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January 18th, 2012 12:01 am RICHARD H. MEEKER | News Stories

G!G Raises $1,588,689

To our readers:

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Between Nov. 9 and Dec. 31, more than 5,000 of you gave nearly $1.6 million to 100 local nonprofits and two statewide organizations through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide.

That’s a 27 percent increase in donors over 2010—and a 37 percent increase in donations. This unprecedented generosity brings the total you have given back to our community during Give!Guide’s eight-year existence to well over $5 million. 

In addition, this year’s Skidmore Prizes provided $16,000 to four winners, and the Meyer Memorial Trust chipped in another $8,000 as incentives to encourage giving by readers under the age of 36. 

All of us at WW are humbled by your generosity and proud to have been able to facilitate this annual giving program. We’re also awed by the huge effort marshaled by 2011’s participating nonprofits. They held special events, worked social media overtime, and came up with amazing incentives of their own.

Our annual effort is guided by one basic principle, engraved at the base of the Skidmore Fountain in Ankeny Square: “Good citizens are the riches of a city.” Portland is fortunate so many of you live here.

WW’s Give!Guide is also fortunate to have so many supporters in this effort. Elsewhere on this page, the names of special helpers are listed. All of us who worked on WW’s 2011 Give!Guide appreciate your many kindnesses, both large and small, as well as your words of encouragement, and I apologize in advance that there’s not room to name all of you individually. Special thanks go to G!G’s executive director, Brittany Cornett, whose commitment and organizational skills are, in a word she likes to use a lot for other purposes, “perfect.”

One more important note: Your example has encouraged publishers in other cities to initiate programs patterned after the Give!Guide model, so that at the end of last year weekly newspaper readers in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Monterey, Calif.; and Lexington, Ky., raised more than $1.5 million for nonprofits in their communities.

We will be back in 2012. The process begins in July, when applications to participate in WW’s Give!Guide and nomination forms for the Skidmore Prize will be available on our website. Look for the announcement on wweek.com.

For the moment, enjoy some of the many incentives you received for giving to this year’s effort and keep in mind how important you are to the health and well-being of our community. 

Thank you,

Richard H. Meeker


P.S.: The center spread of this week’s paper contains our first-ever Volunteer Guide. It’s designed to show you how to give something other than money to local nonprofits—your equally valuable sweat equity. Please give it a look in the paper or online here.

Meyer Memorial Trust Challenge

Awards $500 (or $250 when a tie occurs) to the two organizations in each category achieving the greatest number of donors under the age of 36.


  • Cat Adoption Team
  • Feral Cat Coalition (tie)
  • Oregon Humane Society (tie)


  • PDX Pop Now!
  • Independent Publishing Resource Center


  • Portland Fruit Tree Project
  • Bicycle Transportation Alliance


  • Right Brain Initiative
  • Portland Youth Builders


  • Friends of Trees
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon (tie)
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge (tie)

Social Action

  • Sisters of the Road
  • Portland Women’s Crisis Line


  • Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette
  • Growing Gardens


  • My Voice Music
  • p:ear

Business Partners

A to Z Wineworks

Bank of America

Bob’s Red Mill

Chinook Book

Clear Creek Distillery


Davis Wright Tremaine

E & R Wine Shop


Moonstruck Chocolates

New Seasons Market

OakTree Digital

Oregon Community Foundation

Rex Hill Winery


Steven Smith Teamaker

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Thompson Kessler Wiest & Borquist PC

Umpqua Bank

Vertis Communications

Widmer Brothers

The 2011 Give!Guide Team

Melissa Casillas, Brittany Cornett, Rob Fernas, Soma Honkanen, Andrea Manning, Brittany Moody

Richard Meeker, Jess Sword, Seth Warren, Ben Waterhouse, Shawn Wolf, Mark Zusman

Results, By Participating Nonprofit

“I Have a Dream” Foundation $3,660
1000 Friends of Oregon $16,146
Adelante Mujeres $6,815
American Red Cross $5,915
Animal Aid $12,735
Artichoke Community Music $6,415
Audubon Society $12,390
Basic Rights Education Fund $10,270
Bicycle Transportation Alliance $32,358
Big Brothers Big Sisters $4,821
Blue Sky $4,100
Bradley Angle $17,673
Bus Project $4,667
Camp Fire Columbia $12,835
Cat Adoption Team $51,853
Children’s Book Bank $6,367
Children’s Healing Art Project $4,066
Children’s Relief Nursery $10,365
Circus Project $10,081
Classroom Law Project $14,214
Community Cycling Center $44,925
Community Warehouse $16,016
Compassion & Choices of Oregon $3,471
Defunkt Theatre $700
Dental Foundation $7,283
Dougy Center $4,985
Dress for Success $16,756
Elders in Action $5,739
Engineers Without Borders $5,085
Ethos Music Center $10,756
Farmers Ending Hunger $7,765
FearNoMusic $4,110
Feral Cat Coalition $35,724
Forest Park Conservancy $16,795
Freshwater Trust $13,540
Friends of Outdoor School $13,860
Friends of the Children $10,616
Friends of the Columbia Gorge $37,596
Friends of Trees $18,034
Friends of Zenger Farm $7,041
Girls Inc. $2,430
Giving Tree $11,633
Growing Gardens $14,794
Habitat for Humanity $37,045
Hacienda CDC $4,597
Hand2Mouth $2,355
Harper’s Playground $3,620
Hollywood Theatre $3,650
Home Free $1,905
IPRC 17,584
JOIN $31,321
Literary Arts $9,565
Live Wire! Radio $13,728
Loaves & Fishes $22,902
Mercy Corps $41,144
Morrison Child and Family Services $8,804
My Voice Music $8,215
Neighborhood House $26,786
Newspace Center for Photography $1,620
NxNE Community Health Center $30,284
Northeast Portland Tool Library $3,635
Northwest Dance Project $4,185
NW Documentary $7,343
Oregon Ballet Theatre $3,295
Oregon College of Art and Craft $2,225
Oregon Cultural Trust $175,392
Oregon Humane Society $50,451
Oregon Public Broadcasting $29,356
Oregon Wild $16,845
p:ear $25,527
PAW Team $21,035
PDX Pop Now! $6,743
PHAME Academy $11,032
Planned Parenthood $109,442
Playworks $1,045
PlayWrite Inc. $8,035
Portland Fruit Tree Project $13,442
Portland Homeless Family Solutions $7,935
Portland Playhouse $8,875
Portland Women’s Crisis Line $10,270
Portland Youth Builders $15,071
Potluck in the Park $8,762
Project POOCH $12,585
Q Center $2,763
Raphael House of Portland $14,215
ReBuilding Center $2,450
Returning Veterans Project $9,088
Right Brain Initiative $8,590
Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls $8,364
Schoolhouse Supplies $8,014
Self Enhancement Inc. $17,542
Sexual Assault Resource Center $6,944
Shadow Project $15,266
Sisters of the Road $31,185
Street Roots $17,142
Urban Farm Collective $4,036
Urban Gleaners $21,587
Wallace Medical Concern $21,990
Wetlands Conservancy $3,831
Willamette Riverkeeper $7,070
Wordstock $4,440
Write Around Portland $9,118

Total $1,588,689

Figures rounded to the nearest dollar.

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