Building Community


Strengthening communities by supporting equitable outcomes for all

Meyer’s investments in community  

Meyer believes that Oregonians thrive most when they are part of vibrant and supportive communities — when they can see promising paths for themselves, when they can influence decisions that affect them, and when they have safe spaces to connect with others and express their shared humanity. We recognize that the promises of inclusive, engaged and creative communities have been systematically denied to some populations while being readily accessible to others. When disparities cease to exist, Oregon will become a place where everyone can live up to their full potential.

The Building Community portfolio focuses on supporting work that uproots social and economic inequities and provides access to opportunity for all. We invest in nonprofits and collaboratives that change systems and improve conditions for communities of color, people living in poverty, and other marginalized populations. We are especially interested in partnering with organizations that are committed to integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into their internal structures and operations.

Recent Awards

Review recent grants awarded within this portfolio, arranged by goal.

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Why Community?

Find out more about why building community is a priority at Meyer.

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Goals + Outcomes

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  1. Strengthen Civic Engagement
  2. Arts & Culture for Inclusion

Intended Outcomes
  • Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, intermediaries and collaborations that advance equitable outcomes
  • Increased commitment to equity among organizations and improved understanding of how to advance equity through their work
  • Identification and expanded use of innovative strategies and collaborative efforts that promote equity
  • Increased equitable opportunities and reduced disparities through changes in public policy and institutional structures and practices
  • Improved outcomes for populations experiencing disparities

Intended Outcomes
  • Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, intermediaries and collaborations focused on democracy and civic engagement
  • Increased commitment to equity among organizations and improved understanding of how to advance equity through their work
  • Identification and expanded use of innovative strategies and collaborative efforts that strengthen civic engagement and democratic participation
  • Increased engagement and support of diverse and committed community leaders operating in positions of influence who promote public decision-making that reflects community priorities
  • Increased equitable opportunities and reduced disparities through changes in public policy and institutional structures and practices

Intended Outcomes
  • Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key arts and cultural organizations, intermediaries and collaborations focused on inclusive community engagement
  • Increased commitment to equity among arts and cultural organizations and improved understanding of how to advance equity through their work
  • Increased culturally-specific and culturally relevant programming that results in greater diversification of audiences and participants

Types of Grants

Project

  • For specific and discrete projects that are of high priority to an organization and its community or constituents

Capacity Building

  • To strengthen an organization’s ability and infrastructure to advance its mission

Capital

  • To support the purchase or construction of capital assets expected to have a long useful life

Operating Support

  • For an organization’s overall strategic goals