What Events Mean at the Foundation
We love gathering together and getting together allows us to meet new people! Events expand our community through celebrating youth participation in athletics and engaging with the dedicated organizations that make that access possible. We are able to support the individuals and nonprofit organizations that we serve through annual events like the Spin-A-Thon, Impact Award, and Scholarship Celebration event. While occasions such as mission moments, coffee meetups, and volunteer orientations help us better understand the community that we are part of.
How We Engage
Events with the Multnomah Athletic Foundation are fun, exciting and a great way to get involved with our mission. Whether you want to join us for the positive energy, volunteer to make it happen or impact our work through sponsorship, we look forward to you joining us! Below you can learn about each event and how you can attend, read about past experiences and celebrate the amazing work being done and the people that make it happen. You will also find out how you can help and be a part of each project. We can’t wait to see what sparks your interest!
The annual Spin-A-Thon is changing gears and going virtual. Our goal is the same: to ride and move so that kids have access to sports and education. This year there will be two simultaneous Spin-A-Thon engagement points. The Ride and The Move are part of a week-long event set to take place between February 14th-20th and will kick off with a free virtual celebration held on January 28th. The kickoff celebration is an opportunity for both community connection and fundraising to explain the fun and build momentum for The Ride and The Move. On February 20th (the last day of the event), we will gather everyone who participated and host a virtual celebration to recognize all of the achievement and the variety of activities accomplished.
100% of the Spin-A-Thon proceeds go directly into the community grant outreach due to the Multnomah Athletic Foundation Board underwriting the event expenses.
General MAF Information
Information sessions with the foundation are informal gatherings where individuals who are new to the foundation, interested in volunteering or who just want to learn more gather for a short presentation followed by time for questions and answers. The sessions cover a brief history of the organization, the different outreach opportunities at the foundation, the main programs and what they entail, and an overview of how we work within the Multnomah Athletic Club and the community at large.
Mission moments are a way for the foundation to directly interact and engage with its grant partners. We work with so many amazing organizations that are doing outstanding work to enable youth access for athletics and we wanted a way to be more involved. Each month 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. These mission moments vary from attending an event or game, volunteering, joining an informational session and so much more. Below are the next several mission moments that the foundation board of directors and volunteers will be attending. We’d love to have you join by visiting our partner sites and sending us an email to let us know you are joining the team!
Impact Award Reception
The Impact Award recognizes the positive impact of a nonprofit organization through its support of youth, athletic participation, and community collaboration. In November, the foundation celebrates and acknowledges the efforts and passion of the staff and leadership of its nonprofit partners when the award is presented to one of our community grant partners in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties in Oregon. The reception is a place to collaborate with fellow nonprofits and interested individuals in order to expand the community and enable access for more youth to participate, play and compete.
The Bud Award is given to one of the community grant recipients that honors the spirit of Leland “Bud” Lewis – his sportsmanship, enthusiasm and a deep passion for athletics. The annual celebration is open to everyone as a way to not only congratulate the recipient but to also recognize Bud and his positive legacy. Bud is a longtime member of the Multnomah Athletic Club. His passion to serve and be an active part of the community is evident through more than 50 MAC committees, including a stint on the club’s Board of Trustees as secretary in 1993.
Coffee Meetups: Grant Funding Q&A
Have you ever wondered what exactly a funder is looking for in its grant applicants? Have you ever had questions for your local foundation about how it serves it’s community? Coffee Meetups are the place to go to get answers for all of your questions. Twice a year, the foundation holds a series of informal question and answer sessions with a handful of board and committee members. These sessions are open to the public with a focus on answering questions about our community grant program. So whether you are a volunteer, board member or grant writer who is thinking about applying for a grant with the foundation and want to see if working with the foundation might be a good fit you should come and talk to us!
Scholarship Celebration Gathering
The foundation offers over $100,000 in scholarships every year through eight programs. Once a year at the end of the summer we come together to celebrate all of the amazing students! The Scholarship Celebration Event is an afternoon gathering of games and gratitude for all eight scholarship program recipients (past and present), our volunteers, our donors and fans of the foundation.
MAC Scholar Athlete Events
MAC Scholar Athlete Media Day
A Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar Athlete is an outstanding sophomore student athlete representing one of the program’s 29 high schools. These high school sophomores receive a $1,500 scholarship as well as access to the Multnomah Athletic Club for their junior and senior years of high school. Before they are formally welcomed into the program, the foundation and it’s program partner, the MAC, host a media day experience! The students will get a professional headshot taken, be interviewed for both local and school newspapers, have a video shoot and meet some of their fellow MAC Scholar Athletes. Much like a college signing day, the MAC Scholar Athlete media day is a day of fun, coverage and exhilaration. Below are details on when the event takes place for students, how sponsors and volunteers can be involved, and how to learn more about the MAC Scholar Athlete program.
MAC Scholar Athlete Welcome Event
The MAC Scholar Athlete Welcome Event recognizes all 29 newly selected scholar athletes in a day filled with games, food and viewing a Portland Thorns match. This event celebrates the students, welcomes them to the program and introduces their parents, coaches and supporters to the cohort and the community.