Seeding Justice

Igniting social change. Advancing social justice.

aka MRG Foundation   |   Portland, OR   |  www.seedingjustice.org

Mission

Seeding Justice's mission is to inspire people to work together for justice, and to mobilize resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Se-ah-dom Edmo

Main address

Seeding Justice PO Box 12489

Portland, OR 97212 USA

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Formerly known as

MRG Foundation

EIN

93-0691187

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Minority Rights (R22)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

General Fund Grants

Fuel Oregon's grassroots movements for progressive social change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Lilla Jewel Fund supports and highlights the work of womexn/femme/GNC artists whose work serves to further social change.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

MRG hosts donor-advised funds as a way for progressive donors in Oregon to simplify and streamline their charitable giving, while also gaining access to MRG's expert program staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MRG Foundation's mission is to inspire people to work together for justice and mobilize resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world.

To build collective power, MRG seeks to:
>> Fund and support Oregon's movements for social change
>> Elevate issues of racial and social justice across Oregon communities
>> Activate progressive philanthropists

All of MRG's work is rooted in a strategy of collective action -- building power among those most impacted by injustice to create progressive change on a systemic level. We apply this approach to our grantmaking by focusing our funding on grassroots community-based organizing AND by empowering organizers from across the state to make our funding decisions. Collective action is also central to our fundraising, communications, and community engagement work.

MRG Foundation has more than 40 years of success, building Oregon's movements for progressive social change. We do this with a strong network among Oregon's activists and progressive organizations, an endowment and long-term funds that provide stability, a community of donors supporting the work of MRG and our grantees, and a strong, passionate staff and leadership.

MRG and our grantees have secured significant policy wins, shifted public opinion, and built stronger movements for social change over the last four decades, but there is always more work to be done. We'll continue building the capacity of grassroots organizations, connecting progressive philanthropists to some of the most effective groups, and elevating the most critical issues facing Oregon communities.

Financials

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Operations

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Seeding Justice

Board of directors
as of 05/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lizzie Martinez


Board co-chair

Kim Thomas

Ryan Curren

Ana Molina

Liz Fouther-Branch

Dani Bernstein

Jaylyn Suppah

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes