Adapt and Empower

Foundation's flexibility allows community to thrive in tough times.

It may seem obvious at this point, but COVID-19 created a significant disruption to normal routines as it swept across the country this past March. For the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF), this time presented an opportunity to adapt and empower its community of volunteers, scholarship recipients and grant partners. The staff and board of directors continue to both look for new ways to provide more flexible support to...

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...

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...

Wildfire Relief

To support general statewide emergency relief: 

Give to the Red Cross | Give online – choose Disaster Relief on the drop-down menu. Checks can be sent to any state chapter offices: 

·         Portland Office: c/o Fundraising 3131 N Vancouver Ave. Portland, OR 97227 

·         Eugene Office: c/o Fundraising 440 E Broadway Eugene, OR...

Foundation Supports Equity During Scholarship Process

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation believes all youth should have the opportunity to play, compete and participate in sports. To make this belief a reality, MAF presents grants and scholarships totaling more than $200,000 annually to outstanding student athletes and organizations that use sport to support underserved communities. Several years ago, the foundation adopted belief statements, including an equity statement, to help guide its volunteer grant and scholarship reviewers in their...

Elite Sports Academy Kids with Timbers

MAF Grant Partners Find Innovative Ways to Address COVID-19 Challenges: Elite Sports Academy

Non-profits are no strangers to challenge, whether its finding funds for new programs, recruiting volunteers or hosting an event. This year, however, due to Covid-19, organizations are dealing with an entirely new challenge – keeping their programs and services available while in-person interactions are restricted or simply not allowed. But thanks to their ingenuity and unwavering commitment, three MAF grant recipients are finding creative ways to keep the communities they serve healthy,...

Youth Movement 7 kid with bat

MAF Grant Partners Find Innovative Ways to Address COVID-19 Challenges: Youth Movement

Non-profits are no strangers to challenge, whether its finding funds for new programs, recruiting volunteers or hosting an event. This year, however, due to Covid-19, organizations are dealing with an entirely new challenge – keeping their programs and services available while in-person interactions are restricted or simply not allowed. But thanks to their ingenuity and unwavering commitment, three MAF grant recipients are finding creative ways to keep the communities they serve healthy,...

AC Portland Student Drawing with Chalk

MAF Grant Partners Find Innovative Ways to Address COVID-19 Challenges: AC Portland

Non-profits are no strangers to challenge, whether its finding funds for new programs, recruiting volunteers or hosting an event. This year, however, due to Covid-19, organizations are dealing with an entirely new challenge – keeping their programs and services available while in-person interactions are restricted or simply not allowed. But thanks to their ingenuity and unwavering commitment, three MAF grant recipients are finding creative ways to keep the communities they serve healthy,...

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington – MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

This week, the foundation was highlighted in the Member Spotlight for Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Read their story below and see how Lisa Bendt, Executive Director of the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, answers a few questions about how things have evolved in the midst of this crisis. 

Before COVID-19, what were your priorities as a foundation/funder?

Before COVID19, our funding priorities at the Multnomah Athletic Foundation were:

Increasing access to youth...