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Welcome to the July newsletter! Between bumper crops of blueberries, Independence Day fireworks, time with our families and hot, breezy days, we are having a busy, delightful summer at Meyer. Hope you are, too!
There’s a lot happening at Meyer this month: the retirement of our veteran financial steward, the hiring of our new chief investment officer, the announcement of a new equity statement and a heads-up to our Affordable Housing partners about a new RFP coming next week.
May has been a rewarding month at Meyer Memorial Trust, where 20 organizations have been awarded grants, program-related investments and initiative awards totaling just over $3.8 million.
Spring has been a time of renewal at MMT! Help us welcome two new hires. And we're looking to fill the position of Controller...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?!