The Skidmore Prize program is a community involvement initiative sponsored and administered by

Willamette Week

. The Skidmore Prize is intended to recognize and encourage long-term commitment to the non-profit sector and to inspire others to get involved. Winners are selected via an application and interview process from the following categories: Animals, the Arts, Community, the Environment, Wellness, Schools, Social Action, and Youth. Skidmore Prize winners receive a one-time cash grant in recognition of their achievements.

What it is

Each year since 2004, several businesses in the Portland area have come together to recognize the efforts of outstanding young adults who devote their work and time to charitable, non-profit organizations that directly benefit the Portland community. Because the financial rewards of working for such organizations are meager, and too often the attitude of the larger community is one of indifference, the Skidmore Prize is also intended to bolster the commitment of these individuals to continue working in the non-profit sector and to encourage others to pursue this line of work. This year award winners will be chosen to receive distinction for their efforts as well as a $4,000 personal grant. Winners will be chosen from the following categories:

•    Animals

•    The Arts

•    Community

•    The Environment

•    Wellness

•    Schools

•    Social Action

•    Youth


•    Personal $4,000 grant

•    Recognized at an awards luncheon, along with their organization

•    Featured in a story in

Willamette Week

regarding their efforts and their organization

•    The winners' organizations will receive a complimentary space in the annual Give!Guide and be able to participate in the annual Give!Guide fundraising.


To be eligible for a Skidmore Prize nominees must:

•    Work for a charitable non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that focuses on the Portland Metro community

•    Work full-time for this organization (minimum of 30 hours per week)

•    Have worked at this organization for at least 1 year

•    Exhibit a long term commitment to working in the non-profit sector

•    Have an annual income of less than $35,000

•    Be 35 years old or younger

•    Be a resident of the Portland Metro area

•    NOT have been a winner of the Skidmore Prize in the past