For immediate release June 8, 2017
Portland, Ore. —As community organizations in the Portland area face an uncertain future due to budget cuts at the state and federal levels, several groups are receiving some much-needed assistance. The Portland Clinic Foundation announced today that 16 local nonprofits will receive grants to help support community wellness and advance the social determinants of good health.
“The Portland Clinic Foundation’s inaugural round of grantees is a diverse group of organizations which serve some of Portland’s most vulnerable populations,” says Kris Anderson, Executive Director, The Portland Clinic Foundation. “From a very strong field of applicants, our board has selected organizations that have an outsized impact on Portland’s communities. Our aim is to advance community wellness at all levels, from frontline services to quality of life to systemic change, and I think this round of grantees really embodies our goals. We look forward to building support for our foundation so that we can deepen our partnership with Portland’s nonprofit community in the future.”
By the Numbers
The Portland Clinic Foundation will donate $30,000 to Portland-area groups this summer. Sixteen nonprofit organizations will receive grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 apiece. The Foundation is funded through private donations from Rose City residents, as well as by The Portland Clinic, which underwrites all operational expenses, ensuring that 100 percent of donations go to organizations in need.
“At The Portland Clinic, we believe that ‘relationships matter.’ That can be the relationship between a doctor and a patient, or one of our clinics and [its] local neighborhood, or our practice and the broader community,” says Dick Clark, CEO, The Portland Clinic. “We are very proud to invest in our local communities and our neighbors through The Portland Clinic Foundation. We are excited to see how we can grow our contributions and fundraising efforts in coming years to bring even more assistance to a broader range of deserving groups.”
The complete list of 2017 grantees includes:
- Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program — $3,000
- Coalition of Communities of Color — $3,000
- Sexual Assault Resource Center — $3,000
- Voz: Workers’ Rights — $3,000
- Clackamas Service Center — $2,000
- Elders in Action — $2,000
- Good Neighbor Center — $2,000
- Growing Gardens — $2,000
- North by Northeast Community Health Center — $2,000
- Raphael House — $2,000
- The Shadow Project — $2,000
- Beaverton Police Activities League — $1,000
- Community Warehouse — $1,000
- Hollywood Theatre — $1,000
- Chelsea’s Closet — $500
- Living Yoga — $500
Supporting Community Wellness
The core mission of The Portland Clinic Foundation is to support and energize organizations that advance community wellness, which includes education, arts and culture, social justice, and research and advocacy.
“Catholic Charities is delighted to be among The Portland Clinic Foundation’s first cohort of grantees,” says James Howell, Director of Development, Catholic Charities. “Their investment in our Refugee Resettlement Program furthers our ability to offer some of the most vulnerable members of our community a broad array of services that not only meet their most basic needs, but that also provide them with the tools, knowledge and support they need to thrive in a new country.”
In addition to providing funds to basic service providers and frontline resources like Clackamas Service Center and the Sexual Assault Resource Center, The Portland Clinic Foundation also works upstream from problem areas to support systemic changes that improve community wellness. Additionally, the Foundation deliberately seeks to serve communities that are traditionally overlooked, either by geography, race, culture, income, orientation, background, or generation.
“We are so pleased to partner with The Portland Clinic Foundation to enhance our advocacy and direct service to vulnerable older adults in the Portland area,” says Barbara Bernstein, executive director, Elders in Action. “Our volunteer corps of [more than] 140 active and engaged personal advocates work directly with hundreds of seniors each year to provide them with the support and assistance they need to remain independent and to age in place.”
For more information on The Portland Clinic Foundation, its mission, the grant application process, and how to donate, please visit The Portland Clinic Foundation website.
About The Portland Clinic Established in 1921, The Portland Clinic is Oregon’s oldest, private, multispecialty medical group. Today, with sophisticated medical technology, modern spacious facilities and dynamic medical specialists, a personal approach to each patient’s good health remains The Portland Clinic’s primary focus. The Portland Clinic’s six locations serve the greater Portland metropolitan area and care for more than 90,000 patients each year throughout the Northwest. For more information visit theportlandclinic.com and follow us on Twitter (@PortlandClinic) and Facebook (@ThePortlandClinic).
About The Portland Clinic Foundation Created in 1963 and revitalized in 2016 to reflect a new direction for the organization, The Portland Clinic Foundation supports nonprofits that improve community wellness and advance the social determinants of good health. Funded through community donations and contributions from The Portland Clinic, the Foundation is able to invest in a variety of nonprofits that support the greater Portland’s communities in need.