Spirit Mountain Community Fund Helps Advance Equity for Children with Learning Challenge

Spirit Mountain Community Fund Helps Advance Equity for Children with Learning Challenge

Portland, OR. A $35,000 grant from from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund will help a nonprofit called The Shadow Project educate kids with the disabilities like dyslexia and autism. The 15-year-old nonprofit is committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges. (Photo Credit, Andie Petkus)

Shadow Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella, (center) received the grant in a September ceremony in Grand Ronde.

“The strength of our local partnerships is something we take pride in,” said Mychal Cherry, Spirit Mountain Community Fund executive director. “It’s an honor and a privilege to support an organization like The Shadow Project that makes it possible for children with learning disabilities to meet and exceed their full academic potential.”

The majority of the children in The Shadow Project are from low-income homes and communities of color. The Spirit Mountain grant gives them personalized learning experiences such as reading mentors who use a specialized audio-visual library to make books comes alive, sensory spaces where children can find calm and focus, and a goal-setting program that motivates discouraged learners.

“Because of Spirit Mountain’s generosity, our children have tools tailored to the way they learn, teachers equipped to support them, and a sense of belonging in school that sets them on a path of pride and accomplishment,” said Scattarella. “Many of the students we serve have been ready to give up—on school and on themselves—and their perseverance and determination inspire me daily.”

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, distributing $78,610,930 in grants to non-profit organizations in 11 counties, government agencies in Polk and Yamhill counties, and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon.

Iron Chef Competition Raises Over $190,000 for Children’s Relief Nurseries

Iron Chef Competition Raises Over $190,000 for Children’s Relief Nurseries

Portland, OR. In its 17th year, the Portland’s Original Iron Chef event raised nearly $200,000 to help keep children safe and build strong families. Chef Christian Russell of The Steakhouse at 9900 was named the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef by a popular vote. He was one of many top local chefs who participated in the culinary benefit. The funds raised will be directed toward the work of three LifeWorks NW‘s Children’s Relief Nurseries that serve children and their caregivers to intervene in situations of child abuse and neglect. Through therapeutic classrooms, parenting classes, home visits and more, the Nurseries see proven positive outcomes in family relationships and children’s development. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Auctioneer Chris Sheik and Steve Dunn, emcee

Chef Bryant Kryck prepares appetizers

Huber’s Chef Julius Baliola

Winning appetizers prepared by Chef Christian Russell and The Steakhouse at 9900 team.

Chef Christian Russell of The Steakhouse at 9900 shows off his prize for taking top honors.

The El Gaucho Portland team takes time for a selfie.

Alto Bajo showcases traditional Mexican flavors in a modern, distinctive way. At the event it showed off this mushroom stump table decor.

Portland’s Original Iron Chef 2018 competitors included:

Greg Staerkel — Altabira City Tavern 
Bryant Kryck — Alto Bajo
Steve Cain — El Gaucho
Julius Baliola — Huber’s Restaurant
Matthew Howard — Raven & Rose
Beau Carr — Ringside Steakhouse
Tony Meyers — Serratto
Christian Russell — Steakhouse at 9900

From LifeWorks NW:

Every eight minutes in Oregon there is a report of child abuse or neglect. At LifeWorks NW we are fighting to keep children safe and families strong through the proven programs at our Children’s Relief Nurseries. 

Our mission at LifeWorks NW is to promote a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Vero Beach, Fla. Portland’s Lara Tennant arrived at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club having won just one match in a USGA amateur championship in eight starts, but on October 11th she captured the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in convincing fashion. “I would say except for last year, all of the other USGA championships I played in, I probably prepared two weeks before,” explained Tennant. “With five kids I was never prepared like I am now. Since I turned 50 I was able to have the time to prepare, and I would say I have a new passion for golf.”

Making the experience even more exciting, Lara’s 78-year-old father, George Mack, served as her caddie. He was enjoying the experience even before the final round. “How can you beat this?” said Mack, “Regardless of what happens tomorrow, it doesn’t matter because we’ve had a great time.”

Tennant never trailed on Thursday, defeating Sue Wooster, 56, of Australia, 3 and 2, in the 18-hole championship match, USGA official Scott Lipsky, reported.

Tennant was able to build a cushion on the back nine on Thursday by taking advantage of some late miscues by Wooster. 

As the runner-up, Wooster receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as a three-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

What the Champion Receives

  • Custody of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Trophy for one year
  • Gold medal
  • 10-year exemption in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Open
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Here are some details about the final matchup:

56 Age 51
Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia Hometown Portland, Ore. 
N/A College University of Arizona
Round of 32 (2016, 2017) Best Previous Finish in this Championship Round of 64 (2017)
No. 5 / 87 holes played Seeding / Match Holes Played No. 10 / 83 holes played
Defeated 2013 runner-up Susan Cohn in the semifinals, 3 and 2 Notable Victory

Defeated 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2

25 Age Started Playing 10
Has won national golf championships in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Noteworthy Was co-medalist in her U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur debut in 2017

Has advanced to match play in all nine USGA amateur championships in which she has competed

USGA Credentials

Has been competing in USGA championships dating back to the 1983 U.S. Girls’ Junior

Did not start playing golf competitively until she was in her 40s

Fun Fact Made the first hole-in-one in U.S. Senior Women’s Open history earlier this year


Nonprofit Association of Oregon Helps 501(c)(3) Gear Up for Fourth Quarter

Nonprofit Association of Oregon Helps 501(c)(3) Gear Up for Fourth Quarter

Portland, OR. Nearly 20,000 charitable nonprofits across Oregon positively impact our communities every day, according to the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Oregon ranks in the top half nationally in both volunteerism and average charitable contributions as a percentage of discretionary income at 4.6%. The power that individuals draw from giving to charity comes from a selfless act: it is often a deeply personal decision of the heart. That care of community, coupled with a hearty nonprofit sector in Oregon addressing a vast array of needs and missions, compels Oregonians to give and they give significantly. According to the 2015 Giving in Oregon report by the Oregon Community Foundation, more than $1.76 billion was donated by private individuals. The Foundation Center reported that for 2014, Oregon’s 878 foundations gave more than $371 million to nonprofit causes and projects.

Although charitable giving occurs throughout the year, the fourth quarter of each year is a critical fundraising time for nonprofits. As a result of the changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Nonprofit Association of Oregon wants to ensure Oregon nonprofits are at the forefront of people’s minds during this giving season. 

While it is true that a charitable tax deduction is an incentive, it’s not the only reason Oregonians give. To showcase the fantastic work of Oregon’s nonprofits and to encourage Oregonians to give generously to support them, NAO created this short video –

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon wants to excite and remind Oregonians why it’s so important to give and support local nonprofits – whether it’s in La Grande, Prineville, Eugene, Coos Bay, Klamath Falls or in the Portland metro area. Leaders say, “Help us create a groundswell of support for our nonprofits by creating an online buzz and mobilize Oregonians to give to local nonprofits. Let’s remind our supporters how to Care Like An Oregonian!”

From The Nonprofit Association of Oregon:

Who we are

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is the statewide nonprofit membership organization representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes, geographic locations and missions across Oregon.

NAO’s mission is to serve public benefit nonprofits by strengthening the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians. NAO’s vision is that Oregon’s nonprofits are visible and valued as essential contributors to society. We are deeply invested in our core values: Collaboration, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence, Impact, Learning, Service and Stewardship.

What we do

NAO ensures a future in which Oregon nonprofits are visible and valued as essential contributors to our society. We strive to connect, improve and advance all nonprofits to help build a thriving and vital Oregon.

NAO serves the needs of the nonprofit sector through our work in advocacy, convening, disseminating Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence, capacity building and thought leadership.

Statewide membership

NAO offers two types of membership:

  • Nonprofit membership for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Affiliate membership for businesses that offer services and products to nonprofit organizations; as well as other 501(c) nonprofits, government agencies, individuals, etc.

Membership with NAO offers charitable nonprofits access to resources; attend high quality and relevant professional and volunteer development events at significantly reduced rates; network and learn with other nonprofits; connect with businesses who support nonprofits through cost-savings services and products; and amplify your voice with decision makers.

Affiliate membership with NAO offers businesses, other entities and individuals who support the work of nonprofits to connect with and be part of NAO’s network. This may include businesses who provide products and services to the nonprofit sector, organizations who support nonprofits as part of their community engagement work, or individuals who volunteer in service to the nonprofit sector. Business Affiliate Members at the Verified Level have the opportunity to potentially partner with NAO to offer cost-savings products and services to nonprofits and be part of NAO’s Referral Service.

What we offer

  • Learning & Professional Development: NAO offers a wide variety of professional and volunteer development learning opportunities for nonprofit leaders and their staff. NAO regularly offers sessions in the Portland area, Central Oregon, Southern Oregon and in a specific menu of rural locations across the state. Additional workshops, webinars, and online resources ensure that nonprofits all over Oregon have access to these valuable resources and opportunities. Learn more.
  • Referral Service: When nonprofits seek consulting services to meet challenges, support their growth, build effectiveness, and achieve excellence – whether it is a consultant to facilitate a board retreat on diversity, equity and inclusion, an interim executive placement, executive search, or other projects – NAO can match a nonprofit to a vetted and proven expert consultant or service provider. Consultants and service providers must be NAO Business Verified Affiliate Members. Learn more.
  • Cost Savings on Services and Products: NAO forges partnerships with NAO Business Verified Affiliate Members who want to support nonprofits by offering discounts on services/products. Nonprofits can save money by taking advantage of these cost-savings opportunities. Learn more.
  • Convenings: NAO provides opportunities for nonprofits and those that support the nonprofit sector to convene, network, discuss issues, offer solutions, and share best practices. NAO frequently partners with local, statewide and national networks, funders and research partners to convene these gatherings to create meaningful dialogue and discussion. Learn more.
  • Thought Leadership: NAO provides thought leadership at the overall nonprofit sector level about and for the nonprofit sector. We lead the effort to conduct, collate and share key research information about and for the nonprofit sector. We also ensure that Oregon’s nonprofits and the general public have relevant and timely information about changing ideas, opportunities and issues that affect nonprofits around the state.
  • Advocacy: NAO amplifies the nonprofit sector’s voice through public policy and advocacy work on behalf of Oregon’s nonprofit sector. NAO directly advocates on behalf of all nonprofits, as well as catalyzes important conversations with policy makers and among nonprofits. We work to raise the awareness of nonprofits’ work, issues and need for policy change. We educate and inform policy makers and others at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that nonprofits can continue to do the direct service work they do for the benefit of our communities across Oregon. Learn more.

Through these programs and services, NAO helps to connect, improve and advance the nonprofit sector across Oregon.

Join us and be part of an effective and connected network that is doing great things to improve and advance Oregon’s nonprofit sector! 


The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center Still Going Strong

The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center Still Going Strong

Portland, OR. Over 200 women joined forces for the 17th annual Circle of Strength Women’s Fundraising Brunch. Guests, like excited raffle winner, Maryliz Herron, gathered at Riverside Golf and Country Club on September 29th for an afternoon of coffee, brunch, and conversation. The women had a common purpose—to raise money for women and children who cannot afford mental health care. The benefit for Northwest Catholic Counseling raised $75,000. (Photo credit, Megan Ziegenfus)

Table hostess, Diane Millemann (third from left), and her enthusiastic guests.

The event speaker, Jennifer Pepin, inspired the theme for this year, “The Art of Healing.” Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in her 20’s, Jennifer shared about her own mental health journey. Jennifer is the owner of the J. Pepin Art Gallery, located in the Pearl District. In an effort to break down stigma, the gallery only features artists living with mental illness. Jennifer believes that by working together, the landscape of mental health can be one of hope, dreams, and believing in a more accepting world.

A room full of women dedicated to empowering other women in their community.

Event speaker and former NCC client, Marchelle Carl

Marchelle Carl was the client speaker of the event. She first came to NCC for counseling as a young child and has continued off and on through adulthood. The Center and its staff have walked with Marchelle, offering support through the struggles, losses, and pains of life. Marchelle would not have been able to access counseling if not for the sliding scale fee offered at The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center. Through their generosity, the women gathered at Circle of Strength expressed their belief that no woman or child should ever be denied access to counseling. 
Here’s a video about the program:

From Northwest Catholic Counseling Center:

For three decades The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center has worked for social justice – the idea that we all share a common humanity, have a right to equal treatment, are due a fair allocation of community resources, and are valued in our diversity. Recent events, including hateful and degrading rhetoric and violent attacks against minorities, call to the Staff and Board of NCC to redouble our commitment and stand firm in our values. As we move forward, NCC will speak out more on injustice on our website and Facebook pages. We will educate more on mental health issues and those needing help. We will look for public opportunities to show our solidarity with others. 

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