OUR 2017 Award Winners
Congratulations to our two $100,000 Impact Award winners and three $17,666 Finalist Award Winners. The votes are in from the online membership ballot. With 92% of our members voting, we proudly present our list of 2017 grant recipients.
Thank you to the more than 60 volunteer members serving on our grant review teams for their thoughtful consideration and selection of the finalists. Our membership has learned so much from studying the issues in our region and meeting with the nonprofit leaders in our community. We are excited to be partners in community change with the award winners below. See full press release here.
$100,000 Impact Award Winners
Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Diversion for Homeless Families
Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. Learn about their work and how to get more involved here.
Urban Gleaners, Food First: Fighting Childhood Hunger in Washington County
Urban Gleaners feeds over 6,000 people every week through school pantries, summer free farmers markets, and Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities. Subscribe to their newsletter for semi-regular updates here.
$17,666 Finalist award winners
My Voice Music, Artist Mentorship Program
My Voice Music (MVM) engages youth in music and performance in order to promote self-esteem, social skills and emotional expression. Sign up for their newsletter here.
Metro East Digital Youth Inclusion, Rockwood Digital Inclusion and Youth
MetroEast uses media to invigorate civic engagement, inspire diverse voices and strengthen community life.
Find out about their events at Rockwood here.
Girlfriends are encouraged to get personally involved in the work of our grantee partners following their own individual passions. The ninety-nine girlfriends Impact Team supports the work of our grantee partners and provides feedback to our membership about grantee activities through our e-news. Special thanks to our 2016 and 2017 ninety-nine girlfriends grantee liaisons : Jeri, Joan, Kari, Maura, Molly, and Trish.For more information about evaluating grantmaking effectiveness, which has guided the work of our Impact Team, see this summary about philanthropy effectiveness by member Marnie Frank. The summary has recommendations for additional resources and subscriptions to e-newsletters about the topic should you like to learn more. For questions about the Impact Team contact Deborah Edward at deborah.edward at gmail.com.