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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 »

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Job Announcement: Executive Director

Opportunity We’re looking for a fierce advocate for social and racial justice who finds joy in working with people from all walks of life to make Oregon and our world a better place. Our ED will partner with a board and staff team comprised of lovely, talented people who care deeply about MRG’s mission. Our […] More »

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Announcing Our Spring 2018 Grantees

MRG’s Grant making committee and Board is excited to announce the Spring 2018 grantees! Out of 29 groups that applied, MRG’s activist-led grant making committee granted $155,000 to 15 groups across Oregon in our Spring 2018 grant cycle. From La Grande to North Bend, Portland to Phoenix, and Salem to Eugene, the work spanned as […] More »

New Horizons for Carol Tatch

When I was brought into the MRG family by Sharon Gary-Smith over three years ago, she let me know that the purpose of my being with MRG was to take my knowledge forward to other organizations. Her words were an advisement to continually build the network of professionals serving in the social justice non-profit space. […] More »

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Time of transition, time of renewal

Equity and justice. Working powerfully across differences. Reaching for our dreams. Recognizing interdependence. These are MRG’s values that drive our work whether through grantmaking, bringing donors and organizers into community, or supporting critical community conversations. MRG Foundation is moving into 2018 strengthening its internal capacity to meet the important needs of our communities rooted in […] More »

Leadership Transition

  Dear MRG community, As we come to the close of 2017, we – the MRG Foundation Board of Directors – write to make you aware of a recent leadership transition at MRG Foundation. Last year, we welcomed Roberta Phillip-Robbins as our new executive director. We are grateful to Roberta for stepping into this role […] More »

What would you do with $300,000?

MRG Foundation is looking for intersectional activists and organizers to help redistribute resources in Oregon!  As a member of the MRG community we know you have the insight, skills, and passion to support this work, so we invite you to join our Grant Making Committee and allocate dollars to grassroots organizing across the state. We […] More »

Call For Artists: Spoken Word Performer or Street Artist For Lilla Jewel Award

MRG Foundation is seeking a woman artist who lives in Oregon to introduce and showcase a short performance/presentation of their creation in three venues, including Justice within Reach (JWR) in Portland, Oregon on May 12, 2017; MRG’s Southern Oregon Celebration in Talent, Oregon in September 2017; and one other mutually-agreed upon showcase in 2017, specific […] More »

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MRG named 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation by AFP

MRG Foundation was named “2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & SW Washington Chapter. MRG was selected for this award based on the following criteria: This award recognizes a private or community foundation or community grantmaking organization that supports not only nonprofit organizational goals but also offers encouragement and motivation […] More »

Meet MRG’s first Communications Intern

“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stairs” these words from Langston Hughes poem “Mother to Son” always resonate with me when the question is asked for me to share myself.  As a native Portlander and as a Black man the convergence of these two realities are constantly in conflict with each other, but I […] More »