Creating Connections at VAN's Annual Meet the Funders!

It doesn't get much better than this for VAN as a convener of collaboration in Washington County. On Sept. 12, we made space for private foundations, corporate philanthropists, and nonprofit leaders to put their heads together and envision the possible. The morning kicked off with a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) panel discussion, followed by four "round robin" conversations (think funder/nonprofit speed dating), and a special lunchtime workshop where corporate funders and nonprofits explored ways to build more effective partnerships. All in all, another hugely successful event!
Image VAN's Executive Director Glenn Montgomery (center) moderates a DEI panel discussion as part of Meet the Funders. Panelists (L to R): Roberto Franco, Oregon Community Foundation; Bridget Calfee, Homeplate Youth Services, Hanif Fazal, Center for Equity and Inclusion, and Matt Morton, Meyer Memorial Trust

VAN Celebrates Another Year of Collaboration!

On June 25, one hundred people gathered to enjoy good food, drink, live music, and a little socializing as part of VAN's Annual Celebration, a tradition that honors the collaborative spirit of Washington County. The audience had an opportunity to experience collaboration firsthand with a challenging quiz that had the room buzzing and a group art project that produced a fabulous 4' x 6' mosaic!
Two great collaborative initiatives were highlighted as well. Watch a short video on each, and click on the images below to learn more.
Coalition of Communities of Color Community Research Project
Tree For All
Leading with Race Tree For All

Addressing Homelessness:
A Dialogue Between Faith & Government

In partnership with Project Homeless Connect, VAN gathered 175 people from faith, government, and the nonprofit sector to explore ways to collaborate more effectively and achieve better outcomes in service to people experiencing homelessness. Read more.

Update on VAN's Efforts to Strengthen Nonprofits and Advance Equity in Washington County

VAN is more than halfway through a 2-year Meyer Memorial Trust grant to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through its work with the nonprofit sector in Washington County. A cross-sector strategic planning team spent nine months studying the Washington County landscape and discerning how VAN can engage the nonprofit sector in concert with its mission as convener and facilitator of collaboration. The planning team delivered recommendations to VAN's Board for consideration at its upcoming retreat in July. Stay tuned for more details!
Check out the video below to learn how VAN was created and its importance in Washington County.

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