Here's a look at a group of our 2013 grantees!
The Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF), an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports charitable, non-profit organizations that are registered as a 501(c)(3) with tax-exempt status from the IRS and are located within one of the four surrounding counties of the Portland metro area; Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark County in SW Washington. Grant seeking organizations must fall under one of the following areas of focus:
- Youth education
- Youth sports
- Youth health and fitness
- Environmental awareness and activism with youth and families
The PTCF will not consider requests from individuals, private foundations, organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, or national origin, organizations that support political campaigns or lobbyist groups, or fraternal or religiously affiliated organizations. The PTCF will not consider requests from individual schools, PTOs, or PTAs. The PTCF will only consider requests that are tied to a specific project at a nonprofit organization and will not consider donations that will be used for annual appeals, debt reduction, endowment funds, legal expenses, or employee salaries.
2014 Portland Timbers Community Fund Advisory Board Members:
- Dave Underriner, Chief Executive, Providence Health & Services
- Jeff Harvey, President & CEO, Burgerville
- Kregg Arntson, Manager, Community Affairs & External Communications, PGE
- Tim Ackman, Regional Sales and Community Marketing Manager Oregon & Southwest & Eastern WA, Montana & Northern ID, Alaska Airlines
- Patty Goffe, Community Affairs, adidas America
- Mike Golub, COO, Portland Timbers
- Todd Spear, Vice President, Corporate Sponsorship, Portland Timbers
Click here to see eligibility requirements and letter of inquiry guidelines for 2014.
Click here to download the grant evaluation form. Please be sure to send the form in 9-12 months after receiving your grant.
In 2014, the Portland Timbers Community Fund will donate $120,000 to local organizations to support their youth-focused initiatives. Below is a list of the cycle 1 grantees:
|Bradley Angle||The funding that Bradley Angle receives will support its summer “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” program for kids living in its emergency shelters and will allow the nonprofit to host structured field trips, classes, purchase new outdoor equipment and provide food for its cooking classes.|
|Camp Fire Columbia||Camp Fire Columbia will apply its grant toward providing enrichment and academic after-school assistance to 570 students in East Portland.|
|Columbia River Keeper||The grant awarded to Columbia River Keeper will go to support the River Communities Monitoring program that helps train volunteers to monitor water quality, coordinate river cleanups and make data publicly available through its website.|
|The FIT Project||The FIT Project will apply its grant to cover the cost of weekly community events, providing information and education on health and nutrition, at a local community center for one year. Standing for Families in Training, the FIT Project is a nonprofit organization connecting families with resources in its own community, offering fitness, nutrition and lifestyle education to families in need.|
|The Forest Park Conservancy||The funding that The Forest Park Conservancy receives will help fund its Discovery Field Trips which will help cultivate stewardship and understanding of the natural world for children in grades 3-5 from Title 1 schools. At 5,157 acres, Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States.|
|Impact NW||The funding given to Impact NW will be used for “On Track,” an afterschool running club for youth at Barnes Elementary in Beaverton, Ore. The program provides 60 students with physical activity and positive adult role models. Impact NW has been a leader in providing individuals of all ages with skills and resources to achieve success and to advocate for their communities.|
|Momentum Alliance||The grant awarded to Momentum Alliance will support the organization’s “I am From” environmental education and leadership program as well as helping fund three field trips per month to introduce youth to outdoor activities.|
|Open Meadow||Open Meadow received funding to its “Step Up to College” program that includes college and career visits, financial aid and scholarships as part of the next step in its program to help youth on a positive, educational path through high school and into college. Based in North Portland, Open Meadow developed the “Step Up” program in 2003.|
|PAST&E||The grant awarded to PAST&E, standing for Portland After-School Tennis & Education, will go toward partially funding its summer programming at St. Johns Racquet Center in North Portland. The summer program is free of charge, six hours per day, five days per week for 250 low-income youth.|
|Portland Parks Foundation||The Portland Parks Foundation will apply its funds to restoring sports fields as part of “Parke Diem,” a citywide, park-centered volunteer campaign. Nearly half of Portland’s playgrounds need replacing in the next decade, and many of its sports fields are also in poor condition.|
|The Right Brain Initiative.||The Right Brain Initiative will apply its grant to help underwrite the costs of artists and teacher planning, professional development for teachers, model artists’ residency and the documentation of student learning. Launched in 2008, the Right Brain Initiative helps promote whole-brain learning with a vision of giving every K-8 student in the area access to the arts regardless of neighborhood, language or income.|
|Saturday Academy||The grant awarded to Saturday Academy will go toward providing tuition assistance scholarships to approximately 30 low-income students. Based in North Portland, Saturday Academy engages the youth with hands-on, in-depth learning and problem solving by connecting them with community experts to serve as instructors and mentors.|