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The Power of Story

Today, December 10, is the first day for Se-ah-dom Edmo as Executive Director of MRG Foundation. On behalf of the Board and volunteers of MRG Foundation, we are looking forward to how Se-ah-dom will build upon the work of MRG to date, and what important and unique contributions that she will make.  We invite you […] More »

Job Announcement: Grants Program Director

MRG Foundation is looking for an experienced organizer ready to work with MRG’s activist-led committee structures to fund a wide range of social change organizations across the state. This is an exciting position that works with grantees, volunteers, staff and Board members to make sure MRG’s grant programs are aligning for the best outcomes possible […] More »

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Congratulations to Fall grantees of 2018

On November 12, 2018 MRG’s grant making committee approved second year grants totaling $139,000 to 13 organizations. The grants are for general support for the second year of MRG’s two-year commitment for general support.  One of the grantees, Sarah Loose, Senior Lead Organizer with Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) said “MRG’s support allows IMIrJ […] More »

Building a Strong Social Justice Movement in Oregon Takes Money

It takes all of us to create the just and joyful world we seek. Sometimes that means making a phone calls or showing up at a rally. Other times, it means giving money. At this time of year, MRG Foundation raises most of the funds it needs to make grants.  The more money we raise, […] More »

Democracy and Rights Fund grants to 18 groups

MRG donors and activists recognized the increased need many groups across Oregon are facing given mounting social, political and environmental challenges.  In response, MRG launched the Democracy and Rights Fund. In two months’ time donors contributed nearly $90,000 and the MRG Board drew on its savings to move $125,000 to groups doing strategic, thoughtful organizing […] More »

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Join us in welcoming Se-ah-dom Edmo, Executive Director

  The MRG Foundation is pleased to announce that, after a national search, Se-ah-dom Edmo has been hired to serve as executive director, effective December 10, 2018. MRG supports grassroots racial and social justice work throughout Oregon. Since its founding in 1976, MRG has provided over $17 million in grants to more than 1400 groups […] More »

Justice Within Reach 2019 Committee seeks new members

We’re looking for great people like you to join the planning committee! Justice Within Reach (JWR) is MRG Foundation’s signature event to celebrate the work for social change across Oregon and inspire new levels of giving for our general fund grantmaking. The event serves as the cornerstone to MRG’s annual fundraising initiatives and brings together […] More »

One donor shares her reasons for doubling down on Democracy and Rights

I was barely thirty when I first became acquainted with the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG). Now, in my early 70’s, I find myself thinking about all that has transpired in the world over those years-plenty to be upset about for sure; but also plenty of meaningful activism and grassroots work in Oregon, much of […] More »

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Strengthening Action for Justice -Southern Oregon edition

On July 19 a cross section of community organizing groups and philanthropic groups working in southern Oregon spent the better part of the day together. Their purpose was to identify common challenges and barriers to social change, and explore how community groups and those in philanthropy could work more collaboratively toward shared outcomes. The result […] More »

Announcing the Democracy and Rights Fund

MRG Foundation will award up to $10,000 to organizations throughout Oregon that are doing critical organizing and mobilization work around emerging challenges to democracy and civil, women’s and LGBTQ rights. This exciting one-time fund is designed to help alleviate some organizing challenges that have emerged nationwide due to the turbulent political atmosphere.  Organizations that are […] More »