Welcome to the GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington Website

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is a network of funders working to strengthen and expand philanthropy and improve the vitality and health of the communities we serve. Our mission is to promote effective philanthropy in Oregon and southwest Washington by providing our members with the services and support they need to succeed.  The organization is a resource for funders, an advocate for ethical and responsible charitable giving and a catalyst for effective philanthropy.

We invite you to explore our website.  Members have access to programs and services, online registration for events, a robust resource section and a member directory.  Non-members can learn about the organization, philanthropy and the work of our members.

Thank you for your interest in GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Public Policy Alert

IRS Form-1023EZ

On July 1, 2014, the IRS released a new Form 1023-EZ for small organizations to file for tax-exempt status. Effective for use immediately, instructions are posted on IRS.gov. According to the IRS, the new form permits a shift in its allocation of resources from the lengthy, up-front application review process to a more robust focus on compliance. Most small organizations with gross receipts of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are eligible to use this new form. The IRS predicts that 70% of all applicants will be eligible. To determine eligibility, applicants complete a seven-page “Eligibility Worksheet” that is contained in the Instructions for Form 1023-EZ.

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) supports easing the paperwork burden, approval backlog, and filing fee faced by new nonprofits. That said, NAO believes the new form is flawed and is concerned that the tide of emerging nonprofits will lack the capacity to understand essential regulatory and fiduciary requirements.

In April, NAO joined the National Council of Nonprofits to comment on proposed changes to the Form 1023-EZ, expressing concern that while improvements do need to be made, “...the proposed new EZ Form and related express-lane approval process go too far and too fast.” The Council of Nonprofits called on the IRS to instead emulate the example set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding reform efforts by seeking guidance from the public and the charitable nonprofit community and its stakeholders to strike the right balance between increasing efficiency, minimizing the burdens on nonprofits and the IRS, and improving public trust.

On June 20, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington, The Oregon Community Foundation and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon wrote a joint letter to Senator Ron Wyden reiterating concern about the proposed form and requested an opportunity for more substantial input from Oregon’s nonprofit and foundation communities.  Our three organizations are working closely with the Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice and national organizations concerned with the unintended outcomes of the change. 

GOSW, in partnership with NAO and OCF will continue to update you on any additional information about Form 1023-EZ.  Our thanks to NAO for sharing their content with us. 

 

Must Reads, Hot Links, and New Resources

The River Gathering: A Confluence of People, Places and Spirit conference brought funders together in Sunriver, Oregon – April 30-May 2, 2014. Funders from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming gathered to exchange ideas, build relationships and learn together. Click HERE to enjoy the photos, read the session materials and visit our sponsor thank you page.

Looking for resources on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion? GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington has updated this section of our resource library and will continue to add new resources.  Click HERE to request this information or contact Robyn Shuey by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 503-226-6340 to set up time to visit our Resource Library.

D5 Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this 2014 report, Philanthropy Northwest, in partnership with the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, explored the role of leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy. The participatory research project engaged high-level executives in a peer learning network, and studied additional foundations to identify the practices, barriers, and organizational cultures that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Click HERE to read more.