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Founded
2004
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Wine Working Wonders
Founded in 2004 in Portland, Oregon, the Classic Wines Auction is dedicated to producing food and wine related events to raise funds for local charities benefiting children and families.
Founded
1971
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Securing private philanthropic support for OHSU
The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Foundation's mission is to secure private philanthropic support for OHSU, and to invest and manage gifts responsibly in accordance with donors' wishes. The OHSU Foundation, with more than $595 million in assets, is the largest public university foundation in Oregon - and among the top higher education funds in America. The OHSU Foundation also administers a separate grant-making program, the Medical Research Foundation awards, supporting biomedical research in Oregon by new investigators. Since its founding more than a century ago, OHSU has become Oregon's only health and research university. Its mission is both fundamental and profound: to improve the health and well-being of the state and its citizens.
Founded
1973
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Here for Oregon. Here for good.
Since 1973, The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has connected private giving to public good - in every corner of the state. OCF's assets come from thousands of Oregonians who have invested in our state's future. OCF manages more than 1500 individual funds of various sizes. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $55 million annually in grants and scholarships. The Oregon Community Foundation is committed to improving life and uniting Oregonians through philanthropy.
Founded
1974
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Extraordinary Chamber Music in a Fun and Casual Atmosphere
Now in its 47th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 100,000 people annually with more than 100 main stage concerts, casual concerts in non-traditional venues, and dozens of free outreach and educational events. CMNW's five-week Summer Festival, week long Winter Festival, and year feature artists that range from rising stars to some of the most sought-after solo, chamber and recording artists in the world. Now in his 37th year as Artistic Director, world-renowned clarinetist and music educator David Shifrin is a highly acclaimed orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York from 1992 to 2004. CMNW's year-round staff of ten and larger seasonal staff are led by Executive Director Peter J. Bilotta, a 30-year veteran of opera, theater and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $1.7 million, CMNW has operated under a balanced budget every year since 1980.
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2008
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Supporting communities in building sustainable pathways for disconnected youth to a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential.
Gateway to College National Network supports communities in building sustainable pathways for disconnected youth (former high school dropouts) to a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential. Our core strategy is to support and replicate the Gateway to College programs that operate at 41 colleges in 21 states around the country. We design and implement community-wide initiatives to ensure that disconnected youth are back on track, college and career ready. We advocate for improved policies and funding for opportunity youth by leading and collaborating with local and national coalitions. We inform our partners and the public about effective ways to serve our student population by conducting and disseminating original research on disconnected youth.
Founded
1993
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Bringing literacy, education, and opportunity to impoverished children
Child Aid's mission is to create opportunity for Latin America's rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy and education programs. We conduct reading programs in partnership with over 52 communities in Guatemala and put books into the hands of thousands of children. We provide critical training to teachers and librarians and offer scholarships to impoverished students. Child Aid's literacy work provides the means for children to break out of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families.
Founded
2002
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Strengthening philanthropy to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners
Our mission is to strengthen philanthropy to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners. Over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Education (GFE) has grown into the largest and most diverse consortium of education philanthropists in the nation. Founded in 1995 on the premise that collective insights, shared resources and constructive collaboration enable grantmakers to make more intentional and impactful investments, GFE set out to demonstrate the power of networks in affecting greater change. We can strengthen, deepen and broaden philanthropy's impact on public education by bringing together organizations united by a commitment to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners.
Founded
1975
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Protecting the Life that Sustains Us
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. The Society uses advocacy, education, and applied research to defend invertebrates. Over the past three decades, we have protected endangered species and their habitats, produced ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, trained thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat, and raised awareness about the invertebrates of forests, prairies, deserts, and oceans.
Founded
1996
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Helping all children get the education and support they need to thrive
Stand for Children Leadership Center is a leadership development and training organization. We train ordinary people to be effective citizen leaders capable of solving problems facing children, both locally and statewide, by convincing elected officials and voters to invest in and reform vital children's programs. Our highly trained staff provide parents and others concerned about children's issues with tools to achieve long-lasting improvements for children by joining together in a unified, grassroots voice.
Founded
1998
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To promote energy efficiency in buildings
New Buildings Institute is working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. We work collaboratively with commercial building market players- governments, utilities, energy efficiency Columbia Gorge advocates and building professionals- to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. We also develop and offer guidance to individuals and organizations on designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings through our Advanced Buildings suite of tools and resources.
Founded
1984
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Share the Power of a Wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Oregon formed in 1983. Since then, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 3,100 wishes to children in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon chapter serves children, ages 2 ½ through 17. Wish kids and their families share in a magical interlude during difficult times of treatments, financial burdens and hospital stays. Healthcare providers see the remarkable impact of a wish on a child's response to treatment.THE IMPACT OF A WISH- 89% of doctors, nurses, social workers & child life specialists surveyed believe the wish experience positively influences wish kids' health.- 97% of parents said the wish experience strengthened their families.- 99% of parents and reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness.
Founded
1981
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Powered by possible
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. We are a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Founded
1999
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Creating opportunity for all Oregonians
Neighborhood Partnerships creates opportunity for all Oregonians. We build and manage strong partnerships that fuel change and progress in our community. Each year, we have impact on the lives of thousands of Oregonians through high profile collaborations and initiatives and through nurturing leaders. We create opportunity for low income people where they live - in their neighborhoods both urban and rural. And all of what we do we is based on the strength of our partnership with community leaders, with other organizations, with governments, and with funders and contributors. Our programs and initiatives are designed to help us achieve the three core goals identified by the strategic planning process we undertook in 2005: build thriving communities, end homelessness and support successful residents, and create economic stability.
Founded
1945
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Building connections for a lifetime
Boys & Girls Aid works to secure lifelong connections for every child in Oregon. Regardless of age or background, we believe children belong in families that are permanent and stable. While every child deserves a family, not every child has a family. Between the ages of 0 to 23, we have a focus on making sure every child has a lifelong adult connected to their future.We do not simply find families, we find the right families for children in need. When children enter our care, they are connected with trained adults who prepare them for the next step. Whether than means returning home or growing with a family through adoption, our goal is that children exit our care with the tools to rise above a history of abuse or neglect and thrive as adults.
Founded
1941
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End Petlessness
Established in 1868, Oregon Humane Society (OHS) is the largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest, and the third oldest in the country. OHS fosters an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation and leadership. We work to care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals. We serve the needs of more than 11,000 animals each year. With 140 staff members and a volunteer force of more than 1,900, the Oregon Humane Society is dedicated to adopt 100 percent of the animals turned in to the shelter.
Founded
1951
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Preserving and interpreting Oregon's past
Founded in 1898, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) works to preserve and interpret Oregon's past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways. The OHS artifacts collection is comprised of over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and manuscripts. The OHS Research Library contains one of the country's most extensive collections of state history materials, including ancient objects from the earliest settlements and objects that illustrate exploration in the Oregon Country, the growth of business and industry, the development of artwork and crafts, maritime history, and many other topics. OHS Education Programs include internet resources to supplement classroom curriculum and docent-led tours for school groups,
Founded
1938
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Access, education, collection and preservation of art
Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest on the West Coast. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum's holdings and the world's finest public and private collections. The Museum's collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its gallery space to its permanent collection.
Founded
1949
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Touch. Explore. Question. Imagine.
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums. OMSI offers 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI has five exhibit halls, eight science labs, a giant screen OMNIMAX Dome Theater, the most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific Northwest, and the USS Blueback submarine, the last fast-attack diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy. OMSI offers a variety of educational programs, including the largest science outreach education program in the United States. Our traveling program takes innovative science education on the road in five Western states. OMSI also offers professional development and works in partnership with schools and districts throughout Oregon.
Founded
1967
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Helping families since 1923
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built an 89-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders. We offer emergency food assistance five days a week at our North Portland warehouse as well as 24/7 through our partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to people in need at any time. In addition to food relief we also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need at our North Portland facility.
Founded
1954
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Providing concerts and assisting in the cultural development of the public
Since the Oregon Symphony was established more than 100 years ago, it has been recognized for its internationally acclaimed music directors, skilled performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services in education and regional touring. The Oregon Symphony now ranks among the largest orchestras in the nation and as one of the largest arts organizations in the Northwest, with an attendance of more than 225,000 people annually and 76 full-time musicians. The Symphony's Education and Community Engagement programs bring music alive for Oregonians in schools, community centers and concert halls across the state, reaching 70,000 children and adults annually through formal performances and musician visits throughout the region.
Founded
1964
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Helping to inspire the artists, audiences, patrons and creative citizens of the future
Founded in 1958, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington has evolved from presenting only a few classical music performances to currently providing a roster of over 200 skilled residency and performing artists with programs in multiple artistic disciplines and cultures. We connect these artists with classroom teachers and together they use the arts to make learning come alive for their students. Our mission is to enhance children's learning with creative resources from the arts community. Through Young Audiences' Run For The Arts, schools raise the funds that make it possible to bring artists into their classrooms, pay for field trips to see performances and exhibitions and purchase art supplies.
Founded
1965
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Building community, one friend at a time
The First Presbyterian Church founded the Marshall Street Community Center in 1926. In 1930 it was renamed Friendly House and moved to its current location in Portland, Oregon. Friendly House creates a thriving community by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services including programs such as Children's Programs, Community Recreation and Education, and Services for Seniors and Homeless Families.
Founded
1968
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50 years of lifting spirits & restoring hope.
William Temple House restores hope and renews strength in individuals and families in a welcoming and respectful atmosphere. Since 1965, William Temple House has served Portland by providing help where it is needed on behalf of the disadvantaged and distressed in the community. William Temple House outgrew its Marshall Street facilities and moved into the Mackenzie House on Northwest Hoyt Street in 1971. William Temple House offers low-cost mental health counseling, emergency social services including food and children's clothing, and pastoral care to those who come to our door.
Founded
1985
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It's your Oregon
To advance innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon's environmental challenges for today and future generations.
Founded
1970
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It's our nature to volunteer
Established in 1969 by Governor Tom McCall, SOLVE (dba) is an organization that brings together government agencies, businesses, community groups, students and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. Each year SOLVE provides resources to communities throughout Oregon, focusing on cleanup and enhancement projects involving non-native plant removal and replacement with native plants. SOLVE creates an average of 50,000 volunteer opportunities across the state annually. Since 1997, SOLVE has provided an estimated $60,000,000 in service to Oregon.
Founded
1991
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Providing power, potential, and promise for Doernbecher Children's Hospital

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The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation exists to secure private philanthropic support for Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon's premier pediatric health center. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations, and invests and manages gifts in accordance with donors' wishes. Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides the region's widest range of children's health care services and serves as the primary center for OHSU pediatric programs. As part of Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon's only academic health center, Doernbecher offers patients exceptional primary care and access to the region's most advanced treatments. In addition Doernbecher is Oregon's primary teaching hospital. Its staff educates tomorrow's pediatric specialists.

Founded
1970
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Live united
Our mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity by mobilizing the caring power of people across our metro area.We have the tools and the know-how to connect people in need with the building blocks for a stable and healthy life-education, a living wage, financial stability and health and well-being.Your support creates change. When you give money to United Way, you directly fund local projects that connect people with jobs, provide affordable housing and promote healthy living. When you volunteer your time and talent, you help children achieve in school or you give seniors and people with disabilities newfound autonomy. When you use your voice, you help set priorities that will provide opportunity for everyone in our community.We know our community. Every dollar of every donation to United Way goes to projects that work.
Founded
1975
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The Northwest's Nonprofit 24-Hour Emergency Animal Hospital
DoveLewis is Portland's nonprofit 24-hour emergency and ICU animal hospital offering advanced veterinary care. DoveLewis also shares several donor-funded programs with the community, including: one of America's largest volunteer-based animal blood banks, a nationally recognized pet loss support program offering free group therapy sessions every month, 24-hour stabilizing care for lost, stray and wild animals, and financial assistance for qualifying low-income families and abused animals.
Founded
1975
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Working with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life
1000 Friends of Oregon was founded in 1975 by Governor Tom McCall and Henry Richmond as the citizens' voice for sound land use planning. Their goal was to protect Oregon's quality of life from the effects of uncontrolled growth. Today, 1000 Friends staff focus on education and advocacy, to engage Oregonians in a fresh conversation about Oregon's future, and how to make sure it's a future we all want. We seek to enhance the quality of life we enjoy in Oregon, with beautiful natural areas, the family-owned farms and woodlots that comprise our working landscapes, and vibrant, livable communities for urban and rural residents alike.
Founded
1978
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Providing a foundation of hope for a life free from domestic violence
Founded in 1977, Raphael House of Portland is a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of intimate partner violence in a variety of ways. We offer emergency shelter in a confidential location, a 24-hour in-house crisis line, transitional housing and advocacy programs, non-residential advocacy in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, and also work to bring an end to violence through community outreach and education. The mission of Raphael House is to provide a foundation of hope for a life free from domestic violence.
Founded
1979
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Amplifying the Oregon Zoo's accomplishments in conservation, education and animal welfare.
The mission of the Oregon Zoo Foundation (OZF) is to foster community pride and involvement in the Oregon Zoo and to secure financial support for the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare programs. By amplifying the zoo's accomplishments, OZF ignites interest and investment in creating a better future for wildlife. OZF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization led by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprising Oregon business and community leaders. Under the coordination of the OZF Director, income generating activities include fundraising, grant writing, sponsorship and the administration and cultivation of more than 45,000 member households. Since 1997, OZF has contributed over $48M to the Oregon Zoo.
Founded
1981
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In here there are no strangers, just friends we've never met
Since 1979, Sisters Of The Road has been an essential part of the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. Sisters offers a space to build community, empower ourselves, learn from one another, dine with dignity and organize for justice and human rights for all. Sisters Of The Road exists to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual, while seeking systemic solutions that reach the roots of homelessness and poverty to end them forever.
Founded
1981
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Committed to a cure
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research. Since 1980, ATA has awarded more than $5 million providing researchers with seed money to launch their work. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. In almost all cases, tinnitus is a subjective noise, meaning that only the person who has tinnitus can hear it. People describe hearing different sounds: ringing, crickets, whooshing, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, dial tones, even music.
Founded
1980
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Be a fan
The mission of Special Olympics Oregon is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon offers training and competition opportunities in 15 different Olympic-style sports and serves close to 5,000 athletes throughout the state. With four State Games events and 14 Regional Competitions, Special Olympics Oregon holds events in every region of the state, every month of the year.
Founded
1980
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Making a difference for North Portland youth
Since 1971, Open Meadow Alternative Schools has been making a difference in the lives of North Portland youth. Open Meadow Schools offers a personalized educational experience for middle and high school youth. Our mission is to educate youth in small, relationship-based programs that emphasize personal responsibility, academics, and service to the community. Open Meadow successfully re-engages disconnected youth in their education, providing academic and support services to those at high risk of dropping out of school. We educate students in small middle and high school programs and provide an array of transition services that help students move smoothly from middle school to high school and from high school to college and career. In 2007-08, Open Meadow served more than 700 youth in our programs.
Founded
1982
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Because no one should be hungry
Our mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank takes a holistic approach to ending hunger by bringing our community together to provide food, education and hope to our neighbors in need. We provide emergency food to people who are hungry through a cooperative statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger by advocating for fair public policies, strengthening community food systems and providing nutrition and garden education to help people become more self-sufficient and resourceful.
Founded
1983
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Supporting the program and activities of Providence Child Center
Philanthropic partners enable the Providence Child Center Foundation to support the program and activities of Providence Child Center. This one-of-a-kind center is a leader in caring for children with disabilities in Oregon. Whether it's lending parents resource materials, training caregivers about specific disabilities or providing 24-hour skilled nursing care for young residents, the center's unique combination of services enhances life for children with disabilities and their families.
Founded
1987
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Bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement. Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1981, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East has been providing homeownership opportunities for hardworking families for 35 years.
Founded
1982
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Providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill and injured children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington provides a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health. During their visit, guests stay in comfortable and lovingly decorated private rooms where they can get a peaceful night's rest, knowing their child is close by. Volunteers arrive daily to offer support by greeting guests with a smile, cleaning, and cooking. By providing a setting in which families connect with other families, and children can meet other children going though a similar experience, our houses ease the isolation of what can be a stressful and frightening time.
Founded
1986
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Preventing, caring, educating and advocating
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization serving Oregon and SW Washington. We operate with a mission to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS related stigma. CAP offers a broad array of services through our two program departments, Support Services and Prevention & Education. Within Support Services our program offerings include emergency, short-term and long-term housing support for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as psycho-social support, employment counseling, and support for kids and families. Within Prevention & Education our program offerings include HIV and STD counseling and testing services; prevention, education and outreach to high-risk populations including communities of color, youth and gay and bisexual men; and a drop-in center offering culturally appropriate prevention and education services for gay and bisexual men.
Founded
1986
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Find your story here
The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature. Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary center located in downtown Portland, with a 32-year history of serving Oregon's readers and writers. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country's largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon's writers and independent publishers; Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland's public high schools; and Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival, which builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more. We also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.
Founded
1990
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Inspire beauty and excellence in the hearts and minds of our community through the creation and preservation of dance.
Oregon Ballet Theatre is committed to sharing our passion for the expressive power of ballet, inspiring an enduring appreciation of dance, and connecting in meaningful ways to our community through excellence in performance, training and educational programs.Established in 1989, OBT is the only full-time operating ballet company in the Portland metropolitan region. The ballet company performs an annual season of four programs. Our continuing goal is to provide our community with quality performances, featuring our professional ballet company; education and training of the highest caliber through our school, providing professional training for dancers interested in a career in ballet and dance instruction for all ages; and our Outreach activities focused on our community youth through our onsite residencies in the classroom and the opportunity to attend our student performance series.
Founded
1995
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The Power of Giving
Oregon Energy fund, formerly HEAT Oregon, was founded in 1989 to help low income Oregonians become more energy self-reliant. HEAT Oregon gifts warmth and power to Oregonians facing hardships. Oregon Energy Fund's primary program objective is to prevent disconnection of utility service during inclement weather by providing bill payment assistance to low income households in emergency situations. Oregon Energy Fund partners with more than 30 local community and social service organizations throughout the state of Oregon to help deliver energy assistance to qualifying households. Donations made to Oregon Energy Fund from any county in Oregon provide energy assistance to neighbors within the same county from which they were donated; Oregon Energy Fund calls it Neighbor Helping Neighbor. Over the years, Oregon Energy Fund has helped to keep the heat and lights on for tens of thousands of low-income households.
Founded
1991
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We love this music
All Classical Portland is Portland, Oregon's classical radio station. Established in 1983, All Classical Portland's mission is to advance knowledge of and appreciation for classical music; to build and sustain culturally vibrant local and global communities around this art form; to reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest; and to foster integrity, quality, and innovation in all that we do.
Founded
1995
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Building a world where people and nature thrive together
Ecotrust is building a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. In three core program areas - Food and Farms, Forests, and Fisheries - Ecotrust brings the knowledge, technology, and resources we need to build a natural model of development: one that cares for our lands while providing for our communities. We've restored over 6,500 acres of critical salmon habitat in the Pacific Northwest, while creating hundreds of jobs for local communities. We've helped get local food into the lunch line for 500,000 of Oregon's school kids. And over our 25-year history, we've preserved more than 1 million acres of wilderness and working lands.Together, we are making this place we live a home that we love. Join us.
Founded
1996
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Start Making a Reader Today
SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Teachers recommend students for participation in the program, which complements the school's curriculum. Local SMART Coordinators recruit and train community volunteers to read once a week from October to May with two children. The consistent, one-on-one relationship gives children the attention, self-confidence, and skills to succeed in school and beyond. SMART further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving them new books each month. SMART serves about 10,000 children each year.
Founded
1996
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Creating healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient and accessible
The Street Trust works to promote and improve public transit, walking bicycling conditions in Oregon. Since 1990, The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies, and elected officials to create communities where people can meet their daily transportation needs on a bike. We advocate for healthy and thriving communities where it is safe and easy for people to bike, walk and ride public transit. We envision a region where all those who call our community home embrace walking, biking and riding transit.
Founded
1993
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Youth Potential Realized (Multi-Service Organization)
For 35 years, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) has become one of Portland's most successful and long-running youth development programs, helping transform and create new opportunities for over 10,000 young people of color in this community. We do this by providing our kids with superior programs in academics, athletics, cultural exploration and community service. Our result: a high-quality population of positive, motivated individuals who are prepared for their next step into employment or higher education.Statistics say without help, most at-risk urban kids aren't going to make it. More than half of African American students drop out of high school. SEI defies the statistics and reverses the trends. We see the productive community members these students will become, and we help them make it a reality. These kids don't merely succeed. They give back to their communities, start businesses, influence others & provide opportunities for new generations of at-risk youth.
Founded
1993
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Connecting the street to a home
JOIN was founded in 1992 in order to bridge the gap between homeless and housed members of the community. JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing. Our efforts are directed at individuals sleeping outside or in their car in the Portland Metro area. Our service provision is grounded in an innovative blend of harm reduction and mutual relationships that emphasize strengths rather than deficits. Our operational priority is to rapidly re-house individuals and families and stabilize them in their new homes. Our services include outreach and engagement, housing retention, a basic services center, and immersion programs.
Founded
1993
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Transforming the lives of Portland's most vulnerable children
Founded in 1993, Friends of the Children, Portland provides Portland's most at-risk children with intensive and long-term mentors. We take a preventive, early intervention approach that breaks the cycle of poverty and abuse by helping children in need overcome the many obstacles in their lives. We make a twelve and a half year commitment to each child, selecting them in kindergarten and guiding them through high school graduation. Friends of the Children, Portland has 42 Friends guiding, supporting and mentoring more than 350 children.
Founded
1994
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Committed to improving education for children and youth throughout Multnomah County from cradle to career.
All Hands Raised serves as the backbone organization for the All Hands Raised Partnership. In all that we do our focus is on supporting education, equity and excellence from cradle to career. The roots of this were planted when we were established nearly two decades ago as the Portland Public Schools Foundation. We synchronize the community to help partners from all sectors of Multnomah County work in concert to ensure our kids' success from birth to career and we steward PPS parent-led fundraising and manage the PPS Equity Fund Grants. Through it all, we are steadfast in our commitment to help all kids achieve their full potential.
Founded
1995
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Achieving economic, ecological, and community vitality and resilience
Established in 1994, Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive. We envision a Northwest where rural communities thrive in harmony with the landscape, resilient local economies provide quality natural resource management jobs that benefit human and natural communities, and the next generation of leaders views land stewardship as an integral component of community health. At the local level, we help build strong rural communities that conserve and restore forests and rangelands. Across communities, we build networks that advance and create a strong collective voice. At the Federal and State policy level, we present solutions that strengthen investment in sustainable natural resource management.
Founded
1995
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Small
We prescribe joy
Children's Cancer Association (CCA) is a national leader prescribing free, innovative programs of JoyRx and has connected hundreds of thousands of children, teens, and their family members to the power of hope, comfort, and happiness in the last two decades.CCA didn't start with a foundation, it started with a family. One who faced its own battle with serious pediatric illness in Portland, Oregon. From that experience came a passionate focus on the moment, and a commitment to deliver immediate help to kids when their need is the greatest. We prescribe joy. Because we know in the fight against devastating illness, joy is often forgotten and something every child deserves. When seriously ill children, teens and their families need more than medicine, CCA's innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.
Founded
1996
Size
Large
Enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach
The Library Foundation enhances Multnomah County Library's innovation and reach, helping the library address emerging community needs through private support. Since 1995, gifts to the foundation have helped the library reach tens of thousands of children at risk of low literacy, breathe new life into aging buildings and buy books that capture hearts and minds. Last year's accomplishments show just how much a small nonprofit can accomplish in partnership with a strong public library. Supporters helped the library strengthen/expand 12 programs, reach more than 200,000 people and make more than 150,000 books and materials available to children and adults. The foundation and the library work together, in a strong partnership, to determine where private funds can have the greatest impact, particularly for children and families at risk.
Founded
2000
Size
Tiny
Ensuring that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality
Basic Rights Oregon works fearlessly and tirelessly to build a strong, vibrant, powerful and progressive movement for LGBTQ equality. We understand that LGBTQ Oregonians exist in every community, and that we have to engage in strategic and values-based coalitions to address the many needs of our communities. As such, building alliances with progressive groups that advocate for working families, racial justice, immigrant rights, reproductive justice, and campaign reform will be essential to win policies that meet the varied needs of our diverse community.
Founded
2000
Size
Tiny
We are here to start something
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Portland merged in July 2006, adding the service territory of Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties as well as a branch office in Vancouver - becoming Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. The new agency has grown to become the largest provider of professionally supported one-to-one mentoring on the West Coast, and the ninth largest Big Brothers Big Sisters in the country. Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has helped millions of young people reach their potential by providing them with the positive presence of a caring adult.
Founded
1947
Size
Large
Building a region where people and wildlife flourish together
Founded in 1902, the Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We connect people to nature and their power to protect it. Mobilizing Oregonians for over 100 years, we have been instrumental in developing the environmental policies that shape our region today. We offer natural history educational programs designed to engage children and adults alike in the appreciation and stewardship of nature, and conservation programs that provide engagement opportunities in natural resources stewardship and protection. With 12,000+ members residing throughout the state, we are the largest of the 457 chapters of National Audubon. Our 150 acre sanctuaries and Wildlife Care Center serve the Metropolitan Portland/Vancouver region, free of charge, hosting 40,000 visitors yearly. As the area's only wildlife rehabilitation center, we treat 3,000 animals and respond to 15,000 wildlife related inquiries each year.
Founded
1965
Size
Large
Creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera
Established in 1964 and currently in its 49th season, Portland Opera has established itself as a vibrant and vital part of the Portland region's cultural activity and identity. With its commitment to producing operas that invigorate the future of the art form and are dramatically and vocally compelling, Portland Opera has earned a devoted public following throughout the state of Oregon and southwestern Washington. A long time leader in making opera more accessible to a diverse audience, Portland Opera enjoys a reputation for innovative, groundbreaking productions. Portland Opera's Community Outreach and Education efforts have expanded dramatically in recent years with the establishment of Portland Opera To Go!, the touring division of Portland Opera.
Founded
1966
Size
Large
Promoting sustainable forests
Founded in 1964 in Portland, Oregon, the World Forestry Center works to educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees, and their importance to all life, in order to promote a balanced and sustainable future. We do this with three programs: Discovery Museum, tree farms, and the World Forest Institute. Our 20,000 square foot Discovery Museum is located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. All new hands-on, interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to engage visitors to learn about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The World Forest Institute was established in 1989 as the information services division of the World Forestry Center.
Founded
1967
Size
Large
To screen, treat, save, and restore sight and hearing for those in need.
Since 1959, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation has taken an active role in protecting the health of Oregonians. Through nine direct service programs related to sight, hearing and health assistance, the Foundation has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of youths and adults in our state. Consistent access and critical health solutions are offered to the most vulnerable members of our community who are uninsured or under insured.
Founded
1992
Size
Large
Protecting globally significant salmon ecosystems
The Wild Salmon Center is an international science-based organization whose mission is to identify, understand and protect the best wild salmon ecosystems of the North Pacific. We are committed to conserving for future generations the productivity, abundance, and biological diversity of wild salmon runs, and the healthy freshwater and coastal systems that sustain them. We envision a future where people throughout the North Pacific work together as stewards to sustain wild salmon and the immense benefits they provide people, rivers, and their watersheds.
Founded
1996
Size
Large
Transforming underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs
Founded in 1995, Caldera's mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs. We begin working with youth in 6th grade and commit to working with them year-round through high school graduation and beyond. We become community. The adult programs offer residencies to professional artists.