Fall 2020 Grant Partners

Every year we award grants in our two cycles, once in the spring and once in the fall, these are the recipients of grants in Fall of 2020.

In our spring grant cycle we are thrilled to be investing $50,000 in the incredible, passionate, and effective work in our community. These organizations inspire and enable kids to participate in athletics. On a daily basis, the individuals and volunteers at these non profit organizations provide access, inclusion, and opportunity for youth.

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YGI Decision and Presentation

Life is celebrated in amazing moments. One of those moments happen on Sunday Nov 15 with the final presentation the 2020 Youth Grant Initiative cohort. After several months worth of working, learning and conversation came together, the cohort’s 7th and 8th graders made a presentation on how to thoughtfully invest $10,000 into the community. During those months, their purpose was to learn about philanthropy, the community, nonprofits and then the foundation’s community...

Expressing Gratitude

Thank you! The result of the annual fund drive was a testament of the strength of partnership, our community and the compassion of MAC members. The annual fund drive fuels the Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s community outreach supporting underserved and underrepresented youth. A $25 gift multiplied by thousands of MAC members generated over $194,000 in October. Working together to support those with the greatest need in our community, MAC and MAF partner to help kids stay...

MAF Commends Elevate Oregon with 2020 Impact Award

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation awards over $100,000 annually in grants to nonprofit community partners that support youth athletic participation. Every fall, the foundation recognizes one of those partners with the Impact Award that goes to the organization that best exemplified community collaboration in the last year. The 2020 Impact Award winner is Elevate Oregon. Elevate Oregon serves Oregon’s second most diverse school district – Parkrose.  Elevate’s Deputy Director Paul...

Shattering Expectations in the Pool and Beyond

A student athlete’s swimming success story

Getting into college wasn’t a problem for Fernanda Rodriguez. The MAC Scholar Athlete and 2017 David Douglas graduate had great grades, was deeply involved in her community and was among the best swimmers in the state in the breaststroke. But paying for college was a different story.

Rodriguez’s family had limited resources, and she had limited access to federal funds typically available to graduating seniors. On top of that, her parents...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Fay Sasser Scholarship Recipient: Nora Glynn

Many Roads Lead to Sasser

Annual scholarship funds compassionate students’ goals.

People join MAC for many reasons, from social to athletic to professional. Regardless of why they become members, during her tenure as the attendant behind the Main Entrance Front Desk, Fay Sasser welcomed them to their second home with a smile on her face and their names on her lips.

Such was her reputation for dedicated service over the course of 44 years, that Sasser’s name is still spoken as a...

A Moment on the COVID Impact on Youth Sports

Each week my time includes conversations with grant partners, community leaders, and the high school athletic community.

Each week I am unsettled by the impact COVID-19 is having on the most vulnerable kids who need athletics to cope, thrive, and be a part of something.

Each week the reason we lean in to maintain our funding and find creative ways to build networks in order to support the folks helping kids is very real.

I cannot have everyone be a part of these conversations every...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Fay Sasser Scholarship Recipient: Ava Damis

Many Roads Lead to Sasser

Annual scholarship funds compassionate students' goals.

People join MAC for many reasons, from social to athletic to professional. Regardless of why they become members, during her tenure as the attendant behind the Main Entrance Front Desk, Fay Sasser welcomed them to their second home with a smile on her face and their names on her lips.

Such was her reputation for dedicated service over the course of 44 years, that Sasser’s name is still spoken as a...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Firsthand Story

At the Foundation we have many volunteers and Board members, each that have their own sets of experiences and stories to share. This summer, Sydney Baer, a Board Member, shared with us a first hand story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, so in light of her passing, we asked if we could share that story. Thank you Sydney for this experience.

"Here is my story.

I was chatting with then Judge Ellen Rosenblum (now Attorney General), and she shared very excitedly that she was bringing Justice...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Angela Nguyen

Hailing from Parkrose High School, Angela is an excellent student and avid tennis player. With a 4.29 GPA, Angela played a major role in reviving the Parkrose Key Club, which creates opportunities for students to assist the community. With the club’s membership dwindling, Angela ran for president and helped grow the club into a new era of prominence.

As a member of the Parkrose tennis team, Angela helped carry the squad to win the conference championship in 2019. She takes pride in...