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At a February Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington luncheon, I presented a session on how philanthropy can support nonprofit mergers and collaborations. Because MMT has received recent inquiries about mergers, I thought it might be helpful to explain MMT’s philosophy toward this topic. How does MMT approach nonprofit mergers and collaborations?
For the past year, MMT has been exploring how communities can re-create thriving local/regional food systems, particularly in rural Oregon, as a way to increase access to food, improve health and provide economic opportunity.
It's time to report on our grantees' work during the first year of our Community Food Systems Special Focus Program, reflecting on accomplishments so far and how we're working to make future efforts more informed and effective.
Before even cracking a page, I was pretty sure I knew the answer to the question posed in the title of the new report, The Public Funding Crisis: Can Philanthropy Shoulder the Burden? Nevertheless, I thought it might contain some nuggets of wisdom. Turns out, it did–
With almost a year under my belt as a program officer, I thought it was about time to share a few thoughts on my experience thus far. Sitting on the other side of the fundraising table for so many years, foundations had always seemed a little mysterious and slightly scary to approach. Now that I work for one, I figure it's my responsibility to help folks peek behind the curtain and understand them a bit better.
Wait til you hear what my colleague Sally Yee and I got to do this summer and fall! Right in the middle of peak harvest season, we got to explore and visit some truly enterprising and engaging efforts to build strong community food systems in Oregon. As part of our jobs!
Created by Congress in the Tax Act of 1969, a PRI (program-related investment) is a type of mission-related or social investment that foundations make to achieve their philanthropic goals. PRIs can take many forms – deposits, equity investments, guarantees and loans, to name to few. At MMT, most PRIs have been loans.
Having been responsible for submitting many grant proposals in my pre-MMT life, I know how it feels to try to figure out what foundations mean when they issue messages about what they are looking for in grant proposals. May I never lose that perspective. :)
As the Great Recession has hit Oregon so hard and lingered so long, our trustees have been increasingly concerned with its effects on low-income and rural Oregonians. They've been particularly worried about rising food insecurity and hunger. While MMT has consistently supported Oregon's statewide food bank network, we wanted to explore more systemic responses that would help:
The Internal Revenue Service has unveiled draft instructions for its updated Form 990 that will be used by nonprofit organizations beginning in tax year 2008. The differences between the existing and new form are significant and include changes in format, organization, and additional disclosure. MMT Program Officer Paul Reich weighs in and wants to know what you think: