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Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00, Presentation at 8:30


2rd Floor Conference Room
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
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$50 Nonmembers

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Event Details

Dahnesh Medora, Building Community Portfolio Director, Meyer Memorial Trust
Michael Reyes Andrillon, Community Engagement Officer, Northwest Health Foundation
Mychal Cherry, Executive Director, Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Wenda Tai, Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

In recent years, Oregon and SW Washington foundations have placed greater emphasis on equity and inclusion in philanthropy. Nonprofits are now more frequently asked to demonstrate their commitment to equity and inclusion. Some funders insist on the adoption of policies to ensure recruitment and retention for diversity among their grantees. As nonprofit leaders, have you wondered how foundations analyze your organization’s journey toward equity and inclusion? Has your organization experienced difficulty in meeting new expectations? Do you have a success story to share with peers? Can you assess the impact of your efforts? At this session, you will learn how funders in the region have put equity and inclusion into practice in their organizations. You’ll also have the chance to share and learn about successful strategies to diversify organizations that have resulted in furthering organizational cultures for greater equity and inclusion.

About the Presenters


Dahnesh Medora joined Meyer Memorial Trust in 2015. Prior to his role at Meyer, he served as the Senior Associate for Nonprofit Support at Education Northwest, providing capacity building and leadership development support to nonprofits and governmental agencies at the local, statewide and national level. As Director of Programs and Senior Consultant at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and as Director of Organizational Services at the National Community Development Institute, Dahnesh designed and managed capacity building programs focused on communities of color. Dahnesh also supported new and emerging social justice projects while serving as Director of External Relations at the Tides Foundation.

Reyes Andrillon

As a Community Engagement Officer at Northwest Health Foundation, Michael Reyes Andrillon spends much of his time out in the community, interacting with current and potential partners. He also organizes gatherings for NWHF funded partners and reviews grant applications for our funding opportunities. Prior to his work at NWHF Michael was Director of Inclusion and Access for the Linfield College School of Nursing. He has served as chair of the Latino Community Resource Group in Vancouver, WA, on the advisory board for the Latino Educational Achievement Project in Olympia, WA; and as a board member of MIKE Program. Michael graduated from Washington State University in 2003 with degrees in zoology and comparative ethnic studies. He also earned his master of public administration from Washington State University Vancouver in 2012.


Mychal Cherry was born and raised in Oregon and is a proud member of the Grand Ronde tribe. She began her career with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Indian Child Welfare unit and most recently worked for Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. as a Marketing Manager from 2009 to 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is enrolled in a Master’s program. She is happily married with 5 children and resides in Salem, Oregon & feels honored to represent the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

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May 11th, 2017 8:00 AM   through   8:00 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Development & Fundraising
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Leadership Development
Operations & Planning
Program & Impact Evaluation
Presenter Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation, & Spirit Mountain Community Fund
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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