News From The Community

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation announces 2017 Mentor Artist Fellowship Awards

2017 is the first year of the NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship, which was open to Native American and Alaska Native artists in three regions of the United States: the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest, and in the categories of Traditional and Contemporary Visual arts. More than 100 applications were reviewed by a panel of art...

Trends in Northwest Giving report released

Our peers to the north, Philanthropy Northwest, recently released a report, Trends in Northwest Giving, in partnership with The Foundation Center. The report highlights include the overall growth of giving in the northwest, the importance of place-based giving, and the trend towards grantmaking for capacity building, technical support, evaluation, general operating support, and other non-project...

Reflections on Funding Forward 2017: what we learned at the Funders for LGBTQ Issues conference

Funders for LGBTQ Issues held their annual conference in Seattle, WA, in late March. Several members of GRANTMAKERS attended, including Carol Cheney from Meyer Memorial Trust, Travis Ward and Melissa Hansen from The Oregon Community Foundation, Katie Carter from Pride Foundation, and Colin Jones of The Collins Foundation. I (Rhiannon) was also able to attend...

GRANTMAKERS members form Oregon Immigrant and Refugees Funders Collaborative

Last month we asked our members to share how they were changing their processes and strategies in response to major changes at the federal level. In late April, The Oregon Community Foundation, MRG Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust announced the creation of a new collaboration of pooled and aligned funds, the Oregon...

Bloomfield Family Foundation launches new website

In April 2017, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington launched The Bloomfield Family Foundation’s new website, bloomfieldfamilyfound.org. The process was a collaboration between Bloomfield’s trustees, notably Jo Mason and Louise Bloomfield, and GRANTMAKERS’ Communications Coordinator Rhiannon. The site features the history and mission of Bloomfield and information about featured grantees, as well as a database...

Black United Fund 2017-2018 Scholarship Application open

Black United Fund of Oregon’s 2017-2018 ACCESS Scholarship Application is now available. The Skanner reported on the new scholarship, which is offered through a partnership with Linfield College, and the Black United Fund website has details about all of their scholarship options.

April Volunteering in Oregon program presented full 360-view of corporate volunteerism

Last month, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington convened corporate funders to discuss corporate volunteerism. The program’s speakers were Callie Lambarth, of Portland State University’s School of Social Work, Becky Blumer of Hands On Greater Portland and the Corporate Volunteer Council, plus a panel of four corporate funders: Nicole Stein of Umpqua Bank, Claudia Knotek...

GCIR monthly policy call update

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is hosting monthly policy briefings for funders who want to know how immigration policies are changing and how they impact the communities you may fund. GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is co-sponsoring the next call, on May 18, along with Forefront, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers,...

Portland Timbers Community Fund proposals due June 2, 2017

he Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF), an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports charitable, non-profit organizations that are registered as a 501(c)(3) with tax-exempt status from the IRS and are located within one of the four surrounding counties of the Portland metro area; Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark County in SW Washington. Grant...

Forum Releases Statement on Religious Liberty Executive Order

David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the largest network serving philanthropy in America, released the following statement in response to the White House executive order on the Johnson Amendment: “President Donald Trump’s executive order, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, takes our country in the wrong direction by...