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Twenty-seven people attended! An overflow crowd! Not all from Pendleton, folks drove from Athena, Ukiah, Helix, Pilot Rock and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla reservation. In a complete turnaround from day one, all but one person in the room represented an organization that had received a grant from MMT. We felt so generous!
There were a lot of representatives from government agencies (municipalities, the port, economic development departments, local fire districts, libraries, and a few folks from 501(c)(3) organizations. It was a very good reminder that in many rural areas, government agencies play some of the roles that nonprofits play in more urban areas. There are many fewer formally organized nonprofits, with lots of volunteer committees doing the work of the community. This can present a challenge when foundation grants are sought, because the only eligible tax exempt organization might be a government body. Foundations take note!
This morning we learned that trustee emeritus Warne Nunn has passed away at age 86. Warne may well have been Meyer Memorial Trust's best ambassador. He tirelessly traveled across the region, visiting grantees and prospective grantees. He always had a word of encouragement for nonprofit organizations and advocated for their needs passionately in meetings with MMT's board of trustees. Warne had a special love for Oregon history, public libraries and programs that supported underserved children and families.
It's been so much fun hearing your answers to the question in my previous email that I thought it only fair to share them with you: Do you remember where you were on this day 27 years ago when you heard a particularly explosive news item? Here are the answers so far. Please add your own below...
With profound apologies to Kermit the Frog, we'd like to ask you about being green... As you may know, for several years MMT has had a policy encouraging "green" building practices in capital projects that seek funding from us. We have been especially interested in seeing construction that reduces use of fossil fuels and lowers ongoing energy costs for organizations.
We're wondering how rising fuel prices are affecting the nonprofits we serve? There is a lot of media coverage about the effect on consumers and businesses, but little public discussion about how the recent rapidly rising prices are affecting nonprofit organizations. We're hoping you will take a moment to share with us specific examples of effects on your organization and its work. Has your organization made any changes as a result?