Oregon Economic Justice Roundtable

AFN’s network of grantmakers—private, public, corporate, and community foundations—invest in policies, programs, changes in practices as well as financial products as tools to confront the roots of inequities and create change.  We view the concept of assets broadly to include issues such as health, employment, business ownership, housing, post-secondary education, and public and private debt.  In this way, AFN accounts for multiple interrelated dimensions of assets for the household as well as community and intergenerational family wealth.

In Oregon, the Asset Funders Network regional chapter, also known as, the Oregon Economic Justice Roundtable, currently includes Neighborhood Partnerships, Native American Youth and Family Center, and the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity as well as founding funder members co-creating a shared table of funders and advocates and other nonprofit organizations to advance collective, sustained action for racial and economic justice. The Roundtable continues the conversation started during a June 9th conference Racial and Economic Justice from the Ground Up: A Virtual Roundtable for Oregon Leaders.

How We Work

We believe racial justice requires new approaches toward the creation, transfer and redistribution of wealth, power, and intentional wealth generation.  Achieving justice requires an end to the unequal treatment under current policies and practices that create wealth disparities and the generational loss of wealth as well as the narratives which perpetuate harm.  Our systemic, practice, and narrative solutions will be community centered. The goals we seek to achieve are long term, and the work will evolve over time.  

Initially, our efforts will focus on:

  1. Developing and strengthening trust based relationships between funders and nonprofit organizations working to advance racial and economic justice.  The Roundtable strives to be led by majority Black, Indigenous, and other people of color funder and nonprofit members. Taking time to meet regularly, share lived experiences, and candidly discuss priorities and funding and organizational practices will help build trust among members necessary to adopt more inclusive funding practices and shared goals and act in solidarity toward achieving them.
  2. Shifting narratives of deserved wealth and power by making visible the hidden and unwritten rules that support white privilege and hold people from other communities back.  Developing new frameworks and ways of doing business will help change the rules to promote equity. Our narrative change work will center the most impacted communities, lead with race and ethnicity, and call out disparities in systems and practices.
  3. Acting as a hub for focused work on racial justice and wealth.  We recognize multiple community led conversations on racial justice are occurring.  Through a shared table we aim to insure community voices lead the work and align with and amplify other efforts such as Reimagine OregonJust Oregon for Black Lives, Our Oregon, in order to contribute to the momentum for change.
  4. Together setting policy priorities, an agenda, and ultimately action steps that achieve shared goals toward a liberation economy, where people can thrive and are safe and secure.

Upcoming Events

March 26, 2021: Shifting the Scales of Wealth and Power  REGISTER

For more information about our current structure and list of potential policy priorities, please see the slides from our December 2020 Convening.

View Slides from the December 2020 Roundtable Convening


Are you an Oregon grantmaker interested in joining OEJR? Contact us to learn more.
Annette Case, annette@assetfunders.org


Are you an Oregon community organization interested in OEJR? Contact Carlos David Garcia cgarcia@neighborhoodpartnerships.org to learn more.

Founding Grantmaker Members

Melissa Freeman, Chabre Vickers, and Nancy Ramirez Arriaga

Steering Committee

Nancy Ramirez Arriaga

Meyer Memorial Trust

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Danielle Chun

Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

Emily Daman

Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

Carlos David García

Neighborhood Partnerships

Andres Lopez, Ph.D.

Coalition of Communities of Color

Jessica Santos, PhD

Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

Sky Waters

Native American Youth and Family Center

Elona Wilson

Coalition of Communities of Color

Annette Case

Pacific Northwest Program Officer

AFN Staff