Monthly Archives:: July 2017

GRANTMAKERS Mid-Year Update

By Joyce White, Executive Director It’s an understatement to say that much has happened so far in 2017, both locally and globally, that is testing all of us in the funding community. While there have been moments of despair, much of our work in 2016 enabled the GRANTMAKERS team to weather current and ongoing storms...

Executive Director Search Update

Martha Richards, Chair, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington Search Committee    The Search Committee is continuing work to identify the next leader of GRANTMAKERS.  After carefully reviewing several strong proposals, we have selected The 360 Group, an executive search firm, to partner with around this important work.  Their experience with membership and philanthropic organizations, matched with...

Steve Moore & Max Williams pen op-ed on improving Native American education

At a time when communities of color are challenged at every level of education, the problems facing Native American communities stand out. The high school graduation rate for Native Americans is barely above 50 percent. Of the few who do attend college, less than 40 percent earn a Bachelor’s degree in six years. There’s never...

Wild Rivers Coast Alliance creates newsletter as resource for South Coast

Update from Wild Rivers Coast Alliance Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is initiating a “What’s Happening” newsletter to keep our friends and stakeholders updated on how we are working toward a thriving south coast of Oregon. We work through our grant funding to south coast organizations as well as through convening, being a thought partner and developing partnerships...

We’re looking for our next leader

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington seeks an Executive Director to work closely with the Board, staff, and key stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission, provide strategic leadership, ensure the development and delivery of innovative member programs, revisit and refine the business model, and integrate various activities of the organization to create a whole greater than the...

Shelk Foundation hosts rural grantmakers for immersive experience in Prineville, Oregon

Last fall GRANTMAKERS hosted a Funders Tour to Umatilla and Morrow Counties, which was an impactful two days in several communities visiting sites and learning about the needs and challenges of rural communities in Eastern Oregon. Linda Shelk and Kristi Steber of Shelk Foundation posed the question to GRANTMAKERS staff, what if we had a slower, more immersive,...

Applications now OPEN for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program is pleased to announce that the latest funding cycle is now open. Proposals will be accepted for projects that aim to address local, community-specific cancer-related needs in Oregon. In addition to funds, grantees gain access to trainings, technical assistance and networking opportunities to enhance project success.  The request...

Ron King, former Western Family Foods CEO, to serve as Murdock Trust Visiting Fellow

VANCOUVER, WA — Ron King, former CEO of Western Family Foods, will serve as the new visiting fellow at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.  King recently left a successful career in the food industry, where he led Western Family Foods for 20 years. He has held a number of leadership positions and served on several nonprofit boards. King...

Office Closure Notification

The GRANTMAKERS office will be closed Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19. Staff are at the Forum of Regional Assocations of Grantmakers conference in San Francisco but will be monitoring email and responding to urgent requests. We may be slow to respond after we return as we will be hosting a program on Thursday,...

The Encore Fellows Program: A Pathway to Effective Philanthropy

by Robyn Lee Aguirre, Social Venture Partners Portland Social Venture Partners is changing the way we think about philanthropy through Encore Fellows, a community impact program that provides organizations with both a workforce planning and corporate philanthropy solution. The program matches retiring professionals with local social purpose organizations, where they lend their expertise for 1,000 hours for...