News From The Community

Census Equity Fund Releases Additional RFP

The Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup has released a second Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Census Equity Fund. The Fund is designed to support census preparation and outreach in regions of the country with high proportions of historically undercounted populations and relatively fewer philanthropic resources. In the initial rounds, the Fund is prioritizing applications from...

Second Universal Charitable Deduction Legislation Introduced

Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced new legislation (H.R. 1260) aimed at increasing the number of Americans who give to charity by allowing for an above-the-line tax deduction. The bill would provide a way for “all taxpayers regardless of whether a taxpayer itemizes deductions” to receive a tax deduction on their charitable contributions.   Unlike the...

The 2020 Census Sparks Collaboration

  2020 Census Update: Supporting an Accurate Count   One of the largest civic engagement activities in the U.S. is happening next year, participation in the decennial census. More than $10 billion is allocated for Oregon each fiscal year based on census data, primarily for Medicaid, SNAP, and Medicare. Census data impacts congressional representation and...

2018 GOSW Conference: Grantmakers as Changemakers Photos

 

Portland Business Journal’s Philanthropy Award Winners!

Congratulations to Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington Members for being honored at the Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Awards as the 2018 Top 10 Corporate Philanthropists! As presenting sponsors of the event, Cambia Health Foundation had a prominent role in celebrating the millions of dollars that Oregon and SW Washington-based corporate philanthropy organizations...

A Note From the GOSW Board Chair

Staff Transitions at GOSW Transitions are always bittersweet, especially within our close-knit community of funders. Julia Willis, who joined the GOSW staff to support our programming and other endeavors, recently announced her decision to pursue other opportunities. Many of you know Julia in her role as a former GOSW board member. Her contributions to this...

Congratulations to The Standard

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, has named Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) to the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts. The Standard joined nine other companies receiving this honor at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. Presented every year by...

Philanthropy’s Role in Justice & Reform

Last month, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington was asked to extend an invitation to funders, policy makers and civic leaders to attend a performance of Hands Up – seven monologues written by six Black men and one Black woman reflecting on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and their experiences of being...

Together We Can Help Orlando

A few short months ago, Oregon was rocked by the shootings at Umpqua Community College.  We lost our innocence as a state and took our place in the company of other communities and states who suffered senseless and horrific violence before us.  People across our region came together in a demonstration of solidarity and community...

Get on the Map

In 2014, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington partnered with Foundation Center to pilot a mapping tool that would enable users to find data on funding in our region. In early 2015, the Get On The Map! campaign went national through the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.  To date, more than 25 regional associations...