awards more than $1 million to support the innovative, life-changing work of organizations in our community. Furthering our mission to improve the lives...

GRANTMAKERS partners with National Center for Family Philanthropy

In February, GRANTMAKERS signed an agreement with the National Center for Family Philanthropy to provide our family foundation members access to all of NCFP’s Knowledge Center content. This partnership also enables us to host webinar viewings for our family foundation members, who comprise over a third of our membership.  In March, we held our first...

Trailblazers Live, Learn, and Play grants accepting applications

The Portland Trail Blazers Foundation‘s Live, Learn, and Play grants are live and accepting applications until April 13. All of the grants are for up to $10k in unrestricted funding. Specifically, they have the following opportunities available:   LIVE Grant (environment): General operating support or program funding is available to 501c3 organizations that connect underserved youth to...

2017 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, April 20-21

On April 20 & 21, community members, family caregivers, elder care professionals, primary care providers, policy makers, and philanthropists will gather in Hood River, Oregon for a forum on making it easier for seniors to age in place in rural Oregon. Topics will include:   Fighting Ageism Achieving Person-Centered, Age-Friendly Care Community-Based Palliative Care in...

Forum statement on why Johnson Amendment Matters

In a press release issued earlier this month, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, our parent association, took a stance on the Johnson Amendment. President & CEO David Biemesderfer wrote:  “Private foundations, while barred from most lobbying activities, are free to engage in public debates, promote public education efforts, and fund a wide range...

Nominations Open for Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen Award

Award presentation planned for November 9, 2017   Vancouver, Wash., March 15, 2017 — The Community Foundation has announced that nominations for Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen Award are now open for submissions. Presented since 1939, this award is the county’s highest distinction of citizenship. First Citizen honorees are chosen for their accomplishments and contributions...

Peer-to-peer learning tops grantmakers’ preferred strategy list

A recent study by the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, Peer to Peer: At the heart of influencing more effective philanthropy, found that most foundation staff and board members rely on their peers and colleagues for continued professional development. Funder networks like GRANTMAKERS provide foundation professionals with opportunities to connect with each other and share information. “In...

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – February 24, 2017) – Recognizing the outstanding commitment and leadership that the Cambia Health Foundation has demonstrated to advance the quality, access and understanding of palliative care, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has awarded the Foundation with the Presidential Citation award. Mark Ganz, founding member of the Cambia Health Foundation and president and CEO...

OCF Celebrated Children’s Dental Health Month with $773,500 Awarded in Grants

Oregon Continues to Have One of Country’s Highest Rates of Childhood Dental Disease   Portland, Ore. — February 22, 2017 — February is the nationally recognized Children’s Dental Health Month, shining a spotlight on an issue of particular importance in Oregon – the state has one of the country’s highest rates of childhood dental disease. The...

Bank of America honors New Avenues for Youth with 2016 Neighborhood Builders Award

PORTLAND- Bank of America has announced New Avenues for Youth as a 2016 Neighborhood Builder. The nonprofit is being recognized for its work with the Portland homeless youth community, which, in turn, supports the sustainable growth of the local economy. Through Neighborhood Builders (#NeighborhoodBuilders) the bank provides nonprofits with a unique combination of leadership development,...

We’re Hiring! Program & Membership Manager

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is hiring a Program and Membership Manager!    About GRANTMAKERS GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is a nonprofit membership organization of grantmaking organizations. Our mission is to promote effective philanthropy in Oregon and Southwest Washington by providing members with the services and support they need to succeed. GRANTMAKERS...

Giving Back closing reception on March 23

MRG Foundation brought the traveling exhibit Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited to Portland and the Pacific NW to challenge us all to see philanthropy differently. GRANTMAKERS partnered on marketing the exhibit to the philanthropic community. On March 23, MRG Foundation will host a closing ceremony at Concordia University. The celebration will...

Meyer to host information sessions following RFP announcements

Meyer Memorial Trust will announce new 2017 annual funding opportunities across all portfolios today (March 15, 2017), with inquiries due April 19. After the RFPs are announced, a series of information sessions will be held to answer grant applicants’ questions. The sessions will be held in Portland, Roseburg, Hillsboro, Cannon Beach, and La Grande. In...

The story behind Grantmaking for the 21st Century

  Interview with Leah Lundquist, Program Manager for Leadership Development at Minnesota Council on Foundations For nearly twenty years, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington has been offering an annual skill-building training called Grantmaking 101. Every spring, staff and trustees new to the philanthropic sector could attend a one-day training covering all the grantmaking basics....

A Critical Time for Philanthropy’s Voice to Be Heard

by Dave Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new Presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all...

Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy showcased in new Foundation Maps project

Information taken from Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy site How are foundations supporting U.S. democracy? The simple answer is: in many ways! Foundation Center, in partnership with eight foundations, developed the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy data visualization platform to help answer this question.  The platform captures the myriad democracy-related activities that foundations have supported...

Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s “Bumpy Ride” bus tour – a member’s view

by Paul Brown   I moved to Portland almost 20 years ago. While not actually a native, I’ve been here long enough to remember when the Pearl was uninhabitable, good restaurants were sparse, and flannel was a sign of “grunge chic.” Like many people who have moved to Portland over the years, I was originally...

Oregon Arts Commission Featured by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

How the Oregon Arts Commission developed a small operating grants pilot program to diversify its grantmaking and offer more equitable and inclusive funding to organizations it wouldn’t normally reach   While developing its strategic plan for 2015-2020, the Oregon Arts Commission convened nonprofits and community stakeholders on a 14 city listening tour to find out...

Fifteen community health workers will offer a helping hand to reduce homelessness PORTLAND, Ore. – Kaiser Permanente Northwest is awarding grants to seven nonprofit agencies across the region, from Cowlitz to Lane counties, to support unique programs that engage community health workers and peer counselors in helping people with mental illness and addiction disorders find...

Karissa Lowe selected for Council of Foundations’ Career Pathways Program

Karissa Lowe of the Meyer Memorial Trust has been selected for the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways program, a cohort of 24 promising leaders in philanthropy who will receive a year of in-depth leadership development, including one-on-one executive coaching and cohort convenings. The goal of the program is “to increase the number of candidates from...

2017 Midwest Corporate Giving Webinar Series

Regional Associations from four Midwest states have collaborated to present a series of six webinars designed for companies with a corporate foundation, advised fund at a community foundation, or a giving program.  This series specifically targets business professionals who want to think smarter and perform better when it comes to combining their corporate mission with...

Forum’s Census Project shines light on why an accurate count matters to philanthropy

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is spearheading a two-year project to engage regional funders in ensuring a more thorough and accurate census count in 2020, with funding provided by the Joyce Foundation. To introduce the work, the Forum and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation will co-host a discussion on February 27 at 11:00 AM, about why philanthropy...

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

You may have missed the Opening Reception on January 20, but the exhibit is open through March 31, 2017. Be inspired by the beautiful interactive storytelling of Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, at Concordia University’s George R. White Library and Learning Center.  Learn more about this exhibit at mrgfoundation.org/mrg-presents-giving-back-soul-philanthropy-reframed-exhibited

Resources on Policy Changes and the Philanthropic Sector

Recently, two pieces on what the next administration will mean for the philanthropic sector have been published by our national peers. The first is a Huffington Post blog by Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), titled “Protecting progress in the Trump era.” The second, co-written by Tim Delaney and David...

Kuni Foundation of Washington Creates New $50 Million Fund

Vancouver, Wash. – Dec. 12, 2016 – The Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington to create a new $50 million fund that will support cancer and other medical research, and enhance the lives of developmentally disabled adults. Before Wayne passed away more than a decade ago,...

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

On January 20, members and staff of GRANTMAKERS attended the opening reception for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. The event was hosted and sponsored by MRG Foundation, in partnership with other organizations. The exhibit itself was a stunning tribute to the philanthropy of Americans of African descent, featuring gorgeous photography printed...

1.17.17 National Day of Racial Healing

UPDATED Dear Colleagues, Given all of the divisiveness in American society today, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has championed the idea of celebrating the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a National Day of Racial Healing.  Tuesday, January 17th is the first day of a year of concentrated efforts to promote racial healing. GRANTMAKERS...

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington 2017 Grant Cycle Open

January is the month that we race out of the gate in pursuit of our annual goals. Fundraising is often high on the list for nonprofit professionals. If that’s the case for you and your organization, don’t miss the Community Foundation’s first grant cycle of 2017. The application process opened in December and the deadline to submit proposals...

Asset Funders Network Webinar: “Home Ownership & the Racial Wealth Gap”

Asset Funders Network is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 10:00 AM (PST), on Home Ownership and the Racial Wealth Gap: Policies and Strategies That Can Make a Difference. Funders interested in learning more about solutions to the housing crisis and the role grantmakers may play in this solution will want to...

Giving circle’s Meet the Finalists event showcased nonprofits, social change strategies

On November 15, members of ninety-nine girlfriends collective women’s giving circle gathered at Artists Repertory Theatre for a special “Meet the Finalists” event, at which the five committees charged with selecting finalists for the $100,000 Impact Award, and representatives from the nonprofits themselves, presented their cases. The five finalists included Friends of Zenger Farms; Street...

MRG Foundation Hosts Giving Back Exhibit in Portland

Join MRG Foundation and Concordia University for the debut of the groundbreaking touring exhibit, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited. To celebrate the launch of the exhibit, MRG is hosting an opening reception on Jan. 13, 2017, 6-9 p.m. at Concordia University’s George R. White Library & Learning Center, 2800 NE Liberty...

Pride Foundation and Equity Foundation Announce Merger

Our Shared Values and Vision in Action   Written by Dani Bernstein and Katie Carter   Since our beginning, both Pride Foundation and Equity Foundation have believed that we can more quickly and effectively create change by working together. Two years ago, we put that belief into action to support Oregon’s students and along the...

Life is better with teeth: Five years later, funders continue working together to improve oral health

Imagine being a Kindergartner and choosing not to eat carrots because they make your mouth hurt.       Imagine losing your front teeth and trying to get a job.  You want dentures, but can’t afford the bills. Imagine enrolling in Medicare, living on Social Security, and realizing you no longer have dental insurance. These situations...

WRAG releases second “Structural Racism Theater” video

Our regional association peers in Washington, DC recently issued the second Structural Racism Theater video, “Darkness in Emerald City.” Structural Racism Theater is part of the Putting Racism on the Table series, which was created by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers as a learning and action series for philanthropy.  

Philanthropy’s Role in Justice & Reform

Last month, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington was asked to extend an invitation to funders, policy makers and civic leaders to attend a performance of Hands Up – seven monologues written by six Black men and one Black woman reflecting on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and their experiences of being...

Together We Can Help Orlando

A few short months ago, Oregon was rocked by the shootings at Umpqua Community College.  We lost our innocence as a state and took our place in the company of other communities and states who suffered senseless and horrific violence before us.  People across our region came together in a demonstration of solidarity and community...

Get on the Map

In 2014, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington partnered with Foundation Center to pilot a mapping tool that would enable users to find data on funding in our region. In early 2015, the Get On The Map! campaign went national through the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.  To date, more than 25 regional associations...

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