Posts by Marissa Streyle

Celebrating our Members

In February, we’ll be celebrating the first birthday of the GlobalPDX community and would like to commemorate the occasion by celebrating our members’ accomplishments. We want to hear your (both individual and organizational members) 2017 success stories and want to share them with the community.  Use this form to send your stories by January 24.


No success is too big or too small, if it moved the needle significantly for your global work, we want to share it with the world!


GlobalPDX Member Success Stories

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    2018-2019 Global Health Corp fellowship applications now open

    Global Health Corps is building the next generation of diverse health leaders. The program offers a range of paid fellowship positions with health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia and the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement. Everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement.

    Applications for the Global Health Corp 2018-2019 fellowship class are open now through January 17, 2018! The program is searching for a diverse crew of 140+ young leaders (ages 21-30) who believe that health is a human right and are ready to work to make it a reality for all.

    Oregon Business covers GlobalPDX’s Achieving the SDGs conference

    Oregon Business magazine recently published a story on Oregon’s international development community gathering together at GlobalPDX’s first conference, Achieving the SDGs.  The article also highlights our Borneo Working Group, a newly created group of Oregon-based organizations focused on collaborating to strengthen their impact in the region.

    Member post from InStove

    Post written by Adam Creighton, Development Director

    In 2013, I began working at InStove, a small, grassroots, international development nonprofit in Cottage Grove. As Director of Development, it was my job to raise funds, recruit volunteers, and write grants. What I found in Oregon was a state that punches above its weight in nonprofit terms, with a philanthropic culture of political, spiritual, and social giving, sophisticated donors, and a high level of volunteerism. (Oregon is ranked in the top half nationally for both giving and volunteering).

    I studied in the Ford Institute Rural Leadership Program, and had InStove join the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. For three years, InStove attended the excellent Nonprofit Leadership Conference and meetings of the Emerald Valley Development Professionals.

    But, while sessions on “cultivating major donors” and “board development” were of general interest, it was clear that Oregon lacked support for the unique needs of small, international nonprofits. Absent were sessions on:

    -Integrating small, focused nonprofit programming with larger humanitarian efforts (and funding)

    -Participating in bids for USAID, DFID or other development funding opportunities,

    -Which foundations to approach (in Oregon or beyond) for support of international WASH, energy, shelter, clean cookstove, or gender projects.

    In 2015, I first heard rumors about the plan by Green Empowerment to launch a resource-sharing, collaborative, membership network (in the style of Global Washington) for International Nonprofits in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. I immediately knew how powerful this opportunity was. Since GlobalPDX formally launched at the 2017 Elevating Impact Summit (where InStove and OSU won the Elevating Impact award)

    I have thrown the weight of InStove behind it. I refer new partners to GlobalPDX, share opportunities with fellow members, and most importantly, InStove hosts HEARTH, the Household Energy and Renewable Technologies for Humanity conference. This family and camping friendly conference occurs every August (in 2017, from the 17th to the 20th), as a collaboration between many GlobalPDX members. It brings international development professionals together to build community, share lessons, build capacity, and create connections.

    Sending something large to Ghana? Maybe you and Ghana Hope Foundation or Truthxvision should have a talk and see if you can collaborate on shipping and logistics.

    Working in Senegal? Create Action and Andando do too, and would probably love to hear from you.

    Planning an Energy Project in Nicaragua? Meet with Green Empowerment or blueEnergy Group and learn from their experiences, or partner with them directly.

    GlobalPDX is an opportunity for our community to be greater than the sum of its parts. And InStove is excited, through opportunities like HEARTH, to add value to this talented, dedicated, and above all, resourceful community who, through their investments of time, talent, and treasure, help make Oregon (and the Pac NW) such a special place to be, and be from. I hope you’ll join us at GlobalPDX, and at HEARTH, to find your tribe.