News From The Community

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Turns 20

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently celebrated twenty years of giving. The foundation was the first of the tribal foundations that now exist in Oregon, and grants in Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lane Counties, the homeland territory of the tribe. Since its establishment in 1997, the Foundation has given over $14...

Animal Grantmakers Conference Coming to Portland in October

Animal Grantmakers, a small affinity group for grantmakers who fund animal protection work, will be convening at the Hilton in downtown Portland October 15-18, 2017. The conference committee has been hard at work lining up speakers and sessions that they hope will be interesting and useful, and are excited to offer a preview of what’s to...

MRG’s new Responsive Grants Program and a reimagining of our grantmaking

by Esther Kim, MRG Foundation Responsive Grants Program is Accepting Applicants The work of our grantees is changing the landscape of the social justice movement, and we know there is more to be done. Rooted in this need, MRG is launching a new Responsive Grants Program. Organizations are now invited to apply for Micro, Critical...

Ali Benson joins GRANTMAKERS as Program & Membership Manager

Alexandra “Ali” Benson joined the GRANTMAKERS team last month. Ali comes with a background in the private and nonprofit sectors, and specializes in member and customer engagement, event planning, and development. Prior to her work at GRANTMAKERS, Ali spent several years at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), where she managed logistics for 150 statewide...

Grantmakers to march in 2017 Pride Parade

Several GRANTMAKERS members will participate in the Portland Pride Parade this weekend, in a show of support for our LGBTQIA+ community members. The list includes:   The Standard Pride Foundation Nike, Inc Portland Trail Blazers PGE Moda Health NW Natural CareOregon Cambia Health Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust. Meyer Memorial Trust and Cambia Health Foundation...

Submit your 2016 LGBTQ grants data!

It’s that time of year again! Funders for LGBTQ Issues is requesting your 2016 grants data for their annual report on LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations. They write:   For more than a decade, we have tracked and analyzed funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues. Our annual tracking report raises the visibility of LGBTQ issues in philanthropy...

Special Announcement

We strive to respond to all queries in a timely manner. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joyce will be out of the office for the foreseeable future and we appreciate your patience as our small but mighty team works to respond to our members.

A Special Message from our Board President: Reflecting on Last Week’s Tragedy

The grantmaking community of Oregon and Southwest Washington was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the violent and tragic incident that occurred on a light rail train in Portland last Friday evening.  Our hearts go out to the two young victims who were initially confronted due to their race and religion. We admire and...

Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation leverages the power of the GRANTMAKERS network with help from alumna

An interview with Wendy Hawkins, GOSW Alumni Connect member, and Genevieve Martin of Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation Early in 2017, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington launched our newest membership category, GOSW Alumni Connect. This category is part of how we fulfill our strategic priority to develop new and diverse philanthropies. We know that grantmakers...

Developing New and Diverse Philanthropies at Willamette University

by Joyce White, Executive Director GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington   This past academic year I was asked to be on an Advisory Board for Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management Grant Program. While sounding impressive, I was only a bystander to the inaugural program introducing graduate students to the world of philanthropy...