News From The Community

A Look Ahead: Changes at Northwest Health Foundation

There are few institutions more privileged than philanthropy. Such privilege can make us think we have the luxury of time and an infinite amount of resources. We know neither are true.  We recognize that when it comes to health, too many of our friends, family and neighbors don’t have the luxury of time. Historic and...

How to Be an Antiracist with Dr. Ibram X Kendi

When the first Black president headed into the White House, Americans were imagining their nation as colorblind and went so far as to call it post-racial. With the arrival of Donald Trump, many people are awakening and seeing racial reality for the first time. With opened minds, people are actively trying to understand racism. In...

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...