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Policy changes and proposals that affect the social sector are at the forefront of many minds these days. Many of our members have already taken steps to respond to these changes as a new or reaffirmed commitment to equity.
- Pride Foundation established a Rapid Response Fund “to counter the renewed threats at both local and national levels against the hard-fought legal, economic, and cultural advances our communities have made.”
- The Oregon Community Foundation released a statement on immigrant and refugee issues in March, in which they reaffirmed their belief that “all people, regardless of their nationality, country of origin or religion are entitled to basic and fundamental human rights” and their commitment “to helping address those needs in Oregon.”
- Social Justice Fund NW (a Seattle-based funder) has also established Rapid Response and Seed Grants funds.
- Adam Davis of Oregon Humanities published a letter asking everyone to voice their support for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
- Meyer Memorial Trust was one of the first to respond to the Executive Orders issued in January, and gave five $20,000 grants to “community-based organizations on the front lines of ensuring the security, safety and civil rights of all people in our community.”
- Many of our members have signed on to letters like GCIR’s Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration, which has been signed by Gray Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, MRG Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and Voqal.
Let us know how you’re responding to policy changes through your grantmaking. Contact Rhiannon at firstname.lastname@example.org with information you’d like to share with the membership.