This year at Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, attendees will have a chance to participate in our Funders Forum. This is an exciting opportunity for nonprofits to hear from and talk with funders from across the state. We encourage you to take advantage of these sessions – the funders are there to listen to you and to learn from you while sharing their experience!

Part 1: Panel

During the panel, each funder will introduce their foundation as well as any requirements or priorities they have. Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A format.

Part 2: Roundtables

Following the Meet the Funders session (and a well deserved break) you will have a chance to be at tables with individual funders and other conference attendees for more Q and A. Roundtables are meant to be informal and are a great opportunity to ask all those questions you may not have asked in the group gathering. Your time with each funder will be timed, giving you the opportunity to change tables and meet someone new.

Attending Funders

We recommend visiting the foundation websites before you hit the road for Ontario. Here’s some information about each foundation that will attend, including links to their websites.

The Collins Foundation: The Collins Foundation invests in Oregon nonprofit organizations, both rural and urban, that are dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities.

The Ford Family Foundation: TFFF serves the people and the communities of Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. Their mission is successful citizens and vital rural communities.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust: Their mission is to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base.

Oregon Community Foundation: Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians.

Travel Oregon: Travel Oregon works to create a better life for all Oregonians through strong, sustainable local communities that welcome a diversity of explorers.

Meyer Memorial Trust: Grounded in a vision of a flourishing and equitable Oregon, Meyer is committed to investing in change at the systemic level to ease inequities and disparities.

We hope to add more funders all the way up to EONC, so check back to see if anyone else has joined!


The facilitator for this funders forum is Joyce White, the former executive director of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington. During her long career in the nonprofit sector, she’s worked on many initiatives with partners such as LearnPhilanthropy, Foundation Center, and United Philanthrophy Forum.

Register for EONC

Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference takes place Thursday, September 26, 2019, in Ontario, Oregon. We also offer a networking reception the night before for attendees. Read more information about EONC or see the full schedule, including session and speaker info.

Early bird rates end today, September 10th, so buy today to save 34% on your registration! Register today!