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Upcoming DEI Round Tables

Save the dates!

Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtables will be held:

  • May 1 (Location TBA in Wallowa County)
  • May 2 (HatchLab Baker, 2019 A Main St. in Baker City)


These conversations will be facilitated by Alaí Reyes-Santos, an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon and an internationally recognized activist-scholar with particular expertise around migration, Haitian-Dominican and Dominican-Puerto Rican relations, and racial and gender dynamics in the Caribbean and its U.S. diasporas. Alaí has been involved with a number of social justice groups, including Community Alliance of Lane County, Basic Rights Oregon, and INTEGRA, a network of anti-racist scholars and organizations based in Mexico City.

Future roundtable dates are Aug. 1 (Location in Wallowa County TBD) and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming.

The sessions include lunch.The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.


This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

GrantReady Prepares Nonprofits for Grantwriting Success

Back by popular demand: "GrantReady" organizational development and grant-writing training provides tools and skills needed to help nonprofits become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects. NEOEDD plans to offer this series on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

    Wallowa County: Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10

    Baker City: Apr. 7-28

GrantReady consists of four training sessions for volunteers and staff members of nonprofit organizations. Topics include:

    Organizational and project budgeting

    Components of a grant proposal

    Funding plan

    Evaluation methods

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

    Board relations

    Foundation site visits

    Grant reporting

Lunch will be provided. The cost for the series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. Registration links are here for Enterprise and here for Baker City. The Enterprise series will be held at the Wallowa Resources building, 401 NE 1st St.

“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations, who will provide insights into their foundations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for them to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”

What past participants have said about GrantReady:

    “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package.  Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”

    “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”

    “I benefited from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”

    “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”

    “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources, such as the list of grant awarding businesses.”

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.