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Be a Scholarship Reader
Scholarship readers are needed each spring to review MAC Scholar Athlete and Loprinzi scholarship applicants. Readers review applications and help to select a finalist from each of the 30 high schools in the Portland metro area. Fill out the interest form to get started today.
“I love reading about these talented individuals, and I look forward to it every year,” says Kathleen Foesch, a second-year scholarship reader. “These kids are incredible — they do well in school, they are competitive athletes and they still find time to support those in their community who are in need. They are an inspiration, and it offers great hope to see the incredible work of their generation.”
Participate on a Grant Review Team
There are two grant application cycles each year. Volunteers are needed to help review the grant applicants and determine how the foundation distributes over $100,000 in grants annually. Grant review teams take place in April and September of every year. Learn more about our grant program or fill out an interest form to get involved.
”We oversee two grant application cycles each year. This year, we focused on personalizing the process and getting to know the grant applicants and the organizations behind them,” says grant committee chair and board member Jamie Sumner. “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.”
Attend an Event
Do you want to learn more about the foundation and see the organization in action? Sign up to volunteer at or attend one of our events. Learn more about our events here.
”Outreach through community events is always a fantastic way to spread the word about what any organization does,” said Denise Patridge event committee chair. “They become a catalyst for conversation and involvement.”
Join a Committee
Multnomah Athletic Foundation relies on hard-working volunteers, who serve on seven committees, to make the vision of the 20-member board and executive director a reality. Volunteers attend regular meetings on everything from how to execute grant and scholarship programs to planning the annual Spin-A-Thon and investing in MAF’s endowment.
Standing committees include: Communications, Events, Finance/Investment, Grants, Scholarships, and Youth Grant Initiative.
Current project-team committees includes the MAC Scholar Athlete committee.
Get involved by filling out an interest form here.
“To me, MAF is like the kid at school who all the other kids and teachers admire and look up to — they excel in and out of the classroom, they’re making time to volunteer in the community, and they are doing it for personal fulfillment instead of social recognition,” says Kyle Goulard, past committee member.
Apply to be a Board Member
The foundation is powered by a 20-member board made up of individuals who have demonstrated commitment to increasing access for youth and to be a catalyst for making new community connections. It is a working board with a very small but productive staff.
“Service on the foundation’s board provides a hands-on opportunity to work with individuals who share a belief that athletic participation can be life changing. The board members share a strong desire to increase access to the underserved youth in our community. As a board member, you have the opportunity to help grow the foundation’s outreach through innovative and resourceful solutions. This is an opportunity to optimize the talent and treasure of MAC members in giving back to the communities where we work, live and play.” – Pam Welch
The foundation seeks up to four new board members each year to serve a three-year term beginning in June. You do not need to be a MAC member to serve on the board. We strive to be inclusive and reflect the communities we serve in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas County. Looking into the 2023 – 2024 year, we have a specific need for individuals with communications and PR background, legal, nonprofit management experience from a broad community perspective, and accounting / CPA experience.
Multnomah Athletic Foundation board members are expected to:
- Uphold the fiduciary responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors.
- Be an ambassador for community engagement through athletics and education.
- Seek to increase access for partnerships, community grants and scholarship opportunities.
- Attend at least 75% of the board and committees meetings in person or virtually.
- Serve on at least one board committee (one meeting a month plus preparation time and special event attendance).
- Make a personal financial contribution at a level that is meaningful to you.
To nominate yourself, please complete the brief two question involvement form.
Donations make our scholarships and grants possible. The foundation accepts a variety of donations and tributes, learn more here.