News From The Community

OCF Celebrated Children’s Dental Health Month with $773,500 Awarded in Grants

Oregon Continues to Have One of Country’s Highest Rates of Childhood Dental Disease   Portland, Ore. — February 22, 2017 — February is the nationally recognized Children’s Dental Health Month, shining a spotlight on an issue of particular importance in Oregon – the state has one of the country’s highest rates of childhood dental disease. The...

Bank of America honors New Avenues for Youth with 2016 Neighborhood Builders Award

PORTLAND- Bank of America has announced New Avenues for Youth as a 2016 Neighborhood Builder. The nonprofit is being recognized for its work with the Portland homeless youth community, which, in turn, supports the sustainable growth of the local economy. Through Neighborhood Builders (#NeighborhoodBuilders) the bank provides nonprofits with a unique combination of leadership development,...

We’re Hiring! Program & Membership Manager

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is hiring a Program and Membership Manager!    About GRANTMAKERS GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is a nonprofit membership organization of grantmaking organizations. Our mission is to promote effective philanthropy in Oregon and Southwest Washington by providing members with the services and support they need to succeed. GRANTMAKERS...

Giving Back closing reception on March 23

MRG Foundation brought the traveling exhibit Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited to Portland and the Pacific NW to challenge us all to see philanthropy differently. GRANTMAKERS partnered on marketing the exhibit to the philanthropic community. On March 23, MRG Foundation will host a closing ceremony at Concordia University. The celebration will...

Meyer to host information sessions following RFP announcements

Meyer Memorial Trust will announce new 2017 annual funding opportunities across all portfolios today (March 15, 2017), with inquiries due April 19. After the RFPs are announced, a series of information sessions will be held to answer grant applicants’ questions. The sessions will be held in Portland, Roseburg, Hillsboro, Cannon Beach, and La Grande. In...

The story behind Grantmaking for the 21st Century

  Interview with Leah Lundquist, Program Manager for Leadership Development at Minnesota Council on Foundations For nearly twenty years, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington has been offering an annual skill-building training called Grantmaking 101. Every spring, staff and trustees new to the philanthropic sector could attend a one-day training covering all the grantmaking basics....

A Critical Time for Philanthropy’s Voice to Be Heard

by Dave Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new Presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all...

Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy showcased in new Foundation Maps project

Information taken from Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy site How are foundations supporting U.S. democracy? The simple answer is: in many ways! Foundation Center, in partnership with eight foundations, developed the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy data visualization platform to help answer this question.  The platform captures the myriad democracy-related activities that foundations have supported...

Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s “Bumpy Ride” bus tour – a member’s view

by Paul Brown   I moved to Portland almost 20 years ago. While not actually a native, I’ve been here long enough to remember when the Pearl was uninhabitable, good restaurants were sparse, and flannel was a sign of “grunge chic.” Like many people who have moved to Portland over the years, I was originally...

Oregon Arts Commission Featured by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

How the Oregon Arts Commission developed a small operating grants pilot program to diversify its grantmaking and offer more equitable and inclusive funding to organizations it wouldn’t normally reach   While developing its strategic plan for 2015-2020, the Oregon Arts Commission convened nonprofits and community stakeholders on a 14 city listening tour to find out...