The Portland Clinic Foundation: Our Grantees

Learn about our 2023 recipients

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, patients, employees, partners, and volunteers, The Portland Clinic Foundation granted $115,000 to 29 nonprofits in 2023. Our grant recipients were selected because of their undeniable capacity for results, their outsized impact despite modest budgets, their ingenuity and tenacity, and their unlimited future potential for advancing community wellness.

These grants, supported by your contributions and good work, make an enormous difference in building communities where the values of service, collaboration, equity, inclusion, and cultural humility shine. Please learn about our partners below, and consider a gift to the foundation today. To learn more, connect with Becky Jones, executive director of The Portland Clinic Foundation, [email protected] or (530) 304-9148.

$5,000 Recipients


Operating support to interrupt the downward spiral of houselessness and poverty by undertaking in-depth case management and case work to ensure that individuals can receive their Social Security Disability benefits and achieve a consistent income.

Baby Blues Connection

Operating support to help revitalize Baby Blues Connection’s outreach and engagement with parents, following a dip in connections due to COVID-19. Baby Blues Connection is the only perinatal mental health focused nonprofit in the Portland Metro area.

Color Outside the Lines

Operating support to further access for foster and at-risk youth to opportunities with art, music, movement, nature, and creativity, with a special focus on serving Native youth.

Family Justice Center of Washington County

Support for mentoring programs at this multi-disciplinary collaboration of public and private agencies dedicated to providing support and hope to those impacted by family violence through comprehensive and compassionate healing services.

Family of Friends Mentoring

Operating support to help leverage the power of mentoring relationships in East Multnomah County to support positive self-identity and youth leadership, so that young people have a platform to build the futures they want for themselves and their communities.

Honoring Our Precious Elders Inc.

Operating support to help seniors with fixed incomes and limited capabilities connect with typically younger, able-bodied neighbors for free year-round yard maintenance in an effort to help elders age in place for as long as possible.


Operating support to help continue their work of hiring people living unsheltered on the streets so that they can provide their peers with hot showers, clean bathrooms, first aid, health access, a clothing and bedding exchange, and waste disposal four nights per week.

Open Hearts Open Minds

Operating support for this nonprofit that elevates the creative voices of people who are incarcerated, cultivating positive change in individuals and their communities through the arts, mentorship, and dialogue.

Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team

Operating support that helps save lives, alleviate suffering, and keep pets and their humans together by providing free veterinary care to the pets of people experiencing houselessness or extreme poverty.

Portland Street Medicine

Operating support to provide quality medical care to Portlanders who are unhoused or facing unstable housing, reaching them where they live—in tents, in camps, in forests, under bridges, and wherever humanity seeks shelter.

Raíces De Bienestar

Operating support to help improve and strengthen the mental health and emotional well-being of the Latinx community through culturally grounded, evidence-based practices, interventions, education, and capacity-building activities.

Refugee Care Collective

Support for adding 75 households to the Family Mentorship Program, which uses volunteer wraparound support to help refugee families to become self-sufficient as they resettle.

The Shadow Project

Support to build supersensory spaces that help schools be more accessible and engaging for children with disabilities so that they can achieve their full potential.

WomenFirst Transition & Referral Center

General operating support to help previously incarcerated Black women gain permanent footing in their communities following their return from prison.

$4,000 Recipients

Clay Street Table

Operating support for culturally-specific food pantries providing those with little to no income with prepared meals and pantry groceries.

H.E.L.P. Inc.

Operating support to help heal and empower vulnerable youth and formerly incarcerated young adults as they find, and work towards, their life’s positive purpose. This organization is run by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with lived experience.

Lift Urban Portland (Lift UP)

Operating support for grassroots organization that helps reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income residents of Northwest and Downtown Portland, OR.

$3,000 Recipients

Adaptive Sports Northwest

Operating support to help provide and promote recreational, fitness, and competitive sports for people with physical disabilities and visual impairment.

Dress for Success Oregon

Capacity-building support to improve the quality of life for women and gender-expansive individuals and their families by providing education and training, basic needs support, and supportive services that bolster self-sufficiency.

Grow Portland

Operating support to provide equitable pay and benefits for program staff as they teach in the gardens, host community work days, and expand their inclusive and diverse curriculum.

Northwest Instituto Latino

Operating support to help expand Latinx culturally-responsive recovery services into Washington County. 100% of service users are Latinx and 35% are undocumented, and lack access to safety net services, like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing.

Returning Veterans Project

Operating support to help provide free, confidential, mental and physical health services to post 9/11 war zone veterans, active-duty service members, and their families.

The Nick Wilson Charitable Group

Operating support to provide compassionate and immediate financial support to children, teens, and their families undergoing cancer treatment and bone marrow transplantation.

$2,500 Recipients

Every Body Athletics

Operating support to help combat the physical and social regression that often occurs in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities when they enter adulthood, through providing inclusive group exercise activities led by community volunteers.

Ikoi no Kai / Japanese Ancestral Society

Operating support to promote the cultural heritage and traditions of Japanese American community members through community lunches, wellness programming, and culturally-specific meal delivery for often isolated Japanese elders.

Rahab’s Sisters

Operating support to further a resilience-building community where women, trans, and gender-queer individuals marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence, and substance use, can eat meals and receive supplies and resource navigation in a space where they feel valued, nourished, and are safe from the impacts of gender-based marginalization.

Steps for Youth

Operating support to help sustain Steps for Youth’s work to educate, inspire, and enrich lives through exposure to many different types of dance and movement, with a special focus on students of color and low-income students.

Wheel to Walk Foundation

Support to purchase medical and adaptive equipment and therapy services for children with disabilities when they are unable to obtain them through insurance.

Write Around Portland

Operating support for programming, equity work, staffing costs, and operational expenses, to further literary programming to underserved youth, adults, and seniors in the Portland area.