March 13, 2020

We're with you for the long haul

Just like you and many others, we’ve been monitoring the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we share the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing related to the virus. We are also reminded of the need to care for our staff, trustees, grantees and partners as well as family and loved ones and all those impacted by the novel coronavirus.

To that end, we wanted to let you know:

  • Meyer recognizes the developing situation may affect your organization's ability to go on business trips and hold convenings that have been planned as part of our funding. We want to offer you flexibility during this time. If grant deliverables may change due to the coronavirus or you think we can be a useful partner as your organization navigates and responds to the pandemic, please contact your program officer to discuss how to best proceed.
  • Following the lead of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Meyer staff will work from home for the remainder of March. Although the physical office is closed, we will hold convenings virtually, postpone or cancel them as needed.
  • Our 2020 Annual Funding Opportunity will open as planned on Monday, March 16.
  • We have plans in place to ensure our ability to pay grantees with minimal disruption. Should your organization have any pressing questions or concerns regarding a grant, please don’t hesitate to email your program officer. In our collective efforts to fight this virus, we are attempting to model the cooperation needed to address challenges like these and the need for systemic-level change across all the areas in which we work.

Thank you for all that you do. We are committed to being with you for the long haul.

Stay well,

Michelle