Monthly Archives:: April 2017

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...