fall grants 2017

Job Announcement: Office Administrator (part-time)

About the Position: We are looking for a part-time, experienced and collaborative Office Administrator to join our team. Our ideal candidate will effectively combine a strong racial justice analysis with sound technical and organizational operations experience. MRG’s Office Administrator will also be enthusiastic about the power of social justice philanthropy and inspired by MRG’s vision […] More »

Democracy and Rights Fund grants to 18 groups

MRG donors and activists recognized the increased need many groups across Oregon are facing given mounting social, political and environmental challenges.  In response, MRG launched the Democracy and Rights Fund. In two months’ time donors contributed nearly $90,000 and the MRG Board drew on its savings to move $125,000 to groups doing strategic, thoughtful organizing […] More »

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Join us in welcoming Se-ah-dom Edmo, Executive Director

  The MRG Foundation is pleased to announce that, after a national search, Se-ah-dom Edmo has been hired to serve as executive director, effective December 10, 2018. MRG supports grassroots racial and social justice work throughout Oregon. Since its founding in 1976, MRG has provided over $17 million in grants to more than 1400 groups […] More »

Participating in Elections as a Nonprofit in Oregon

With ballots now in voters’ hands for the general election, MRG Foundation is passing along this memo written by David Atkins at the Center for Nonprofit Law in Eugene to help nonprofit organizations navigate lobbying limits.  David has advised MRG since the inception of the foundation and literally hundreds of other nonprofits working for social […] More »

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 »

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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 »

fall grants 2017

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 »