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Equity, Inclusion, and Connecting with Community in Family Philanthropy

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Fifteen community health workers will offer a helping hand to reduce homelessness PORTLAND, Ore. – Kaiser Permanente Northwest is awarding grants to seven nonprofit agencies across the region, from Cowlitz to Lane counties, to support unique programs that engage community health workers and peer counselors in helping people with mental illness and addiction disorders find...

Karissa Lowe selected for Council of Foundations’ Career Pathways Program

Karissa Lowe of the Meyer Memorial Trust has been selected for the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways program, a cohort of 24 promising leaders in philanthropy who will receive a year of in-depth leadership development, including one-on-one executive coaching and cohort convenings. The goal of the program is “to increase the number of candidates from...

2017 Midwest Corporate Giving Webinar Series

Regional Associations from four Midwest states have collaborated to present a series of six webinars designed for companies with a corporate foundation, advised fund at a community foundation, or a giving program.  This series specifically targets business professionals who want to think smarter and perform better when it comes to combining their corporate mission with...

Forum’s Census Project shines light on why an accurate count matters to philanthropy

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is spearheading a two-year project to engage regional funders in ensuring a more thorough and accurate census count in 2020, with funding provided by the Joyce Foundation. To introduce the work, the Forum and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation will co-host a discussion on February 27 at 11:00 AM, about why philanthropy...

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

You may have missed the Opening Reception on January 20, but the exhibit is open through March 31, 2017. Be inspired by the beautiful interactive storytelling of Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, at Concordia University’s George R. White Library and Learning Center.  Learn more about this exhibit at mrgfoundation.org/mrg-presents-giving-back-soul-philanthropy-reframed-exhibited

Resources on Policy Changes and the Philanthropic Sector

Recently, two pieces on what the next administration will mean for the philanthropic sector have been published by our national peers. The first is a Huffington Post blog by Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), titled “Protecting progress in the Trump era.” The second, co-written by Tim Delaney and David...

Kuni Foundation of Washington Creates New $50 Million Fund

Vancouver, Wash. – Dec. 12, 2016 – The Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington to create a new $50 million fund that will support cancer and other medical research, and enhance the lives of developmentally disabled adults. Before Wayne passed away more than a decade ago,...

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

On January 20, members and staff of GRANTMAKERS attended the opening reception for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. The event was hosted and sponsored by MRG Foundation, in partnership with other organizations. The exhibit itself was a stunning tribute to the philanthropy of Americans of African descent, featuring gorgeous photography printed...

1.17.17 National Day of Racial Healing

UPDATED Dear Colleagues, Given all of the divisiveness in American society today, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has championed the idea of celebrating the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a National Day of Racial Healing.  Tuesday, January 17th is the first day of a year of concentrated efforts to promote racial healing. GRANTMAKERS...

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington 2017 Grant Cycle Open

January is the month that we race out of the gate in pursuit of our annual goals. Fundraising is often high on the list for nonprofit professionals. If that’s the case for you and your organization, don’t miss the Community Foundation’s first grant cycle of 2017. The application process opened in December and the deadline to submit proposals...

Asset Funders Network Webinar: “Home Ownership & the Racial Wealth Gap”

Asset Funders Network is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 10:00 AM (PST), on Home Ownership and the Racial Wealth Gap: Policies and Strategies That Can Make a Difference. Funders interested in learning more about solutions to the housing crisis and the role grantmakers may play in this solution will want to...

Giving circle’s Meet the Finalists event showcased nonprofits, social change strategies

On November 15, members of ninety-nine girlfriends collective women’s giving circle gathered at Artists Repertory Theatre for a special “Meet the Finalists” event, at which the five committees charged with selecting finalists for the $100,000 Impact Award, and representatives from the nonprofits themselves, presented their cases. The five finalists included Friends of Zenger Farms; Street...

MRG Foundation Hosts Giving Back Exhibit in Portland

Join MRG Foundation and Concordia University for the debut of the groundbreaking touring exhibit, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited. To celebrate the launch of the exhibit, MRG is hosting an opening reception on Jan. 13, 2017, 6-9 p.m. at Concordia University’s George R. White Library & Learning Center, 2800 NE Liberty...

Pride Foundation and Equity Foundation Announce Merger

Our Shared Values and Vision in Action   Written by Dani Bernstein and Katie Carter   Since our beginning, both Pride Foundation and Equity Foundation have believed that we can more quickly and effectively create change by working together. Two years ago, we put that belief into action to support Oregon’s students and along the...

Life is better with teeth: Five years later, funders continue working together to improve oral health

Imagine being a Kindergartner and choosing not to eat carrots because they make your mouth hurt.       Imagine losing your front teeth and trying to get a job.  You want dentures, but can’t afford the bills. Imagine enrolling in Medicare, living on Social Security, and realizing you no longer have dental insurance. These situations...

WRAG releases second “Structural Racism Theater” video

Our regional association peers in Washington, DC recently issued the second Structural Racism Theater video, “Darkness in Emerald City.” Structural Racism Theater is part of the Putting Racism on the Table series, which was created by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers as a learning and action series for philanthropy.  

Philanthropy’s Role in Justice & Reform

Last month, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington was asked to extend an invitation to funders, policy makers and civic leaders to attend a performance of Hands Up – seven monologues written by six Black men and one Black woman reflecting on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and their experiences of being...

Together We Can Help Orlando

A few short months ago, Oregon was rocked by the shootings at Umpqua Community College.  We lost our innocence as a state and took our place in the company of other communities and states who suffered senseless and horrific violence before us.  People across our region came together in a demonstration of solidarity and community...

Get on the Map

In 2014, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington partnered with Foundation Center to pilot a mapping tool that would enable users to find data on funding in our region. In early 2015, the Get On The Map! campaign went national through the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.  To date, more than 25 regional associations...

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