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Up to now, we haven’t collected demographic data in a systematic and formal way, but as part of the equity work we have begun here at MMT, we need to start doing so now. Later this month, we will begin asking Responsive Grant Inquiry applicants about the racial/ethnic makeup of their boards of directors, staff members and people the organization serves. Read More
So my greenhouse is packed full of all the plants that might be harmed by a freeze, some still in a state of bloom. Temperature-wise, I think many of my plants have been confused this year. One tree is on its fourth bloom! But photoperiodism is more reliable. That's the scientific term for plant's reaction to light and dark, controlled by the phytochrome pigment in leaves. Read More
Posted Nov 20 2013 - 10:03am by Marie Deatherage
So my greenhouse is packed full of all the plants that might be harmed by a freeze, some still in a state of bloom. Temperature-wise, I think many of my plants have been confused this year. One tree is on its fourth bloom! But photoperiodism is more reliable. That's the scientific term for plant's reaction to light and dark, controlled by the phytochrome pigment in leaves.
Posted Nov 20 2013 - 9:35am by Marie Deatherage
At the November program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees awarded more than $4.3 million in grants and a program-related investment loan to 14 nonprofit organizations in Oregon and one in Vancouver, WA. Nearly $3 million of the amount awarded went to large capital projects, which MMT considers twice a year. The two grants to Stand for Children were made under our Quality K-12 Public Education Initiative.These awards bring the total amount MMT has awarded since it began operating in 1982 to more than $611.3 million.November awards included:
Posted Oct 30 2013 - 10:36am by Marie Deatherage
Can you believe the weather we've had this month? And what it's doing to leaves on trees and shrubs? I've heard a number of people say this is the best fall color Oregon has seen in their lifetimes. And these were not toddlers speaking. For example, check out my Fothergilla to the right. I swear I have not shopped this photo! Straight from my iPhone with no filter... (Imagine if I had a real camera?!
Posted Oct 30 2013 - 8:43am by Marie Deatherage
At the October program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust's trustees awarded more than $2.1 million to nonprofit organizations in Oregon. Approximately half the funds awarded were made as Grassroots Grants
Posted Oct 15 2013 - 2:21pm by Marie Deatherage
The leaves of the sumac tree outside the window have turned red and are beginning to fall. The bird feeder is full of nyjer thistle seed for the goldfinches. How about a round of fresh pressed apple cider and some pumpkin pie to complete the scene?
Posted Sep 19 2013 - 9:00am by Marie Deatherage
At present, we are most excited about this month's program meeting. It was record-setting–epic even!–on a number of fronts. Partly because our trustees awarded $17.5 million!! In one day!! That translates to support for many organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon
Posted Sep 19 2013 - 8:58am by Marie Deatherage
This month's meeting led to actions that awarded and invested $17.5 million in Oregon, the greatest amount ever awarded by MMT in a single day. Actions included approving $11 million dollars to support our Affordable Housing Initiative for the next five years. Director of Programs Candy Solovjovs will report on what this means our on website soon, including the timeframe of when we anticipate funding through this next phase of the Initiative will be available, for what purposes, and how to keep up-to-date about application opportunities.
Posted Jul 23 2013 - 3:41pm by Marie Deatherage
At the July program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees awarded $2.016 million in grants to 17 nonprofit organizations across Oregon. These grants bring the total the foundation has awarded to 7,492 awards totaling $599,629,835. It's looking pretty likely that we'll pass the $600 million mark at our next trustee meeting! July awards included:
Posted Jun 26 2013 - 3:24pm by Marie Deatherage
During June Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 63 grants for nearly $3 million. Most of the awards–48–were made in the Grassroots Grants program, which awards grants up to $40,000, usually to smaller organizations. The remaining awards–totaling nearly $1.8 million–were Responsive Grants, including five to Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help their work in providing affordable housing. The largest awards were:
Posted Jun 6 2013 - 9:17am by Marie Deatherage
If I had to choose the best garden month in Portland, it would be hard not to pick June. It always makes me swoon. The roses, for one thing. Is this photo by our Executive Assistant and Photographer Extraordinaire Cathie Glennon the most perfect rose you've ever seen, or what???Just wish we could do scratch and sniff. Sorry.
Posted May 23 2013 - 12:06pm by Marie Deatherage
Yes, there's been a big change in the weather since we last visited, but we're still in full blooming mode. Colors abound. Fragrances drift. Pollen floats. And lands. Birds build nests and call for mates and bees make their appointed rounds. And we have big blooming news of our own this time...
Posted May 22 2013 - 9:18am by Marie Deatherage
Meyer Memorial Trust awarded nearly $4 million this month to support organizations and projects that deliver human services, youth programs, arts and culture, housing, education, land conservation, community food systems and Willamette River restoration.Funds will support projects across the state, from Clatskanie and Astoria in the north to Klamath Falls and Ashland in the south, from Seaside on the coast to Baker City in far eastern Oregon.
Posted Apr 25 2013 - 8:52am by Marie Deatherage
Meyer Memorial Trust awarded nine grants for $942,000 in April. All but two of the awards went to organizations working on MMT's Willamette River Initiative to "achieve meaningful, measurable improvements in the health of the Willamette River and selected tributaries by 2018 and to create a national model for effective philanthropic involvement in the restoration of large, complex ecological systems."
Posted Apr 24 2013 - 4:00pm by Marie Deatherage
Have you been noticing the emergence of color all around us? Skies are a fresh blue. Leaves are spring green. Flowers are pink and red and orange and yellow and purple and every shade in between. What color would you say spring is? Is it the Pantone color of the year: emerald?
Posted Mar 27 2013 - 2:06pm by Marie Deatherage
Last week I was in a room of Oregonians listing what they see as signs of spring, and the answers ranged widely: horses losing their wooly undercoat, crocuses blooming, the sound of children's voices playing together outside, plum and cherry tree blossoms, firing up the BBQ, a sense of optimism in the air, the March Madness tournament...
Posted Mar 27 2013 - 1:46pm by Marie Deatherage
At Meyer Memorial Trust's March program meeting, our trustees awarded 20 grants for more than $3.16 million. These grants bring the total MMT has awarded to nearly $587.5 million since the foundation began operating in 1982.
Posted Feb 20 2013 - 4:43pm by Marie Deatherage
Today Meyer Memorial Trust announced 62 new grant awards for nearly $4 million. The largest recent award went to one of MMT's strategic initiatives in $750,000 to fund the Chalkboard Project's TeachOregon project that aims to improve teacher quality and effectiveness. More than $1 million was awarded to 44 nonprofit organizations under MMT's Grassroots Grants program, which provides funds up to $40,000.
Posted Jan 10 2013 - 2:22pm by Marie Deatherage
There are so many predictions for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs and the social economy and related things for 2013, I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. But these predictions are given in a kind of we-need-to-know-all-these-things-or-else-we're-doomed vein
Posted Dec 19 2012 - 9:15am by Marie Deatherage
When Meyer Memorial Trust's trustees met this week, they awarded 17 grants totaling $2.85 million. These grants bring the total awarded since MMT began operating in 1982 to 7,145 awards totaling $580.4 million.One million dollars of the December awards were for emergency assistance to poor and working class families as they continue to struggle to meet the needs of their families in this economy, evidenced by these sobering statistics:
Posted Dec 18 2012 - 3:17pm by Marie Deatherage
My Michaelea tree is blooming for the THIRD time this year, the bulbs I planted two weeks ago are already coming up and leaf buds on one of my Stewartias are starting to unfurl. None of this is supposed to be happening right now. Which is also true of the heartbreaking week that just was.