Wow!

Between Nov. 9 and Dec. 31, more than 5,000 of you gave nearly $1.6 million to 100 local nonprofits and two statewide organizations through Willamette Week's Give!Guide.

That's a 27 percent increase in donors over 2010—and a 37 percent increase in donations. This unprecedented generosity brings the total you have given back to our community during Give!Guide's eight-year existence to well over $5 million. 

In addition, this year's Skidmore Prizes provided $16,000 to four winners, and the Meyer Memorial Trust chipped in another $8,000 as incentives to encourage giving by readers under the age of 36. 

All of us at WW are humbled by your generosity and proud to have been able to facilitate this annual giving program. We're also awed by the huge effort marshaled by 2011's participating nonprofits. They held special events, worked social media overtime, and came up with amazing incentives of their own.

Our annual effort is guided by one basic principle, engraved at the base of the Skidmore Fountain in Ankeny Square: "Good citizens are the riches of a city." Portland is fortunate so many of you live here.

WW's Give!Guide is also fortunate to have so many supporters in this effort. Elsewhere on this page, the names of special helpers are listed. All of us who worked on WW's 2011 Give!Guide appreciate your many kindnesses, both large and small, as well as your words of encouragement, and I apologize in advance that there's not room to name all of you individually. Special thanks go to G!G's executive director, Brittany Cornett, whose commitment and organizational skills are, in a word she likes to use a lot for other purposes, "perfect."

One more important note: Your example has encouraged publishers in other cities to initiate programs patterned after the Give!Guide model, so that at the end of last year weekly newspaper readers in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Monterey, Calif.; and Lexington, Ky., raised more than $1.5 million for nonprofits in their communities.

We will be back in 2012. The process begins in July, when applications to participate in WW's Give!Guide and nomination forms for the Skidmore Prize will be available on our website. Look for the announcement on wweek.com.

For the moment, enjoy some of the many incentives you received for giving to this year's effort and keep in mind how important you are to the health and well-being of our community. 


Thank you,




Richard H. Meeker

Publisher


P.S.: The center spread of this week's paper contains our first-ever Volunteer Guide. It's designed to show you how to give something other than money to local nonprofits—your equally valuable sweat equity. Please give it a look in the paper or online here.


Meyer Memorial Trust Challenge

Awards $500 (or $250 when a tie occurs) to the two organizations in each category achieving the greatest number of donors under the age of 36.

Animals

  • Cat Adoption Team
  • Feral Cat Coalition (tie)
  • Oregon Humane Society (tie)

Arts

  • PDX Pop Now!
  • Independent Publishing Resource Center

Community

  • Portland Fruit Tree Project
  • Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Education

  • Right Brain Initiative
  • Portland Youth Builders

Environment

  • Friends of Trees
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon (tie)
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge (tie)

Social Action

  • Sisters of the Road
  • Portland Women’s Crisis Line

Wellness

  • Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette
  • Growing Gardens

Youth

  • My Voice Music
  • p:ear

Business Partners

A to Z Wineworks

Bank of America

Bob's Red Mill

Chinook Book

Clear Creek Distillery

Comcast

Davis Wright Tremaine

E & R Wine Shop

IKEA

Moonstruck Chocolates

New Seasons Market

OakTree Digital

Oregon Community Foundation

Rex Hill Winery

STAM

Steven Smith Teamaker

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Thompson Kessler Wiest & Borquist PC

Umpqua Bank

Vertis Communications

Widmer Brothers

The 2011 Give!Guide Team

Melissa Casillas, Brittany Cornett, Rob Fernas, Soma Honkanen, Andrea Manning, Brittany Moody

Richard Meeker, Jess Sword, Seth Warren, Ben Waterhouse, Shawn Wolf, Mark Zusman


Results, By Participating Nonprofit

"I Have a Dream" Foundation

$3,660

1000 Friends of Oregon

$16,146

Adelante Mujeres

$6,815

American Red Cross

$5,915

Animal Aid

$12,735

Artichoke Community Music

$6,415

Audubon Society

$12,390

Basic Rights Education Fund

$10,270

Bicycle Transportation Alliance

$32,358

Big Brothers Big Sisters

$4,821

Blue Sky

$4,100

Bradley Angle

$17,673

Bus Project

$4,667

Camp Fire Columbia

$12,835

Cat Adoption Team

$51,853

Children's Book Bank

$6,367

Children's Healing Art Project

$4,066

Children's Relief Nursery

$10,365

Circus Project

$10,081

Classroom Law Project

$14,214

Community Cycling Center

$44,925

Community Warehouse

$16,016

Compassion & Choices of Oregon

$3,471

Defunkt Theatre

$700

Dental Foundation

$7,283

Dougy Center

$4,985

Dress for Success

$16,756

Elders in Action

$5,739

Engineers Without Borders

$5,085

Ethos Music Center

$10,756

Farmers Ending Hunger

$7,765

FearNoMusic

$4,110

Feral Cat Coalition

$35,724

Forest Park Conservancy

$16,795

Freshwater Trust

$13,540

Friends of Outdoor School

$13,860

Friends of the Children

$10,616

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

$37,596

Friends of Trees

$18,034

Friends of Zenger Farm

$7,041

Girls Inc.

$2,430

Giving Tree

$11,633

Growing Gardens

$14,794

Habitat for Humanity

$37,045

Hacienda CDC

$4,597

Hand2Mouth

$2,355

Harper's Playground

$3,620

Hollywood Theatre

$3,650

Home Free

$1,905

IPRC

17,584

JOIN

$31,321

Literary Arts

$9,565

Live Wire! Radio

$13,728

Loaves & Fishes

$22,902

Mercy Corps

$41,144

Morrison Child and Family Services

$8,804

My Voice Music

$8,215

Neighborhood House

$26,786

Newspace Center for Photography

$1,620

NxNE Community Health Center

$30,284

Northeast Portland Tool Library

$3,635

Northwest Dance Project

$4,185

NW Documentary

$7,343

Oregon Ballet Theatre

$3,295

Oregon College of Art and Craft

$2,225

Oregon Cultural Trust

$175,392

Oregon Humane Society

$50,451

Oregon Public Broadcasting

$29,356

Oregon Wild

$16,845

p:ear

$25,527

PAW Team

$21,035

PDX Pop Now!

$6,743

PHAME Academy

$11,032

Planned Parenthood

$109,442

Playworks

$1,045

PlayWrite Inc.

$8,035

Portland Fruit Tree Project

$13,442

Portland Homeless Family Solutions

$7,935

Portland Playhouse

$8,875

Portland Women's Crisis Line

$10,270

Portland Youth Builders

$15,071

Potluck in the Park

$8,762

Project POOCH

$12,585

Q Center

$2,763

Raphael House of Portland

$14,215

ReBuilding Center

$2,450

Returning Veterans Project

$9,088

Right Brain Initiative

$8,590

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls

$8,364

Schoolhouse Supplies

$8,014

Self Enhancement Inc.

$17,542

Sexual Assault Resource Center

$6,944

Shadow Project

$15,266

Sisters of the Road

$31,185

Street Roots

$17,142

Urban Farm Collective

$4,036

Urban Gleaners

$21,587

Wallace Medical Concern

$21,990

Wetlands Conservancy

$3,831

Willamette Riverkeeper

$7,070

Wordstock

$4,440

Write Around Portland

$9,118


Total $1,588,689

Figures rounded to the nearest dollar.