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 equitably enhance the capacity and leadership of individuals and organizations engaged in philanthropy by creating a welcoming and intersectional membership where we can connect, build trust, learn, and nurture collaboration.


We believe in equitable grantmaking practices that align funders and nonprofits as partners in advancing their missions. We value innovation, minimizing the gap in power dynamics and ensuring that our members showcase reflective values through their grantmaking practices. We believe this will result in positive change for nonprofits and community members within our region.


We aspire to create a future where equitable philanthropy thrives in the Pacific Northwest and is embedded within grantmaking practices effortlessly, fostering inclusive and sustainable transformation for all.

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.