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Several months ago, I interviewed Meyer Memorial Trust CEO Doug Stamm to capture his reflections on his first decade at MMT. My questions (which came from me, other staff members and our news alert readers) and his answers are transcribed below. Although Doug is convinced no one will want to read something this long, we are including it here to add to the historical record. And I think quite a few folks will actually read it to the end... Read More
Posted Apr 9 2014 - 3:12pm by Doug Stamm
April is proving an exciting month at MMT, with several things we just can’t wait until our regularly scheduled e-newsletter to share. We have new staff to introduce, a capital survey we encourage you to take, a new investment portal to announce and more.
Posted Mar 20 2014 - 8:04pm by Doug Stamm
At the March program meeting, MMT trustees made 11 grants for more than $1.3 million to nonprofit organizations working in Oregon. Awards went to organizations across the state, from Portland to Pendleton, Grants Pass to Burns.
Posted Feb 24 2014 - 12:23pm by Doug Stamm
It's been another productive month at Meyer Memorial Trust! First, we awarded more than $4 million in grants in February to 62 organizations in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Grantees represent a wide range of issues and interests in communities all across our region.
Posted Feb 5 2014 - 12:29pm by Doug Stamm
This is a very exciting and critical time at Meyer Memorial Trust. We have three management level positions open at once: Director of Human Resources, Director of Communication and Chief Investment Officer. Our hiring decisions will help determine the path MMT takes for at least the next decade.
Posted Jan 15 2014 - 4:44pm by Marie Deatherage
Well, the day has finally come for my last news alert to all of you. After today I am officially semi-retired. What that means is I will no longer be Director of Communication and Learning. I will, however, continue to work to move Oregon Unlimited forward through the end of 2014
Posted Dec 19 2013 - 11:11am by Marie Deatherage
At the December program meeting, MMT trustees made 22 grants for nearly $4.2 million. Five of the awards–totaling $1,085,333–went to organizations that help Oregonians meet basic needs, as we enter the winter season when poverty hurts the most.
Posted Nov 20 2013 - 11:03am 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 - 10:35am 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 - 11:36am 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 - 9:43am 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 - 3:21pm 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 - 10:00am 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 - 9:58am 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 - 4:41pm 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 - 4:24pm 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 - 10:17am 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 - 1:06pm 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 - 10:18am 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 - 9:52am 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 - 5:00pm 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?