In 2019, the Multnomah Athletic Foundation awarded 25 community partners over $100 thousand in grants.
The Multnomah Athletic Foundation believes that athletic participation builds character for the body, mind and heart. One of the ways the foundation is able to promote this belief is by funding nonprofits in our community who are doing just that.
Community grants go to partners that support confidence and character-building opportunities for youth with an emphasis on athletic participation. The foundation gives highest priority to investing in partners who provide opportunities to neighborhoods and populations with limited access and resources.
“We partner with roughly 25 to 30 grant partners every year and they impact thousands of local youth across various forms of athletics and community involvement,” said Grant Committee Chair Jamie Sumner. “This year, we focused on personalizing the process and getting to know the grant applicants and the organizations behind them.”
In 2019, the foundation awarded 25 grants totaling $115,000 which provided athletic opportunities to 47,830 kids.
Grants are awarded two times a year, in June and November, and range from $2,000 to $8,000. Applications are reviewed by a team of volunteers who evaluate each request and deliberate who will become the next cycle’s grant recipients.
“Our grant partners are committed nonprofit organizations who inspire us by their investment of time and attention provided to youth and their neighborhoods,” said Lisa Bendt, Executive Director of the foundation. “One of things I love about my job is being able to provide grants to these amazing partners and help them deliver on their mission.”
Read more here for a full list of our 2019 Grant Partners.
Or are you a community member looking to learn more about these inspirational partners? Join us for a mission moment – an event where we as the foundation will be joining one of the nonprofits that we work with to better understand their work, their needs, and the communities that they serve.