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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.
Topics: Responsive Grants
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:
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?!
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?
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
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.
So I guess we are in the waning days of summer. I can feel it in the air. Especially at night. I hope you've enjoyed this summer as much as I have. I think it was one of the loveliest ever, weatherwise.
I think Oregon is the best summer place on the planet. Warm by day, cool at night, breezes to keep the air fresh and the long hours of sunlight do wonders for all living things. Well, except for the forest fires.
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:
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:
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.
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...
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.
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."
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?
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...
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.
I truly hope the first two months of 2013 have been less eventful and explosive for you than they have for me. Maybe my life has had a little too much magnesium lately. That will make sense later.