Meyer Memorial Trust’s Two-Way Street Tour
Meyer Memorial Trust’s Two-Way Street Tour (TWST) is a useful way for MMT to hear about the needs of local nonprofits and communities and share advice about MMT’s grant programs. The tours were designed as a way for MMT to connect to communities throughout Oregon. Visit their Blog Posts to learn more about their experiences
The Funders’ Network Announces Local Sustainability Matching Fund grants and 2014 PLACES Fellows.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Rose Navarro, Natural Areas Grant Coordinator, Metro Portland (OR) and Lauren Johnson, Director of Community Impact, Social Venture Partners Portland (OR) as part of the 2014 PLACES Fellows Class.
The PLACES Fellowship challenges assumptions and exposes Fellows to new ways of thinking about the role of philanthropy in lifting up historically underserved and low-income communities. Click here to see the full list.
Round 3 of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund Announces $446,500 in Awards to Nine Community Partnerships (September 2013). Nine communities were awarded $446,500 by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and it’s partner, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Click here to learn more.
The Press Release was posted September 5, 2013. The Local Sustainability Matching Fund also welcomes three new funders, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The JPB Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Vibrant Village Foundation Grants $150,000 to The Shadow Project to expand to East County
The Shadow Project, a Portland non-profit that teams up with teachers in special education classrooms, will be helping hundreds more children thanks to a $150,000 two-year grant from the Vibrant Village Foundation. The grant will allow the Shadow Project to serve at least five more schools in East Multnomah County. The Shadow Project is working to combat an education crisis that it says uniquely affects kids with learning challenges.
In Oregon there are more than 74,000 children, most from low-income homes, who receive special education services. In 2012, less than half of the special education population graduated from high school with their class. Nationwide, 20 percent of students with learning disabilities drop out of school, as opposed to 8 percent of their unencumbered peers, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
With the two-year grant, the Shadow Project will hire a full-time communications and development associate to support its expansion. It has a goal of reaching 2,500 students by 2016.
Foundation Strategies Group - New Report on Evaluation Systems
The authors of this report offer a guide that addresses the question: How can organizations be more systematic, coordinated, and intentional about what to evaluate, when, why, with whom, and with what resources?
Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization details the four key components of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System: a clear vision for evaluation, an agreed upon strategy and focus, a portfolio of monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities, and a supportive environment. When fully implemented, these elements work together to ensure that learning and evaluation activities reflect and feed into the organization’s decision-making process. In this context, evaluation can help answer the most pressing questions of leadership and staff.
The authors encourage leaders from all sectors to explore ways to integrate their organizations’ learning and evaluation activities to create efficient and effective systems that can provide valuable information for decision making and action across all levels of the organization. Learn more about Strategic Evaluation and Learning Systems on FSG’s Strategic Evaluation blog.
Sharon Gary-Smith, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, advocates for philanthropists
We need more philanthropists who listen, states Sharon. As she read the responses to Peter Buffett’s recent op-ed in the New York Times, she started to wonder if Buffett’s most important point was getting lost. “The central problem Buffett highlights—the one that many in philanthropy are uncomfortable talking about—is that people of wealth, as Buffett puts it, “are searching for answers with their right hand to problems that others in the room have created with their left.” We’ve created a system where the individuals and companies that perpetuate environmental disasters, human rights abuses, and growing wealth inequality are empowered to direct resources intended to eliminate these problems. That so many have glossed over this point is particularly concerning because the social sector would be a lot stronger if more of us took Buffett’s comments to heart.”
Gain more insight from We Need More Philanthropists Who Listen written by Sharon. There is a better way: one focused on listening. We need more philanthropists like Buffett who are willing to listen and more foundations who follow the lead of those closest to the problems we’re trying to solve if we’re ever going to fund anything but Band-Aids.
Sharon Gary-Smith has two decades of experience in the philanthropy sector with a particular focus on racial justice and social determinants of public health. She currently serves as the executive director of MRG Foundation, which funds innovative community organizing in Oregon through activist-led grantmaking.
SAVE THE DATE - SOJOURNS AWARDS & PALLIATIVE CARE SUMMIT
October 24, 2013
Celebrate Innovators & Leaders in Palliative Care
Cambia Health Foundation invites you to attend the 2013 Sojourns Awards featuring a keynote address by Ira Byock, M.D., author of The Best Care Possible.
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman in the morning for a community Forum and learn more about the The Conversation Project.
Following the awards luncheon join Cambia Health Foundation for a summit featuring palliative care experts Steven Pantilat, M.D., Diane Meier, M.D. and Ira Byock M.D..
To register for this complimentary event visit cambiahealthfoundation.org/sa2013