Transforming …. grassroots groups through the Capacity Building Initiative

As a social justice funder,  our position in the community is unique. MRG’s activist-led grantmaking funds Oregon’s social justice movement in partnership with our grantees. This year the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI), a joint project of MRG and Meyer Memorial Trust, was established to work with both our grantees and philanthropic partners in new ways. […] More »

Transforming…Organizing through Seed Funding

It started at the intersection of respect and dignity in the streets of Portland. Ibrahim Mubarak, other houseless community leaders, and I came together to organize for the rights of the houseless in Portland as we faced discrimination and unfair city practices. Many felt voiceless and powerless, but there was resolve to work for change. […] More »

Transforming…Perspectives by Creating Connections

I started the Disability Arts and Culture Project (DACP) in the early 2000s because there was a group of us who couldn’t find an accessible and welcoming place to dance. As we continued to gather, share experiences, and review the research, we saw there was a need for a cross-disability arts and culture organization embedded […] More »

Voices of CBI: Patriot militias in Southern Oregon by Oregon Action

In January of 2016 MRG officially launched the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI). The CBI provides multi-year funding, individualized technical assistance, and peer learning opportunities to ten grassroots social change organizations across the state. Our pilot project is currently being funded in partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust.  Voices of CBI is a blog series that features […] More »

Voices of CBI: Turning 40 Alongside MRG

In January of 2016 MRG officially launched the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI). The CBI provides multi-year funding, individualized technical assistance, and peer learning opportunities to ten grassroots social change organizations across the state. Our pilot project is currently being funded in partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust.  Voices of CBI is a blog series that features […] More »