Rooting our Response in Justice

MRG Foundation has decided to release $300,000—30% of our operating reserves—to start a Community Response Fund. The Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon. We call on leaders in philanthropy, business, and government to join us by making bold gifts that match the urgency of […] More »

MRG COVID-19 Community Response Fund

MRG Foundation has established a Community Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon. On March 13, MRG Foundation’s Board approved the release of $300,000 — 30% of our operating reserves — to start this fund. As the philanthropic, business, and government communities join […] More »

Lilla Jewel Award Webinar

On March 12, 2020, we held an informational webinar for folks interested in applying for the 2020 Lilla Jewel Award. The recording of the webinar can be seen here, or click below to watch. Below, we’ve also linked: The webinar slides The webinar transcript (link upcoming) More »

Lilla Jewel Award for Womxn Artists

The Lilla Jewel Fund for Womxn Artists—created in honor of Lilla Jewel, an artist, mother, and radical suffragist active during the turn of the 20th century—amplifies the work of womxn artists in Oregon who advance a social change message through their work. Created nearly 25 years ago, Lilla Jewel grants have funded poets, choreographers, singers, […] More »

General Fund Grants Webinars

In March 2020, we organized three webinars to let people know about our grantmaking opportunity and answer questions. The recording for the March 10 webinar is here or click below to watch. You can also download the transcripts and slides here. The recording for the March 13 webinar is here or click below to watch. […] More »

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New grant opportunities open March 16, 2020!

In addition to opening our General Fund cycle, we’re also relaunching the Lilla Jewel Awards for Womxn Artists and replenishing our Rapid Response funds!  Check them out:  General Fund Grants We are so excited to announce that we are launching our next General Fund grant cycle through our new online grantmaking platform on March 16. To find […] More »

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The Embodiment of Hope

“I took over grant-writing for Lakota Oyate Ki in 1999 and wrote my first grant ever to MRG. Those investments from MRG were not just dollars—they were the embodiment of hope. They reminded us that people cared about us, loved us, and saw us as a part of a wider community.”  — Manuel Mose, former […] More »

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Show Your Power this Giving Tuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, we hope you will give to MRG!  Our devoted, incredibly hardworking, and all-volunteer Grantmaking Committee selected 16 groups to be funded.  Because of our limited budget, the vast majority of them are receiving less funding than they requested. While the impact these groups make is hard to quantify, we know that each […] More »

Drum Roll Please! Announcing MRG’s 2019 Fall Cycle Grantees!

After an exciting grantmaking season that has required our eight volunteer grantmakers to collectively invest… 700+ hours reading and scoring applications; 25.5 hours talking to groups at site visits; 100+ hours traveling to meetings and visits; and  More than 36 hours to passionate and sometimes difficult discussions … the MRG Grantmaking Committee is delighted to […] More »

Philanthropy and Indian Country

In January, just about a month into my new role as Executive Director here at MRG, it was my honor to facilitate a panel requested by staff and leadership of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. They wanted us to pull together leaders who were working at the intersection of philanthropy and Indian Country for […] More »