Portland Society Page Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Top Ten Stories of 2021

Portland Society Page Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Top Ten Stories of 2021

Portland, OR.  A message from Editor, Elisa Klein. Portland Society Page is marking its tenth-anniversary publishing nonprofit news for free! 2,217 articles later, we’re still going strong with thousands of weekly readers. We’ve also launched society page websites in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. One of the particularly gratifying roles I’ve enjoyed over the past year is mentoring dozens of interns from up and down the west coast. It has enabled me to share my enthusiasm for journalism with students from UCLA, Berkeley, U of O, University of Washington, and many more universities. Also, a huge thanks to my husband, Steven Klein who has been an enthusiastic supporter and terrific proofreader for the past ten years!

Elisa Klein

Elisa Klein, Editor

The indomitable Betty White who lived to be 99-years-old said, “It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”

Your interest in the nonprofit community offers hope. Together, let’s look forward to a better and brighter 2022!

Thank you,

Editor and Publisher, Elisa Klein

 

 

2021 UPDATE: For a second year, necessary Covid-19 restrictions meant that many volunteers had to stay away from the charities they love. Supporters who usually flock to galas were often social distancing, some organizations moved forward with caution by holding hybrid events. Some sectors, like human services, have seen a surge of donations, while arts organizations have struggled mightily without the benefit of ticket sales.

The generosity of our community remains constant. Donations brought hope to thousands of our friends and neighbors. The thankful include the elderly living alone receiving hot meals, children with learning differences finding support through zoom, brilliant performance artists feeding their families with grant money, and bone-tired frontline workers using donated personal protective equipment.

Now, we’ll share the stories you read most this year in reverse order.

TOP TEN PORTLAND SOCIETY PAGE STORIES 2020

10. Portland knifemaker Alex Horn created commemorative knives from the rubble of the Twin Towers. 

Portland Knifemaker Raises Money for 9/11 Charity by Creating Knives From Twin Towers Rubble

9. The Home Builders Foundation (HBF) raised a record amount to help build and renovate shelters.

Home Builders Foundation Raises a Record $510,000 With In-Person Benefit

8. The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation announced new funds that will be distributed to local nonprofits.

Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation on Track to Grant $9 Million in 2021

7. ‘Top ten stories from 2020’ was a popular article. 

Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2020

6. Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny ranked 4th nationally in philanthropic giving for 2020.

Phil and Penny Knight Rank 4th in Nation for Charitable Donations in 2020

5. The 2021 Christmas Ships Parade was a hit.

2021 Christmas Ships Parade Ready to Set Sail

4. Portland Parks & Recreation brought back some popular programs for summer 2021.

Portland Parks & Recreation Revives 2021 Summer Programming

3. People were ready to get “glammed up” again!

Dazzling Post-Covid Social Events Call for ‘Revenge Glamour’

2. The search was on for 4th of July fireworks.

Fireworks Fans Look for Fourth of July Celebrations in the Sky

  1. The Thayer Family Foundation raised $535,000 with an outdoor in-person gala.

Thayer Family Foundation Raises $535,000 to Help House Veterans

So there you have it, the most-read stories of 2021 on Portland Society Page! We look forward to providing our coverage of local nonprofit news in 2022. Upward on onward!

Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2020

Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2020

Portland, OR.  A message from editor, Elisa Klein. First, thank you for caring about our local nonprofits! At Portland Society Page, our coverage is often of exciting events held to raise money for worthy causes. We also spotlight inspiring volunteers who are the lifeblood of many local charities. Necessary Covid-19 restrictions meant that most volunteers had to stay away from the charities they love. Supporters who usually flock to galas were social distancing in 2020 and lamenting the fact that large gatherings had to be prohibited. All the while, nonprofit professionals put forth Herculean efforts to keep their organizations afloat, many from their home offices. Some sectors, like human services, have seen a surge of donations, while arts organizations have struggled mightily without the benefit of ticket sales.

Yet through these exceptional times, the generosity of our community remains constant. Nonprofits promoting social justice have seen renewed interest. Donations have brought hope to thousands of our friends and neighbors. The thankful include the elderly living alone receiving hot meals, children with learning differences finding support through zoom, brilliant performance artists feeding their families with grant money, and bone-tired frontline workers using donated personal protective equipment.

2020 zoom photo, Elisa Klein

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” Your interest in the nonprofit community offers hope. Together, let’s look forward to a better and brighter 2021!

Thank you, Elisa Klein

 

 

Now, we’ll share the stories you read most this year in reverse order.

TOP TEN PORTLAND SOCIETY PAGE STORIES 2020

10. OMSI Raises $1 Million and Finds New Ways to Celebrate During Pandemic

OMSI Raises $1 Million and Finds New Ways to Celebrate During Pandemic

 

9. Christmas Ships Parade Sticks to Holiday Schedule Despite Pandemic

Christmas Ship

Christmas Ships Parade Sticking to Holiday Schedule Despite Pandemic

8. Pre-pandemic: VIPs Flock to Portland International Auto Show Sneak Peek Charity Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIPs Flock to Portland International Auto Show Sneak Peek Charity Preview

7. Experience The Oregon ZooLights Like Never Before

Experience The Oregon ZooLights Like Never Before

6. Willamette Falls Trust Continues to Engage Community

Willamette Falls Trust Continues to Engage Community

5. Pre-pandemic: Oregon Episcopal School Virtual Auction Raises Over $600,000

Oregon Episcopal School Virtual Auction Raises Over $600,000

4. Portland Art Museum Continues Providing Inspiration During Pandemic

Portland Art Museum Continues Providing Inspiration During Pandemic

3. Virtual Volunteer Opportunities Available Now

 

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities Available Now

2. Pre-pandemic: Riverdale Roaring ’20s Auction Raises a Cool $181,000

Riverdale Roaring ’20s Auction Raises a Cool $181,000

  1. Pre-pandemic: Oscar Nomination Adds Golden Glow to Oregon’s Film Scene

Oscar Nomination Adds Golden Glow to Oregon’s Film Scene

So there you have it, the most-read stories of 2020 on Portland Society Page! We look forward to providing our coverage of local nonprofit news in 2021. Upward on onward!

Tell us About Your Great Nonprofit Event Happening This Fall

Tell us About Your Great Nonprofit Event Happening This Fall

Portland, OR. There’s a plethora of terrific fundraising events that happen each fall in the Portland area. Last September, the Good Samaritan Foundation Fall Ball to support cancer services had guests like Barbara Young, Dr. William Johnson, Dr. Nathalie Johnson and Dr. George Brown, the CEO of Legacy Health. Other fall events included YouthBuilders’ Cornhole Classic, Bridge Meadows Annual IMAGINE Benefit, the LifeWorks NW Iron Chef fundraiser, The AIDS Walk, and “Red For Women” Luncheon. Those are just a few of the fundraisers happening in September!

Do you have a favorite nonprofit with a big event coming up this fall? We’d like to post details about the event on our Portland Society Page calendar. You can send us your information at [email protected]

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The Impact NW Garden Party has supporters like Dennis Peck, Marcia Westcott Peck, Liz Burns and Andy Nelson. This year the party is on September 22nd.

Jill Ramseier from Deschutes Brewery

The LifeWorks NW Iron Chef fundraiser will be at the Portland Art Museum on September 27th.

The YouthBuilders’ Cornhole Classic will be September 17th. In the past, event organizers closed the street at Castaway Portland in order for 56 teams to compete in the round robin cornhole tournament. 

Daren Parks, Regional Training Manager for 24 Hour Fitness lead the warm up. (photo Credit Mike Burt)

The AIDS Walk is September 8th. (Photo Credit Mike Burt)

That’s just a small sampling of what’s happening in September. Please give your favorite nonprofit a boost by letting us know about their big upcoming fall event. Later this summer we’ll be rounding up a list of seasonal benefits and nonprofit events you’ll love. To reach out and tell us about yours, send us a message at [email protected]https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/contact/

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National Charity League Recognition Dinner Honors Class of 2013

National Charity League Recognition Dinner Honors Class of 2013

Portland, April 14th, 2013. After six years of service to the community, 24 high school seniors from The National Charity League, Inc. Portland Chapter were honored at a special celebration at the Governor Hotel. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus) Most of the young women, including Mariel Klein, Courtney Hall, Madeleine Waldram, Austin Quinlan and Sarah Murphy, began volunteering with their mothers during seventh grade and in total, the seniors worked 3,795 hours.

Class members include: Katie Zika, Austin Quinlan, Hayley Matson, Maddy Gram, Siobhan Furnary, Leighton Murphy, Lea Campbell, Sarah Murphy, Katherine Benedict and Mariel Klein.  (Back row) Lyndsey  Holm, Maddy Waldram, Cori Paine, Olivia English, Emma Scherzer, Carolyn Holce, Anna Zupan, Emma Paustian, Alaina Lester, Molly Hagler, Kate Lowes, Courtney Hall, Mackenzie Dix and Claire Alexander

Class members include: Katie Zika, Austin Quinlan, Hayley Matson, Maddy Gram, Siobhan Furnary, Leighton Murphy, Lea Campbell, Sarah Murphy, Katherine Benedict and Mariel Klein.
(Back row) Lyndsey Holm, Maddy Waldram, Cori Paine, Olivia English, Emma Scherzer, Carolyn Holce, Anna Zupan, Emma Paustian, Alaina Lester, Molly Hagler, Kate Lowes, Courtney Hall, Mackenzie Dix and Claire Alexander

The class of 2013 chose a nautical theme for their recognition dinner, tying in the color red to represent their senior philanthropy beneficiary: The Red Sweater Project.  The young ladies raised $1,685 for the nonprofit which provides educational opportunities for children in Tanzania.

The class of 2013 chose a nautical theme for their recognition dinner, tying in the color red to represent their senior philanthropy beneficiary: The Red Sweater Project. The young ladies raised $1,685 for the nonprofit which provides educational opportunities for children in Tanzania.

Here are members of the class of 2013 and their mothers:

Caroline and Karen Holce

Carolyn and Karen Holce

Alaina and Linda Lester

Alaina and Linda Lester

Michelle and Hayley Matson

Event co-chair Michelle Matson and Hayley Matson

Mary and Sarah Murphy

Mary and Sarah Murphy

Barbara and Madeleine Gram

Barbara and Madeleine Gram

Mariel Klein and Elisa Klein, PortlandSocietyPage.com editor

Mariel Klein and Elisa Klein, PortlandSocietyPage.com editor

Jean Benedict and Katherine Benedict

Jean Benedict and Katherine Benedict

Cori Paine and Patricia Eddy, event co-chair

Cori Paine and Patricia Eddy, event co-chair

Kristin and Austin Quinlan

Kristin and Austin Quinlan

Elizabeth and Olivia English

Elizabeth and Olivia English

Debby and Leighton Murphy

Debby and Leighton Murphy

Molly and Lacy Hagler

Molly and Lacy Hagler

Katie and Kristine Zika

Katie and Kristine Zika

Dee Madden and Lea Campbell

Dee Madden and Lea Campbell

Anna and Noreen Zupan

Anna and Noreen Zupan

Julia and Siobhan Furnary

Julia and Siobhan Furnary

Amy and Kate Lowes

Amy and Kate Lowes

Julia and Courtney Hall

Julia and Courtney Hall

Emma and Cheryl Scherzer

Emma and Cheryl Scherzer

Molly and Emma Paustian

Molly and Emma Paustian

Candace Gray and Mackenzie Dix

Candace Gray and Mackenzie Dix

Heather and Madeleine Waldram

Heather and Madeleine Waldram

Claire and Shannon Alexander

Claire and Shannon Alexander

The girls are now excited to be sailing off to their next big adventure.

In the Portland Chapter the 144 Ticktocker members volunteered a total 3,921 Philanthropy hours, and 122 Patroness members volunteered in our community 3,147 hours. Collectively,  members volunteered 7,068 hours this year.

From The Portland Chapter of National Charity League, Inc.: This chapter was chartered in April 1995 and was the first National Charity League chapter formed in the State of Oregon. Our chapter currently has 119 Patronesses and 140 Ticktockers. National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters who join together in community involvement within local chapters throughout the United States. Our goal is to foster a sense of community responsibility and strengthen the mother-daughter relationship. Daughters participate in a six-year program of philanthropic work, educational activities and cultural events. Portland Chapter Mailing address: P.O. Box 25108 Portland, Oregon 97298

Portland Society Page Celebrates First Anniversary by Giving Big Brothers/Big Sisters “Bright Spot Award”

Portland Society Page Celebrates First Anniversary by Giving Big Brothers/Big Sisters “Bright Spot Award”

Portland, November 7th. After publishing 384 stories about local nonprofits and racking up over 120,000 page views, PortlandSocietyPage.com is marking its first anniversary by handing out the “Bright Spot Award” to Big Brothers/Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. The award recognizes an event which captured the imagination of our readers, and in this case prompted them to give our Big Brothers/Big Sisters story the most “thumbs-up” votes of any article on the website. We made the announcement at a gathering for The Baltazar Ortiz Community Mentoring Initiative where we visited with Danielle, who’s pictured with me, Editor Elisa Klein, and her program little sister, Kyara. It was a chance to learn more about the new program.

The Baltazar Ortiz Community Mentoring Initiative (BOCMI) is an innovative program that will help at-risk Hispanic teen-agers re-engage with their schooling and take ownership of their futures and enable Hispanic children in 3-6 grades develop a one-to-one mentoring relationship that will help them improve their academic achievement.

The Baltazar Ortiz Community Mentoring Initiative (BOCMI) is an innovative program that connects Hispanic teens who serve as mentors to younger neighborhood children helping them to improve their positive social skills and academic achievement.

The Baltazar Ortiz Community Mentoring Initiative is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hacienda CDC, and Multnomah County. The mentoring takes place at the Multnomah County Health Clinic located at the Baltazar Ortiz Community Center.

Emanuel and Jerry enjoy the program. The Baltazar Ortiz Community Mentoring Initiative is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hacienda CDC, and Multnomah County. The mentoring takes place at the Multnomah County Health Clinic located at the Baltazar Ortiz Community Center.

Moses and Torrence are part of the program. The teenage volunteers meet with their Little Brothers and Sisters once a week, for one hour -- save the last week of the month.

Moses and Torrence are part of the program. Teenage volunteers like Torrence meet with their Little Brothers or Sisters once a week, for one hour. Together they participate in activities which might include playing sports, doing homework, learning a new hobby or working on a craft project; organizers say it’s beneficial for both.

Jacqui and Estrella are learning first hand BOCMI is a win-win situation The program design prevents both teen mentors and their matches from becoming “latch-key” kids.

Jacqui and Estrella are learning first hand BOCMI is a win-win situation. The organized activities prevent both teen mentors and their matches from becoming “latch-key” kids.

Abby Herrera, Bryan Ortega, Christina Starr and Drea Robideau

Abby Herrera, Bryan Ortega, Christina Starr and Drea Robideau help the kids become successful.

We were pleased to honor Big Brothers/Big Sisters with PortlandSocietyPage.com Bright Spot Award. In addition to added community exposure for the nonprofit and a monetary donation, the award includes a chance to publicize an upcoming event with an advertisement which now appears on the sidebar of our site. The ad has information about Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ 10th annual Start Something Breakfast which is coming up on Thursday, November 15th.   Tickets are still available.

PortlandSocietyPage.com is a the only website devoted to nonprofit news in Portland. If we publish an article about your favorite nonprofit, please give it a “thumbs up”. Each story we post has as a “like” button at the bottom. Just press that button and you’ll help select our next “Bright Spot” recipient. There’s an ongoing tally which can be seen on the right-hand side of the page.

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