Transforming how we give

I am often asked, “What is the best way to give to MRG?” I have changed my response from the usual “cash, checks, credit cards, stock,” to “freely,” “thoughtfully,” and “joyfully,” allowing people to see giving at its basic level. Giving thoughtfully and with joy can save the world. In spreading the word about MRG […] More »

Donor Spotlight: Vena Ford

“How are we leveraging resources for justice, peace, and equality for our community?” It’s that very question that drove Vena M. Ford to attend MRG Foundation’s Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited, Pop-Up or GBTSOP event in August. Vena, a donor, activist, and fundraising professional was grounded in philanthropy and activism at […] More »

Don’t Shoot Portland: Transforming Activism

When asked to describe her relationship to MRG, Teressa Raiford, Don’t Shoot Portland’s (DSP) Founder and Lead Organizer, said “MRG saved my life.” She went on to say, “it’s a lot going on [in the world today] you know? The world is not like it was yesterday. We’re post-Ferguson, and a lot is happening and […] More »

Introducing MRG Foundation’s new Executive Director, Roberta Phillip-Robbins

Five years ago I was selected as MRG’s ‘next’ executive director. I was chosen to honor the past and to lead us boldly into the future. While at MRG I’ve promoted the power of critical thinking, pushed bold programming, and introduced powerful community conversations. I’ve worked with smart and creative staff, board, and community members […] 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 »

MRG Foundation awards $225,000 to 17 social change organizations across Oregon

MRG Foundation is excited to award $225,000 to 17 groups across Oregon to continue to build and grow the social justice movement. Inspired by the events that took place in Malhuer County this January and understanding the limited resources available to individuals and groups organizing in rural communities, we made a consecrated effort during this […] More »

Reimagining taking action in the wake of tragedy

As we head into Pride weekend, we at MRG are reminded of the importance of creating and holding space to celebrate who we are, where we came from, and build a vision for a better, stronger, and safer tomorrow. This week’s MRG staff meeting started a little differently than most. One of our leaders shared […] More »

MRG is hiring an Executive Director to lead us into the next 40 years

MRG Foundation is looking for a committed and inspirational leader, who has a deep understanding of racial justice and intersectionality, the ability to inspire a wider circle of people to support social justice grantmaking by elevating MRG’s work locally, regionally, and nationally, and will unleash the leadership potential of the MRG team. Learn more about […] More »