I came to appreciate the broad reach of Willamette Week's Give! Guide one cold and windy Saturday last month.

My daughter and I had been delivering wine, beer and coffee to a number of you who gave $250 or more when we stopped at Peet's on Northeast Broadway. By the cash register was Write Around Portland's ad from the Give! Guide and a note saying all tips during December would go to WRAP. Later, I learned Peet's chipped in $1,000 to go with the more than $1,300 its employees raised.

This handsome donation, and others like it, come on top of more than $78,800 directly raised through our website for 26 Portland nonprofits in our second annual year-end giving effort. More than 900 of you made almost 1,100 contributions totaling $73,330. WW matched 26 employee gifts with $1,480. And Momentum Market Intelligence, a local firm that does research for Fortune 500 high-tech companies, provided $4,000 in matching grants.

The $4,000 from MMI go to those organizations raising the greatest number—as opposed to amounts—of gifts, first from donors 35 years of age and under; and, then, from donors over 35. Winners in the 35-and-under category are Bicycle Transportation Alliance (first place), Northwest Academy (second) and Write Around Portland (third). In the over-35 category, MMI's matching grants go to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (first), Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette (second) and Wallace Medical Concern (third).

Dinner with WW's editor Mark Zusman and me goes to a donor of $3,000-plus who wants to remain anonymous. Also getting prizes are randomly selected donors: Beth Raisman wins the two chef's dinners at clarklewis, and Amy Burnette will get the deluxe boxed set of Johnny Cash's The Legend.

I'm certain all 26 groups want to join me in sending you huge thanks for your generosity. Additional praise for help with the goodies go to E&R Wine Shop, Stumptown Coffee, Maletis Beverage, Music Millennium, Powell's Books and American Apparel. Finally, thanks to the MMI team: Lisa Albrecht, Sanjit Kundu, Brandon Lane, Sabrina Lomeu, Tammi Deming, Meredith Lind, Kellie Helm, Erin Crane and Cindy Dederick.

Richard H. Meeker


P.S. So many of you gave $250 or more that I'm still about 35 deliveries short. I apologize and hope to get you your beer, wine and coffee by the end of the month.

The 2005 Give! Guide tally (rounded to nearest dollar:)
Feral Cat Coaltion of Oregon$8,309
Northwest Academy$8,279
Bicycle Transportation Alliance$7,784
Wallace Medical Concern$7,739
Sisters of the Road$6,474
Planned Parenthood$6,119
Project Quest$5,364
Write Around Portland$3,834
Outside In$3,424
Cat Adoption Team$2,449
Start Making A Reader Today$2,409
Morrison Child and Family Services$2,379
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars$1,294
Our House$899
Portland Impact$834
Portland YouthBuilders$829
Oregon Zoo$724
Janus Youth Programs$634
Chess for Success$579
Friends of the Shelter$494
The Dougy Center$459
Forward Stride$434
Oregon Trout$314
New Avenues for Youth$129