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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.

Gray Family Foundation Announces 2014 Grant Docket

The Gray Family Foundation Staff and Board of Directors are pleased to announce our 2014 Grant Docket including all four of our grant-making categories: Camp Maintenance, Outdoor Exploration and Community Field Trips for Fifth through Eighth Grades, Environmental Professional Development for Teachers and Volunteer Mentors, and Overnight, Residential Outdoor School Programs for Fifth or Sixth Grade Students.

To view the entire list of our impressive grantee partners, click HERE.

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The Creative Heights Initiative

New “Creative Heights’ program encourages Oregon arts groups to take risks!

“Thanks to $150 million donation from Fred W. Fields in 2012, the Oregon Community Foundation created several new programs, among them, one that encourages arts groups to take risks. The Creative Heights program will give $4 million over five years to innovative arts organizations around the state. This year, nine Portland-area groups received $602,300.”
Article by David Stabler, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

To read further, click HERE.

OHSU announces $100M anonymous gift to Knight Cancer Challenge

Oregon Health & Science University announced a whopper of a gift to the Knight Cancer Challenge: $100 million from an anonymous source. That brings the university within shooting distance of its $500 million goal, which it has until February 2016 to reach. Once it raises that amount, Nike Founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny will match it with another $500 million for cancer research.
To learn more about this click HERE.

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