News From The Community

CEFCO’s Statement on The Supreme Court’s Ruling of the Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

The Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon (CEFCO) applauds the Supreme Court’s ruling that the citizenship question cannot, for now, be added to the 2020 Census. Preserving the integrity of the census upholds a fundamental element of our democracy, and CEFCO stands with so many of our community members to support this rejection. The Commerce...

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded more than $1 billion in cumulative grants

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, we would like to congratulate the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for reaching the mark of $1 billion in cumulative grants since opening their doors in 1975.   Congratulations on this amazing milestone and celebration of the Pacific Northwest nonprofit community!   We...

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...