Events

All-Member Virtual Lunch


Friday, May 20, 2022

Noon – 2 pm

free member’s benefit

We would like to take the time and invite you to join us for an All-Member Virtual Lunch on May 20, 2022, Noon – 2 pm. Lunch will be provided on behalf of GOSW for you to enjoy safely and virtually in the environment of your preference. This time will be informal and used as the opportunity to meet many of you during these unprecedented times. This would be a great way for us to connect faces to names, engage in thoughtful dialogue, and fellowship together.

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Legal Fundamentals for Grantmakers


Friday, June 3, 2022

10:00 am – Noon

The work you do as a grant administrator could have legal implications. Come learn about the 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 with the Internal Revenue Service and other oversight agencies. This two-hour workshop offers a technical discussion, interactive sessions, and ongoing opportunities to ask your questions. We will also explore the basics of fiscal sponsorship and leveraging your resources to help educate governmental entities.

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Homelessness: Interconnecting Resources to Make an Impact


Monday June 13, 2022

3:30 – 4:45 pm

free member’s benefit

Homelessness is a systemic humanitarian crisis that has caused communities throughout the country trying to understand and address the problem. As we peel back the veneer of creating solutions, we have learned that there are much better solutions than sequestering homeless individuals and families in shelters. Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington is hosting this second session of a series that explores homelessness and identifies strategies that are making an impact. In this virtual gathering, we will learn from HereTogether about how collaboration and partnerships from all sectors of the community have created a path forward to solve what many feel is an unsolvable problem.

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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

Future trends for philanthropy include an innovative and unconventional—yet powerful, way to distribute funds through human-centered funding designs. Join us as we discuss ways to engage your funding partners in ways that are equitable and practical throughout the due diligence process that builds trust and long-lasting partnerships.

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Foresight Study to Look at Philanthropic “Future”


Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington and Portland State University Studies have entered into a first-time partnership to explore the future in an innovative way. Students taking a futures studies/foresight class with PSU Presidential Futures Fellow, Dr. Laura Nissen, will work with a small cohort of GOSW members to consider what the future might look like in an area of funding that they are most interested in. For example, it might be the future of education, equity, justice, climate or any number of topics.

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Collaborating to Address Homelessness


Oregon’s housing crisis is felt in nearly every community in our region. As philanthropic partners, it’s often hard to know where our resources can make an impact, given the scope and scale of this humanitarian crisis.

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington is hosting a collaborative conversation to gather our members around this issue. Kaia Sand, Executive Director of Street Roots will join us in our inaugural discussion on how homelessness is being addressed by governmental institutions and community-based organizations. We will also explore how to create a safe……

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Trust-Based Philanthropy in 4D Webinar Series


In follow-up to the 2021 Summer Series on Trust-Based Philanthropy, this new webinar series offers a framework for being proactive in building trust across the various dimensions of a grantmaking organization, regardless of your starting point. In this webinar series, we will break down each of the four dimensions – culture, structure, leadership and practices – spotlight case stories by practicing foundation leaders from across the country, and offer concrete steps you can take to apply these concepts within the context of your grantmaking organization.

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Evaluating Equity Impacts in a Grant Program


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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The Story that Nonprofit Financials Reveals

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 IRS Form 990 (required for all nonprofits), and a number of other financial reporting best practices.

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Greater Equity: Changing Oregon’s Property Tax Structure


Did you know that inequitable property tax laws are attributed for the lack of generational wealth in communities of color?

Please join us as our panel discusses how philanthropy can help in counteracting Measures 5 (1991) and Measure 50 (1997)—which originally had the intent to clarify and restrict property taxation growth, but have proven to create a significant impact on schools, resource-deficient home….

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Participatory Grantmaking from Funders’ Perspectives


Participatory Grantmaking has been around for decades but it hasn’t come into broad public awareness as an intentional strategy for grantmaking until recently. Participatory Grantmaking, or PGM in some circles, stretches the structures of decision-making in philanthropy to include the community that is being supported. This session will feature insight from grantmakers who will share the benefits, challenges, and strategies for engaging in participatory grantmaking.

Our panelists will share their perspectives and discuss the benefits, challenges and strategies they use to make a more meaningful impact with their grantmaking than with traditional funding structures. Empowering communities to make funding decisions addresses equity, power and leverage in ways that create a dynamic response to true community need. Participatory grantmaking has been shifting the philanthropic landscape.

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Series: Engaging Indigenous Leadership in Climate and Disaster Resilience


free members benefit

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

Increasing impacts from climate change are testing the resiliency of Native peoples and cultures throughout the West. This is exacerbated by more than a century of forced displacement and wealth extraction, marginalization through discriminatory policies and institutions, and land mismanagement….

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Transparent Communication, Soliciting Feedback, and Support Beyond the Check


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


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


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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Unrestricted Funding, Doing the Homework, and Streamlined Paperwork


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


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


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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Collaborative on Aging


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


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


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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