Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

(Title phrase by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.) The Lilla Jewel Fund was created in honor of Lilla Jewel, a radical suffragist, artist, mother, and grandmother.  By any measure, she was a warrior, an individual ahead of her time, defying expectations and challenging notions of what it meant to be a “woman” at a time when women […] More »

MRG Foundation is seeking leaders & activists to join our Board of Directors

Calling all activists! We’re seeking community leaders & activists to join our Board of Directors MRG Foundation is Oregon’s leading funder of social, racial, economic, disability, and environmental justice groups. For 40 years, we have been raising money from the community and awarding grants for community organizing and change, working toward a just and joyful […] More »

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Drum Roll, Please! Announcing MRG’s 2020 Spring Cycle Grantees!

But first, a recap: At its very core, MRG believes that accountability to our community is absolutely crucial to our mission. So in that spirit—before I launch into grantee announcements—let me give you a quick update of what we’ve been up to. To build our grantmaking program, further the capacity of grassroots organizers, and move toward a […] More »

Webinar — Direct Aid to Community: Best Practices

Join MRG Foundation and Attorney David Atkin, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Law in Eugene, for a conversation on the dos and don’ts of providing direct aid to clients and community members. In this webinar, we will answer questions about who you can give direct assistance to, how to comply with the IRS rules […] More »

Oregon Worker Relief Infrastructure Fund

  Donate to the MRG Oregon Worker Relief Infrastructure Fund! The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Oregon in ways that have reshaped the economy and social construct of our state. A recent article by the Oregonian revealed that Oregon’s Latinx population is hit the hardest during this pandemic. We are concerned about the needs of immigrant […] More »

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 »

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MRG COVID-19 Community Response Fund

UPDATE: As of April 27, 2020, MRG’s COVID-19 Community Response funding has pivoted our fundraising to our Since Time Immemorial Fund, which is providing funding and support to our tribal communities across Oregon. Donations made to our COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go to support our Oregon Tribes as they navigate this crisis and this […] 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 Women and Marginalized Gender Artists

This award for artists of marginalized genders was created in honor of Lilla Jewel, an artist, mother, grandmother, and radical suffragist active during the turn of the 20th century. The Lilla Jewel Award seeks to amplify the work of Oregon-based artists of marginalized genders, who advance a social change message through their work. Created nearly […] 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 »