Request for Proposals: 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership

The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Program is currently recruiting organizations that are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the service year of August 2019- August 2020. VISTA members build the capacity of organizations, delivering new innovations to end poverty in Oregon. We hope to recruit between seven and nine organizations for this cohort.

Our RFP is now open for proposals (attached). We anticipate closing our RFP on Monday, April 15th and recruiting VISTA members from mid-May through mid-July. However, organizations are encouraged to apply early, as we will accept sites and recruit members for accepted sites’ positions on a rolling basis. You will find all application materials and instructions attached. Organizations are strongly encouraged to contact me prior to submitting a full application to discuss the potential project and determine its suitability.

We’re able to support projects that are focused on Economic Opportunity including:

  •  Housing access & affordable housing, job skills training, microenterprise, IDA programs, financial literacy, and other community development initiatives.

Projects must meet the following criteria, at minimum:

  • Must be focused exclusively on low-income populations
  • Must be indirect service only (focused on capacity building rather than meeting immediate needs)
  • Must develop or expand programs or initiatives

Organizations must, at minimum:

  • Hold 501(c)(3) status, or be a tribal or governmental entity, or be a non-profit educational institution.
  • Provide office space and supplies, supervision, and staff support for the member.
  • Assign a dedicated supervisor able to provide at least five hours of mentorship and guidance to the member per week. Organizations must have staff capacity of at least 1 FTE, though we prefer at least 3 FTE.
  • Meet a cash match of between $7,000 and $9,000. This amount will vary depending on the number of sites who join.
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and retaining the member.
  • Maintain full compliance with federal polices (training and support will be provided to supervisors on these matters).

If you have any interest in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member at your organization or questions about the process, please reach out. I’m happy to answer all questions and talk through project ideas. More information on our program can be found here:http://www.mercycorpsnw.org/community/vista/.

RACC announces a more equitable funding plan for arts organizations in Portland


>> A major funder of arts and culture responds to existing disparities with a progressive investment model

(Portland, Ore.) – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), one of the city’s largest arts funders, is announcing significant changes to the way it invests in more than 50 arts and culture organizations in Portland.  To address the historic disparity of its existing funding model, and to nurture a more diverse arts ecosystem, RACC will distribute its General Operating Support (GOS) dollars more equitably. These changes, which are in alignment with the City of Portland’s equity goals and national best practices, will result in funding increases for 80% of RACC’s GOS partners next year.

“This is something to celebrate,” said RACC Executive Director Madison Cario.  “Intentional and strategic conversations are taking place locally and nationally about the way we invest in our communities. I am proud that RACC is taking this step and putting the organization’s theories of inclusion, diversity, equity and access into action.”

Every year, RACC provides millions of dollars in unrestricted funds (known as General Operating Support, or GOS) to 54 arts organizations in Portland, made possible with City of Portland general fund investments, Arts Tax dollars, Multnomah County funds, and proceeds from RACC’s workplace giving campaign, the Arts Impact Fund. RACC will award a total of $4.9 million to these groups in FY2018-19.

From 2008 to 2018, 57% of all RACC GOS funds have been awarded to the region’s five largest organizations: Oregon Ballet Theater, Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage and Portland Opera. This disparity is common nationally as well; a 2017 study from Helicon Collaborativefound that 2% of arts organizations across the country receive 58% of all contributed income. Nationally, those organizations tend to have large budgets, focus on Western European artforms, and attract predominantly white, middle to upper-class audiences.

Going forward, rather than using a formula to grant funds as a percentage of an arts organization’s budget, RACC has adopted a more equitable and progressive distribution funding model. This means that small to midsize arts organizations will receive additional funding and some of Portland’s largest cultural institutions will receive less funding than in past years. In addition to a guaranteed RACC Base Award every year, all groups, regardless of size, will have additional opportunities to receive Investment Awards based on their community impact and other measurable outcomes.  At least $1 million will be distributed as Investment Awards in FY2019-20.

As a result of the changes approved unanimously by the RACC board on February 6, RACC anticipates that more than 80% of RACC GOS partners will receive a larger grant award in 2020. Five to seven of the city’s largest organizations (about 12% of RACC GOS partners, those with budgets of over $2 million) will likely receive less funding starting in 2021—an impact that represents less than 1% of their annual budgets. RACC also supports arts organizations in Clackamas and Washington Counties, and many smaller organizations in Portland, but those groups are not impacted by these changes.

“For organizations like ours who bring the arts where they have generally been overlooked and underfunded, this is a sign that our community is growing in the right direction,” says Seth Truby, Executive Director of Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, an organization that provides tuition-free after-school orchestral music programs.

“As a young organization, BRAVO has relied on RACC support every stage of our development,” Truby continues. “From critical strategic advice and administrative support in our first years to a project grant that helped us expand our programming in our fourth year, RACC support has been a critical part of our path to organizational stability. Last year we started receiving General Operating Support, and we are excited to see RACC’s focus on equitable funding, which has the potential to increase engagement with creators and audiences who traditionally face barriers to participation in arts and culture.”

RACC Board Chair Linda McGeady notes, “These changes, led by our Grants Review Committee, culminate several years of thoughtful work by the RACC staff and board. We understand that this new model creates challenges for some of our city’s largest arts organizations, and for that reason we will continue funding them at their current levels for another year. We are committed to helping our city’s largest cultural institutions reach out to new communities, and we are confident that they will have continued success for generations to come.”

“I’m proud of RACC for responding to longstanding disparities, and excited to see this effort toward greater equity come to fruition,” said the City Arts Commissioner, Chloe Eudaly. “We’re changing the structure of arts funding and redistributing resources in a manner that will directly benefit Portland’s small and midsized arts organizations, increase the diversity of organizations and patrons served, and better reflect our vibrant arts and culture landscape.”

For more information about these changes and RACC’s General Operating Support program, visit racc.org/grants/general-operating-support-grants/.

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The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a local arts agency serving 1.8 million residents in the Portland, Oregon metro region including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. RACC provides grants and technical assistance for artists and nonprofit organizations, with more than 5,000 grants totaling $44 million in the past two decades. RACC also manages a widely-celebrated public art collection of more than 2,200 artworks for the City of Portland and Multnomah County; conducts employee giving campaigns that have raised more than $8.5 million for local arts organizations since 2007; organizes networking events, forums and workshops; and integrates the arts into the broader curriculum for K-8 students through The Right Brain Initiative, serving more than 27,000 students a year. Online at www.racc.org.

Turner School of Construction Management Program Fall 2019

For more than 40 years, Turner has offered the Turner School of Construction Management.

In the company’s Portland office, the intense seven-week course is specifically geared toward certified minority and women owned businesses. The course is offered at no cost to the participants and is taught by Turner staff. Classes focus on various aspects of business, including marketing, business planning, banking, financials, estimating, scheduling, daily operations, managing risk, safety, managing human capital, and working with public works agencies.

The time also serves as an opportunity to develop mentoring relationships and partnerships. The Portland chapter of the Turner School of Construction Management has seen more than 360 graduates from local businesses.

Applications and the complete schedule will soon be available for the 2019 Turner School of Construction Management.

Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm at the Portland Community College CLIMB Center. The next class will be held Fall 2019.

Please contact Shannon Watson, Diversity Coordinator for more information: (503) 545-5866 or 
swatson@tcco.com.

PDC Position Opportunity – Director Of Social Equity, Policy And Communication

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL EQUITY, POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS

PORTLAND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, PORTLAND

JOB – GOVERNMENT

CLOSE DATE: 11/06/2016

Director of Social Equity, Policy and CommunicationsThe Director of Social Equity, Policy and Communications leads the development, communication, oversight, analysis, reporting and refinements of cross-functional strategies, policies and initiatives to foster shared prosperity and social equity. Manages team of senior managers, professional staff and consultants to execute comprehensive communication approach, ensure transparent and inclusive community engagement practices, develop and guide strategic plans, and manage the PDC Board process. A member of the PDC Leadership Team, the position demonstrates high-level leadership and maintains trusting working relationships with community partners.

Salary
$127,518 – $184,894 annually

To apply: visit www.pdc.us for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. PDC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Please note: this recruitment closes on November 6, 2016. In addition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.

Complete details: www.pdc.us

 

http://www.partnersindiversity.org/jobs/43f8e3f11348d68dd4dc3faa9b4b50ba/view/

Scholarships for Native American Students

Greetings! The Oregon Community Foundation annually awards over $9.7 million in scholarships to Oregon students through our statewide scholarship program.  Two of these scholarship programs are designated for Native American students.

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Marketing Conference sponsored by Oregonian Media Group

Marketing Conference sponsored by Oregonian Media Group

Thursday, March 3: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center
1441 N.E. Second Avenue
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Cost: Partners: $40 (early-bird) / $50 after Friday, Feb. 27
Non-partners: $55 (early-bird) / $65 after Friday, Feb. 27
Includes continental breakfast, lunch and a beverage ticket

Our fourth annual Marketing Conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 3. Based on your feedback from last year, we are discussing a wide variety of topics including: Read more

Small Business Open House

Small Business Open House

Metro Procurement Services & Multnomah County Purchasing

Tuesday, February 23 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM [PST]

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR, United States

Want to talk about your business? Show us what you’ve got? Come mingle with Metro and Multnomah County staff at an afternoon Open House to learn about Metro activities and contracting opportunities. We have invited staff from around both agencies to present the activities and opportunities across departments.

You will learn:

  • How to do business with Metro and Multnomah County
  • How to register as an Oregon State Certified Small Business
  • What various departments in both agencies are tasked with
  • What kinds of contracts various departments are soliciting and the kinds of contracts they typically award
  • Current and upcoming opportunities

Contact: tracy.sagal@oregonmetro.gov

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