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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.
Topics: Grant Announcements
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.
Whenever I feel like complaining about our grey day weather, I think about the people of Yakustk, a city of some 270,000 in eastern Russia, where it is -51 degrees right now.
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
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:
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.
The pace of work has not been winding down at the Meyer Memorial Trust's office, I must say. Which is why we have even more news than rain this time!
At the November program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded more than $5.5 million in grants and program-related investments (PRI) to nonprofit organizations in Oregon. The largest award – $2 million in a combination $1.5 million PRI and $500,000 grant – went to Lifeworks NW...
How many of you lived in Oregon in 1962? Those of us who were certainly noted the recent 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day storm that killed at least 46 people. I was 12 years old, living on the South Umpqua River, and my memories are as strong today as they were on October 13th.
In October, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 47 grants totaling nearly $2 million to nonprofit organizations across Oregon, from St. Helens to Enterprise in northern Oregon and Port Orford to Burns in the southern half of the state.
We just got word from far away Australia that Willamette River Initiative has won the prestigious Theiss International Riverprize. Congratulations to all our partners! We'll have more details as we get more news from the other side of the world!
We have a lot to cover this time, from a campaign to nominate the best of Oregon to TWST tour reports from Albany and Corvallis to financial metrics for loans to poverty rates and impact investing.
The calendar says we are entering autumn this week but the past few days might be enough to have us believe in endless summer. We are not so accustomed to using umbellas for anything but rain around these parts
Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees made 16 grants totaling $2,047,675 to nonprofit organizations for projects in Oregon at the September board meeting. These awards bring the total amount awarded since MMT began operating in 1982 to nearly $570 million.September grants included: