“For more than ten years the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has underwritten Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures Series, helping to bring five celebrated authors each year to speak to an audience of 2,700, bringing writers of all disciplines, walks of life, backgrounds, and ages to share their stories, insight, and light. This past year was a joyful and rich season that felt like a prolonged reunion, in which many of us rediscovered the power of community. Thank you, Maybelle Clark Macdonald, for your sustained partnership.”

Andrew Proctor, Literary Arts

“Thanks to the generous Maybelle Clark MacDonald grant, George Fox University’s nursing simulation lab has been equipped with technology that allows me and other students to conduct simulations that reflect the most current healthcare practices. Beyond the academic benefits, the grant has created a learning environment where students can embrace our core values of compassionate care and patient advocacy. High-fidelity simulations help us develop strong clinical judgment and instill a deep sense of empathy and understanding of the individuals we will be serving in our professional careers. This grant affords us the most effective environment to examine our actions in a clinical setting to best model scenarios.”

Ciaran McCormack, GFU Nursing Student

“Thanks to the generous grant funding from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, we have created and distributed free-of-charge, inspirational, and culturally responsive music education to K-8 music educators. Their support was critical in helping us to expand our initial reach of 5000 students to our current impact of educating over 260,000 K-8 students in Oregon and 5.1 million students worldwide with our programming. With their years of support, the MCM Fund has helped Music Workshop positively impact K-8 education and become change-makers in music education.”

Amy Richter, Founder/Executive Director

“Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund has made a world of difference for wildlife, and for Oregonians.

With their support we have advanced animal well-being, species recovery and conservation education at the Oregon Zoo. Their generous grants have helped create unforgettable learning experiences for people of all ages — from watching Asian elephants splash and play in their pool to seeing a baby orangutan begin to climb — all while engaging the public with the challenges these incredible animals face in the wild.

We are grateful to the Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund for helping us bring people together for wildlife and for us all!”

Julie Fitzgerald, Executive Director

“For decades Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has a special concern for the health of our community.  This concern is demonstrated, in part, by years of support to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center via grants which allow us to offer cancer patients the most up to date technology in their cancer treatment.  Thousands in our community have had their way eased on their cancer journey thanks to Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund support.”

Kevin Finn, Chief Philanthropy Officer

“I am thrilled to share my heartfelt gratitude for the support and generosity we have received from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund. Our recent grant award will support making Heart of Oregon Corps’ vision of a Centralized Campus a reality. With the Campus, we aim to normalize and support youth choosing a employment and certifications path, and provide them with the same level of community support that their peers attending a traditional college experience. Support from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has breathed life into this generational project and will continue to have an impact on the Central Oregon community for years to come.”

Laura Handy, Executive Director

“Link2Feed is straight up the best. By asking our clients more questions, we hear more of their story, we get to know them better. This has really been the best part, taking a moment with a person and letting them tell you about what their schooling in their native country was like, or hearing about the difficulty in finding housing, or a hundred other stories.”

Travis Niemann, Program Manager • Northeast Emergency Food Program

“We are so happy. My kids are so happy too. Community Warehouse made my house full of the good stuff! No place like my house, like home. I love my home.”

Hilivaha, Community Warehouse Client

“Maybelle Center is tremendously grateful to the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for its recent support of our capital project to refurbish the elevator in our assisted living facility, and to reconfigure and optimize our program spaces to accommodate our growing number of members, volunteers, and program offerings. Your leadership with this and other important projects has helped us to grow and develop as an organization, and has catalyzed giving from other major donors to Maybelle Center. Thank you!”

Jon Ulsh, Executive Director • Maybelle Center for Community

“Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund most recently provided us with a gift to replace the aging ovens in our central kitchen in Multnomah Village. Originally installed when our building opened in 2003, these ovens had produced more than 18 million meals for older adults in our community and had outlasted their warranty. Proteins prepared in the old ovens lost between 25 and 30 percent of their total weight. New technology in the “cook and hold” ovens installed resulted in shrinkage of just 10 percent, saving nearly $500 per week in food costs. In addition, the new ovens saved 30 percent in utility costs annually since they do not require a hood system. The new ovens allowed us to gain efficiencies, increase volume production, save significant amounts on both food purchases and utility costs and continue to serve seniors in the years to come.”

Julie Piper Finley, ABC, Director of Marketing & Communications • Meals on Wheels People

“When I lost my job at age 65, I also lost my dental coverage along with it. I went through chemo treatment for cancer. This caused my teeth to decline. I was recently able to get medical insurance, but no real dental plan. I was referred to the dental van — they got me right in. All the staff were very professional and made me feel so comfortable. The people were amazing, gentle, and kind-hearted. It is wonderful to be able to SMILE and EAT! I can’t thank you enough. God bless you.”

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“Funding from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has allowed us to pilot our app, Count Me In, to track children’s nutrition across institutions in four countries. With this funding, we were able to train caregivers at eight institutions to track anemia, growth, and mealtime challenges for 191 children, and subsequently make recommendations on the best ways to improve the health and nutrition of those kids. Prior to our intervention we found that 51 percent of children tested positive for anemia, 43 percent exhibited poor growth, and 62 percent of children with disabilities exhibited poor growth. I am deeply grateful for this funding because it helped us learn the best ways to deploy Count Me In, train caregivers around the world, and collect data that will impact decision makers at the highest levels.”

Mishelle Rudzinski, Executive Director, SPOON

“I don’t know what we would do without the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund! This grant is pivotal to providing disaster services in response to growing wildfires and natural disasters in the region and beyond. What’s great, is this gift also helps unlock some matching funds, which together are helping us place eight emergency response vehicles throughout the Greater Northwest. We cannot say thanks enough for this partnership.”

Cara James, Regional Philanthropy Officer, American Red Cross

“Grants from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund have forever improved the lives of students at the University of Oregon. With the support of the Fund, young people have and will continue to realize the transformational value of a University of Oregon degree while enjoying the premier collegiate experience in the nation. We are forever grateful for the philanthropic legacy of Maybelle Clark Macdonald and her family.”

Rob Mullens, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

“A generous grant awarded by MCM to the Oregon Historical Society will support the complete redesign of the core Oregon history exhibition, which will now be called “Experience Oregon.” It will include a more diverse representation of our collective story, and will be created by the inclusive community of local content designers assigned to this broadened purpose. Over 70,000 visitors, 25,000 of which will be under the age of 18, will experience the latest scholarship and cultural interpretations of Oregon’s history. The impact of a broader understanding of the history of the people of Oregon will help us truly see ourselves as we truly are: diverse, courageous, and hopeful for the truth — regardless of the challenges it may represent.”

Lori Kuechler, Oregon Historical Society