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What's DEI??

Do you wonder what do people mean by "DEI"–diversity, equity and inclusion?

Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and/or

Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?

Join a dynamic, interactive roundtable with Alai Reyes-Santos, who will lead a discussion that about people and change in Northeast Oregon. Meet other organization leaders and community volunteers willing to have the hard conversations that are needed to build a better future for everyone.


  • May 1 The Place, 301 S Lake St., Joseph  Register here
  • May 2 HatchLab Baker, 2019 A Main St., Baker City  Register here


Cost is $25, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.

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


Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos is an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon. She is an award-winning scholar, and writer on race, gender, and migration studies, recently earning the 2015 Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has led workshops and served as a consultant on issues of equity and inclusion for the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights,
Northwest Youth Corps, Pearl Buck Center, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, School Garden Project, and Centro Bono (Dominican Republic).

This program is offered with support 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.