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MEYER MEMORIAL TRUST

January 2018 Awards

39 grants

Total: $2,251,017 million



Building Community portfolio

Grants awarded: 3

Total awarded: $254,080

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.

Alano Club of Portland

Portland

Multnomah County

$35,000

To support Oregon Recovers' statewide community mapping process, to identify service gaps in recovery support for rural and diverse Oregon populations and to generate policy improvement recommendations

Museum at Warm Springs

Warm Springs

Jefferson County

$200,000

To support 25th anniversary events, including the museum's hosting of original documents of the Treaty of 1855, companion programming and a three-day symposium on Treaty Rights

Senior Advocates for Generational Equity

Portland

Multnomah County

$19,080

To develop a three-year strategic and resource development plan with an integrated diversity, equity and inclusion focus


Equitable Education portfolio

Grants awarded: 1

Total awarded: $7,500

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.

Grantmakers for Education

Portland

Multnomah County

$7,500        

For annual membership support of this national organization that works to improve educational outcomes and increasing opportunities for all learners


Healthy Environment portfolio

Grants awarded: 11

Total awarded: $436,592

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.

Columbia Land Trust

Vancouver, Wa.

$50,000        

To build capacity to implement diversity, equity and inclusion activities

Calapooia Watershed Council        

Brownsville        

Linn County        

Willamette River Initiative

$40,000        

For habitat restoration in the Courtney Creek watershed of the Calapooia River basin

Environmental Grantmakers Association        

New York, NY        

$10,392

For annual membership support of this national organization that promotes effective environmental philanthropy

Long Tom Watershed Council

Eugene

Lane County

Willamette River Initiative

$45,000        

For habitat restoration in the Bear Creek sub-watershed of the Long Tom River basin and for floodplain restoration at Snag Boat Bend on the Willamette River's mainstem

Luckiamute Watershed Council        

Independence        

Polk County        

Willamette River Initiative

$40,000        

For habitat restoration and project stewardship of 37.5 acres of stream-side land along tributaries of the Luckiamute River

Marys River Watershed Council

Corvallis

Benton County

Willamette River Initiative        

$30,000        

For habitat enhancement and restoration along the Marys River and several key tributaries

McKenzie Watershed Alliance

Eugene        

Lane County        

Willamette River Initiative

$1,500        

To support McKenzie Watershed Council’s participation in diversity, equity and inclusion training

Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Lowell        

Lane County        

Willamette River Initiative

$40,000        

For floodplain restoration planning at Elijah Bristow State Park, an area with high ecological and social value at the confluence of Lost Creek and Middle Fork Willamette River

South Santiam Watershed Council

Sweet Home

Linn County

Willamette River Initiative        

$80,000        

For ongoing watershed restoration and project stewardship in the North Santiam and South Santiam river basins

Trust for Public Land

San Francisco, Calif.

$50,000        

For a mapping tool and analysis of Oregon communities based on their social, economic and environmental characteristics

Voz Workers' Rights Education Project

Portland

Multnomah County

$50,000        

For a new workforce development coordinator position to help day laborers gain access to green job opportunities in Portland


Housing Opportunities portfolio

Grants awarded: 12

Total awarded: $1,342,500

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.

CASA of Oregon        

Sherwood

Washington County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$220,000                

To continue supporting the conversion of manufactured home communities into resident-owned cooperatives

Community Housing Fund

Beaverton

Washington County

$150,000                

For loan capital to finance affordable housing projects in Washington County and four adjacent counties.

Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Tigard

Washington County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$60,000                

For third-year funding to support implementation of property-specific portfolio preservation plans, as part of the AHI Sustaining Portfolios Strategy, in Washington and Columbia counties

Cornerstone Community Housing

Eugene

Lane County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$75,000                

For third-year funding to implement property-specific portfolio preservation plans, as part of the AHI Sustaining Portfolios Strategy, in Lane County

Funders Together to End Homelessness

Boston, Mass.

$15,000                

For annual membership support for this national organization working to support strategic, innovative and effective solutions to homelessness

Housing Authority of Jackson County

Medford

Jackson County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$5,000                

For third-year funding to implement property-specific portfolio preservation plans, as part of the AHI Sustaining Portfolios Strategy, in Jackson County

Housing Development Center

Portland

Multnomah County

$25,000                

For support to update an equity plan and develop tools and measures to assess organizational progress toward diversity, equity and inclusion

Innovative Housing

Portland

Multnomah County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$75,000        

For third-year funding to implement property-specific portfolio preservation plans, as part of the AHI Sustaining Portfolios Strategy, in Multnomah and Columbia counties

Network for Oregon Affordable Housing

Portland

Multnomah County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$300,000                

For coordinating support of the Oregon Housing Preservation Project, which preserves affordable housing and federal rent subsidies across the state

Northwest Housing Alternatives

Milwaukie

Clackamas County

$250,000                

To construct 28 new affordable housing units for low-income families in central Milwaukie as part of a multi-service, innovative campus

Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services

Corvallis

Benton County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$75,000                

For third-year funding to implement property-specific portfolio preservation plans, as part of the AHI Sustaining Portfolios Strategy, in Linn and Benton counties

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Portland

Multnomah County

Affordable Housing Initiative

$22,500                 

For fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Equity and Inclusion, which will pilot rural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops for Oregon's housing industry in Lincoln City, Bend, Roseburg and The Dalles


Meyer-Directed Awards

Grants awarded: 12

Total awarded: $210,345

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.

Alliance for Justice

Washington, D.C.        

$45,000

To support the Bolder Advocacy Initiative, which promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the knowledge and tools to advocate effectively

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Siletz

Lincoln County        

$4,500                

For general support of Tribe-identified priorities

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Washington, D.C.

$15,000                

For annual membership support for this organization that works to improve grantmaking practices around the world

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington        

Vancouver, Wash.

$14,950        

For annual membership and program support for this organization that works to promote effective philanthropy in Oregon and Southwest Washington

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Oakland, Calif.

$6,000                

For annual membership support for this organization that works to strengthen Latino equity, leadership and voice in the U.S. and the Americas

Native Americans in Philanthropy

Los Angeles, Calif.        

$15,000                

For annual membership support for this organization that works to promote equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities across the U.S.

New Venture Fund

Washington, D.C.        

$45,000                

To support the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, which works to raise awareness of impact investing, support the growth of impact investing and help build the impact investing ecosystem with stakeholders

Philanthropy Northwest

Seattle, Wash.

$23,905                

For annual membership and operating support for this organization that promotes, facilitates and drives collaborative action by community investors to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities across the Northwest

Rural Organizing Project

Cottage Grove

Lane County

$26,000

For statewide organizing to defend and protect rural immigrants and refugees, including trainings, local inclusivity campaigns, rapid response infrastructure building, intervention with law enforcement and building support for statewide advocacy; this grant is made as part of the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, addressing critical and time-sensitive issues facing immigrants and refugees

Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo

Lincoln County

$500

To support the Toledo Community Boathouse

United Way of Jackson County

Medford

Jackson County        

$4,500                

To support the 2018 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, which brings together nearly 300 nonprofit organizations from across the state to learn, think and network with Pacific Northwest grantmakers