To all who gave to local nonprofits through WW's Give!Guide in November and December:
In the darkest days of 2020—literally and figuratively—your candles of generosity and belief in the goodness of humankind cast the brightest of lights. You lit up our world in an unprecedented, wonderful way, and we cannot thank you enough. More than 15,860 of you gave 174 nonprofits 6,570,879 reasons to celebrate the end of 2020.
We regularly ask: Where would Portland be without our remarkable nonprofit community? Today we ask: Where would Portland's nonprofit community be without you? You made a total of 62,514 gifts at an average of $104 per donation. Each donor gave to an average of four nonprofits. Give!Guide has never experienced anything like this, at a time when needs have never been more pressing.
In a year that has been just plain dreadful in so many ways for local nonprofits, you have provided essential support and, perhaps even more important, powerful emotional and spiritual encouragement.
Elsewhere on this page are graphic illustrations of this wonderful outpouring.
That's it for Give!Guide's 2020 campaign. Please stay tuned in these pages and on giveguide.org for news of our 2021 plans.
In the meantime: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Toni Tringolo, Executive Director
Richard H. Meeker, Founder
P.S. Give!Guide can always stand to improve. We'll be emailing questionnaires to donors soon. When you receive yours, please let us know your thoughts. And you can always email suggestions at any time—firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.P.S. You can still support this cohort of nonprofits by visiting our website giveguide.org. All donate buttons now route directly to that nonprofit's giving portal during our offseason.
Give!Guide is Willamette Week's grassroots fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $40 million since its inception in 2004. Alongside raising money for nonprofits, a goal of the campaign is to engage Portlanders 35 and under in giving back to the community and to build a culture of youth activation in Portland. We prioritize the community over individual organizations, encourage support between nonprofits, and foster everyday Portlanders' efforts to make a difference.
TOP 10 NONPROFITS ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES
1. Oregon Cultural Trust, $560,227
2. Oregon Food Bank, $282,456
3. Friends of the Columbia Gorge, $206,707
4. The Pongo Fund, $187,647
5. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, $123,320
6. Transition Projects, $112,605
7. p:ear, $103,320
8. Meals on Wheels People, $96,625
9. Central City Concern, $90,640
10. Adelante Mujeres, $89,820
THE 35 & UNDER CHALLENGE WINNERS BY CATEGORY
Animals: Cat Adoption Team (CAT), 123 young donors
Civil & Human Rights: Don't Shoot Portland, 220 young donors
Community: Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)*, 253 young donors
Creative Expression: Friends of Noise*, 95 young donors
Education: College Possible*, 106 young donors
Environment: Wild Diversity, 274 young donors
Health: Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette*, 122 young donors
Human Services: Oregon Food Bank, 150 young donors
* Category winner in 2019.
TOP 10 NONPROFITS ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES, 35 & UNDER
1. Oregon Cultural Trust, 417 donors
2. Wild Diversity, 274 donors
3. Native American Youth and Family Center, 253 donors
4. Don't Shoot Portland, 220 donors
5. Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, 186 donors
6. Mudbone, 165 donors
7. Wisdom of the Elders Inc., 151 donors
8. Oregon Food Bank, 150 donors
9. Street Roots, 149 donors
10. Blanchet House, 143 donors
BIG GIVE DAYS
Treat Yo Self to Patagonia Portland, $168,856
A to Z Wineworks Extravaganza, $190,950
Columbia River Gorge Getaway, $175,110
Powell's Books Shelf Buster, $265,399
BlaqPak Black Friday, $66,760
PDX Gives Back, $724,036
Music Millennium Plays It Loud, $143,772
Go by Trek, $230,273
Portland Trail Blazers Fan Package, $139,331
Nossa Familia Coffee Day, $233,417
McMinnville, Oregon, Wine Country Vacation, $599,638