Funded Projects

2018

Conversation Project

Oregon Humanities

The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences of opinion, belief, and background—about important issues and ideas.

Capacity Building Support

race talks

Race Talks is widely known and respected as the premier, African American led, forum in Portland for the discussion of race. Current demand is more than the organization can meet; the monthly program is at capacity; and the number of facilitators inadequate. Emily's Fund supported Race Talk's ongoing capacity building work which includes training facilitators, hiring staff and incorporating as a 501(c)3.

Dialogue and Education with Film

outside the frame

Outside the Frame's outreach program changes the way homeless and marginalized youth see and are seen through film.

Mobilization and Rapid Response to Racism

ecumenical ministries of oregon

This project builds connections between faith communities in different geographic areas of Oregon, developing the critical skills and resources to spark proactive responses to hate-speech and intolerant acts and words.

Brave Space

Bag&baggage productions

Brave Space is a unique equity and inclusion program that seeks to create greater understanding, empathy, and connection between Hillsboro's predominately white, straight community and the diverse residents of Hillsboro who fall outside those definitions.

Willesden Read

Regional arts and Culture Council

On the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, which saved 10,000 children who fled Nazi persecution, RACC, in collaboration with several area partners including OJMCHE and Portland Public Schools, taught 10,000 students about the Holocaust, the importance of standing up against bigotry and hatred, and the transformative power of music.

Joint Convening

we are all america

On June 25-27 in Estes Park, CO, We Are All America held a joint convening with their sister organizations from across the country. Emily's Fund helped to underwrite the travel expenses of the Oregon delegation which included members from Unite Oregon and CAUSA.

As The Spirit Moves Us

portland spirit LEd justice alliance

Born out of the lived experiences of Portland-area faith leaders following the 2016 election, Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance seeks to maximize the impact of twelve Portland faith based coalitions through strategic coordination, finding new opportunities for religious leadership to participate in justice work, and prioritizing healing, renewal and inspiration through spiritual practice.

We Are All Oregon

unite ORegon

Through this project Unite Oregon will build and expand the We Are Oregon coalition into a state-wide table, secure stop-gap funding for three resettlement agencies (Catholic Charities, Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon) for two years, and identify and develop 20-25 prominent and emerging refugee, immigrant and faith leaders/advocates to effectively combat restrictive anti-refugee/immigrant sentiment and policies at the state and local levels.

Common Ground Network

Friends of Outdoor School

Through this project Unite Oregon will build and expand the We Are Oregon coalition into a state-wide table, secure stop-gap funding for three resettlement agencies (Catholic Charities, Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon) for two years, and identify and develop 20-25 prominent and emerging refugee, immigrant and faith leaders/advocates to effectively combat restrictive anti-refugee/immigrant sentiment and policies at the state and local levels.

Rockwood Speaks

Rockwood CDC

Rockwood Speaks has engaged more than 2,000 adults in facilitated conversations in many languages. Findings are carefully translated and documented, and the resulting reports have had a positive impact on policy decisions in government, faith communities, education, policing, business and philanthropic circles. Rockwood Speakswill continue to connect neighbors to their leaders, and also to connect hungry families to the food systems that support them.

Mulugeta Seraw: Remember, Learn, Change

Urban League of Portland

On November 13, the Urban League brought together diverse people to remember, talk about, and learn from the the life and death of Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant who was murdered in front of his Portland home 30 years ago. The event kicked off actions led by the Urban League to bring the community together to honor diversity and inclusion and to speak out against racism, bigotry and hate.

Client Advisory Board

Oregon Food Bank

One facet of their Equity Initiative, Oregon Food Bank's Client Advisory Board engages diverse groups of people with lived experience of hunger and food security to inform OFB's hunger relief strategy.

Addressing Homelessness

Vision Action Network

Together with Project Homeless Connect, VAN hosted a dialogue between leaders of diverse faith communities and local government to explore collaborative and innovative solutions to address the growing problem of homelessness in Washington County.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Girls Inc's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative seeks to analyze Girls Inc's current programs, policies, structures and practices through an equity lens. This analysis will be followed by strategy development and execution that will help Girls Inc operationalize their DEI work.


2017

Mobilization and Rapid Response to Racism, Intolerance and Hate in Oregon Communities

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Working with their interfaith partners, EMO will launch a two-year network building program to help congregations mobilize and respond to intolerance through understanding and compassion. The project will build connections between faith communities in different geographic areas of Oregon, help develop and nurture the critical skills and resources to spark proactive responses to hate-speech and intolerant acts and words. It will assist faith organizations in focused conversations on "what we are for," rather than "what we are against" to help communities provide a progressive vision of what they want to create in their community.

Beginning Farmers of Color Apprenticeship Program

Oregon Food Bank

The goal of this project is to develop the capacity of beginning farmers to build skills in agricultural food production, and to develop their small business acumen through an agricultural training and mentoring program for 10 participants as well as drop in-training for many others. In addition, it will facilitate the relationships necessary to secure financing and land for agricultural businesses. Participants will connect with individual farmers through conversations and farm visits.

Talking Across Difference

Rural Organizing Project

The Rural Organizing Project will launch a program of People’s Movement Assemblies (PMAs), which are built around an agenda of personal sharing and dialogue. Oregon’s rural communities have, in many ways, been divided by “difference.” This project provides forums for supportive discussions that see past that difference and allow communities to come together. The PMAs will take place in rural Oregon communities where militia groups are active. They will be attended by immigrant community members, service providers, those who work in schools, women’s crisis workers and more.

Conversation Project 2017-2018

Oregon Humanities

The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences of opinion, belief, and background—about important issues and ideas. Local nonprofits request conversation programs on topics relevant to their communities, and OH provides facilitators to guide inclusive discussions. Demand for these conversations is higher than ever. OH plans to hold 175 Conversation Project programs in the next year.

Equity and Inclusion Work for the Washington County Nonprofit Network

Vision Action Network

VAN will convene Executive Directors and Board chairs of Washington County nonprofits for facilitated workshops, providing leaders a space to reflect on their commitment to equity. Goals are to clarify expectations of Executive Directors as leaders around equity, to develop a framework to talk about and model equity with others, to help organizations start to move toward equity, and to learn from and support fellow leaders doing equity work.

Funding for Anti-Hate Lawn Signs

Unite Oregon

Emily worked with the Coalition Against Hate Crimes to respond immediately to hate crimes. This project has provided new signs that are distributed to Oregon organizations who get them out into neighborhoods where and when they are needed.

Rockwood Speaks!

Rockwood CDC

The Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham is Oregon’s poorest and most diverse community. Rockwood Speaks! opens dialogue among people of different faiths, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in Rockwood. Since they began the Rockwood Speaks! series three years ago, Rockwood CDC has engaged more than 700 adults in facilitated conversations about life in this community. Each conversation is culturally-specific. Rockwood Speaks! has been facilitated in English, Spanish, Somali, Tongan, Arabic, Russian, Dinkan and Chuuki.

Portland Art Museum Equity and Inclusion Work

Portland Art Museum

In 2016 the Portland Art Museum enlisted the Center for Equity and Inclusion to guide a cross-departmental team of staff and trustees through a year-long equity and inclusion training. Upon completion of the training, the Portland Art Museum will have an in-house equity team which focuses on deepening expertise in areas of equity and inclusion. The team will develop an equity plan which outlines strategies to integrate equitable practices, policies, and protocols throughout the Museum.


2016

Three-year Commitment to the Intergroup Seder

Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Emily coordinated and led Portland's annual Intergroup Seder. Continuing her legacy, each year our Jewish community continues to host guests of diverse faith-based and ethnic communities, sharing the story of the Exodus from Egypt, the foundation of the Jewish people, our values, ethics and traditions. Emily's Fund has made a three-year commitment to funding the Intergroup Seder, working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to invite everyone to the seder free of charge.

WeLead: Youth-Powered Conversations for Change

Oregon Humanities

Through a grant to Oregon Humanities, Emily's Fund is sponsoring WeLead: Youth-Powered Conversations for Change. WeLead trains high school students to plan, design and lead conversations on topics that matter most to their communities. The project is a partnership between Oregon Humanities and Catlin Gabel’s PLACE urban studies and leadership program based in North Portland. 

Program outreach began in winter 2015, with the goal of recruiting students from a variety of Portland-area schools—including Catlin Gabel, Grant, Jefferson, Roosevelt, De La Salle North—and partner community organizations, including Urban League of Portland and Black United Fund.


2015

Strengthening Our Region Through Interfaith Action

Inter-religious Action Network of Washington County

In conjunction with Interfaith Council of Greater Portland and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, this event brought together representatives of Oregon congregations and organizations to discuss issues of common concern such as peace-making, access to mental health and disability support, and climate change. The most important discussion centered on what a statewide interfaith network could achieve as a group. Ongoing discussion continued following this inspirational and informative gathering.

Vancouver Interfaith Breakfast

Congregation Kol Ami

This gathering of spiritual leaders of many faiths was held at Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, where Emily chanted on many High Holy Days. Rev. Brooks Berndt spoke and a lively panel discussion followed.

Ray of Hope

Oregon Jewish Museum

Middle school students from Self-Enhancement Charter School and Portland Jewish Academy came together for a program focusing on the history of both African Americans and Jews in Oregon. Musicians Alika Hope and Ray Morant performed with the theme of Jewish biblical inspiration for African American gospel music, stimulating a discussion of the relationships between African American and Jewish histories and spirits.

Community Discussions on Race and Policing

Oregon Humanities

This series was held at various Multnomah County Libraries and was moderated by professors from Portland-area colleges and the staff of Oregon Humanities. The well-attended discussions were lively and informative and the participants were ethnically and socio-economically diverse.


2014

African American - Jewish Dialogue

Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

A series of dinner conversations moderated by Barbara O'Hare, a friend and prominent member of Portland's African American community. Many friendships and informal meetings, interactions and gatherings resulted from the dialogue.

Intergroup Seder 2014 and 2015

Oregon Area Jewish Committee 2014 and Jewish Federation of Greater Portland 2015

Portland's Jewish community hosts guests of diverse faith-based and ethnic communities, sharing the story of the Exodus from Egypt, the foundation of the Jewish people, our values, ethics and traditions. Matzo balls included!

Coalition of Color

Oregon PTA

The Coalition of Color seeks to recruit and engage more parents of color in the Oregon PTA and in their children's education. Our grant paid for outreach to parents of color for registration for the PTA's annual meeting. Donna Maxey, a leader in the PTA's efforts to recruit more parents of color, received our support to attend a national conference on the subject, bringing effective recruiting techniques and materials back to Oregon.