Equitable Education

Ensuring meaningful public education for all

Meyer’s priorities around education

In a flourishing and equitable Oregon, each of our nearly 600,000 students have the opportunity to succeed in school. They would enter ready to learn, develop a love of learning in a relevant, engaging and supportive environment, and graduate with a plan for postsecondary and career success.

Through the Equitable Education portfolio, Meyer contributes to this vision by investing in the “gap:” the achievement gap, the graduation gap and the opportunity gap. We prioritize students who disproportionately experience these gaps, and we seek to balance our investment between the urgent need of today’s student and the system that must prepare to meet the needs of tomorrow’s student. 

This portfolio reflects a mix of rural and urban grantees that offer, through an equity lens, a vision and approach to eliminating the gaps so all students in Oregon have the opportunity to access meaningful public education. Funding is specifically targeted toward priority student populations, including underserved students of color, English Language Learners (ELL), LGBTQ students, students living in poverty, students with disabilities, first generation post-secondary students and students in foster care.

Goals + Outcomes

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  1. Improve student achievement and college and career readiness

Intended Outcomes

  • Increase community participation in education systems and improve alignment between communities and education institutions
  • Create systems- and policy-level change to advance equitable education
  • Increase the number of stable organizations
  • Expand the role of community-based organizations in system leadership and decision-making
  • Increase education workforce diversity

Intended Outcomes

  • Increase the number of priority students entering kindergarten ready to learn and achieve
  • Increase the number of priority students in third grade reading at benchmark
  • Increase priority student attendance
  • Increase the number of priority students on track in ninth grade
  • Increase the high school graduation rate for priority students
  • Increase priority student postsecondary enrollment and/or readiness to enter the workforce
  • Increase STE(A)M, CTE and trade career opportunities for priority student populations

Types of Grants

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For an organization’s overall strategic goals


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


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

Applicant Resources