Nike Employee Grant Fund Deadline Approaching - December 1st

Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Announces Latest Funding Cycle
Deadline is December 1, 2013 for nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area nonprofits to apply for grants totaling $250,000

Nike, Inc. has announced that the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation’s latest awards cycle is open, with $250,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington).  Applications are due December 1, 2013, and are available online at

Grants are one-year awards totaling between $5,000 and $20,000 each.  80% of grant awards support organizations and projects that are creating a world where physical activity, play and sports are highly valued, and 20% support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community—based solutions.

The Nike Employee Grant Fund, which was established in 2010 and is administered in a unique partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) supports projects that encourage physical activity in meaningful ways, especially those that create early positive experiences for children through physical education, sports and play.  Since its launch, NEGF has provided 170 grants to organizations and schools that contribute to making Oregon and Southwest Washington great places to live and work.

The Summer 2013 award recipients feature a wide variety of organizations in greater Portland, including 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance, a local nonprofit that works to bridge the gap between first and fourth world children by bringing them together on the soccer field, and Northwest Dance Project, to support the dance troupe’s interactive dance education activities with underserved youth.

Are you looking for a way to talk to your colleagues about giving?

#Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to help charities raise money online during the holiday shopping season. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. Click here for Q&A with #GivingTuesday and to learn how it made a difference in it’s first year.

Want to learn more?  There is a video on how to spread the word about funding overhead costs this giving season!

And read The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s article: Nonprofits Aim to Build on Success From the 1st Giving Tuesday.

The Zidell Companies donated $150,000 to Oregon Food Bank

The Zidell Companies donated $150,000 to Oregon Food Bank, which will help fight childhood hunger.  “This contribution, on behalf of employees at Zidell Marine, Zidell Yards and Tube Forgings of America, Inc., commemorates the centenary of the arrival in Oregon of Sam Zidell, our founder and my grandfather,” said Charlene Zidell, director of corporate relations and communications, Zidell Companies.

Meyer Memorial Trust’s Two-Way Street Tour

Meyer Memorial Trust’s Two-Way Street Tour (TWST) is a useful way for MMT to hear about the needs of local nonprofits and communities and share advice about MMT’s grant programs.  The tours were designed as a way for MMT to connect to communities throughout Oregon. Visit their Blog Posts to learn more about their experiences

The Funders’ Network Announces Local Sustainability Matching Fund grants and 2014 PLACES Fellows.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Rose Navarro, Natural Areas Grant Coordinator, Metro Portland (OR) and Lauren Johnson, Director of Community Impact, Social Venture Partners Portland (OR) as part of the 2014 PLACES Fellows Class.

The PLACES Fellowship challenges assumptions and exposes Fellows to new ways of thinking about the role of philanthropy in lifting up historically underserved and low-income communities.  Click here to see the full list.

Round 3 of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund Announces $446,500 in Awards to Nine Community Partnerships (September 2013). Nine communities were awarded $446,500 by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and it’s partner, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Click here to learn more.

The Press Release was posted September 5, 2013. The Local Sustainability Matching Fund also welcomes three new funders, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The JPB Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Vibrant Village Foundation Grants $150,000 to The Shadow Project to expand to East County

The Shadow Project, a Portland non-profit that teams up with teachers in special education classrooms, will be helping hundreds more children thanks to a $150,000 two-year grant from the Vibrant Village Foundation. The grant will allow the Shadow Project to serve at least five more schools in East Multnomah County. The Shadow Project is working to combat an education crisis that it says uniquely affects kids with learning challenges.

In Oregon there are more than 74,000 children, most from low-income homes, who receive special education services. In 2012, less than half of the special education population graduated from high school with their class. Nationwide, 20 percent of students with learning disabilities drop out of school, as opposed to 8 percent of their unencumbered peers, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

With the two-year grant, the Shadow Project will hire a full-time communications and development associate to support its expansion. It has a goal of reaching 2,500 students by 2016.

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