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.

2013 Portland Timbers Community Fund Advisory Board Members:

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 2012 the Portland Timbers Community Fund donated $120,000 to the following organizations to support their youth-focused initiatives:

Organization Grant Use
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week Student Outreach Efforts, ultimately increasing organizational reach and sustainability. Hope to reach more high school students with a special focus on underrepresented groups across the state.
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Estuary Partnership Outdoor Education Program for 2012-13 school year. Includes 2 components: science-based classroom lessons and outdoor fieldtrips.
AC Portland Help with program funding for Spring Frenzy and Fall Frenzy which engage youth in soccer camps, the Poetry Slam (where students perform original poetry), SHOUT program (addresses service-learning and community involvement) and Fall Training and Spring Training (prepares coaches with the skills to instruct students).
Parrott Creek Child and Family Services Renovation of their current outdoor basketball court into a multiuse sport court (basketball, pickleball, badminton and volleyball) including a demolition of the structure, putting in a new concrete slab and putting in two basketball poles and backboards. 
Portland Reading Foundation Funds will be used to implement their Reading Team Model in 12 schools – serving low-income students through increasing access to individualized reading skills and instruction.
Pear Mentor Support and expand the unique and transforming recreation and environmental education programs – specifically to support trip costs, educational materials, food and gear supplies for the fall and winter recreation experiences. Trips include cycling, hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, sea kayaking and cross country skiing.
Trillium Family Service Improving the healing environment at their Parry Center campus in SE Portland – the funds provided by PTCF would support a soccer and sports field to improve access to recreation opportunities for the children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Sports Buddies Program: to enhance the physical, social, and emotional well-being of children through physical activity, provide opportunities for at-risk youth to learn and participate in a variety of sports and at the same time develop life-changing mentoring relationships
I Have a Dream Foundation The Dreamer School Project – transform the Alder neighborhood into one that is conductive to learning, healthy youth and family development. Specifically, it would benefit the academic intervention component.
Self Enhancement,Inc.  Purchasing sports uniforms, supplies, equipment, transportation and coaches/staffing for 20 girls.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc. Healthful Eating And Living (HEAL) Summer Camp – a program designed to pair youth-centric learning and activity curricula about food, gardening and fitness with grade-level education in math, writing and reading in a fun and empowering environment. 
Oregon Youth Soccer The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) which enables disabled children to play soccer. 300 youth are currently enrolled.
Black Parent Initiative “Breaking the Cycle, Closing the Gap” Symposium – to improve youth education and narrow the educational achievement gap. 250 people are currently served. 
Northwest Family Services Latino Family Empowerment Project: LFEP is a comprehensive wrap-around service at 7 middle schools, including a weekly afterschool program, summer program, field trips, tutoring, and case management for over 140 students. In addition their families will gain access to resources in finance, job training, education, and parenting. 
SMART SMART requests funding from the PTCF to support their program in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County for 2012-13.
My Voice Music To help fund three week-long summer camps serving 100 youth. The youth are some of the most vulnerable members of the community, many have experienced abuse and come from foster care homes.  
The Council for Responsible Sport Certification Program - which provides an independent, comprehensive certification for event directors across the world to incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into their events while informing consumers which events adhere to higher standards of sustainability.
Community Cycling Center Bike Camp Scholarships – Funding will provide 24 full scholarships that include tuition and a bike, and 11 tuition only scholarships to students from Faubion Elementary and Harvey Scott Elementary
Camp Fire Columbia Elementary School Program, David Douglas School District - would expose students to adult role models, provide afterschool homework help, teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and environmental awareness. 
Open Meadow Alternative School Enhance the futures of over 200 students at risk of dropping out of school in our alternative school programs, such as reengaging youth in education and increasing their self esteem.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center To make the camp experience affordable to working parents
Girls, Inc. To fund the implementation of Girls Take Off! Monthly wilderness, active life-style and adventure program. Girls involved in wilderness-based physical activity are significantly less likely to experience low self-esteem, use drugs and alcohol, and engage in early sexual activity. 
Miracle Theatre Group To support their Children’s Arts Initiative, which includes two Spanish and bilingual K-8 programs: Teatro Milagro Art Camp (multi-disciplinary bilingual arts program) and Teatro Milagro’s Aventuras de Don Quixote (children’s theatrical production).
Playworks To be a partner in improving the health, education, and organized sports opportunities for 5,800 low-income children in 14 PPSs. 
Adelante Mujeres To help 150 Latino girls in 3rd-12th grade learn ways to improve their fitness and overall health, enhance their self-esteem, and work as a team through soccer.

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