Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

During celebratory and heritage months throughout the year, the Foundation shares the voices of those who reflect the honored community. This year for AAPI month we asked Ella Kim, 2023 Al Tauscher Award recipient, and her sister Mia Kim what this month meant to them. Read below their response and what they had to share about their lived experience.

"We are glad that there is a month dedicated to American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), but we still do not feel fully...

Journey of the (Bombas) Socks

Written By Avery Cesar

You may have heard of them, you may have seen them, and you might even be wearing them at this very moment. Bombas socks are not only leaders in comfort but also leaders in many communities like our own Multnomah County. They show other businesses what giving back truly means, especially at this time of year when cold weather affects many in our community.

Socks, although overlooked by many, are the most requested item by homeless shelters across the nation....

Volunteer to help select MAC Scholar Athletes

The MAC Scholar Athlete program, started in 1971, is for high school sophomores who are involved in competitive athletics, committed to their academics with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and are making a positive impact in their community. It has been a wonderful partnership with Multnomah Athletic Club and the Foundation since 1989.

We are excited to share the selection process of the 2023 MAC Scholar Athletes. Each year volunteers make a big difference with a small-time commitment. Your...

Celebrating Black History Month

If you know anything about the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, it’s that the foundation is powered by volunteers. Volunteers give their time, talent and treasure. They share their lived experiences, passions, and unique perspectives. The Foundation deeply values the contributions to the community that our volunteers make.

In honor of Black History Month this year, two volunteers speak to why it’s important to contribute their passions with the community.

"We all have gifts and...

FREE Scholarship Writing Workshop

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Multnomah Athletic Foundation are partnering to offer a FREE virtual scholarship writing workshop for high school students. Students will walk away from this session with a drafted personal statement, tips on essay writing and personal storytelling, and more! Imagine one authentic essay that can be personalized and then used for any scholarship application.

Thank you to the Black United Fund of Oregon for facilitating the...

Scholarship Volunteer Recruitment 2023

Each spring the Multnomah Athletic Foundation has open applications for higher education scholarships. Once applications are submitted, the foundation brings together a group of dedicated volunteers to review, deliberate, and ultimately award the scholarships. These volunteers are the crux of making scholarship funding move from funder to student.

Julie Solomon, a MAC member and returning foundation scholarship volunteer, shares why she returns to read and score applications each...

2022 Bud Award

Youth engagement is the center of the foundation’s mission. We often talk about the connection through education or athletic participation. There is another program that is important to us. The Youth Grant Initiative was created six years ago to give 7th and 8th graders a hands-on experience in grantmaking. They learn about the community and the role of nonprofits while reading applications and making funding recommendation to the foundation’s board. In 2022 the Foundation made the...

2022 Impact Award Recipient

Every year the foundation supports amazing nonprofit organizations in the community. The Impact Award recognizes the efforts of one of those organizations, its talented staff, and board members as they collaborate within their community. This year the Impact Award recipient is HOLLA!

HOLLA is a mentorship movement that connects with families, administrators, teachers, and nonprofits to recognize the power and potential of Black and Brown youth. 

Their mission is to change the...

Expanding Future Possibilities Through Scholarships

We see scholarships as investments in remarkable and interesting people! A chance for us as volunteers and donors to enable futures and possibilities. In this way, we are part of the team that supports students' dreams and our community.

It is a pleasure and privilege to provide an update in the journey of several Loprinzi Scholars.

Ahliah graduated from Roosevelt High School. She is currently working on an undergraduate and graduate degree in Computer Engineering at Portland State...

Fund Drive Enables Collective Impact

Supporting youth, nonprofits, connections and communities

Pictured Above - Elite Sports Academy - PC: Andy White

Since its inception in 1991, the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF) has generated opportunities for youth by supporting nonprofit organizations through grants, providing scholarships to student athletes from underrepresented communities while engaging in community outreach.

In 2021, MAF awarded 22 grants, provided 58 scholarships, and distributed $246,000 in funds to...