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Rockwood Innovation Station will provide youth free access to technology; MHCRC among grantmakers

By this time next year, teens mostly from Portland’s Rockwood neighborhood will be able to use 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, robotics and electronic kits and other technology, all free of charge.

Where? A Multnomah County Library branch.

The Rockwood branch will add more than 1,000 square feet of new space, called the Rockwood Innovation Station.  Gone will be the days of learning at the library branch with only books and basic computers, officials said. They’re testing a concept that provides hands-on technology opportunities to motivate young people toward careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  The ways people learn have changed and evolved, and “you have to be part of that change as well,” said Terrilyn Chun, manager of programing and community outreach for the Multnomah County Library system.

Rockwood was chosen in part because it is an area with significant poverty, refugees and other underserved communities.  Cindy Gibbon, access and information services director, said many of Rockwood’s youth don’t have opportunities to interact with technology at home and other places.  “There aren’t as many opportunities at school as we all wish there could be,” Gibbon said, “and so this is a great place to try this project.”  She said teens would earn electronic badges as they complete classes. They’ll be able to show colleges and employers the skills they learned.

With a construction price tag estimated at $502,550, the new technology laboratory should open by January and host a variety of after-school and summer classes for teens. It’ll also be open at times for patrons, including adults, to drop in and use the lab. The library is located at 17017 S.E. Stark St.  The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission provided a $300,000 grant to help pay for the construction and other costs. Other organizations such as Pixel Arts, OpenFAB PDX and the East Metro STEAM Partnership will provide mentors and trainers to run the technology classes.

Once completed, the laboratory will be open 30 to 35 hours per week. Officials hope to reach 400 students in 2016 and 800 people in each of the two following years. They expect participants will increase testing scores at school and hope at least 40 percent of the participants will be female.

Get the full story HERE.

Nike School Innovation Fund 2.0 Helps Prepare Oregon Students for College and Career

The Nike School Innovation Fund (NSIF) accelerates college and career readiness for Oregon’s students with an initial $1.5 million in direct grants to public high schools and school districts across Oregon.

Nike School Innovation Fund’s mission is to fuel excellence in education through innovation. Since 2007, NSIF has provided $9 million to support early learning and school leadership development in the Beaverton School District, Hillsboro School District and Portland Public Schools. NSIF has since expanded to support schools statewide. The NSIF College and Career Readiness Program aims to increase the number of students who graduate on time and prepare all students to succeed in high school and beyond.

Schools were selected for participation based on school readiness and support from both school and district leadership. Participating schools will receive:

  • Grants to support rigorous instruction and programming for all students with coaching and support from AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) and other Nike School Innovation Fund consultants or programs
  • Grants to support best practice training at a professional development Summer Institute for at least eight teachers, counselors and principals
  • School leadership training
  • Program materials and support from Nike leaders in partnership with the Oregon-based EPIC (Educational Policy Improvement Center)
  • High schools across the state of Oregon were invited to apply to the Nike School Innovation Fund College & Career Readiness Program.  50 schools have been selected to participate in NSIF.  In addition to program funding, 10 of the 50 NSIF partner schools will be paired with Nike leaders as strategic partners to support school-based innovation and programming that directly impacts students.

    Through a unique partnership between the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, 30 middle schools will also receive support to implement or expand AVID school wide. These 30 middle schools will participate in the Nike School Innovation Fund programs and events.

    To learn more about the fund please visit or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For the full story, and to see a list of participating schools, click HERE.

    Bank of America Charitable Foundation Names Oregon Tradeswomen as a Neighborhood Builder Partner

    Oregon Tradeswomen Recognized by Bank of America for Its Impact in Addressing Workforce Development
    Neighborhood Builder will receive leadership training for executive director and an emerging leader, and $200,000 in flexible funding   

    PORTLAND, OR. – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. as a 2015 Neighborhood Builder partner, which combines $200,000 in flexible funding with leadership training for high-performing nonprofits and their executives. The nonprofit is being recognized for their efforts in workforce development, specifically related to their dedication to promoting women in the trade industry and funding will be used to launch a pilot program around women in manufacturing.

    “Oregon Tradeswomen is making a significant impact for underserved women in Portland. This investment will empower the organization to build leadership capacity and expand to meet evolving needs in our community.” said Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America President for Oregon and SW Washington. “Over the last decade, we’ve heard from our Neighborhood Builder partners that the combination of unrestricted funding and leadership training has fundamentally changed their organizations and helped them stay competitive in an ever-changing funding environment.”

    Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI), was founded in 1989 and strives to promote success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Studies show that women are more likely to live in poverty than men, in part because of the occupations in which they work, and also due to various cultural and social barriers. By providing training and access to middle-wage jobs, OTI is helping to break the cycle of poverty and provide living wage jobs for women and families across our community.

    “Oregon Tradeswomen is honored to have been selected as a Neighborhood Builder. Bank of America’s investment in workforce development in our community and in OTI’s work to expand our successful trades education program into the manufacturing sector will help manufacturers identify qualified employees to diversity their industry, and at the same time, open opportunities to more women in our community to leave poverty and enter the middle class,” said Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

    Since 2004, OTI has helped 498 low-income women achieve careers in the trades, moving from poverty to the middle-class. In 2014 alone, 88 graduates were placed in their first job or moved into apprenticeships. With this grant, OTI will further develop their pilot curriculum and focus on recruiting girls and young women earlier, in addition to providing valuable leadership training for their growing organization.

    Neighborhood Builders is currently marking its 11th year as the largest investment in nonprofit leadership development and organizational longevity. Through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has invested $160 million in 800 nonprofit organizations and provided training to 1,600 nonprofit leaders. Locally, the bank has granted $3.8 million and supported 38 emerging leaders at 19 Portland-area nonprofits through this program alone.

    Organizations selected as Bank of America Neighborhood Builders are recognized for their significant impact in addressing needs related to community development, basic human services or workforce development and education. The flexible funding allows nonprofits to build capacity. At the same time, leaders of the organizations learn about issues core to nonprofit sustainability through the Neighborhood Builders leadership training.

    Women’s Foundation of Oregon Names Emily Evans as First Executive Director

    Women’s Foundation of Oregon Names Emily Evans as First Executive Director
    Third generation Oregonian tapped to lead state’s newest public foundation

    PORTLAND, Ore., September 29, 2014 — Women’s Foundation of Oregon selected Emily Evans as its first executive director. Evans is charged with spearheading the Foundation’s dual mission to improve the lives of Oregon women through strategic grantmaking and to inspire greater philanthropic engagement by women across the state.

    “As our first executive director, Evans brings a unique and necessary blend of experience in operations, leadership, communications and development to Women’s Foundation of Oregon,” said Julie Falk, president of Women’s Foundation of Oregon.  “Her belief in the power of collaborative philanthropy, passion for women’s leadership, and dedication to the well-being of women in Oregon are an ideal fit for our organization.”

    Evans, who was born and raised in Ashland, Ore., spent the last five years as the Lead Development Officer for the Forum for Youth Investment, a nonprofit think tank in Washington DC. During her tenure, Evans directed a multi-million dollar annual fund development effort and partnered with national and local foundations all over the country.

    To read the entire Press Release click HERE.

    About Women’s Foundation of Oregon
    Founded in June 2014, Women’s Foundation of Oregon is the only public foundation in Oregon made up entirely of women investing in the well-being of women.  The new foundation began as a result of the merger betweenWomen’s Care Foundation and Portland Women’s Foundation. The Women’s Foundation of Oregon’s is committed to mobilizing resources to advocate for and improve the health, safety, economic security and well-being of women in Oregon. By harnessing the collaborative and collective power of many, the Foundation‘s leaders are determined to achieve substantial, positive impact on the lives of women and girls throughout Oregon.

    Murdock Trustees and Staff Yearly Tour

    Every year, Murdock Trustees and staff spend a few days touring one of their granting areas to see firsthand the great work that nonprofit organizations are doing in their communities. We had the pleasure of visiting 11 grantees all around Southern Oregon in Ashland, Medford, Roseburg, and Grants Pass. We were inspired by their commitment to serving these rural communities with the arts, mental health care, youth programs, education, scientific research, health and wellness, and more. Rural communities have unique funding needs, and the Trust continues to learn about how to better serve them. The vast majority of the five-state funding region we serve is rural, and it is imperative that we continue seek to understand how we can best support the people who make these cities, towns, and villages so vibrant. Our visits with grantees was informative and valuable to our work.

    Another inspiring group of nonprofit organizations are the 49 that received nearly $11 million in grants at our August Grants Meeting. You can view the full list HERE. Among those doing great work are:

    ·      Chilkat Center for the Arts in Alaska, which provides a space for Haines residents to experience the arts in their rural community ($85,800)
    ·      Franklin County Medical Center in Preston, Idaho, providing quality health care to rural families ($180,000)
    ·      One Montana, which has a unique youth exchange program between rural and urban areas to unite communities and build entrepreneurship ($119,500)
    ·      Bend Area Habitat for Humanity in Oregon, giving rural, low-income families dignity through affordable home ownership ($79,000)
    ·      Perry Technical Institute in Yakima, Washington, a private, nonprofit technical school helping train and launch rural students into successful careers ($300,000)

    Our time spent in Southern Oregon reinforced the importance of charitable giving, which has significant positive impact on communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and the country. The America Gives More Act, a bill that promotes and ensures support for nonprofit organizations, was passed by the House in July, and the Senate will vote on the bill this fall. The Murdock Trust has expressed our support of this bill to the senators in our granting region, and we urge you to do the same. If you would like to learn more about the America Gives More Act, please visit the National Council of Nonprofits’ website.

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