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Conscious Collaboration: Scaling Below Market Housing Development in Clark County

How can nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, and bank partners provide below market housing…

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Independent Journalism and Investigative Reporting

Real news, fake news, legitimacy, integrity, democracy, and civil society — Americans…

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Analyzing Nonprofit Financials

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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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