By Emily Neelon |

Supported “by the community, for the community”, MRG Foundation works strategically to develop genuine solutions to difficult issues. Their community-oriented, progressive approach empowers those most impacted by injustice, challenging oppression through collective action.

MRG fights for a variety of social justice issues, from tuition equity for college students to cultural preservation and native sovereignty of Oregon’s tribal communities. The foundation is able to support these groups and their causes through grantmaking, fundraising, advocacy and community forums. Each year, MRG provides roughly 500,000 dollars in grants and has distributed $15 million into social justice movements in the state since its founding in 1976.

Drawing upon the values of interdependence and diversity , MRG hopes to create a future where all Oregonians can reach their full potential and live in peaceful co-habitation. To support this mission or apply for a grant, visit their website.

Throughout the week we are sitting down with MRG Foundation to learn more about their efforts as a part of our award-winning Community Voices series. These interviews will be posted below. Big thanks to our friends at Living Room Realty for supporting this feature.