The Portland Clinic Foundation: How to Contribute

Make greater Portland a more vibrant, equitable and healthy place by donating today

Our work at The Portland Clinic Foundation depends on generous donors like you, and we hope you will consider a gift. How and when you contribute is up to you: a yearly check, a recurring monthly contribution, a one-time gift, a bequest or a fund set up in your name to benefit the cause of your choice. Contributions are tax deductible, and 100 percent of your gift will go back into the community via grants.


Mail a check to The Portland Clinic Foundation, 1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 400, Portland, OR 97205.


To donate stock, leave a legacy gift, become a business contributor or learn how to build an employee matching program, please connect with us using the contact information below.

If you are on The Portland Clinic payroll, you can contribute by payroll deduction.  All it takes is a quick one-time form; all contributions are tax deductible.


Proven Impact — We give grants to organizations that can demonstrate their impact on community wellness, as selected through rigorous research, sector-specific analysis and ongoing evaluation.

Targeting Real Needs — We seek to support crucial organizations and communities underserved by other philanthropic programs.

Contributions Go Farther — By pooling your contribution with others’, your gift will stretch farther than if you donated directly, and will help provide nonprofits with larger grants so that they can address our city’s most urgent needs with greater efficiency. Plus, because the Foundation’s expenses are paid by the Clinic, 100 percent of every contribution will go straight to local nonprofits.

Accessible, Fair Grantmaking — Unlike many foundations, we keep our grant application straightforward and offer unrestricted funding. We believe that an organization’s success should be determined by its impact on the community, not by its ability to fill out complicated forms.

A Commitment to Volunteerism — We believe that while our nonprofit partners need money to keep them moving, a bit of elbow grease helps too. We work with nonprofits throughout our community to help them source the volunteers they need for their success.

Stronger Community — People who give help bring communities closer, breaking down divides, creating shared understanding and experience, building solidarity between donors and the people they help and strengthening Portland’s social fabric.

Improved Personal Wellness — Peer-reviewed studies have found that charitable giving correlates to health benefits including lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, lower stress and depression levels and a longer life!


Help us spread the word! We’re young and small, and are always seeking new donors, friends, volunteers and nonprofit grant applicants.

Volunteer in the community! We encourage our nonprofit partners—both those we have granted to and those we have not yet worked with—to share their volunteer opportunities with us. Giving back means elbow grease as well as money!

Give us your feedback and share your ideas. Our doors are always open!


“My relationship with The Portland Clinic goes back 60 years: My grandmother was a nurse there, and it was The Portland Clinic’s Dr. Ambrose Shields who told my mother that she was pregnant with me.

“I grew up in Southeast Portland, and at times, my parents didn’t have two nickels to rub together. The social welfare net was critically important in my life—a lot of people stepped up to make my life better because they felt it was the right thing to do.

“That’s why I give back now. I believe that as a society, it’s our obligation and privilege to invest in the community as best we can, and supporting The Portland Clinic Foundation is a great way to do that. I think The Portland Clinic Foundation is uniquely positioned to leverage the good work of the Clinic’s physicians and employees in order to give back to the community in a way that is consistent with their mission and values.”  

— Mike Larson, CPA and board treasurer

Contact Us

The Portland Clinic Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 400
Portland, OR 97205
503-221-0161, x2154


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