News From The Community

Refresh, Replenish and Get Ready to Get into Good Trouble

“Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.” –John R. Lewis Dear GOSW Members It has been a few weeks since we have been in community with one another, and as days of July come to a close and we prepare to...

The Penney Family Fund commits to increase grant payout to 10%

The Penney Family Fund‘s third- and fourth-generation board members have voted to increase their grant payout to 10% from 2021-2023. With the converging global crises—the COVID pandemic, an awakening to police violence and systemic racism, climate change, and a consequential 2020 election in the United States—PFF believes that the time is now to begin the journey of...

The Resource Connector: First Phase of Pilot Program Concludes

We are excited to announce that The Resource Connector (TRC) generated over $600,000 in funding for nonprofits from throughout the state and in a variety of disciplines. Funders will continue to have access to this tool to identify and fund nonprofits in need. We knew going into this that TRC was a new concept that...

Gratitude

Hello, GOSW Members As summer has officially arrived, we recognize that we are still living in a great deal of uncertainty, both with our ever-shifting experience with COVID-19 and our efforts to address systemic racism in our country. Summer, normally filled with a ritualized escape into the Pacific NW sunshine, now has a curious new...

An Other Amongst the Others

I was 5 years old when I recognized the difference between my parents. It wasn’t based on the fact that their skin tones were different. Or that my mom has beautiful blue eyes and my dad has lovely chocolate ones. It had nothing to do with the obvious physical characteristics that we so urgently assign...

In the Midst of Grief, Hope

It has been a month since the brutal murder of George Floyd. Over these past few weeks I have felt incredible grief over what transpired in those agonizing and grueling 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Since then, I have been overcome with sadness that often feels like rage. I think a lot about the complexity...

The Comfort Zone

I grew up in Portland before it became the progressive haven people now believe it to be. For people of color there has always been, and continues to be, fewer opportunities, limited access to basic services, and risk of displacement. I came out as a gay man in my early 20s, although to be honest,...

Black + Pride = A Movement

This week, we felt that it was important to continue the conversation we have been having for the past few weeks by exploring the intersection of being Black and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. In pre-pandemic times, during the month of June, LGBTQ+ people would come from all over our region to gather at...

What Started as an Idea

The past three months have been a crazy time in our lives, and I don’t think that I have experienced such a convergence of cataclysmic cultural shifts in my entire life. There have been some amazing things that have arisen as we have navigated these challenges as a community. Whether it is beginning the collective...

Census Counts Message of the Week

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on DACA, everybody should fill out the Census. It’s a tool for change and a way to ensure immigrant communities have resources/human rights they need, build political power (especially for those who are unable to vote), see full messaging here.    DACA messaging and guidance: United We Dream Decision...