Let's say that again: You are jaw-droppingly generous.

In WW's just-concluded 2010 Give!Guide, 3,944 of you donated more than $1.16 million to 79 local nonprofits. You also signed up to volunteer for a number of them. You offered goods. And you'll be providing services.

We can't thank you enough!

Everywhere I turn, Give!Guide exposes me to people who genuinely appreciate their city and want to provide less fortunate Portlanders support and encouragement as we enter Year 3 of the Great Recession. It also offers a powerful reminder that newspapers should do everything in their power to be fully engaged citizens in their communities.

Here are a few highlights of your generosity:

  • In just seven years, you have given more than $3.75 million to local nonprofits through Give!Guide.
  • This year saw a 30 percent increase (341 more) in the number of donors 35 and younger—an audience of special interest to us because we’re aiming to get younger people in the habit of donating.
  • Despite the continuing lousy economy, this year’s overall donor total is 505 more than last year (a 27.3 percent increase), with the amount donated up $245,594.11 (a 26.8 percent increase).
  • You made 10,074 individual donations, for an average of $115.51 per contribution. On average you gave $295.05 to 2.55 nonprofits.

Prize Winners:


The Meyer Memorial Trust provided additional incentives so we could offer $500 apiece to the nonprofits attracting the largest number of donors 35 and younger in each of our eight categories. Because we only allow one prize per organization, the two winners above were excluded from this competition. The winners of these incentives in each category are: Cat Adoption Team (Animals), PHAME Academy (Arts), Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Community), The Right Brain Initiative (Education), Friends of Trees (Environment), Portland Women's Crisis Line (Social Action), Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette (Wellness), and p:ear (Youth). Clearly, this new competition encouraged added giving by younger donors.

This entire effort is inspired by the inscription at the base of a large fountain in Old Town: "Good citizens are the riches of a city." Each of you who gave this year should consider yourself part of that special group. You should also realize you're in good company.

For starters, there are the winners of the four $4,000 awards named for that fountain—the Skidmore Prize, handed out at a well-attended Portland City Club Friday Forum held Nov. 19 and later rebroadcast statewide on radio and TV. The prizes go to Portlanders 35 and younger who do great work at low pay for local nonprofits. This year's winners are: Israel Bayer (director of Portland's Street Roots), Leah Hall (parent mentor at Morrison Child and Family Services), Gaby Mendez (case manager for Neighborhood House's CASASTART program) and Laura Streib (founder and director of the Vibe of Portland). OakTree Digital and Willamette Week provided the $16,000 for the Skidmore Prize. Phoebe Adams at Momentum Market Intelligence spearheaded the vetting of the dozens of incredible nominees.

Next come the amazing companies whose generosity made a huge difference this year. OakTree Digital, in addition to the financial help with the Skidmore Prizes, produces and maintains the guide's website at wweek.com/giveguide. Signature Graphics provided the printing. For the second year in a row, Bank of America helped reduce the interchange fees we pay credit card companies to process your donations and provided a secure depository for your funds.

Then there are the fabulous local businesses that provided this year's larger incentives for Give!Guide contributors: A to Z Wineworks, Rex Hill Vineyards, Smith Teamaker, Moonstruck Chocolate, Widmer Brothers and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. In addition, one of G!G's longtime supporters, E&R Wine Shop, helped by providing Argyle sparkling wine for $2,500-plus donors. Big thanks also to our attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine and our accountants at Thompson, Kessler, Wiest & Borquist, who provided direct financial support.

Next, but surely not least, are the participants in this year's Roll of Honor (companies providing indirect financial support through advertising): Alaska Airlines, Comcast, Emma, IKEA, Integra Telecom, New Seasons Market (which also provided reusable grocery bags for home delivery of incentives), the Oregon Community Foundation and Umpqua Bank. We also had great help from communications students at the University of Oregon's Portland campus.

Huge ups to the team at WW who, with some outside helpers also listed here, chose the Give!Guide participants from among 250-plus applicants, produced the guide, and managed donations and incentives: Phoebe Adams, Kendra Clune, Christina Cooke, Kevin Farris, Patrick Guild, Soma Honkanen, Andrea Manning, David Martin, Kat Merck, Peggy Perdue, Taylor Schefstrom, Hank Stern, Jess Sword and Seth Warren. Executive Director Brittany Cornett is this year's G!G No. 1 all-star.

Finally, huge thanks to this year's participating nonprofits. You went above and beyond the ordinary call of duty in your efforts to identify and encourage new donors; you engaged large segments of the local business community in your efforts; and you provided fabulous additional incentives.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year's effort such a screaming success.

Richard H. Meeker

Results, By Participating Nonprofit

211info $1,710.00

Animal Aid Inc. $9,580.00

Audubon Society of Portland $10,411.00

Basic Rights Education Fund $7,405.00

Bicycle Transportation Allliance $34,233.00

Bikes To Rwanda $1,625.00

Birch Community Services $1,880.00

Bradley Angle $10,435.00

Business for Culture and the Arts $2,771.87

Camp Fire USA Portland $15,500.00

Cascade AIDS Project $6,762.00

Cat Adoption Team $46,618.17

Classroom Law Project $8,625.00

Community Cycling Center $25,805.00

Community Warehouse $12,095.00

Dental Foundation of Oregon $7,310.00

Disjecta $2,590.00

Dress for Success Oregon $7,365.00

E2 Foundation/Friends of Outdoor School $8,881.00

Ethos Inc. $9,269.50

Film Action Oregon $3,480.00

Friends of the Children $5,850.00

Friends of Trees $15,221.52

Friends of Zenger Farm $6,945.00

Goose Hollow Family Shelter $9,005.00

Growing Gardens $13,415.00

Habitat for Humanity Portland $30,640.00

Home Free $1,930.00

IPRC $8,395.11

JOIN $22,829.00

KZME Radio $2,012.15

Literary Arts $12,355.00

Live Wire Radio $6,321.01

Mercy Corps Northwest $38,570.00

Morrison Child & Family Services $9,690.00

Neighboorhood House $21,740.00

Newspace Center for Photography $2,921.00

North by Northeast Community Health Center $26,640.00

Northeast Portland Tool Library $3,605.00

Northwest Portland Ministries, Inc. $2,250.00

NW Documentary $8,091.00

Oregon Cultural Trust $134,347.87

Oregon Food Bank $76,925.00

Oregon Wild $14,636.00

p:ear $22,895.00

PAW Team $22,767.00

PDX Pop Now! $5,165.00

PHAME Academy $9,966.00

Planned Parenthood $70,224.00

Playworks $4,620.00

Portland Fruit Tree Project $7,641.00

Portland Playhouse $3,570.00

Portland Women's Crisis Line $15,685.00

Portland Youth Builders $17,075.00

Potluck in the Park $8,758.00

Project POOCH $20,175.00

Raphael House of Portland $12,835.00

REACH $17,700.00

Returning Veterans Project $7,525.00

Rock' N' Roll Camp for Girls $15,449.11

Schoolhouse Supplies $5,780.00

SCRAP $6,071.00

Sexual Assault Resource Center $7,170.00

Sisters of the Road $32,835.00

Street Roots $21,392.00

The Children's Book Bank $5,740.00

The Forest Park Conservancy $15,905.00

The Freshwater Trust $3,250.00

The Giving Tree $9,334.00

The Jefferson Dancers $2,205.00

The Library Foundation $20,275.00

The Pangaea Project $3,540.00

The Right Brain Initiative $7,260.00

The Wallace Medical Concern $19,810.00

Urban Gleaners $10,070.00

Vibe of Portland $2,190.00

Wordstock $3,660.00

Write Around Portland $10,615.00

Youth, Rights and Justice Attorneys at Law $5,800.00

TOTALS $1,163,688.31