New Staff Member For Journalistic Learning Initiative

Seasoned Fundraising/Development Professional Joins Team

August 4, 2020 (Eugene, Ore.) – Journalistic Learning Initiative, an Oregon-based nonprofit empowering students to find their voice through storytelling, welcomes new staff member Glenda Gordon as Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships. Gordon was previously philanthropy and events manager for Holt International Children’s Services, leading a team managing annual galas. She was also major gifts officer and director of the annual fund for Northwest Christian University, cultivating relationships and helping to initiate a signature event for the now well-established Center for Leadership and Ethics. Additionally, Gordon was development director at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, and major gifts/planned giving director for the Oregon Pacific Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

“Glenda comes to JLI with a sensational background in collaboratively cultivating long-term authentic relationships with donors,” said JLI Executive Director Ed Madison. “Her deep roots in the Eugene area, compassion for the vulnerable, roles as a volunteer mentor, and connections with funders in Oregon is just what is needed for the Journalistic Learning Initiative’s next stage of growth and impact.”

Gordon is actively involved in Rotary International, currently serving as co-chair of their Foundation. In 2014, she received the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Founded in 2015, in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and College of Education, the JLI empowers students to discover their voice, improve academic outcomes, and engage in self-directed learning through project-based story telling. Students learn to research, interview, write, edit, and collaborate, making them more effective communicators.

Since its inception, JLI has helped more than 4,500 young people in Oregon and California succeed. For more information, email

Contact: Sydney Clevenger, (503-449-6580),

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