Mailing Address

3636a N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97227

Phone Number

(503) 975-4545

Phil Busse, Executive Director 

Rachel Miller-howard, manager AND the non-profit hour producer


Get Involved

The Media Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are fortunate for our support from generous donors and helpful members of the community. There are plenty of ways to show your support, and thank you for your interest.

Become a Member

Annual MISC Membership

By signing up for the Media Institute for Social Change Membership Program, you receive and exclusive newsletter with film recommendations, discounts to local Portland businesses, and other surprises.

Membership costs $10 a year and contributes to programming for The Non-Profit Hour, our Summer Documentary Program, Winter Documentary Series, and other year-round MISC events. 

Annual MISC Membership includes free entry to MISC film screenings and early registration for MISC classes.

Supporting Membership for The Non-Profit Hour

Support our radio show with $5 a month and receive monthly emails, tickets to all of the Winter Documentary Series screenings, and have the good-feeling from knowing you support the ongoing sustainability of The Non-Profit Hour on XRAY.FM.



During our summer programs, students stay with a local family. Staying with a family gives students an immediate connection to the community and a home base. Students will be responsible for their own meals. Offering a place for a student to stay during this time can be a rewarding way to get directly involved with the program.


Are you a writer, filmmaker, blogger, musician, or politician who would be willing to share your expertise with an idealistic student who is hungry to learn from you? Please contact us so that we can figure out how to include your talents in the curriculum.

Become a Partner

Thank you to our partners and sponsors who help to make the mission of the Media Institute for Social Change possible.

Portland Community Media (PCM) is a nonprofit, public benefit organization dedicated to promoting local, non-commercial media developed and produced in the community, by the community and for the community.

Cascade Educational Broadcast Service (CEBS) is an Oregon nonprofit formed to oversee development and operation of FCC-sanctioned non-commercial radio licenses.


In order to continue inspiring generations of new media activists we rely on your support. The program is sponsored by grants from foundations, donations from forward-thinking businesses and, most importantly, from individuals.



You can help sponsor a fellowship or, you can make a donation to offset instructors’ fees and other basic costs.

$1,000 pays for instructional fees for one attending student.
$500 covers the production and film costs for a documentary film project.
$25 helps us know that you are out there supporting this program.