Promoting Effective


in Oregon and Southwest Washington by providing our members with the services and support they need to succeed.


Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington

is a community of funders working to strengthen and expand philanthropy and improve the vitality and health of our communities.


To promote effective philanthropy in Oregon and southwest Washington by providing our members with the services and support they need to succeed


A philanthropic community that enables all people of our region to reach their full potential.

Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington

GRANTMAKERS allows funders to engage at the local level by providing space - both literally and figuratively - for funders to come together to address community issues, explore solutions, celebrate successes and share best practices.

Upcoming Events

Understanding Racial Gaps in Wealth

Please note: the time for this workshop is from 10-11:30 am. Philanthropy…

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Grantmakers 101

Fundamentals Series: The Fundamentals in Grantmaking Series (Grantmakers 101, 102 and 103)…

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Barriers to Justice

Barriers to Justice   –   A 2018 study measuring the civil legal needs…

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Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

  Powell’s Books, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Center for Effective…

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Corporate Exchange Gathering

Please join the GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington Corporate Exchange for…

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LGBTQ+ Social

In partnership with our members, GOSW is excited to invite you to…

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POC in Philanthropy Gathering

As more professionals of color are choosing careers in the philanthropic sector,…

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Leading with Race: Research Equity in Washington County

Leading with Race: Research Equity in Washington County will present research findings…

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Latest Posts

Census Equity Fund Releases Additional RFP

The Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup has released a second Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Census Equity Fund. The Fund is designed to support census preparation and outreach in regions of the country with high proportions of historically undercounted populations and relatively fewer philanthropic resources. In the initial rounds, the Fund is prioritizing applications from...

Second Universal Charitable Deduction Legislation Introduced

Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced new legislation (H.R. 1260) aimed at increasing the number of Americans who give to charity by allowing for an above-the-line tax deduction. The bill would provide a way for “all taxpayers regardless of whether a taxpayer itemizes deductions” to receive a tax deduction on their charitable contributions.   Unlike the...

The 2020 Census Sparks Collaboration

  2020 Census Update: Supporting an Accurate Count   One of the largest civic engagement activities in the U.S. is happening next year, participation in the decennial census. More than $10 billion is allocated for Oregon each fiscal year based on census data, primarily for Medicaid, SNAP, and Medicare. Census data impacts congressional representation and...

2018 GOSW Conference: Grantmakers as Changemakers Photos


Portland Business Journal’s Philanthropy Award Winners!

Congratulations to Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington Members for being honored at the Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Awards as the 2018 Top 10 Corporate Philanthropists! As presenting sponsors of the event, Cambia Health Foundation had a prominent role in celebrating the millions of dollars that Oregon and SW Washington-based corporate philanthropy organizations...

A Note From the GOSW Board Chair

Staff Transitions at GOSW Transitions are always bittersweet, especially within our close-knit community of funders. Julia Willis, who joined the GOSW staff to support our programming and other endeavors, recently announced her decision to pursue other opportunities. Many of you know Julia in her role as a former GOSW board member. Her contributions to this...

Congratulations to The Standard

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, has named Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) to the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts. The Standard joined nine other companies receiving this honor at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. Presented every year by...

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...

Our 5 Strategic Directions

Embed equity in philanthropy throughout our region; Increase investment to rural and tribal communities; Strengthen cross-sector collaborations to address the big issues in our region; Eliminate barriers to nonprofit impact; and Develop new and diverse philanthropies.


GOSW thrives with the support of its members, both through annual membership and in event sponsorship. As a sponsor of a GOSW event or program, our members have an opportunity to deepen their support of GOSW’s work and invest in programming that aligns with their funding strategies with their peers and colleagues. Some of the many sponsorship opportunities include the GOSW Summer and Winter Socials, our biennial Conference, our monthly learning sessions and our member briefings. We also value and appreciate the sponsorship of programs that promote embedding equity in philanthropy, increasing investments in rural and tribal communities, strengthening cross-sector collaboration, eliminating barriers to nonprofit impact and developing new and diverse philanthropies.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please click HERE!