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Meyer Memorial Trust makes C. Oregon grants

PORTLAND, Ore. - At the June program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees awarded four grants worth $90,000 to nonprofit organizations in Central Oregon.

Three of the grants were made in the Grassroots Grants program, which awards grants up to $40,000, usually to smaller organizations. The remaining award – $20,000 to Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity – was one of five Responsive Grants made to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon to help their work in providing affordable housing.

These grants bring the total amount awarded in Central Oregon since Meyer Memorial Trust began operating in 1982 to more than $20 million.

Meyer Memorial Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with assets of approximately $722 million. The Board of Trustees—which includes Debbie Craig, John Emrick, Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, George Puentes and Charles Willhoite—meets monthly to make grants.

June grants included:

Responsive Grants

Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity, Madras

Awarded: $20,000

To help build a new affordable three-bedroom home in Madras


Grassroots Grants

Angel Flight West, Bend

Awarded: $10,000

To support humanitarian air transportation for Oregonians who need urgent medical and emergency help


Kemple Memorial Children's Dental Clinic, Bend

Awarded: $35,000

To expand children's dental clinic services


Sisters Kiwanis Community Service Foundation, Sisters

Awarded: $25,000

To help build a food bank to serve people experiencing poverty in Central Oregon


Meyer Memorial Trust's website lists all grants made in June:

Meyer Memorial Trust is a private foundation established from the personal estate of Fred G. Meyer. It is not connected with Fred Meyer Inc., the retail enterprise. More information about the Meyer Memorial Trust is available from its website at

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