General Fund

The General Fund Grantmaking Committee evaluate proposals for the two General Fund cycles each year. This committee is responsible for the majority of our grassroots grantmaking, distributing $450,000 each year.

Bruce Morris looking over his shoulder.

Bruce Morris


Bruce has worked for the Central Oregon community and social justice groups as an organizer, executive, and developer since 2002. He has served as Executive Director for Human Dignity Coalition, coordinator at the Central Oregon Social Justice Center, and currently as Development and Programming Director at KPOV in Central Oregon. He has a law degree and practiced law for many years. After 15 years as a corporate attorney the injustice he was facilitating became unbearable. He decided to devote his life to working for justice and supporting the inspiring people who have dedicated their careers to furthering community.

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” Rumi

Kathy Coleman looking at the camera.

Kathy Coleman


Kathy is a disabled cultural activist and social worker.  She works as the Artistic Director of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP), where she works for inclusion and equity in the arts and fosters disability culture and pride. She first started dancing with the New Dance Company in Stockton, California. When she moved to Portland, she had trouble finding accessible and welcoming places to dance, which motivated her, along with other Portland area disabled dancers to found the DACP.  Prior to DACP, she worked for over 20 years in the area of non-profit and social services in variety of roles that provided her with a rich set of experiences and skills.

Shaun Franks holds a microphone with his arm raised.

Shaun Franks


Shaun works in sales and marketing for True South Solar. He graduated from Southern Oregon University where he studied business, environmental studies, and corporate sustainability. In 2011, he studied renewable energy in Germany. In 2012, while director of sustainability for student government, he led the establishment of the SOU Green Fund to invest student dollars into local energy, water, and campus sustainability projects. The fund has helped establish three new solar installations on campus and launched the SOU Center for Sustainability.

 “I’m looking forward to supporting grassroots leadership in our communities that will work together to create systematic change.”

Lisa Arkin shakes someone's hand at a rally to stop the sale of pesticides that are killing bees.

Lisa Arkin


Lisa is a second generation Jewish Immigrant whose ancestors escaped Russia in fear of prosecution and genocide. Grounded in her roots, Lisa took her first public risk for human rights when, as a university professor, she challenged the unequal treatment of women faculty in the tenure and promotion process. That challenge resulted in significant change to ensure gender fairness. This passion continued over time and is the driver in her current work as the Executive Director at Beyond Toxics, in Eugene Oregon. At Beyond Toxics, Lisa is working to grow the environmental justice movement in Oregon and embed human rights and social justice in all environmental laws.

“Each time I read through a grant submitted to MRG, I feel honored to be a witness to the sweeping vision and revitalizing work that is the progressive force for Oregon’s future!”