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 »

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Special Gift Option for 2015- IRA Contributions

For those over age 70½, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. On December 17th legislation was signed into law that permanently extends this special opportunity for gifts to charities.  Amounts given in this way will count toward the 2015 required IRA withdrawal amounts. A total of up to $100,000 can […] More »

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10 Questions with Cris Lira

Meet Cris Lira! Cris has been supporting and leading MRG’s grantmaking programs for eight years – and has lots to share from that experience. More »

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10 Questions with Stephan Herrera

Get to know Stephan Herrera, MRG’s newest staff. As Capacity Building Director, Stephan will work with a cohort of 10 social change groups to help them build organizational, financial, and fundraising capacity. More »

The 3.5 Questions To Answer To Make Social Media Work For You

There’s a lot of social media out there… here’s how to get started out right. More »

Who Are You Talking To? It’s Not the General Public

Keeping your communications focused will save you time and ultimately lead to more effective messages More »

Three Great Sites To Follow for Communications Tips

Three websites with email lists that send solid advice on communications More »

Give the Gift of Social Justice

As I near the end of February, though it’s the shortest month of the year, I appreciate that it’s been crammed full of opportunities to learn about, acknowledge and celebrate justice seekers. It’s the month when we’re encouraged to learn about the richness of the African American experience; of those who chose to risk, who […] More »

Confident Public Speaking Part Three: Being a Media Spokesperson

When doing print, radio or television interviews, remember your ABCs for an effective outcome More »

Confident Public Speaking Part Two: Unlearn Bad Habits

How to correct some common public speaking mistakes More »