Portland, March 13th. It’s a trend solidifying in Portland’s philanthropic circles: asking for donations for your favorite charity in lieu of gifts. That’s what Judi Inglis requested from girlfriends who gathered in the Pearl District to help her mark a milestone. They contributed nearly $2,000 to the Oregon Food Bank. Pictured are: Judi Inglis, Marilyn Brett, Courtney Singer, Patricia Eddy and Donna Kinsel.

If you’re looking for a charity to support, here’s a good resource: The Charity Navigator. It’s an independent nonprofit evaluator working to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluation the financial health and accountability and transparency of America’s largest charities.

Here’s a link: http://www.charitynavigator.org/

And here’s a bit more about the Oregon Food Bank, too.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks. The OFB Network helps nearly 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 through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and by helping communities strengthen local food systems.