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 »

Hiring: Development and Communications Coordinator

MRG Foundation is looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic, and collaborative Development and Communications Coordinator to join our team! Our ideal candidate is excited about the power of social justice philanthropy, inspired by MRG’s vision for a just and joyful world, and eager to expand their experience in communications. See full position announcement and application instructions […] 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 »

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 »

The Hidden Jewel of Black Philanthropy

As I come to the end of my 26th year as a fund raiser and my 45th year as a person of color and a black woman, I am forced to assess my worth in light of what I have given back and in terms of how I want my future and the future of […] More »

Hiring: Program Associate

MRG Foundation is looking for an experienced, organized, detail-oriented Program Associate to join our team! Our ideal candidate is excited about the power of social justice philanthropy, inspired by MRG’s vision for a just and joyful world, and eager to support the implementation of MRG programs. Learn more about the position by reviewing the full position […] More »

Egg with IRA written on in a nest

Special Gift Option for 2015- IRA Contributions

For those over age 70½, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. On December 17th legislation was signed into law that permanently extends this special opportunity for gifts to charities.  Amounts given in this way will count toward the 2015 required IRA withdrawal amounts. A total of up to $100,000 can […] More »

Action at Home Depot with people dressed as bees.

Growing Beyond Toxics with MRG: A Year End Appeal

Standing up for the little guy, even against great odds, has always been a value of mine instilled through my parents. Beyond Toxics has never been afraid to stand up for our communities and our mission. In 2004, we stood up and won against an out-of-state multinational corporation, trying to build a power plant in […] More »