Restore: A Virtual Gathering of Philanthropy

An opportunity for grantmakers throughout Oregon and SW Washington to reflect on the events of the last six months, find inspiration in our stories, and revel in the bold moves that we have made as answers to the crises.

On our first day together, we will learn about how the triple-barreled crisis showed up in our communities, and how they have been able to rise up and forge on.

We have invited experts on trauma to help us acknowledge what we have just experienced and help us shape our thinking on restorative practices — both personally as individuals and professionally as funders who support our local communities. You will hear a report on the impact of COVID19 on our nonprofit partners. And you will also have an opportunity to engage with corporate and nonprofit leaders about how they have shifted their thinking and moved toward action in order to respond to the pandemic, social justice, and wildfires.

While we set the context on the first day of our gathering, our second day focuses on the siren call to philanthropy during times of crisis.  You will hear from a powerful set of national and regional funders who will inspire you with their bold moves that represent actions over words. We conclude with a focus on the future examining how philanthropy can leverage its collective power and access to uplift others, shift policy, and restore ourselves and our community partners after a long period of strife.

Throughout the event, you will have opportunities to connect with your colleagues, enjoy peer-to-peer engagement, and simply be in community with one another.



Reflections: “I Will Survive: From Crisis to Resilience”

In March of 2020, everything changed in our world. From the arrival of a global pandemic, followed by the murder of George Floyd right before our eyes, and the crushing blow of rampant wildfires burning…we have gone through something together. But we are strong and resilient, and we are capable of moving forward despite these challenges. Felisa Otis joins us to share her story of moving from crisis to resilience and she will offer inspiration for how we, too, will survive.

Felesia Otis 

Clinical Director

Volunteers for America Oregon

Adjunct Professor

Portland Community College

Supporting Rural Communities in Times of Crisis

Rural communities are the backbone of resource management in the Pacific NW. From the production of our food, to the revenue that is infused into our economy from timber, steel, and wind production, rural communities are a critical part of our infrastructure. But what happens when a series of crises reverberates through rural cities and towns? From COVID to racial injustice, and the historic smoke and wildfires, rural communities have managed through these challenges. Join our panel of rural leaders as they support their communities in times of crisis.

Vanessa Becker 

Public Information Officer

Douglas Public Health Network

Jared Pruch 

Director of Community Impact

United Way Lane County

David Navarro

Director, Development and Fundraising

Oregon Coast Community Action

What is the Current State of Our Nonprofit Sector?

The profound impacts from the pandemic, economic downturn, racial and social awakening, and wildfires on communities and the nonprofits that serve them has been dramatic. Through most of 2020, the nonprofit sector has been responding in triage mode to communities wracked by one calamity after another. Throughout, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) has conducted research and polls to assess the changing needs of nonprofits. The findings they have to share highlight the importance of the nonprofit sector at this time, the pain these organizations are feeling, and the hope and concerns they have for the future.

Jim White 

Executive Director

Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Voices from the Field: Strengthening Communities As Coalitions

Throughout our region, nonprofits have been working as coalitions of organizations who have tackled issues related to COVID-19, racial injustice, anti-blackness, and regional wildfires. Rather than working in silos that focus on their individual missions, these coalitions have made significant inroads to bring together communities during this period of crisis by working in partnership and collaboration. Hear the stories of how coalitions can strengthen communities.

Jaime Arredondo 

Executive Director

CAPACES Leadership Institute

Marcus Mundy 

Executive Director

Coalition of Communities of Color

Laura Platero 

Executive Director

NW Portland Area Indian Health Board

Shifting Power & Reimagining Communities Through Democracy and Inclusion: A Conversation with Dr. Carmen Rojas

Our country is experiencing a racial justice reckoning following the murder of George Floyd. This catalytic moment has forced us to deepen our understanding of the role that racial and social justice plays in all levels of programming, leadership, policies and reimagining community reimagining. Philanthropic organizations throughout our region are building organizational structures that put racial and social justice at the forefront, and the Marguerite Casey Foundation is leading the way with its innovative practices in philanthropy. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Carmen Rojas as she shares how and why the Casey Foundation reimagines communities through democracy and inclusion.

Dr. Carmen Rojas 

President and CEO

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Bold Moves in Philanthropy

It is in times of strife that philanthropy really shows up. When the vast majority of our communities shut down as a means of slowing the pace of the global pandemic, philanthropy fired up. Similarly, philanthropy moved to quickly to support actions that address anti-blackness, climate change, and the historic fire season that affected our communities. Join our dynamic panel of colleagues who will share the BOLD MOVES they have made to reshape systems and change lives.

Toya Fick 

Board Chair

Meyer Memorial Trust

Karol Collymore 

Portfolio Director, Social & Community Impact


Alan Kwok 

Director, Disaster Resilience

Northern California Grantmakers / Philanthropy CA

Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Grantmaking Through the Resource Connector

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged all of us to change how we do business. As a membership association, GOSW heard early on that our members were forced to rapidly adapt, react and respond to a crisis that had more unknowns than answers. Through a partnership with Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and with the support of The Collins Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, GOSW created The Resource Connector.

Join us for a conversation with nonprofit and philanthropic end-users about how the challenges and rewards of integrating this tool into their grantmaking and grantseeking processes. You will also get an exclusive preview of the design and functionality improvements; it is easier than ever to find nonprofits in your interest area, collaborate with other funders and make an impact in our region.

Jackie Murphy

Program Officer,

The Collins Foundation

Jeana Frazzini

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Forward Together


Miguel Elias


MEK Design



Leveraging Philanthropy’s Power For Policy Change

As a sector, Philanthropy maintains a level of power that can positively change the lives of the people who need our support. While funders utilize a wide-range of strategies in their grantmaking, many of our members hesitate when it comes to leveraging their power to advocate for policy change. In this session, we will hear from experts who will share examples of how advocacy, lobbying, and cross-sector collaboration with government entities can be useful tools for policy change.

Maggie Gunther Osborn 

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

United Philanthropy Forum


Jesse Beason 

President and CEO

Northwest Health Foundation

Amanda Whalen 

Chief Impact Officer

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Restore: A Virtual Gathering for Philanthropy 

October 28 & 29, 2020 9am-2pm


This year we are presenting our conference as a virtual gathering where each session builds upon the foundation of those that preceded it. We see this as an opportunity to have focused restorative conversation with our members and encourage registrants to make time in their schedules to attend the entire event.


– Full Conference (1st member registration): $200 | REGISTER HERE

– Full Conference for additional Member: $175 | REGISTER HERE



– Full Conference: $275 | EMAIL US 

Non-Members who qualify for membership through their professional or private roles in philanthropy are encouraged to join us for our conference. This is also a good time to consider membership for yourself and/or your organization. You will receive a discount on the cost of the conference and we will discount the cost of your membership if your application is completed by October 21, 2020