Meyer Memorial Trust awards $21 million to Oregon nonprofits

Meyer Memorial Trust awards $21 million to Oregon nonprofits

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon, has announced grants totaling $21.3 million to organizations working to address racial, health, and economic inequities through local and statewide policy reform and systems change efforts.

The awards include forty-eight grants totaling $6.3 million through the trust's Building Community portfolio, thirty-one grants totaling $4.4 million through its Equitable Education portfolio, forty-five grants totaling $6 million through its Healthy Environment portfolio, twenty-six grants totaling $4.5 million through its Housing Opportunities portfolio, ten grants totaling $1.4 million in support of advocacy efforts across the state, and fifty-one grants totaling $7.8 million in general operating support for community-based organizations.

Recipients include Next Up, which was awarded $70,000 in support of its leadership development, voter engagement, and policy advocacy work; Chemeketa Community College, which will receive $185,000 for leadership training program for bi-literate/bicultural teachers in Oregon; the Living Cully collaborative, which was awarded $250,000 in support of its efforts to address disparities in housing, income, health, education, and natural resources in Portland's Cully neighborhood; and JOIN, which will receive $124,462 for public policy-focused work centered on the voices of those with lived experience of homelessness and extreme housing instability.

"We are proud to support community efforts that, taken together, help to show the way forward to a more flourishing and equitable state of Oregon," said Kaberi Banarjee Murthy, the trust's director of program and strategy.

For a complete list of this year's award recipients, see the Meyer Memorial Trust website. 

"Meyer Memorial Trust awards $21 million for equitable work in Oregon." Meyer Memorial Trust press release 11/19/2020.