Informational session about Grant Funding 2024

Thinking about funding opportunities to get kids playing, participating, and moving through athletics?  Join a grant coffee conversation to learn more about funding from the Multnomah Athletic Foundation. Both are free sessions but require a reservation.

In 2024, we are transitioning from two annual funding cycles to one cycle. We are removing the categories of funding - making all MAF grant funds unrestricted. There will be two zoom calls to hear about the changes - we are committed...

Scholarship Volunteer Opportunities 2024

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.

The foundation is currently seeking volunteers to join the 2024 review teams for their scholarship opportunities. Volunteers can participate in...

Mentors and Coaches Support Student- Athletes Building Brighter Futures

The world of sports offers a comprehensive blend of real-life experiences: wins, losses, injuries and more. This microcosm of life itself provides valuable lessons and opportunities for personal growth — especially for student-athletes.

Traci Rossi, Executive Director of Friends of the Children (FOTC) in Portland, and a Board Member with the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, aptly describes sports as "the best playground" where athletes learn not only about physical activity, but also...

2023 Fall 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 2023.

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

Adaptive Sports Northwest...

2023 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 seven 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...

2023 Impact Award Recipient: Elite Sports Academy

In a world where the tireless dedication of nonprofit organizations can go unnoticed, we take immense pride in shining a spotlight on those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. The Impact Award, a symbol of appreciation and recognition, recognizes the potential of collaborative efforts that aim to uplift our youth and transform lives through athletics and education.

This year, we celebrate the outstanding work of Elite Sports Academy (ESA) as the recipient of the...

Members Contribute to Student Athletes Reaching Potential – Loprinzi Scholarships

Pictured above: Asa Wittwer, Jazell Allen, Allie Ball

By Jake Ten Pas

Dual enrollment typically refers to high school students taking college classes before they’ve finished 12th grade. In the case of this year’s Loprinzi Scholarship recipients, that definition could be broadened. In addition to pursuing rigorous academic studies, competing in athletics, and volunteering, these individuals have navigated the challenging and invaluable school of hard knocks.

As MAC members...

MAF Impact Award Logo

Join us for the 2023 Impact Award Celebration

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

Join us from 5 - 7 PM on November 6th as we recognize the impactful work and deep engagement of our grant partners in an informal cocktail party. Meet organizations focused on supporting youth and engage in inspiring conversation with community leaders....

Youth Empowerment Amplified

Annual Fund Drive Lights Up Futures

Pictured above: Adaptive Sports NW

Opening Doors to Education: Imagine a student’s face lighting up as they enter a classroom filled with books, eager to explore new worlds and ideas. Your support fuels this excitement by providing access to quality education resources, tutoring programs, and scholarships. Together, we're building a foundation for lifelong learning and success.

Empowering Through Athletics: Sports have the power to teach...

Empowering Dreams

The Fay Sasser MAC Employee Scholarship

Pictured above: Fay Sasser MAC Employee Scholarship recipients Jennifer Holzapfel-Hanson, Elli Higginbotham, and Kristian Peev. Not pictured: Ali Noel Gunesch.

In the heart of Portland’s vibrant community lies a scholarship program that embodies the spirit of empowerment and celebrates the pursuit of knowledge and excellence. The Fay Sasser MAC Employee Scholarship, a joint effort between the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF) and MAC, stands...

The Underrepresented in High School Sports

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s Community Grant Program focuses on funding to increase access to sports. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to participate and play. The data reflecting national high school sports in this infographic comes from the Aspen Institute's Project Play. Full report can be found here.

This article highlights some of our amazing nonprofit grant partners who are making a difference in underrepresented communities in the Portland Metro...