MRG Foundation is kicking off Black Philanthropy Month, in August by hosting Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, Pop-Up, Abridged Edition as a teaser to the full multimedia exhibit, which will be in Portland January through March of 2017. MRG Foundation, in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and Collins Foundation, is excited and honored to host this groundbreaking exhibit and use it as a way to gather our community and elevate and explore the role of Americans of African Descent and African Americans in philanthropy in Oregon.
As a part of the Oregon tour stop, MRG will be hosting a reception and exhibit viewing at the Historic Mims House in Eugene. It will be a joyous night honoring the generosity of and the important role Americans of African decent played in establishing our philanthropic culture in Oregon. Join us on Saturday, August 6th from 6:00- 8:00 pm at the Mims House. To register visit www.mrgfoundation.org/gbtsoeugene/ or call MRG’s office at 503-289-1517. With the exhibit in Oregon, MRG will also be hosting a private reception at the June Key Delta community center and a community conversation at PCC-Cascades, in Portland. We will welcome exhibit creator, Valaida Fullwood, to each of these events.
As the leading social justice foundation in Oregon, MRG Foundation sees this exhibit as an opportunity to further our mission and to connect with a strong and growing national movement of Black philanthropists. “We brought The Soul of Philanthropy to Oregon because the opportunity to see Black philanthropy in action and elevate and applaud its role historically and into the future, was simply too good to miss!” says Sharon Gary-Smith, MRG Foundation Executive Director. We hope to see you there.
MRG Foundation, which is celebrating 40 years of growing the social justice movement in Oregon, provides financial support, capacity building and high-impact seed funding to emerging and grassroots groups in Lane County and across Oregon. This support has led to the growth and development of organizations such as Causa Oregon, Beyond Toxics, Womenspace and Organically Grown Company.
MRG’s unique activist-led grant-making program uses a racial justice political analysis to award nearly $825,000 each year to innovative groups advancing social, racial, economic, and environmental justice in Oregon. In addition to grant-making, MRG is a thought leader around social justice and progressive philanthropy, hosting community events around race, class, and equity to spark critical conversations leading to social change.