Justice Within Reach 2019 Committee seeks new members

We’re looking for great people like you to join our Justice Within Reach 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 […] 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »