News From The Community

Meyer Memorial Trust Breaks Ground on North Portland Campus

On July 29th, GOSW was proud to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Meyer Memorial Trust’s new headquarters that will be located at 2045 North Vancouver Avenue in North Portland. the 20,000-foot structure, just northeast of the Broadway Bridge, that will house office space for about 50 staff and feature a library, educational garden and convening...

The Standard’s Volunteer Expo

The Standard’s volunteer expo is a free event that brings nonprofits together in one place, helping Oregonians discover service and donation opportunities that fit their skills and interest. It was also great to see GOSW members from Oregon Humanities and the Portland Parks Foundation in attendance!

Oregon Community Foundation Hires Community Engagement Coordinator

Ewnetu Tsegaw was born and raised in Bahirdar, Ethiopia, where he completed his elementary, high school and undergraduate education. After completing his graduate studies in Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University in 2013, he moved to Idaho to pursue further education. Following the completion of his graduate studies in Pocatello, Idaho, he moved...

A Look Ahead: Changes at Northwest Health Foundation

There are few institutions more privileged than philanthropy. Such privilege can make us think we have the luxury of time and an infinite amount of resources. We know neither are true.  We recognize that when it comes to health, too many of our friends, family and neighbors don’t have the luxury of time. Historic and...

How to Be an Antiracist with Dr. Ibram X Kendi

When the first Black president headed into the White House, Americans were imagining their nation as colorblind and went so far as to call it post-racial. With the arrival of Donald Trump, many people are awakening and seeing racial reality for the first time. With opened minds, people are actively trying to understand racism. In...

CEFCO’s Statement on The Supreme Court’s Ruling of the Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

The Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon (CEFCO) applauds the Supreme Court’s ruling that the citizenship question cannot, for now, be added to the 2020 Census. Preserving the integrity of the census upholds a fundamental element of our democracy, and CEFCO stands with so many of our community members to support this rejection. The Commerce...

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded more than $1 billion in cumulative grants

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, we would like to congratulate the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for reaching the mark of $1 billion in cumulative grants since opening their doors in 1975.   Congratulations on this amazing milestone and celebration of the Pacific Northwest nonprofit community!   We...

Census Equity Fund Releases Additional RFP

The Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup has released a second Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Census Equity Fund. The Fund is designed to support census preparation and outreach in regions of the country with high proportions of historically undercounted populations and relatively fewer philanthropic resources. In the initial rounds, the Fund is prioritizing applications from...

Second Universal Charitable Deduction Legislation Introduced

Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced new legislation (H.R. 1260) aimed at increasing the number of Americans who give to charity by allowing for an above-the-line tax deduction. The bill would provide a way for “all taxpayers regardless of whether a taxpayer itemizes deductions” to receive a tax deduction on their charitable contributions.   Unlike the...

The 2020 Census Sparks Collaboration

  2020 Census Update: Supporting an Accurate Count   One of the largest civic engagement activities in the U.S. is happening next year, participation in the decennial census. More than $10 billion is allocated for Oregon each fiscal year based on census data, primarily for Medicaid, SNAP, and Medicare. Census data impacts congressional representation and...