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.


Kendall Clawson

Chief Executive Officer / kclawson@gosw.org

Kendall Clawson joined GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington in January 2018 as President & CEO. Prior to her work at GRANTMAKERS, Kendall was the Executive Director of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALFO), a statewide organization dedicated to supporting leaders as they hone their leadership skills and work collaboratively on public issues. Kendall previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, MD, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown where she was responsible for leading a department that included the Governor’s Executive Appointments, Constituent Services, Economic and Business Equity, Arts and Culture, and Affirmative Action/Diversity and Inclusion. In addition to her work in state government, Kendall has worked in non-profit management for 29 years. Her leadership roles include serving as Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of the Pioneer Valley in Springfield, Massachusetts, and as the first Executive Director of the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ community center. Kendall has served on the boards of Portland Parks, the National Board of the American Leadership Forum, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, and the United Way of the Columbia Willamette. She is also a member of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon’s Class 28 and the International Women’s Forum. She enjoys international travel, DIY projects, and everything about dogs!

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.


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



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

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Thank You to Our Changemaker Supporters & Program Sponsors