When Meyer’s current five-year Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI) launched in 2014, it felt audacious. We worked with the field to craft a refreshed framework of strategies, aimed towards innovation, systems change and the leveraging of resources.
We have covered more than a thousand miles visiting Oregon’s four corners to talk to folks about the goals of Meyer’s Healthy Environment portfolio and the new funding opportunities for 2016.
I just topped off a whirlwind of travel over the past month with a trip to my hometown, the Twin Cities.
By now, word about Meyer’s new 2016 Funding Opportunities has been out over a month. We’ve held over 25 information sessions — with more scheduled here — and logged a few thousand miles crisscrossing Oregon.
The Building Community portfolio, along with two other Meyer portfolios, recently announced funding opportunities to help Oregon’s communities increase their collective capacity to improve conditions for communities of color, Oregonians living on low incomes and other historically marginalized populations.
As philanthropy has begun to shift the conversation from equality towards equity, we’ve seen (and experienced at Meyer) the challenges of accurately conveying the complex goals of equity in a way that is simple and easily understandable.
So you’ve probably heard about the illustration contest Meyer and Northwest Health Foundation launched a few months ago, to help identify images from Oregonian artists that further the discourse on equity.