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 »

photo of three people at Strengthening Action for Justice meeting

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 »

Grantee Spotlight: Oregon DACA Coalition

By Bruce Poinsette While Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation will be won or lost at the federal level, Oregonians will have to vote on ballot measure 105 that would overturn Oregon’s thirty-year-old sanctuary laws which will increase racial profiling and harm undocumented people and their families, like those organized by the Oregon DACA […] More »

CAPACES members in front of mural in Woodburn

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 »

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 »

Farm Worker Rights in the Age of Trump

In January of 2016, MRG 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.  Oregon has over 300 registered farm worker housing camps and […] More »

MRG’s new Responsive Grants Program and a reimagining of our grantmaking

When the Trump administration came into power, I called my father. An immigrant to the United States who resisted and escaped an imperialist military coup of his home country, my father survived unthinkable histories that are becoming potential futures. As I unloaded my fears of the unknown, he simply responded, “We have to wait and […] More »

Funding radical social change: Introducing MRG’s spring grantees

MRG Foundation has a long history of funding new, radical, and risky groups that other foundations, and many donors, won’t fund. Before they gained recognition, we funded groups like Cascade AIDS Project, Street Roots, Causa, and UNITE Oregon. This spring we continued this important work by providing $162,000 to 14 grassroots groups across Oregon. These […] More »