ABOUT US

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and SW Washington

 A community of funders working to strengthen and expand philanthropy and improve the vitality and health of our communities. The organization is a resource for funders, an advocate for ethical and responsible charitable giving and a catalyst for effective philanthropy.

Our Mission


To promote effective philanthropy in Oregon and southwest Washington by providing our members with the services and support they need to succeed.

Our Five strategic Priorities


– Embed equity in philanthropy throughout our region.

– Increase investment to rural and tribal communities.

– Strengthen cross-sector collaborations to address the big issues in our region.

– Eliminate barriers to nonprofit impact.

– Develop new and diverse philanthropies

Our Equity Statement


GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington‘s board of directors, staff, and members strive to create a society in which all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We seek to learn about systemic barriers to individual success and community prosperity, and we support the elimination of such barriers to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the resources needed to thrive. As such, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is committed to:

Using an equity lens in the planning and execution of all programs, conferences, gatherings, and services; providing a space and the best possible tools for funders to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how to dismantle the pervasive, systemic institutional racism that perpetuates social inequities; reflecting equity and inclusion in our operations, hiring practices, and when we select venues and vendors; developing and maintaining a diverse board and staff who are representative of the people we serve; establishing and maintaining authentic relationships with organizations and individuals serving marginalized communities, and supporting public policies that advance equity and promote a just society.

Being an organization that is committed to equity also requires intention and openness to correction. We invite the respectful critiques of all voices in our community as we work toward an equitable and inclusive future.

STAFF

Dashiell Elliott

CEO / delliott@gosw.org

Dashiell is a philanthropic and social impact creative who is invested in equity and accessibility to resources that can increase the capacity and strengthen the vitality of those in marginalized communities. With more than 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit field, Dashiell has spent the last 5 years at the Central New York Community Foundation in Syracuse, NY where she created, implemented and led The Black Equity & Excellence Fund—a $1 million dollar grantmaking initiative that supports Black-led community-based projects that promote and encourage self-sufficiency and address physical and economic conditions that affect quality of life.

Dashiell also spent her time in New York working with grassroots organizations, professional development for nonprofits, strategic partnerships and equitable evaluation and data analysis. Dashiell is strong in creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace environments and grantmaking practices that also highlight the importance of intersectionality and accessibility.

Prior to becoming a funder, Dashiell spent time working for various community-based organizations that serve multiple demographics such as suburban, urban, and rural populations. Dashiell has a strong background in mental health services, crisis management, youth mediation, program development, grant management, grant evaluation, grant writing and fund allocation.

Dashiell attended SUNY Empire State College, University of Phoenix and Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. She majored in Nonprofit Management, Public Administration and Cultural Studies. Dashiell has also graduated from various leadership communities that have enhanced her community outreach and resident engagement skills.

Mark McCrary

Program Coordinator / mmccrary@gosw.org

Mark comes to GOSW with a long history of nonprofit management. He most recently spent seven years as executive director of the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls prior to establishing MissionForward Consulting. Prior to Klamath Falls, he was executive director of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits in Jackson, MS. Most of his career has been in arts administration, which follows his love of the performing arts.

A second generation Oregonian, Mark was born in Lebanon and graduated high school in John Day. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. He recently finished a Diversity and Inclusion certificate program through Cornell University.

Chris Comis

Administrative Coordinator / ccomis@gosw.org

Chris Comis comes to GOSW after relocating to Portland from Seattle where he worked in non-profit management focusing on process improvement and systems development. As Manager of In-kind Donations and Transportation for Mary’s Place he created donation valuation and distribution methods used annual audits and daily operations. This followed his work with Operation Sack Lunch where he managed CRM system implementation and food donation data collection. In addition to his non-profit sector experience Chris has a background in technology and branding. This includes a certificate from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts and project management experience for consultancies in Seattle and San Francisco.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Mary Edmeades, President
Beneficial State Bank

Jackie Murphy, Vice President
The Collins Foundation

Michael Cherry, Secretary
Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Michele Goodman, Treasurer
J.W. & H.M. Goodman Foundation

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Kregg Arnston
PGE Foundation

Karis Stoudamire-Phillips
Moda Health

Aden Bliss
The Ford Family Foundation

Katie Carter
Pride Foundation

Jennifer Rhoads
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Starbuck Ballner
adidas

Thank You to Our Changemaker Supporters & Program Sponsors