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

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


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.


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


  • PDX Pop Now!
  • Independent Publishing Resource Center


  • Portland Fruit Tree Project
  • Bicycle Transportation Alliance


  • Right Brain Initiative
  • Portland Youth Builders


  • 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


  • Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette
  • Growing Gardens


  • My Voice Music
  • p:ear

Business Partners

A to Z Wineworks

Bank of America

Bob's Red Mill

Chinook Book

Clear Creek Distillery


Davis Wright Tremaine

E & R Wine Shop


Moonstruck Chocolates

New Seasons Market

OakTree Digital

Oregon Community Foundation

Rex Hill Winery


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


1000 Friends of Oregon


Adelante Mujeres


American Red Cross


Animal Aid


Artichoke Community Music


Audubon Society


Basic Rights Education Fund


Bicycle Transportation Alliance


Big Brothers Big Sisters


Blue Sky


Bradley Angle


Bus Project


Camp Fire Columbia


Cat Adoption Team


Children's Book Bank


Children's Healing Art Project


Children's Relief Nursery


Circus Project


Classroom Law Project


Community Cycling Center


Community Warehouse


Compassion & Choices of Oregon


Defunkt Theatre


Dental Foundation


Dougy Center


Dress for Success


Elders in Action


Engineers Without Borders


Ethos Music Center


Farmers Ending Hunger




Feral Cat Coalition


Forest Park Conservancy


Freshwater Trust


Friends of Outdoor School


Friends of the Children


Friends of the Columbia Gorge


Friends of Trees


Friends of Zenger Farm


Girls Inc.


Giving Tree


Growing Gardens


Habitat for Humanity


Hacienda CDC




Harper's Playground


Hollywood Theatre


Home Free






Literary Arts


Live Wire! Radio


Loaves & Fishes


Mercy Corps


Morrison Child and Family Services


My Voice Music


Neighborhood House


Newspace Center for Photography


NxNE Community Health Center


Northeast Portland Tool Library


Northwest Dance Project


NW Documentary


Oregon Ballet Theatre


Oregon College of Art and Craft


Oregon Cultural Trust


Oregon Humane Society


Oregon Public Broadcasting


Oregon Wild




PAW Team


PDX Pop Now!


PHAME Academy


Planned Parenthood




PlayWrite Inc.


Portland Fruit Tree Project


Portland Homeless Family Solutions


Portland Playhouse


Portland Women's Crisis Line


Portland Youth Builders


Potluck in the Park


Project POOCH


Q Center


Raphael House of Portland


ReBuilding Center


Returning Veterans Project


Right Brain Initiative


Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls


Schoolhouse Supplies


Self Enhancement Inc.


Sexual Assault Resource Center


Shadow Project


Sisters of the Road


Street Roots


Urban Farm Collective


Urban Gleaners


Wallace Medical Concern


Wetlands Conservancy


Willamette Riverkeeper




Write Around Portland


Total $1,588,689

Figures rounded to the nearest dollar.