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MEYER MEMORIAL TRUST

July - November 2018 Awards

44 grants

Total: $$1,580,004 million



Building Community portfolio

Grants awarded: 7

Total awarded: $340,790

Our Building Community portfolio is focused on improving conditions for communities of color, Oregonians living on low incomes and other marginalized populations. The singular goal: to help all Oregonians contribute to building vibrant communities, influence the decisions that affect them and reach their full potential. We aim to invest in strategies that dismantle inequities and create new opportunities to advance equity, to support efforts to encourage and strengthen civic engagement and public participation in democratic processes, and to support arts and cultural initiatives that create inclusive communities.

Allied Media Projects, Inc.

$3,500         

To ensure the accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities at the 2018 Affect Conference in Portland

Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis

Benton County

$9,790         

For technical assistance to support diversity, equity and inclusion training and implementation planning for up to 75 youth serving organizations in the region.

Evolve Workforce & Multifamily Housing Services

Marion County

$50,000

For capacity building support to expand programming and increase profitability and bankability

Institute for Nonprofit News

$40,000

For support of this nonprofit dedicated to producing investigative journalism projects centered on social, environmental and economic justice

Project Access NOW

Multnomah County

$35,000

To conduct diversity, equity and inclusion training within this agency working to improve the health and well-being in the Portland Metro area by ensuring access to care, services and resources for those most in need

The Geezer Gallery

Multnomah County

$2,500

For a grant that will provide the gallery's board with training on roles, responsibilities and fundraising

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Multnomah

$200,000

To fund Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon, a statewide community engagement effort aimed at ensuring a fair, accurate and equitable Census 2020 count, focused on hard-to-count communities


Equitable Education portfolio

Grants awarded: 6

Total awarded: $162,000

In a flourishing Oregon, equitable education means that all students — regardless of race, ethnicity, family income, geography, disability or language — have the opportunity to succeed in school at all levels of the education continuum. We expect that all students enter school ready to succeed, are reading at benchmark by third grade, are on track for graduation when they enter high school, and graduate high school with a plan for post-secondary and career success. We aim to build a unified movement to advance equitable education, create systems and policy level impact, and improve student achievement and college and career readiness.

Coalition of Communities of Color

Portland

Multnomah County

$3,500        

To create a forum for the new Superintendent of Portland Public Schools to discuss equitable education priorities with members of the Coalition of Communities of Color

City Club of Portland

Multnomah County

$20,000

For support of priority high school students’ civic education and participation

Education Northwest

Multnomah County

$40,000

For a video to aimed at helping Oregon educators prepare to roll out a statewide public school curriculum incorporating Native American history, tribal sovereignty, culture, treaty rights, government, socioeconomic experiences and current events

Elevate Oregon        Multnomah

$28,000

To support the development and implementation of an organization-wide diversity, equity and inclusion policy and plan

Chalkboard Project

Multnomah County

$4,000

To support an Oregon delegation that will participate in Helsinki Education Week by attending the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki, Finland

El Programa de Ayuda

Deschutes County

$20,000

To support an evaluation of the efficacy of the Raices Youth Literacy and Empowerment Program through a community research coalition partnership

Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice

Jackson         County

$50,000

To create safer, more equitable schools in Southern Oregon through continued funding of the organization's Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice


Healthy Environment portfolio

Grants awarded: 7

Total awarded: $204,600

Our Healthy Environment portfolio investments are grounded in the belief that a flourishing Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water and air for all. To that end, we focus on the environment on two levels, by prioritizing efforts that protect and improve the health of the environment and by addressing the underlying disparities affecting specific populations and communities. Meyer supports healthy and adaptive natural systems. We further commit to an environmental movement that is effective and relevant to all Oregon’s diverse communities and statewide efforts to equitably spread environmental impacts and benefits among communities. Ultimately, we aim to support community well-being, economic vitality and environmental stewardship.

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District

Benton County

$43,150

For the second phase of a project to better understand cold water habitats in the Willamette River and enable river restoration groups to build this new knowledge into their work

Calapooia Watershed Council

Linn County

$44,600

For continued participation in the Model Watershed Program

Coalition of Communities of Color

Multnomah County

$25,000

For operating support of this organization that works to organize communities for collective action to address socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by families, children and communities

Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute

Multnomah County

$10,000

To expand a project in the North Santiam Watershed to make 'the business case' for investing in projects that promote watershed resiliency

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Marion County

$6,850

For the second phase of a project to better understand cold water habitats in the Willamette River and enable river restoration groups to build this new knowledge into their work

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Deschutes County

$25,000

For technical assistance to support diversity, equity and inclusion training

The Klamath Tribes

Klamath County

$50,000

To support efforts in response to a siting of new fossil fuel infrastructure that would cross Klamath Tribal territory and negatively impact the Tribes' sacred cultural resources and surface waters


Housing Opportunities portfolio

Grants awarded: 12

Total awarded: $248,900

Safe and affordable housing is essential to vibrant communities and individual opportunity. Oregon needs more units of affordable housing, more housing stability, more innovations and more systems change. To achieve these goals, Meyer uses a three-prong approach to housing. We believe in building and preserving units of affordable housing and strengthening housing providers and the sector. We invest in emerging opportunities and innovations in housing development, service delivery, systems alignment and housing finance. And we support residents through better access to available housing and wrap-around services that help residents retain housing and advance their goals.

Marion County Housing Authority

Marion County

$9,000

For technical assistance to build staff skills on housing portfolio preservation and develop an affordable housing reporting system in Marion County

Neighborhood Partnerships

Multnomah County

$10,000

To support the 2018 RE:conference - including scholarships for rural nonprofits and smaller budget organizations - which brings together participants from low-income communities, communities of color, people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, youth aging out of foster care, people who were formerly incarcerated, manufactured home parks residents, residents living in permanently supportive housing and industry professionals

Housing Oregon

Multnomah County

$7,500

For conference sponsorship and travel scholarships to support the 2018 Fall Industry Support Conference, which brings together affordable housing and community development practitioners, policy makers and business partners for inspiration, skills-building and advocacy in Portland

REACH Community Development

Multnomah County

$7,000

For technical assistance to support fire testing and safety certification of construction methods designed for lower-cost development

Housing Development Center

Multnomah County

$57,000

To support evaluation of Meyer’s Sustaining Portfolio Strategy, and housing providers and the preservation of aging affordable housing units in Oregon

Inn Home for Boys

Multnomah

$5,000

To fund minor structural improvements and other repairs at a Clackamas County facility that provides long-term transitional housing for youth at-risk of homelessness.

Let's Talk Diversity Coalition

Jefferson County

$11,400

To fund an evaluation of organizational structure that will strengthen the long-term health of this diversity, equity and inclusion technical assistance provider

Luke-Dorf

Washington County

$6,500

To support advanced facilitation and work group trainings for staff

Mental Health Association of Portland

Multnomah County

$2,500

For conference sponsorship and travel scholarships to support a cross-sector conference on supportive housing services for people with mental health and addiction challenges

Native American Youth and Family Center

Multnomah County

$60,000

For building up the capacity of NAYA’s rental housing stability program so it can increase access to private market rental housing and culturally specific services to people of color, especially Native Americans, experiencing homelessness

Network for Oregon Affordable Housing

Multnomah County

$3,000

For technical assistance to support sponsorship and scholarships for attendees of the Southern Oregon Manufactured Housing Convening in Ashland

Portsmouth Union Church

Multnomah County

$70,000

For capital support to build 20 new units of affordable housing in North Portland


Meyer-Directed Awards

Grants awarded: 12

Total awarded: $623,714

Beyond our portfolio specific awards, Meyer occasionally makes grants to respond to timely needs and opportunities during these changing times, including awards made through the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, and in support of philanthropy.

Borealis Philanthropy

$85,000

To establish the Racial Equity in Nonprofits Collaborative Fund, a nationwide initiative that seeks to support racial equity practitioners through direct funding, convenings and dissemination of research and reports

Causa of Oregon

Marion

$200,000

To support integration of the Immigrant Inclusion Plan, which will provide the infrastructure needed to mesh community-based organizing, immigrant defense work, immigrant rights policy development and public discourse on immigrants in Oregon to affect inclusion throughout the state; this grant was awarded as part of the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, which addresses critical and time-sensitive issues facing immigrants and refugees

Corporation for Supportive Housing

$35,000

To provide support for a collaborative of health systems and foundations developing a comprehensive plan for funding supportive housing in the Portland metro area

Foundation Center

$20,000

For operating support for this national organization's services related to the collection and dissemination of information about philanthropy

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

$10,000

For annual support so the organization can continue to enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities by advancing racial, economic and gender justice

Native American Youth and Family Center

Multnomah County

$1,000

To support participation in a panel presentation

Oregon Environmental Council

Multnomah County

$1,000

To support a panel presentation about clean energy

Philanthropy Northwest

$266,714

To support the Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellowship program, which prepares professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities

Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute

Multnomah County

$2,000

To support the Partners in Diversity program

Proud Ground

Multnomah County

$1,000

To support participation in a panel presentation

Sisters Habitat for Humanity

Deschutes County

$1,000

To support participation in a panel presentation

Verde

Multnomah County

$1,000

For education and a dialogue about clean energy