Members of the Lakota Oyate Ki Club at the Oregon State Penitentiary sitting around a drum circle.

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 »

A cardboard sign above a crowd that reads Fight Today for a Better Tomorrow.

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 »

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Welcome Dena, Development Director!

The Staff and Board of MRG Foundation are pleased to announce Dena Zaldúa as Development Director effective March 19, 2019. Ms. Zaldúa will be staff lead on MRG’s fundraising programs including our overall strategic vision, leadership and implementation. As a bilingual, bisexual, Jewish, Latina daughter of an immigrant, Ms. Zaldúa’s passion for social justice is […] More »

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Welcome Violeta, Grants Director

The MRG Foundation is pleased to announce that Violeta Rubiani has been hired to serve as Grants Program Director effective February 25, 2019. Ms. Rubiani will be staff lead for MRG’s grant-making program. “Throughout our hiring process Violeta’s experience, skills and passion for the advancement of justice resonated deeply with staff and board alike,” said […] More »

Yukon river with green grass and purple flower in foreground

New Year, New Beginnings

New year’s often evokes reflecting on new beginnings and while we have no shortage of new faces and changes here at MRG, I have found myself turning to our history and my history for both context and inspiration. Roy Sampsel was a friend and mentor of mine and he often reminded me that, as tribal people, […] More »

Justice Within Reach

Justice Within Reach Friday, May 31, 2019 5:30 – 11:00 PM The Redd 831 SE Salmon Street Portland, OR 97214 Do you have your outfit yet? Get ready for the social justice party of the year! MRG Foundations’ signature event is coming up soon on Friday, May 31, 2019 at The Redd in southeast Portland.  […] More »

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Job Announcement: Development Director

MRG Foundation is hiring a Development Director to provide the strategic vision, work planning, and implementation for our annual fundraising programs.  Successful fundraising is one of the critical elements in MRG’s ability to make grants to grassroots groups across the state. Are you someone who loves to meet with people and invite them to make […] More »

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The Power of Story

Today, December 10, is the first day for Se-ah-dom Edmo as Executive Director of MRG Foundation. On behalf of the Board and volunteers of MRG Foundation, we are looking forward to how Se-ah-dom will build upon the work of MRG to date, and what important and unique contributions that she will make.  We invite you […] More »