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.

The Oregon Data Challenge

GRANTMAKERS and the Foundation Center have launched a pilot campaign to capture the full depth and breadth of grantmaking activity for Oregon and SW Washington that will be centralized in a regional interactive mapping tool accessible to all GOSW members. The success of this pilot depends on your foundation making the commitment to share your grants information with your peers via the Foundation Center.  Learn more about taking the Oregon and southwest Washington Data Challenge Pledge HERE.


The River Gathering: A Confluence of People, Places and Spirit

2014 Conference

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is partnering with Philanthropy Northwest to bring funders together in Sunriver, Oregon. Funders from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming will gather to exchange ideas, build relationships and learn together.

This special opportunity replaces GRANTMAKERS regular Biennial Conference that returns again in the Fall of 2016!

***This just in:  The River Gathering Conference is officially sold out!  If you would like to learn more about the conference and get placed on a waitlist, check out the conference website below.

Learn more and get on the waitlist HERE

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Must Reads, Hot Links, and New Resources

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.  Check it out through a direct link HERE.  If you need your login credentials, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

D5 Coalition:  Calling your attention to the latest State of the Work report from the D5 Coalition, which is now available on the D5 website.

D5 Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Click HERE to learn about D5 commissioning JustPartners, Inc. to identify the most effective policies, practices, and programs to advance DEI.

D5′s State of the Work 2013 features lessons learned from executives of the American Express Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Access Strategies Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Capek Consulting, Russell Family Foundation and FSG. The report draws on the successes and challenges of philanthropic leaders to create a more diverse sector in 2012—and offers actions to inspire leaders to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2013. Check it out HERE.

For a copy of the following resource please contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 503-226-6340.
What Every Grantmaker Should Know - Frequently Asked Legal Questions
This comprehensive resource is designed to help private, corporate and community/public foundations understand their legal requirements and obligations. This guidebook comprises two specific areas of interest to funders:

  • Information around key foundation topics, which are important for every grantmaking organization to know
  • Answers to the most common legal questions

Oregon Unlimited: an online commons where Oregonians connect, share information and resources and take collective action for public good. Oregonians said they needed a tool and network like this when Meyer Memorial Trust asked Oregonians for ideas about how it should spend $1 million in 2010. As ideas were submitted, it became clear that–even in the 21st century–there was no free and open tool for Oregonians from every part of the state and every walk of life and every field of interest to discover and connect with one another. Get engaged at www.oregonunlimited.org.

2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey Results - Nonprofit Finance Fund, supported by Bank of America Charitable Foundation surveyed over 6,000 members of the nonprofit sector to craft a compelling picture of a changing sector.  Check it out HERE.

Exempt Organizations Select Check, is an online search tool put out by the IRS.  This search tool will allow donors to check on nonprofit’s IRS 501 c 3 status with just a few clicks!  Click HERE to try it out!