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Transparent Communication, Soliciting Feedback, and Support Beyond the Check

Summer Series on Trust-Based Philanthropy: Session 3


Tuesday, September 14, 2021
10 – 11:30am
free member’s benefit

In this deep dive session, we will explore the nuts and bolts of the final three trust-based principles: 1) being transparent and responsive as a strategy to minimize power imbalances and build honest communication, 2) soliciting and acting on feedback as an opportunity inform and strengthen…

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Funders Conversation About Youth Development


Thursday, September 30, 2021
1 – 2am
free member’s benefit

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington is partnering with Harbourton Foundation to host an introductory conversation about holistic youth development and emotional well-being. The Harbourton Foundation is a family foundation that champions transformative solutions that foster human dignity and environmental well-being. Recently, they have begun to develop a portfolio designed to address mental health and wellness…….

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The Houselessness Crisis


Tuesday, October 5, 2021
3-4:15pm
free member’s benefit

The humanitarian crisis of houselenssness that impacts almost every community in Oregon and SW Washington continues to expand with little change in sight, certainly in the near future. It is particularly evident in the city of Portland and Multnomah County. Several nonprofits are working to mitigate the impact on the lives of the unhoused and the economic and social toll it is taking in this area.

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The Story that Nonprofit Financials Reveals


Friday, October 15, 2021
9 – 11:00am

This workshop is for the grant reviewer who needs to understand and articulate what a grant applicant has proposed in their grants. Whether you are new to philanthropy or want a reminder about the story that a nonprofit’s financials reveal, our presenters will give you what you need. Topics will include understanding the various financial statements, internal financial processes that could impact how you review an application, a deep dive into the Form 990 (required by the IRS for all nonprofits) and a number of other financial reporting best-practices.

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Evaluating Equity Impacts in a Grant Program


Tuesday, January 18, 2021
1 – 2:00pm

Join Metro’s Investment and Innovation Program Manager Suzanne Piluso and Evaluation into Action’s President Chari Smith to hear about their journey of defining and measuring equity outcomes for this pilot grant program. The Investment and Innovation grants program seeks to foster economic opportunities and other benefits for communities of color and other historically marginalized communities through projects to prevent waste and make better use of waste in the greater……

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Critical Healthcare Needs in BIPOC Communities


Upcoming

Since the pandemic began, we found that members of various BIPOC communities were hit harder and disproportionately than white communities. But healthcare disparities for communities of color have been around for decades without much public awareness shining on their needs. This workshop will identify how healthcare and access to healthcare affect communities of color and what partnerships between philanthropy and community-serving organizations can be a powerful force to help make it possible for everyone in our region to have access to quality healthcare. Come hear what community-based healthcare organizations are doing and what partnerships might emerge to truly address healthcare disparities.

Immigration and the Intersectionality of Need


Upcoming

Immigration has been a significant topic in the past fews years nationally and has had a profound impact on almost every community in our region. This workshop will examine immigration from various community perspectives especially through the lens of the nonprofit organizations who serve those communities. We will also take a look at how immigration lands in both urban and rural areas and the challenges that nonprofits face in serving a variety of immigrant’s needs.

Due Diligence with an Equity Lens


Upcoming

Designed for the new Grant Associate or Grants Manager, this workshop will present typical and required due diligence in the grant review process. It will also explore implicit bias, including geographic and racial biases, in the grant review process. Join us as our panel of experts present their strategies for addressing due diligence in reviewing grants in a conversational style. All questions are welcomed!

Participatory Budgeting and Grantmaking


Upcoming

Future trends for philanthropy include this scary, crazy, interesting and powerful way to distribute funds through a different type of infrastructure. Put aside a fund to test out this not-so-new strategy to fully engage your funding partners.

Tribal Resilience in the Face of Climate Change


Upcoming

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington is partnering with several other organizations from California, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Washington to present a workshop featuring tribal resiliency in the face of natural disaster, especially wildfires. 

Wildfires have always been part of the landscape in western United States. However, over a century of forced displacement and wealth extraction, marginalization through discriminatory policies and institutions, land mismanagement by government agencies, and increasing impacts from climate change is testing the resiliency of Native peoples and cultures throughout the West.

As sovereign peoples and nations whose waters and lands are integral to their traditions, livelihoods, and well-being, they arethe first and most severely affected by both gradual and sudden onset of climate events, such as sea-level rise, droughts, heat waves, and fires. Extreme climate events in the past few years have pushed many Native peoples and communities to the limit in their capacity to adapt to the new climate normal. Despite the rhetoric of racial equity in the public and philanthropic sectors, equitable policies and grantmaking practices that support the sovereignty of Tribal communities and territories in their implementation of climate and disaster resilience solutions remain aspirational.

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Unrestricted Funding, Doing the Homework, and Streamlined Paperwork

Summer Series on Trust-Based Philanthropy: Session 2


Tuesday, July 20, 2021
10 – 11:30am
free member’s benefit

Too often, foundations get in the way of the work nonprofits doing the work they know best. This can slow down progress, perpetuate inefficiencies, and obstruct nonprofit growth and innovation. In this deep dive session, we will explore the nuts and bolts of the first three trust-based…

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Oregon Wildfires: Preparing for the 2021 season and Beyond


The 2020 wildfires came on the heels of public health and social crises that left us all trying to maintain resilience and cope with significant upheavals. In this workshop, you will hear from an expert panel about the ravages of wildfires and how they impacted vulnerable rural, especially Latinx, communities. You will also learn about the community recovery time-lines and lessons learned from the wildfires in rural California in recent years. With another year of below average water supply, it is……..

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What Philanthropy Needs to Know About Fiscal Sponsorships


Much has changed since 2020, most significantly in the nonprofit sector. The pandemic forced many organizations to pivot and rethink how they will continue to serve their constituents and it also led to opportunities for new emerging efforts to serve communities that may have never been served. As philanthropy has tried to meet the demand of emerging needs, there is a growing need to respond quickly to opportunities. This workshop will explore the…..

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Redistricting and Its Impact in Oregon


Wednesday, May 12, 2021
1:00 – 2:30pm
free member’s benefit

Now that the 2020 Census has concluded, the next step is to look at how Oregon will be redistricted. Redistricting has significant political and financial implications throughout the state. Our panel of engaging and knowledgeable speakers will share why redistricting is critical for Oregon and how it will affect Oregon’s communities, especially rural areas and under-represented groups. The panel will also…

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Family Foundations and Board Composition


Monday, May 3, 2021
2:00-3:00pm

Join us for a conversation to explore diversity, equity and inclusion in family foundations. This facilitated discussion will focus on your perceived barriers and opportunities around doing DEI work in your foundation. This will be a precursor to the June meeting, which will host a panel of your peers who are working in this space to discuss where they are on their journey.

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Understanding the Legal Aspects of Grant Review


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00am – Noon

The work you do as a grant-making professional could have legal implications for your foundation. Come learn about legal structures of nonprofits/foundations, rules that govern foundations and their funding decisions and things you need to know to keep your philanthropic work within legal boundaries of the Internal Revenue Service. Whether you are new to your role in philanthropy…

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Collaborative on Aging


Tuesday, April 27, 2021
2:00-3:00pm
free member’s benefit

The Collaborative on Aging, a group of funders interested in seniors and aging, will be meeting to discuss next steps in creating a Master Plan for Aging in Oregon. Following up the recent discussion with the SCAN Foundation, this meeting will focus on strategic initiatives and broad discussions to frame strategies for the Plan. The Collaborative on Aging welcomes any funder who is interested in participating at any time.

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Equity Series: Economic Inequities & Wealth Creation In The Black Community


Thursday, April 22, 2021
1:00-2:30pm

With centuries of racist policies and social structures, the persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on blacks and the overall economy. Studies have shown that closing the racial wealth gap increases the economic health for all Americans and can substantially increase the US GDP within a few years. Yet, our black communities face extreme challenges…

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The Purpose, Culture and Values of Trust-Based Philanthropy

Summer Series on Trust-Based Philanthropy: Session 1


Tuesday, June 8, 2021
10 – 11:30am
free member’s benefit

In this session, we’ll explore why trust-based philanthropy is trending, the fundamental values that undergird this approach, and the roles of staff and board in cultivating the culture of trust that is required in order to make this work successful. We will also preview the six grantmaking principles of trust-based philanthropy and how they go hand in hand with reimagining….

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