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As you know, the last two weeks have been full of headlines and conversations that have economic implications for all of us. Foundations are not immune to the financial challenges so many nonprofit organizations are facing these days. We thought this would be a good time to address some of the questions that are on all our minds.
We are in Tillamook, the “land of many waters,” and its another incredibly beautiful, sunny September day. The cows in the pastures, the trees on the hillside, and the sparkling waters. . . we can understand why just about everyone we meet tells us what a wonderful place this is to live.
We understand Nehalem is named after the Nehalem Indians, a clan of the Tillamook Tribe, and means “where the people live.” And if the folks we met are any indication, one impressive and enthusiastic group of people live in the Nehalem Bay area! Luckily, we arrived a few minutes early so we had a chance to take in the beautiful river view from the Nehalem dock
Let’s start with the numbers that show up in the rear view mirror. Fiscal year 2007-08 (which ended March 31, 2008) was a milestone year for us in a number of ways: we awarded a record amount in new grants and PRIs ($32.4 million), we paid out a record amount ($37 million), we grew our PRI program significantly, awarding more than twice the previous record amount.
Today I met with a Portland visionary and got VERY excited about what a project she has been working on could mean for nonprofit organizations. I can’t stand not sharing it with you this minute… Here’s the scoop I got from Ellen Bergstone Beer, Executive Director of Film Action Oregon:
Below is a script from the connectipedia launch event on June 10, 2008. While we have made available a video of the entire event, we realize that not everyone has broadband Internet access, which makes it difficult to view lengthy videos. This script provides the narrative of the event, with links to much shorter video presentations of individual speakers.
I have talked about blogging and micro-blogging before, but what about blogging without a blog? Posterous is a new tool that let's you do just that! All you need is email, and I'd put money on the fact that you all have email already! All you need to do is send an email to post [at] posterous [dot] com and you've just posted to your blog!
Thanks to those of you who attended the connectipedia launch yesterday! And to the wonderful geeks who helped introduce this new tool to you.... We are so excited to have this project off the ground so everyone can become part of it... because that's what will determine whether or not it achieves what we set out to do in bringing it this far.